Excerpt: "The New York Giants were historically bad on defense during the 2012 NFL season. The Giants Giants surrendered more yards and more yards per game than any defense in the history of the franchise, and finished second-to-last in the league overall for the first time since 1966.
Even the 2009 defense with the vilified and quickly run out of town Bill Sheridan at the controls wasn't this bad, at least in terms of yardage allowed. That group surrendered 324.9 yards per game (13th in the league). It is less the numbers of yards and more the fact that Sheridan's group was 13th, while this year's team was 31st in yardage allowed.The deeper you look at the numbers the uglier the picture gets. Here are some numbers that confirm the stark, ugly truth. The Giants' defense was atrocious in 2012.
From Team Rankings:
Yards Allowed Per Game -- 383.4 (31st)
Opponent Yards Per Play -- 6.0 (30th)
Opponent Third Down Conversion Percentage -- 42.42 percent (30th)
Opponent Yards Per Rush Attempt -- 4.6 (27th)
Opponent Completion Percentage -- 63.86 percent (26th)
Opponent Passing Yards Per Game -- 254.2 (26th)
Opponent Avg. Team Passer Rating -- 88.2 (20th)
Opponent Yards per Pass Attempt -- 7.6 (31st)
Sack Percentage -- 5.82 percent (22nd)
Takeaways Per Game -- 2.2 (3rd)
How much blame does defensive coordinator Perry Fewell get for this mess? From this vantage point, probably a considerable amount.
Let's keep in mind that this season's performance really was not an aberration. The Giants' defense really wasn't very good in 2011, either. Yes, they had the six-game stretch at the end of the season where schemes were simplified and they performed at a championship level, and ultimately won a Super Bowl. Yes, they had 48 sacks in 2011 to 33 for this season. The 2011 group still finished 22nd in the NFL in total defense and surrendered 22.8 points per game, more points per game than it did this season.There are three fundamental issues, and all have been present for most of the past two seasons.
Let's examine all three areas, and where Fewell may or may not be culpable." Read more...
- Inconsistent pass rush
- Inability to stop the run
- Surrendering too many long passing plays