New York Giants' defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has a simple solution for what has been his team's most vexing problem so far this season -- getting to the opposing quarterback.
"Sometimes you’ve just got to whip somebody’s ass," Fewell said on Friday.
"We can try to become more creative and do some things of that nature, but it just comes down to you’ve got to win an individual battle and sometimes you’ve got to beat two people and if the ball is coming out quick, sometimes you’ve just got to will yourself to get there and even if the ball comes out quick, knock it down. There’s no magical formula. There’s no scheme or anything like that," Fewell said. "It’s like turnovers; they come in bunches. And sacks, they haven’t come in bunches for us right now, and we’re working hard to rectify that situation and it’s going to happen for us. We’re talented enough that it will happen for us."
Are the Giants' pass rushers really talented enough? With names on the backs of their jersey like Pierre-Paul, Tuck, Kiwanuka, Jenkins and Rogers at one time you would have said undoubtedly. Now? With a league-worst five sacks in six games that is an open question.
Here are some of the other topics Fewell addressed with reporters on Friday.
On whether Jon Beason will wear the radio helmet, something Spencer Paysinger has been doing:
"We are seriously thinking about it and considering it. He’s a very smart and intelligent football man and we think he can handle a lot of those situations. We haven’t made a firm decision on it, but we’re leaning that way," Fewell said.
On the possibility the Vikings will simplify their offense since quarterback Josh Freeman has only been with them for two weeks:
"I don’t think they’ll be vanilla. I don’t know what they’ll be. Yes, he’s been there a couple of weeks. He’s a veteran quarterback. He’s had enough starts. The head coach feels comfortable enough to give him the reigns," Fewell said. "I don’t think he wants to come in and run a vanilla offense. I think he feels comfortable enough that he has enough offense to come in and compete."
On containing Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson:
"I think he’s a different guy. I watched him in the offseason study and he’s really good. I see guys hit him, tackle him, beat him up, punch him and he just keeps coming. He’s got an iron will and he’s just a strong runner and he’s got a great determination to make those yards and so we all have to be on the same page," Fewell said. "We’ll have to swarm tackle. We’ll have to gang tackle. We’ll have to see what we hit and hit what we see."
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