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RoanokeFan
07-02-2012, 02:25 PM
2012 NY GIANTS: HOW WILL PERRY FEWELL UTILIZE MATHIAS KIWANUKA? (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/02/2012-new-york-giants-how-will-perry-fewell-utilize-mathias-kiwanuka/)

"New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants LB/DE <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mathias Kiwanuka" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mathias-kiwanuka/" rel="tag nofollow">Mathias
Kiwanuka</a> was perhaps the best player on the team that nobody talked about
last season. While players like <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jason Pierre-Paul" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jason-pierre-paul/" rel="tag nofollow">Jason
Pierre-Paul</a> and <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Victor Cruz" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/victor-cruz/" rel="tag nofollow">Victor
Cruz</a> had breakout seasons and garnered all the media attention, the
seventh-year veteran out of Boston College quietly had 84 tackles in his first
full season at the strong-side linebacker position, which was good for the
fourth highest total on the team.


Although Kiwanukawas drafted as a defensive end, he has long been recognized
as the most versatile player on the Giants defense. Kiwanuka is very quick off
the edge and has deceptive strength, which allows the team to use him in several
different roles. He possesses the unique ability to play linebacker in a 4-3
defense, or as a down linemen on the defensive line. However, with the immense
talent and depth the Giants have had at the defensive end position throughout
Kiwanuka's career, the team has had issues finding a way to get him on the
field.</p>


Last season, Kiwianuka played relatively well at the strong-side linebacker
position. But this offseason, many fans have debated whether defensive
coordinator <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Perry Fewell" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/perry-fewell/" rel="tag nofollow">Perry
Fewell</a> would be best suited shifting the teams 2006 first-round pick back to
defensive end. Below, we will examine three reasons why it is imperative that <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mathias Kiwanuka" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mathias-kiwanuka/" rel="tag nofollow">Mathias
Kiwanuka</a>plays the majority of his snaps at the strong-side linebacker
position in 2012.</p>


<u><a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mathias Kiwanuka" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mathias-kiwanuka/" rel="tag nofollow">Mathias
Kiwanuka</a>Would Be the Fourth Defensive End On the Depth Chart</u>
Out of every area on the Giants' roster, defensive end is perhaps the most
talented and versatile position. Although it is debatable whether <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mathias Kiwanuka" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mathias-kiwanuka/" rel="tag nofollow">Mathias
Kiwanuka</a> is the fourth best defensive end on the team, he would almost
definitely be the fourth defensive end on <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Perry Fewell" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/perry-fewell/" rel="tag nofollow">Perry
Fewell</a>'s depth chart.</p>


With a healthy <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Justin Tuck" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/justin-tuck/" rel="tag nofollow">Justin
Tuck</a> and <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jason Pierre-Paul" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jason-pierre-paul/" rel="tag nofollow">Jason
Pierre-Paul</a>, Kiwanukacould be the third best defensive end on the team. The
argument can be made that because Kiwi is good against the run, while still
being an explosive pass rusher, he is a better all-around DE than <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Osi Umenyiora" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/osi-umenyiora/" rel="tag nofollow">Osi
Umenyiora</a>. However, within the context of the Giants' defense, the third
defensive end is utilized as a pass-rushing specialist, mostly on third
down.</p>


As explosive of a player as Kiwi is off the edge, Umenyiorais by far a
superior pass rusher as a down linemen. With nine sacks in only nine games last
season, Umenyiora proved that he is still and elite pass-rusher in this league.
So for the purposes of the Giants defense, Kiwanuka would be the fourth
defensive end on the depth chart. It would make little sense to take away his
responsibilities as a LB to put him in a reserve role elsewhere.</p>


<u>Kiwi Is the Team's Best Strong-Side Linebacker</u> Even
if one could make the argument that <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mathias Kiwanuka" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mathias-kiwanuka/" rel="tag nofollow">Mathias
Kiwanuka</a> would be an important asset to the team as a DE, he is
unquestionably the team's best strong-side linebacker. Some have made the
argument that because of the Giants depth at linebacker, it may be prudent to
move Kiwi back to his natural position and let the younger players get a chance
to prove themselves.</p>


Many casual football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
fans see linebacker as one position. However, in reality, linebacker is actually
three completely different positions within one category.</p>


The strong-side linebacker (SAM) plays on the strong-side of the offense,
generally lining up on the tight end. If there is no TE, the SAM splits the
space between the end of the line of scrimmage and the slot receiver. His
responsibilitiesinclude, but are not limited to, filling his gap on run plays,
covering tight ends and backs out of the backfield (in man coverage), or
dropping into short zones on passing plays. The SAM gets his initial read from
the tight end on whether the play is a run or pass.</p>


The middle linebacker (MIKE) usually lines up directly over the center and
his primary responsibility is to stop the run. The Mike linebacker should be
involved in almost every tackle when the ball is on the ground. On pass plays,
normally he just drops into short zones over the middle of the field, or may
have to cover a back out of the backfield on a blitz. The Mike normally reads
the guard position to get his initial run/pass read.</p>


