We witnessed the collapse of a historically good, if not great, defensive team.
For whatever the reason, (Bill Sheridan, injuries, lack of leadership, etc.) the New York Giants lacked a defensive scheme that worked.
In steps Perry Fewell.
Fewell will be incorporating a new defensive scheme when he steps into training camp this year: the Tampa 2 defense.
The Tampa 2 was created by Tony Dungy, Monte Kiffin, and Lovie Smith when they were at Tampa Bay. It is mainly a zone-coverage scheme with pressure being created by the front four. Less blitzes come from a Tampa 2 defense.
Each player on the front line is designated to a gap. Each linebacker, cornerback, and safety is to play a specific zone and be good in run support.
The Tampa 2 is a bend but don't break system. Can New York use it correctly though?
This sounds like a great scheme for the Giants. A good front line that can create pressure, a good secondary in run support, and a zone scheme since it seemed like the secondary was getting beat an awful lot last year.
There are some doubts about implementing this defense. The Tampa 2 requires some solid tacklers. Solid tackling isn't something that comes to mind when you think of this corps of players. We have seen the Giants struggle with tackling over the past year.
The Giants front four has been a combination of beasts in the past. Where was that last year? The Giants went through stretches with slim to no pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Not exactly a good thing when your front four is the only reinforcements.
A zone scheme seems like a good idea for this defense. But didn't we see a lot of zone coverage against the Eagles and Saints last year? They sure exploited some holes. It looked like a lot of the players were not being loyal to their respective stations in the zone.
Maybe these were all flukes. Maybe we can blame the injuries. Maybe some new players will be brought in to take the positions of those who don't fit. Hopefully we can give the benefit of the doubt to the Giants and say this might work. But if the defense is anything like last year, the Tampa 2 will fail.