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RoanokeFan
10-20-2012, 03:55 PM
http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/20/improved-pressure-from-interior-has-revitalized-new-york-giants-pass-rush/

Excerpt: "During the week leading up to the game versus San Francisco, one claim was that the New York Giants (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/)’ non-existent pass rush was going up against the best offensive line in the league. Stats are always a favorite footnote for the media.

Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell (http://www.giants101.com/tag/perry-fewell/)knew that OL Joe Staley and crew were the primary strength of the San Francisco 49ers – it wasn’t QB Alex Smith or RB Frank Gore or even TE Vernon Davis. Without their o-line, they couldn’t do what they had been doing, so Fewell used this thought process and attacked with extra guys, speed, stunts and disruption. Pushing that line of scrimmage back and making it weak worked. As with any powerful configuration, once the foundation crumbles, the rest shall follow.

Defensive ends Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora (http://www.giants101.com/tag/osi-umenyiora/) were constants to rush on their sides, but what changed a bit is what’s been lacking: the big push from the DT position. Yes, injuries have limited this position. DT Linval Joseph (http://www.giants101.com/tag/linval-joseph/) is considered the on-the-field veteran (at 23-years old). While he is making some plays, he can’t do it all and instruct the raw talent of rookie DT Markus Kuhn (http://www.giants101.com/tag/markus-kuhn/). Kuhn is learning and receiving more reps each week, but he has more homework to do – especially against big uglies that can render him useless at times. DT Marvin Austin is slowly making his way back onto the field on game day, but admits that he sometimes thinks too much.

Putting playmakers that possess speed and are disciplined in at their position was not something new for the Giants’ d-line. It just had yet to make an appearance. Using DE Mathias Kiwanuka (http://www.giants101.com/tag/mathias-kiwanuka/) and DE Jason Pierre-Paul in the middle created the push that was needed, but add those linebacker stunts from LB Spencer Paysinger and Jacquian Williams. Who does “the best o-line in the league” account for? Especially when the backfield defensive backs are covering their playmakers well enough that the quick-release from the quarterback couldn’t even work – on Antrel Rolle’s first interception, Smith couldn’t see him (or much for that matter)." Read more...

AntB
10-20-2012, 07:11 PM
Right On! Must have a strong foundation which means the middle. The inside blitzes seemed to be much more effective than the outside ones. Don't know why we forgot that for a few games.

Hessian
10-20-2012, 07:24 PM
Considering our interior line had more sacks then our actual big threats for the first few games I'm confounded. Maybe I misread something.

Captain Chaos
10-21-2012, 09:53 AM
I really liked that game plan and think we will see more of that this week!

RoanokeFan
10-21-2012, 10:37 AM
I really liked that game plan and think we will see more of that this week!

Having Canty available, even in a limited role, will be good for the Unit. I just hope Kiwanuka's role is on the D Line for most of the game.

brad
10-21-2012, 11:07 AM
Having Canty available, even in a limited role, will be good for the Unit. I just hope Kiwanuka's role is on the D Line for most of the game.

+1

Probably the biggest and least talked about change was Kiwi being on the line... and that is due to having a more healthy LB group, allowing more flexibility with him. Clearly he is better there, and he greatly improves the D-line rotation.

Toadofsteel
10-21-2012, 11:11 AM
I think Kiwi will see more snaps at DE unless Tuck or Osi can turn it up and prove that they are worth the starting gig...

As for the article, I've believed for a while now that Canty's return would be HUGE for us. I'm sure now that we're not overpaying him...

RoanokeFan
10-21-2012, 11:17 AM
+1

Probably the biggest and least talked about change was Kiwi being on the line... and that is due to having a more healthy LB group, allowing more flexibility with him. Clearly he is better there, and he greatly improves the D-line rotation.

We'll be without Williams but should have Rivers today.

brad
10-21-2012, 11:20 AM
We'll be without Williams but should have Rivers today.

I didn't realize Williams was out, but having Rivers helps there, and that should still allow Kiwi to get time on the line. :)

RoanokeFan
10-21-2012, 11:27 AM
I didn't realize Williams was out, but having Rivers helps there, and that should still allow Kiwi to get time on the line. :)

I would really be surprised if Kiwanuka doesn't play more Line than LB today. Could he be one of the spies?

brad
10-21-2012, 11:37 AM
I would really be surprised if Kiwanuka doesn't play more Line than LB today. Could he be one of the spies?

Good point... I was wondering the same about Rivers who, I think, also has the speed to spy RG3... I am just hoping we don't have any Randal Cunningham flashbacks today!

RoanokeFan
10-21-2012, 11:39 AM
Good point... I was wondering the same about Rivers who, I think, also has the speed to spy RG3... I am just hoping we don't have any Randal Cunningham flashbacks today!

I agree about Rivers and I think we will have more than one spy as we did with Cam Newton.