Giants secondary second-rate on Sunday

September, 11, 2011
9/11/11
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Deon Grant wants to watch the tape from Sunday's game to figure out exactly what went wrong in the Giants' secondary.

Hope he's prepared for a horror show.

Because that's what the veteran safety's going to see when he watches the film.

Soft coverage and missed assignments doomed the Giants' defensive backs all afternoon in their season-opener.

How bad was the secondary?

Rex Grossman, who barely beat out John Beck for the starting quarterback gig in Washington, rang up 305 yards and two touchdown passes.

"We did have quite a bit of cushion on a couple of plays," Tom Coughlin said.

It was more than a couple.

After misfiring on his first four attempts, Grossman connected on 21 of his next 30. He found backup tight end Fred Davis five times for 105 yards. The Redskins' backup tight end.

"He just found a zone. The quarterback saw him and delivered it to him," Grant said.

Davis wasn't the only Redskin to find open space.

Early in the second quarter, Anthony Armstrong slipped by Antrel Rolle to haul in an 18-yard Grossman pass and set the Redskins up at the 1-yard line.

Tim Hightower ran it in on the next down to tie the score at 7-7.

"We just didn't do what we had to do to put a stop to them," Rolle said.

The secondary was playing its first regular season game without starting cornerback Terrell Thomas, who was lost in the preseason with an ACL injury.

Thomas' replacement, Aaron Ross, was torched for two costly receptions late in the second quarter.

With Washington facing a first and ten from its own 46 and two minutes left in the half, Jabar Gaffney beat Ross down the right sideline and hauled in a 36-yard catch, setting the 'Skins up at the 15.

Two plays later, with Ross lined up against Armstrong, Grossman found the receiver open in the corner of the end zone to tie the game at 14-14 with 0:37 to play in the first half.

And Grossman was just getting warmed up. He completed seven of his ten attempts in the second half as the Giants fell apart.

"They dialed up good plays," Grant said. "We had good defenses called and they beat us."

They sure did. Just check out the tape.

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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