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New York Giants’ Michael Boley Says Defense was Doomed Because of “Poor Tackling”

November 5th, 2012 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Despite their top two running backs being inactive with injury, the Pittsburgh Steelers had one goal in mind on Sunday: establish the run. It was something the New York Giants were entirely prepared for, yet something they were completely unable to stop as Isaac Redman rushed for 147 yards and a score. Asked after the game why Big Blue couldn't slow down the third-string back, linebacker Michael Boley simply pointed out that, as everyone watching the game saw, tackling was horrific.

“Poor tackling,” Boley said. “We just didn’t stop it.”

With a few exceptions, the Giants were able to diagnose runs and the gaps with good pre-snap reads. Throughout the game, they were making the proper defensive adjustments, putting people in the right places and executing until they got to the ball carrier. From there, all hell broke loose said defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

“We missed tackles, that’s what happened,” he said. “People were in their gaps and where they were supposed to be; we were in the right position to make plays. We just didn’t make them. It’s unfortunate.”

The poor tackling only compounds a larger issue for the Giants, and that's their 5th-worst ranked run defense. Going into Sunday, they were allowing opponents to rush for 4.6 yards per carry, and that number will only get worse after allowing Redman to surge for 5.7 yards per carry.

Things get slightly easier for the Giants in week 10 as they take on BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Cincinnati Bengals, who are averaging just 3.8 yards per carry.

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24 Responses to “New York Giants’ Michael Boley Says Defense was Doomed Because of “Poor Tackling””

  1.  Levito says:

    Seems to me like the Giants have been selling out to stop the pass lately. The pass rushers are desperately trying to get to the QB, while the opposing O lines get to the LBs really quickly. We don’t have LBs who can shed a block from an O lineman and average RBs are getting to the second level really quickly.

    While there was some poor tackling on Wallace’s long TD run, he didn’t have to break too many tackles because Fewell sent the house at Ben. I don’t understand why he can’t just send 5 players here and there. He doesn’t blitz much, it’s almost always a 4 man rush. But when he does blitz, he sends everyone. The 4 man rush comes close often, it seems like a 5 man rush here and there might hit home without leaving the rest of the field completely exposed.

  2.  giantsfan says:

    Looks like Shanahan has given up on the season. Weird to give up so early and announcing it to the world… I wonder what the owner thinks about that…

    “Now you’re playing to see who, obviously, is going to be on your football team for years to come,” Shanahan said. “Now we get a chance to evaluate players and see where we’re at.”

    •  demo3356 says:

      I thought it a little premature myself. Especially with so many NFC Teams struggling. There are only 7 teams in the conference with winning records so its not like they are out of it. their only 2 games behind the Vikings and Seahawks for the last wild card. It’s not like either of them are going to win more than 8-9 games this season.

  3.  nick86 says:

    A few things really stuck out from yesterday…

    #1 our front 7 getting whipped upfront. A lot heat on the LBS and tackling issues, but Redman had big lanes to run through. that doesn’t happen if DL are taking on their blockers and getting penetration.

    #2 Eli- stunk the place up. WRs not getting open and 2nd half protection problems sure didnt help him, but he was off all day. And hasnt really played well in several weeks. That interception to Ike Taylor was horrendous.

    #3- Playcalling. Gilbride has fallen in love with the reputation that the Gmen have earned being such a big play offense. Too many deep balls, not enough underneath routes and commitment to the run. Its creative to take a shot on 3rd and 1, but not if you do it every week!!! Just line up and ram it down their throats with Brown who looked like our best ball carrier yesterday.

    #4 Diehl. I disagreed with posters who thought Locklear should get the start. I agree with the notion that a guy shouldnt lose his job because of an injury. But based off his performance He lost his job. Obviosely the OL as a unit has funtioned much better with him on the bench than with him in the line up.

    Hopefully this is a wake up call. Gotta have next weeks game because after the bye the competition gets serious. Im not throwing dirt on NO, PHI or WASH. Any of those teams can line up and beat the Gmen down if they dont play better.

    •  Chad Eldred says:

      I don’t believe there is any merit to the thinking that a player shouldn’t lose his job to injury. If the guy who replaces the injured player performs better, you keep playing him. This is professional sports, not a charity.

  4.  ERICHONIUS says:

    Man, tynes was awful in this past game… If you are looking for someone to blame for the horrible kickoff coverage, you should take a long hard look at tynes and his low, line drive, no hang time, noodle leg kickoffs. It put the ball in Rainey’s hands too early and let him have too much time to scan the field and gave no where near enough time for the coverage to get down the field.
    I mean the best position tynes left the defense all game was probably on the missed 51 yard field goal.

    •  demo3356 says:

      His leg is probably tired from kicking 800 filed goals through 9 games..

    •  fanfor55years says:

      The coverage was PATHETIC. Blame Tynes all you want, but the cover guys neither worked off their blocks nor tackled when they had the opportunity.