Finally, the weak-side (WILL) linebacker is generally on of the more athletic
players on the field. He lines up on the weak-side of the formation and his
primary responsibility is to contain and plug up cut-back lanes on rushing
plays. In the passing game, the Will linebacker is expected to cover anyone from
a slot receiver to a back out of the backfield. His initial run/pass key
normally comes from the tackle position.</p>


As you can see, in a 4-3 defense, each linebacker position has different
responsibilities with different reads on every play. With that, the Giants depth
chart is deep at both the weak-side and middle linebacker positions. However, on
the strong-side, it could be argued that <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Greg Jones" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/greg-jones/" rel="tag nofollow">Greg
Jones</a> is the next best SAM on the roster after Kiwanuka. So if defensive
coordinator <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Perry Fewell" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/perry-fewell/" rel="tag nofollow">Perry
Fewell</a> decides to make Kiwi more of a down linemen in 2012, it would entail
putting some of the younger, more inexperienced linebackers in an unfamiliar
role. That would most likely be more trouble than its worth.</p>


<u>Continuity</u> In <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Mathias Kiwanuka" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/mathias-kiwanuka/" rel="tag nofollow">Mathias
Kiwanuka</a>'s previous six seasons, last year was the first one in which he had
a defined role within the defense. In his previous years, Kiwi was used as a
third defensive end (2008 as the exception) and as a linebacker. Kiwi was
constantly being moved around and was never able to fully commit himself to
either position, which limited his productivity.</p>


For the Giants to be successful on defense, it is imperative that <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Perry Fewell" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/perry-fewell/" rel="tag nofollow">Perry
Fewell</a> retains the ability to move Kiwi around to different places on the
field.Kiwanukais a dangerous player that must be accounted for by opposing
offenses, so by moving him around it can create confusion at the line of
scrimmage for quarterbacks. Look for him to be a down linemen in the team's
NASCAR package.</p>


That being said, there must be some sort of balancing act in how Kiwi is
utilized. He can not be moving from DE one week to LB the next and then back to
DE after that. He has to have a defined role within the defense that clearly
lays out his responsibilities on every play. He should progress nicely in his
second season at the SAM linebacker, but for that to happen, he must be afforded
the opportunity to see the vast majority of his snaps at that position in
2012."</p>

fourth&forever
07-02-2012, 10:31 PM
thanks Ro

MikeSherrard
07-02-2012, 11:26 PM
thats a very solid read

NYG4lifeNYK
07-02-2012, 11:43 PM
I want Kiwi primarily at SAM.

Use him as a hybrid as well, he's smart enough for it and talented enough obviously.


Imagine having Kiwi primarily on the D-Line though.... rotating in and out keeping guys fresh.... [:O]

Toadofsteel
07-03-2012, 12:06 AM
I think the way they used him last year was great. On first and second downs he does his linebacker duties quite well, then transitions into a pass rusher in the nascar package. The 4 we send in that package would be the equivalent of 6 or 7 on many other teams, allowing us to drop 7 into coverage while still generating pressure on the QB. I'm all down for that...

redbeardxxv
07-03-2012, 03:20 AM
It's AMAZING what we have in at our disposal in pass rushing ability. The fact that other teams need to keep watch for not just JT, OU, and JPP, but MK as well tells you how talented we are in this area. Honestly, can you think of another team with a stack like ours? Now, add to the mix a backfield that showcases Cwebb, Prince, Rolle, T2 and our rookies that will take advantage of a hurried pass....... I like this scenario. If our offense can put up numbers ANYWHERE close to last year, I'm gonna call myself a homer and call repeat....

Diamondring
07-03-2012, 09:45 AM
As time pass, the defense may get better and better when they really get to know the defense. That will spell doom for the other teams out there.

Toadofsteel
07-03-2012, 04:40 PM
It's AMAZING what we have in at our disposal in pass rushing ability. The fact that other teams need to keep watch for not just JT, OU, and JPP, but MK as well tells you how talented we are in this area. Honestly, can you think of another team with a stack like ours? Now, add to the mix a backfield that showcases Cwebb, Prince, Rolle, T2 and our rookies that will take advantage of a hurried pass....... I like this scenario. If our offense can put up numbers ANYWHERE close to last year, I'm gonna call myself a homer and call repeat....

That's what happens when you have Jerry Reese as your GM and TC as your head coach. You get a superior team on the same dime that everyone else is alloted. Individual talent doesn't mean much if you don't have the team chemistry... and the Giants have this in spades.

giantsfan39
07-03-2012, 09:37 PM
I will try to not buy into the hype so early. If they all stay healthy we will be in great shape. But for as long as we have had 4 good DE talent's they have only all been healthy for one postseason, At times we haven't even had 3 of them healthy.

2007-Kiwi was injured I believe.
2008- Strahan retires and osi is injured.
2009- Osi, Kiwi and Tuck all seemed to battle through injuries.
2010-Kiwi was out for most of the season.
2011- Tuck and Osi battle injuries and Tuck only seemed to be able to play through them late in the season. Osi missed almost half the season.