What can the New York Giants do about their beleaguered secondary? Let's not argue over what was or was not Aaron Ross's fault Monday night against the St. Louis Rams. Or whether Corey Webster was good, bad or mediocre.
Fact is, as a whole the Giants secondary has been horrid through two games. That is the only way to describe getting torched for 300+ yards by a mediocre Rex Grossman and a young Sam Bradford with no real play-making receivers to throw to. Right now the Giants have only two defenses against the pass -- the opposition calling a running play or someone getting to the quarterback for a sack or forcing a throwaway. When opposing quarterbacks have time, the Giants secondary seems to have no chance.
There are no high quality free agents available, and no one is going to trade the Giants a starting caliber cornerback. Terrell Thomas, Brian Witherspoon and Bruce Johnson are not coming back this season.
What can the Giants do? Should Michael Coe get more playing time? The 2007 fifth-round pick by the Colts got burned for a touchdown while replacing Ross Monday night. Should veteran Brian Williams get an opportunity either in the slot, where Antrel Rolle should really not be playing, or on the outside where Ross is being constantly targeted? Should they rush seven or eight guys on every down and pray that they get there in time to prevent a long throw? Should the Giants petition the league to outlaw the forward pass?
Is scheme somewhat to blame? I have argued in the past that the Giants have press corners trying to play too much zone, but now I'm not so sure. Several times in the first two games I have seen receivers run right by Giants corners trying to press them. I have also seen corners play off and have guys run wide open underneath for easy catches. We have seen physical breakdowns with guys simply being beaten one-on-one. We have seen communication errors, with players not understanding or fulfilling their responsibility.
There is no easy solution, and this inability to defend the pass threatens to undermine the Giants' season more than any other issue the team faces right now. The Giants have to cross their fingers and hope that first-round pick Prince Amukamara makes it back soon, that he picks up his responsibilities quickly, and that he is an upgrade over Ross and their other options.
In the meantime, what would you like to see them do?