Memo to Fewell and Coughlin, Part II

Last week Andy discussed the issues the Giants defense faces when taking on higher caliber NFL Quarterbacks.  The end result showed that their losses came against QBs with higher passer ratings.  If we break down how QBs performed on a game by game basis we get more evidence that the Giants’ defensive schemes are built to fail against the best QBs:

 

Versus the Giants:

 

Season Totals:

 

Losses:

 

 

 

Kitna

124.1

Kitna

88.9

 Manning

145.5

Manning

91.9

Young

105.7

Young

98.6

Vick

83

Vick

100.2

Vick

97.6

Vick

100.2

Rodgers

139.9

Rodgers

101.2

Avg.

116

 

96.8 

 Wins:

 

 

 

McNabb

68

McNabb

77.1

Schaub

53.1

Schaub

92

Garrard

57.1

Garrard

90.8

Moore

32.6

Moore

55.6

Cutler

40.7

Cutler

86.3

Stanton

73.4

Stanton

78.4

Whitehurst

44.3

Whitehurst

65.5

Grossman

88.8

Grossman

81.2

Jackson, T.

46.2

Jackson, T.

63.9

Kitna

86.3

Kitna

88.9

Avg.

59.1

 

78.0 

 

The evidence supports the conclusion- Fewell’s schemes make very good QBs better and mediocre QBs even weaker. 

This is a dramatic contrast in performances and how good QBs are having their way in picking apart Fewell’s scheme.  Scary how proficient Manning and Rodgers were versus their season average.  Yet even Kitna, who is an experienced decent quarterback with a talented surrounding cast, outperformed his season average in his second game.  The only anomaly is Cutler, which can easily be explained by the Bears’ weak Offensive Line before their bye.

ADJUST!  As Andy points out, if you want to do the ‘Darren Sharper’ and victimize the weaker QBs, keep doing that!  Watch the QB’s eyes IF he is a mediocre QB.  But when the QB is better, bump that WR at the line and watch him instead of the QB, because the better QBs do not give away freebies.

If we look at next year’s schedule it doesn’t get much easier with the likes of Brady, Brees, Rodgers, Vick twice, Romo twice and the very accurate Bradford.  Unless Fewell reduces his bias toward Tampa 2, CBs eyes trained on the QB and less press at the line of scrimmage, his schemes will be built to fail vs the best.  And that means another Christmas sleigh ride to an “acceptable” season WITHOUT a title.  It will also be interesting to see if Reese will attempt to provide him with the personnel to match his scheme, ie a dominant linebacker.

Roethliseberger vs Rodgers in the Super Bowl.  Your defense WILL play against the league’s best QBs if you want to win a title.

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