Excerpt: "There were plenty of things that went wrong in the New York Giants’ title defense in 2012.
This week, we're taking a look at five Giant issues that kept the 2011 champs from making it back to the playoffs. Today, we explore the Giants’ pass rush and what went wrong.
The numbers: The Giants went from having 48 sacks in 2011 to 33 this past season.
And of those 33 sacks, the Giants’ big four pass rushers of Jason Pierre-Paul (6.5), Justin Tuck (4.0), Osi Umenyiora (6.0) and Mathias Kiwanuka (3.0) combined for 19.5 sacks.
In 2011, Pierre-Paul had 16.5 sacks alone. So what happened?
The reasons: The players all said offenses made the pass rush a center of attention. Quarterbacks made a concerted effort to get rid of the ball much faster. There were shorter drop backs and quicker releases.
Running backs and tight ends often chipped on the Giants’ ends before sometimes releasing.
“That’s a good question,” head coach Tom Coughlin said when asked about what happened to his pass rush and sacks last week on WFAN. “We were greatly down and diminished in that number. There are a lot of reasons that you can talk about. It wasn’t always chips and double teams. We didn’t win one-on-one battles. There were opportunities and we didn’t take advantage of it.”
Coughlin is right. The Giants didn’t win enough one-on-one battles. They needed greater production out of their rushers." Read more...