Thursday, September 22, 2011
Giants' secondary must improve vs. Vick
By Mike Mazzeo
The Giants -- mostly their secondary -- have given up the ninth-most net passing yards in the NFL (566) through the first two weeks of the season.
“We had some problems,” said coordinator Perry Fewell, whose defense was picked apart by the likes of journeyman Rex Grossman and second-year pro Sam Bradford. “Some of the issues were the same in week one. Some were different. I felt like we got better last week. I saw some improvement in our secondary play, but then I saw some lapses in our secondary play. We’re a work in progress. We’re going to continue to work to get it right.”
In Week 1, the Giants gave up too much cushion to Redskins receivers. In Week 2, Aaron Ross and Michael Coe got beat for huge gains, and Ross and Deon Grant had a miscommunication which allowed for a 68-yard pickup by Denario Alexander.
That can’t happen against Michael Vick -- assuming he plays.
Vick has two speed burners on the outside in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Not to mention his playmaking tight end Brent Celek and his elusive pass receiving threat out of the backfield, LeSean McCoy. Through the first two weeks, the Eagles rank sixth in both total offense and points per game.
“You have to get your hands on them and that’s the main thing to slow them down,” Ross said. “Those guys run 4.3 or better so we have to get our hands on them.”