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Playing Smart is the Key to Stopping Chip Kelly
Whether it's a player out of position or making the wrong read, one mistake on the defensive side of the ball can lead to catastrophic results in this offensive-friendly environment.
When you line up against a Chip Kelly offense, you are lining up against an offense that is fueled by defenses making mistakes.
Blow your coverage or miss a read, and before you can recover chances are the Eagles will be enjoying the sweet nectar of pay dirt.
That's why one of the main priorities for Big Blue this offseason should be learning to limit mistakes, and stop giving up the big play.
In 2012-13, the Giants allowed 60 pass plays of 20 yards or more (fourth-worst in the league), 29 passes of at least 30 yards (last in the NFL) and 13 pass plays of 40 yards or more (second-worst in the NFL).
Those numbers are down right terrible. If you're Kelly, you can't help but have dreams about attacking that Giants defense.
So how do they fix it?
Well first, it's going to be up the coaching staff and defensive veterans to make sure that everyone has their head on straight come game day. Limiting mistakes from the top, down.
Secondly, Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell needs to simplify his coverage schemes and let guys play to their strengths.
By playing smart and staying true to their assignments, the Giants should be able to bother Kelly's offense enough to slow them down.
Remember, this isn't college football. The NFL is made up of the best players in the world. If the Giants can play mistake-free football, the Eagles offense may never fully be able to get off the ground.