So after that heart break loss to Green Bay, it's time to look at some moves we need to make defensively. Fewell didn't call a terrible game against the Pack, and giving up only 28 points to Discount Double Check Aaron Rodgers and Co. aint all that bad. Also, while I hate to blame the refs for losses, take away some of those bogus P.I calls and if the refs realize that Jennings never had possession of the ball in the endzone, our defense looks that much better.
That being said, there are still improvements to be made, and Perry also has to make sure he doesn't regress into some bad habits.
The first thing I would like to point out to Mr. Fewell is: LOOK WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BRING PRESSURE!!! The Giants dialed up some blitzes, forced Aaron Rodgers to make passes he didn't want to make, and as Aikman pointed out, screwed up Rodger's internal clock to where even when he wasn't under tremendous pressure he was throwing a few bad passes here and there. Now I don't believe we brought enough pressure. A few more blitzes thrown in would be a positive, don't be scared Perry. We have the weapons on our D-Line to "Unleash the Kracken". Also, I know that BBV collectively groaned every time there were 3 down lineman on the field. I will admit on one occasion it worked out well, but our DB's are NOT good enough to cover receivers for ungodly amounts of time while 3 men try to get through a 5 to 7 man blocking scheme.
So this is going to sound odd but in the same breath of asking you, Perry, to blitz more often and get more pressure on the QB, I'm going to ask you to not start Osi again. Is he one of the best pass rushers on our team? Yes. Do we know that he is a liability in the run game and have learned to kinda sorta live with that as Giants fans? Yes. Do I want him on the field starting at DE and causing JPP to play DT in one of your silly schemes? No. I for one did not miss Osi at ALL this past game. If Osi is on the field, it means that either Tuck or JPP is not, or that Tuck or JPP is playing DT, which annoys the hell out of me. JPP is our absolute best defensive player. He not only can get to the QB and cause pressure/sacks, but he also *gasps* plays the run. A new concept that nobody has ever introduced to Osi before. JPP is always busting his ass on every play, and is hustling to the ball no matter how the rest of the D is playing. The way I see it, Osi should no longer be a Giant. There is no need for a pass rusher whose only move is to make a wide loop around the Tackle and hope that he swats the ball out of the QB's hand. Because if he doesn't, he has taken himself out of the play entirely and becomes a useless man on the field. Trade him, cut him, do whatever you wish with him. JPP is better. If we need subs at the DE spot, Tolly and Kiwi can always rotate in. What do we think Giants fans, what round draft pick can ol' JR get for Osi?
Now secondary stuff isn't exactly my thing. I've always played on the line, and I don't know much about coverages and what not. Regardless of what I know/don't know about the defensive backfield, I am pretty sure Deon Grant is on his last leg here, and needs to see less of the field. Now I'll give Deon his due, he can stop the run. But that's where it ends. Deon is old, slow, and can't cover fast receivers or large tight ends. He is a liability on the field, hurting us more than helping. The other option you ask? Well the apparent answer is Tyler "MF" Sash. Yes I know Sash doesn't know the system as well as Grant, but that's too damn bad. He is more athletic, and there is only one way to gain experience, and it aint by sitting on the bench watching Grant not cover people. Give me more Sash, less Grant. It may help, but I really don't think it could hurt. The only time I wanna see Deon on the field is when it's 3rd and short and we need an 8th man in the box to defend against the run.
My last piece of advice to you Perry, is to stop confusing your players. Now I'm going to pin this on Perry because I would really really really really REALLY love to believe that our players are not this dumb. Is it just me, or have I seen our players not knowing where to line up on more than just a few plays over the past couple games? Watching lineman get down in their stance just as the ball is snapped or CB's/Safeties sprinting from one side of the field to another due to confusion of which zone or man they are covering is maddening. It seems to me Perry is trying to create a super complicated defense, and all it is doing is confusing his players. Maybe dumb things down a little bit, don't out think yourself Perry. Simplify some over your overly complicated, ineffective schemes and I do believe the players will respond better to them, which in turn will result in a better defense.
A lot of people are wanting Fewell's head, and from what I have seen, I am pretty close to jumping on that wagon. These last games will determine whether or not Perry Fewell stays in New York. He had better make them count.