Corey Webster (23) of the New York Giants makes a diving attempt at an interception against the Washington Redskins season-opening game at FedEx Field on September 11, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
I have had ample time now to digest what happened in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Washington Redskins, and there is one thing that concerns me more than anything else going forward. The 305 yards passing the Giants surrerendered to Rex Grossman, largely because -- truth be told -- Grossman is one of the least accomplished quarterbacks the Giants will face this season.
After watching Redskins receivers run free pretty much the entire game I have one question. How on earth are the Giants going to cover anybody this season?
Forget arguing over which DBs deserved 'Wet Willies.' I gave the WW to Corey Webster, but I probably could have -- and should have -- given it to the pass coverage of the entire secondary.
Webster spent his day getting turned every which way by Washington receivers, and mostly getting torched. Ross wasn't any better. He looked terrible on the second-quarter touchdown pass to Anthony Armstrong, completely failing to recognize the fade and locate the football. Antrel Rolle played the run well, but there is a reason why the Arizona Cardinals moved him from corner to safety. He struggles in one-one coverage. Kenny Phillips? Lots of tackles, but he looked slow in a lot of coverages. There was one deep ball Armstrong could not control where KP was several steps behind Armstong and replay clearly showed KP jogging after the receiver until the ball was in the air. The least you can do is hustle!
Clearly, the Giants miss Terrell Thomas and Prince Amukamara. Shoot, they miss Brian Witherspoon and Bruce Johnson, too. At least having those guys would keep Rolle out of the slot and back at safety where he is best suited.
Amukamara will return at some point, but he had one whole practice before getting hurt. When, and how much, can he actually be expected to help?
Justin Tuck better be able to play next week. And the Giants need Osi Umenyiora healthy -- and with his head screwed on right -- as soon as possible. It looks like the Giants have only one real hope against the pass at this point -- send as many blitzers as possible and pray that they get there on time. If Week 1 is any indication, once the ball is in the air not a lot of good things are going to happen for the Giants defense.