      The Steelers return team is really, really good. We needed some starters out there dealing with them given Rainey’s ability.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        We have been general good in coverage this year. Why the sudden breakdowns? Even if Pitt has a great return unit that many long returns is inexcusable starters or not. Not having more starters out there does fly with to me. I’m not saying it wouldn’t have helped but it seems we just didn’t execute and/or we were out schemed.

        •  fanfor55years says:

          It was execution. But by the time the second half came around Coughlin should have said “use a few starters because these guys are killing us.” I’ve never been a big fan of Quinn’s, but his guys weren’t doing what had to be done and there is a lot of dead wood out there on special teams.

          They need Hill, Herzlich, Downtown Brown and a few others on those teams. And don’t think for one moment that the absence of Blackburn didn’t matter.

      •  ERICHONIUS says:

        coverage is better if the cover guys are able to get down to the 25 as the returner is taking the ball out that way they can close and not give any seams, and at the very least make the returner change direction. Rainy was meeting the coverage at the 30 yard line… they had too much field to cover and even if they made the first tackle it still would be a good return, all rainey had to do was make one person miss and he has 60 yards. It is on the kicker to put up kickoffs which give the coverage time to get down field, Tynes failed. Period.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    Last year taught me a lot in watching our team. We really have to be patient. One bad performance or even a few don’t mean much in the long term view of a season. As someone pointed out our offense is been pretty bad for the last 14 quarters. The last 5 years Eli and Gillbride have put up a top 5-10 offense each season. So I see these recent struggles as just a bump in the road. Eli has played his worse stretch of football in a long time. He is not becoming a bum all of a sudden, he will reverse course. There have been throws there that he has just missed that he hasn’t missed in the past. KG does need to re-asses some things and I believe add some more medium throws. It seems that everything we try is short or long but not as many medium throws. Some of that is on KG but also on Eli. Everything has just been out of sync. That being said most of our struggles have been against very good defenses. I think we are just making a play of two back ot getting in sync.

    I can’t believe we re-inserted Diehl. The OL had been playing well for the most part. That was a bad move and I hope TC/KG/PF have the guts to admit the mistake and pull Diehl.

    We are still an offensive team. The defense has pretty much held up its end with the points it’s allowed this year. It might look bad at times but with the redzone defense and the TOs forced they have been “good enough.” The offense simple has to play better.

    All and all considering how we have played and who we played 6-3 is a good record. I understand the worry as compared to the last few years. But being 6-3 from what I consider a poor effort by our best player is nothing to be concerned about. I fully expect Eli to turn it around. While the WRs, KG and the OL certainly have some blame, I think it mostly falls on Eli. He’s a great player that’s just not playing that way right now. When he plays great it makes everything work. I don’t think we have seen Eli play great too often this year. If he starts to play football like last year or close to we will be fine. We are getting better play from our other areas this year except of passing game. The OL has clearly protected Eli better so it’s on him and the WRs to do better jobs.

  6.  demo3356 says:

    On the bright side, despite all our offensive Woes, only the Patriots (262) have scored more points than the Giants (254) this season.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    This lousy tackling is nothing new. It has been a problem all season. Our defensive tackles and linebackers have been awful with their technique.

    The Steelers have some serious beef in their interior line and they were falt-out beating us in the trenches, but then we needed herzlich to come up big and he most definitely did not do so. Much of the first half he hit the wrong gap. He was better in the second half, but not by much. Horrible game. And while I am not about to jump to radical conclusions about him I will say this: if we’re going to make use of light, fast, linebackers on the outside but still hope to control the run game, we need a MUCH more explosive, talented, MIKE for this defense than anyone we have on this roster. I think Herzlich will get better, but I didn’t see any indication that he was going to be the answer against teams that can run the ball and have a quarterback who will keep the chains moving.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      The troubling thing is that for the large part we have been in position this year but can’t tackle. If they track defensive yards after contact against running plays we have to be near the bottom of the NFL.

  8.  giantsfan says:

    Anyone heard anything about Canty? I wasnt able to watch the entire game, and heard he was injured.

  9.  GOAT56 says:

    We win the bengal game in any fashion and we are in very strong position to at least have a chance to defend our title. Lose and we leave an opening and put some doubt in our own minds.

    I don’t think we played well in 3 weeks but got through that stretch 2-1 by winning the 2 games we had to win. But we have to get back to playing better football. I think this loss could have been a good thing because if you keep on winning games playing the way we were in might set a bad example.

    We will be playing a team that’s basically playing for their season so while they have struggled we have to expect a great effort from them.

    •  giantsfan says:

      If this loss serves as a successful wake up call, then there is no better loss than an out of division one. Let’s hope they make some corrections. I don’t expect it as the team as a whole has had some serious issues. But here’s to hoping…

  10.  giantsfan says:

    What if Drew Bledsoe never lost his job due to an injury???

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