Blame the players ’execution, blame the coaches’ misconduct, or blame the complexity of the project.
There is plenty of guilt to be had when trying to figure out how the Giants’ defense failed to create a pass rush, stop the run, or cover the top receivers from pre-season top-10 prospects. Perhaps it is a combination of all three elements.
“I can’t really put my finger on why that is,” said cornerback James Bradberry.
Or perhaps this is the ugly truth that no one wants to face: The Giants defense’s strong showing late last season, especially at the 5-3 finish, was fueled by a perfect storm of career best years and was not some starting point.
So, while the players, coach and scheme remain the same, they are No. 29 in total defense, No. 27 in rushing defense, No. 26 in total defense and No. 27 in passing defense. Has fallen to 22. To put it simply, this is the protection of the giants — sorry if you pay the top dollar with the prospect of an improvement.
“This is definitely a point that should be a weapon for us,” coach Joe Judge said.
The Giants have allowed 515 yards — the most since 2015 — against the Cowboys on Sunday, boasting the NFL’s top-ranked offense, per Pro Football Focus. The No. 3 Rams are next to the Giants, at No. 3. The 2 Chiefs are two games apart.
“We want to make sure they remove their chances to have big plays and play consistently the way they want to play,” the judge said.
Here’s a look at some of the main character reviews before their career:
Composer Patrick Graham: When Graham’s first season called for defensive end, the Dolphins were No. 1 in total defense. At 30 and 2019, the defense ranks 32nd in points. The Dolphins let Graham go to the giants. Graham earned creative nicknames from Giants players. The nicknames were dry. So are the interview requests.
Leonard Williams: Williams was the best run stuffer on Williams in five asons, putting pressure on the quarterback (but was seldom dismissed). Given a second chance in the deal year through the franchise tag, Williams exploded for 11.5 sacks (former career-high: seven) and received a three-year, $ 63 million extension. He has 1.5 sacks and four quarterback hits in five games.
“The money is a different department,” the judge said. “I’ll leave the money at the door. When the players step into the meeting room or step on the field, everyone is on the equal playing field.
James Bradberry: He is the second best cornerback available in 2020 free agency after four seasons with the Panthers. In comparison to Byron Jones’s enormous deal, the Giants fell into a bargain – when Bradberry made his first Pro Bowl. For his encore season, however, he has already allowed 301 passing yards, four touchdowns and 117.1 passer rating in five games, 455, three and 70.1 after 15 games, respectively. Add three automatic first-down penalties to extend scoring drives.
Jabrill Peppers: After setting a four-year career high with 91 tackles and 2.5 sacks, Peppers looked like he could survive as a low-scoring physical run defender and a slotting slot. But his coverage skills have been revealed (14 catches on 17 targets), which leads to a reduction in his snaps and likely in his upcoming free-agent payday.
Dexter Lawrence: The 2019 first-round pick entered the league with a run-clogging reputation but his sack (four) and loss-of-loss (six) counts have increased in favor of the second year. He has zero sacks, two tackles-for-losses and one offside penalty, which led to the Giants’ win in Week 2.
Logan Ryan: The two-time Super Bowl champion had better years than his first year with the Giants, but he still played as a top-20 safety and versatile chess piece in Graham’s system. The prize is a three-year, $ 30 million expansion over Christmas. After a mighty week 1, he quietly slipped from Pro Football Focus to safety at No. 63.
The list of shorter shows doesn’t end there.
An internally-valued group of young edge rushers – Lorenzo Carter, Ocean Xiamens, Quincy Roche and Aziz Ozulari – has been linked to a quarterback pressure against the Cowboys. As such, the excuse that pressure should be imposed instead of sacks is no longer holding water.
“We do more than just rush the quarterback. We affect the game in many ways,” Carter said.