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New York Giants Secondary Having Trouble Early, but All Hope is not Lost

September 18th, 2012 at 3:00 PM
By Simon Garron-Caine

The New York Giants secondary has had its fair share of troubles through the first two weeks, allowing Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys to put up 307 yards and three touchdowns in the air in Week one and a pair of 41-yard touchdowns to Josh Freeman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Perhaps the Giants thinnest position given the health concerns and lack of experience, there's still hope. Ever the optimists, we here at Giants 101 have five ways the Giants pass defense can improve.

1) Get Corey Webster playing like Corey Webster again

Perhaps the most shocking thing about the poor cornerback play the first two weeks is that Webster's been one of the primary culprits. We were ready for growing pains from the younger players, but thought Webster was the one we could count on. Corey's career has been marked by ups-and-downs, most notably illustrated during the 2007 super bowl run when he went from being benched to a key playmaker in the playoffs, and the first two games this year have certainly looked like they belong in the "down" category.

2) Prince Amukamara getting on the field and playing like a first round pick

We haven't noticed a ton of excitement for Amukamara's return which is a bit surprising given the situation at cornerback. The Prince stepping into a starting role across from Webster and playing like a first-rounder is exactly what the doctor ordered for this Giants team: besides giving the Giants the starter they desperately need and keeping us from ever hearing about cold tubs again, it would also help the next two points for Amukamara to get on the field by Thursday.

3) Get Michael Coe healthy

Remember when Michael Coe was a guy hanging around the back of the depth chart? Well Coe's earned his stripes and despite giving up a few plays so far this year has shown he can hold his own as an NFL corner. Best case scenario for the Giants is that Coe is the fourth cornerback behind Webster, Amukama and Jayron Hosley. But Coe's already started a game this year and might be called on for more. We'd love to get him over that hamstring before it lingers and turns into something worse.

4) Keep Jayron Hosely off the fast track

Hosley's story illustrates how banged up the Giants are at cornerback: Hosley's a rookie third-round draft pick who started the second game of his NFL career despite missing much of preseason with turf toe. On a Tom Coughlin team, that's almost unheard of. But Hosley's looked the part of an NFL corner so far and the Giants are going to need him this year.

Hosley’s sure looked the part so far, but we can’t help but to think all parties involved are better off if Coe and Amukamara can stay on the field and keep Hosley’s progression slow and steady. Besides the lingering turf toe for Hosley, we’ve seen what a few bad games can do to a young corner’s psyche.

5) For heaven's sake, get to the quarterback!

The Giants have four sacks so far on the season but the pass rush has at times left a lot to be desired. The best way to help out a struggling cornerback group is to get pressure on the quarterback.

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35 Responses to “New York Giants Secondary Having Trouble Early, but All Hope is not Lost”

  1.  BigBlueGiant says:

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    BigBlueGiant says:
    September 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Luzz,

    Had another losing week.

    had a 10 pt 3 team tease with the Pats, Giants, and Texans for 300. Woulda covered if the “Holding” on woodhead woulda been called back.

    Took B’more. Covered. ( +2.5)

    Took Dallas, lost.

    Took Oakland, lost.

    I’m not playing until the real refs are back. These officials can’t handle the speed of NFL.

  2.  norm says:

    #5 is the key.

    This defense lives and dies with its pass rush. When it’s clicking, you can have Geoffrey Freakin’ Pope and James Freakin’ Butler back there in a playoff game against a high powered passing attack and live to tell the tale.

    But when that pass rush is invisible, even Revis and Deion would have a tough time keeping the wolves from the door.

    I don’t care how good a trio, Prince, Hosley, and Webster turn out to be. Give today’s QBs enough time in today’s NFL, those three will get fricasseed regardless. Just as would any other top CB whose defense fails to generate adequate pressure on the front end.

  3.  kujo says:

    I don’t know how you “get” Webster back to his old self. It’s easier said than done.

  4.  JimStoll says:

    hard to get excited about Prince until he proves he’s healthy and that he can play

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    I don’t think a few bad games would hurt Hosley. He is called “Swag” for a reason. He has undying confidence in himself that is so necessary at CB. Some players are just ready to play as rookies and to me Hosley has that feel maybe more than any rookie since Nicks. It seems that whatever has been asked of him so far he’s handled with ease maybe safe for one punt. I like both Prince and Coe. I expected both to be ahead of Hosley this year. But I just think Hosley is the type of kid that it hard to knock out of a starting spot. If Prince or Coe don’t start vs Carolina Hosley might stay in that starting role for years. I understand that Prince and Coe have more tha traditional size you look for with todays WRs but there’s just something about Hosley that says to me he won’t give up that spot. Prince will still get a chance to play plenty if Hosley starts.

  6.  F0XLIN says:

    1 of the 2 sacks we had Friday was a coverage sack. Definitely improved from the Dallas game but a lot more room for improvement.

    Webster is the most puzzling to me

  7.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Webster looks like he might have lost a step.

    I hope that’s not the case, but he’s been burned constantly out there.

  8.  F0XLIN says:

    I don’t see a lost step out there, I mostly see poor technique, getting turned around, overall sloppy out there.

    I think he’ll bounce back. I’d like to key in on him tonight during NFL replay

  9.  JimStoll says:

    if Michael Strahan were here he would say: it’s only 2 games; let’s calm down
    I’m guessing we will see Tuck, Osi and Corey return to form sooner rather than later

  10.  GOAT56 says:

    I have to say I’m excited to see many new things vs Carolina:

    1) To see our new OL configuration play a full game on the road. And see if they can build on Sunday’s outstanding work.

    2) To see Andre Brown. Was that game just a random occurance of a JAG level player or was that game a sign that Brown really might now be the back we thought we had before he got injured?

    3) To see Holsey and Prince play. I know Hosley played last game but this game I think he will be under attack. Can Prince provide the high level cover CB we so desperately need?

    4) How Fewell unleashes the trio of Rivers, Boley and Williams. I know all three played in week one but vs Carolina they could see a lot of action together (at least 2 of them) to help us match the Pathers’ speed.

    5) Our 3rd WR. Barden will get a good amount of snaps but I think Randle will get his shot on a handful of plays. I think Randle is the type that knowing he really could play will make him practice better and therefore encourage the coaches to play him more.

    6) Austin/Kuhn, can they give us something? Joseph and Benard need help so one of these young DTs is sorely needed to step up.

    7) Osi/Tuck, will one or both of these guys revert back into the player we have seen for years? Even if not as dominate as they once were can they at least make a few plays?

    8) Bennett, can he cut out the mistakes and continue to develop into a Mark Bavaro all-around TE?

    9) Can the WR pair keep it up? Is Nicks healthy enough to at least demand the respect the opens up all the other WRs? And can Cruz be consistent with his catching the ball. Although he had a great game some of his catches looked a little uneasy catching several balls.

    10) Can Eli play likes it’s the 4th quarter for 4 quarters? We all know Eli is great but he can be consistenly great throughout the course of the game for the whole season? That great 4th quarter helped bail us out of the hole he played a big role in putting us in. Those type of INTs are something Eli shouldn’t be making consistently.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      We gotta get Blackburn off the field. He’s becoming a liability on defense.

      also, can we cut Jerningan now? I think Reese might have overvalued him like Reid did with Jaiquawn Jarret

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