I think Bill Burt of the Eagle Tribune writes a fantastic article.
I think this is a must read for all NFL fans.
Although New England blew out Cleveland in their matchup, the Giants defensive coaching staff used this game as a template. Recall, during their three Super Bowl victories, Browns coach Romeo Crennel was the Patriots defensive coordinator. The Pats defeated New England 34-17. However, the game was closer than the score indicates. New England had 3 interceptions in this game. One was returned for a TD and the other two were in Browns territory. As a result of having a short field, the Pats converted Browns miscues into touchdowns. The Browns defensive was able to get some pressure on Brady and their defensive backs were physical with the Pats' receivers.
In their preparation for Super Bowl XLII, the Giants defensive coaches looked at their notes from the Pats 3 point victory and the Browns game.
1. Pressure Brady
2. Stop the run
3. recognize the screens to backs and receivers
In my preview of Super Bowl XLII, I support you to read it.
The post is titled a Recipe for a Giant Victory.
Besides putting pressure on Brady, I thought the Giants had to stop the run. I think Laurence Maroney is a future star in this league. If the Giants defense was able to contain Maroney, this would make the Pats more predictable. Since our defensive backfield was finally healthy, I thought we matched up well against the Pats' receivers.
I thought the so-called experts focused too much on the Patriots passing game and how the Giants would have to put pressure on Brady. I do not recall any expert talk about the excellent Patriots running attack.
Without question, I think Bill Burt is an astute sports writer by interviewing Guinta. Again, I thought and Guinta validates stopping the run was an integral part of the Giants defensive game plan.
Besides hearing about the huge Webster play on the 3rd and 20 being discussed on wfan radio in New York, Guinta comments on Corey Webster's tremendous effort to run with Randy Moss stride for stride and then tip the ball so Moss cannot make a play. Guinta thinks if Webster does not make a play, Moss catches the ball and takes it to the house.
As a Giants fan, my first game was the "Miracle in the Meadowlands" game. Giants fans call it "The Fumble Game". I was eight years old. I still cannot believe we blew that game.
When the Giants scored the go ahead touchdown with 35 seconds left, my first thought was I think we left too much time on the clock. As a fan, I have been so accustomed to seeing the Giants having a game won then seeing in disbelief a game slip away.
As I am writing this post, one game comes to mind:
In 2003, the Giants playing the Bill Parcells Cowboys (his first season at the helm) on Monday Night Football. The Giants trailing for most of the game come back to take the lead with 11 seconds left. Unfortuanately, the Giants do not execute.( a kickoff out of bounds)Then,a perfect pass from Quincy Carter to Antonio Bryant to set up a game tying field goal. The game went to ovetime which the Cowboys won.
Back to the 3rd and 20 play, I had a feeling New England was going to score. I could not watch that play. My wife told me the pass fell incomplete.
Please check out Mike and the Mad Dog show audio clip dated February 4th with Phil Simms. They discuss with Simms the Giants Super Bowl victory as well as the Corey Webster play.
Also, please look at the picture on my blog of the 3rd and 20 play. Webster is right there with Moss and tips the ball away. www.nygmennfl.blogspot.com
I saw Corey Webster play at LSU. If he did not get injured in his senior year, I think he would have been a first round draft pick. The Giants picked him in the second round in 2005. Watching Webster play at Tiger Stadium, I recall him having good cover skills as well as having a long arm span. I think his long arm span was tantamount in him making the play against Moss.