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New York Giants Prepared to Make Adjustments Due to Chase Blackburn’s Knowledge of System

September 21st, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Shortly after linebacker Chase Blackburn signed with the Carolina Panthers in May, his former teammate, Spencer Paysinger, reached out to him in an effort to obtain a holy grail: Blackburn's notebook, which contains, perhaps, some of the most detailed information about the New York Giants' defensive and special teams schemes known to exist.

“I remember when he signed with Carolina, I sent him a message,” Paysinger said. “I said, ‘Let me get your notebook so I can study.’ Because the coaches always talk about how he’s a master note-taker.”

The request was denied, however. Despite his love of all things Big Blue, Blackburn knew a week three game against his former team loomed. As such, he opted to keep the notebook so that he and his new team would be fully prepared by the time New York came to town.

“I’ve gotta keep it for when I play you guys," Blackburn told Paysinger.

With that detailed information in enemy hands, the Giants know they are going to need to make some changes this Sunday. And not just on defense, but special teams as well.

“[He is] probably one of the smartest guys I’ve ever been around,” special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said. "You do have to be aware that he does know all of the return schemes, coverage schemes and calls. … So you have to make adjustments that way.”

Unfortunately for the Giants, Blackburn isn't the only person on the Carolina Panthers sideline who knows a little something about their schemes and playbook. Former wide receiver Domenik Hixon also now calls Carolina home, and is just as familiar with the offensive system as Blackburn is with the defensive system. And, of course, both played important roles for the Giants on special teams.

Oh, and there's also the matter of former Giants Senior Pro Personnel Analyst, Dave Gettleman, who is now the Panthers' General Manager.

Needless to say, the Panthers are about as familiar with the Giants and everything they do as one opposing team could possibly be.

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12 Responses to “New York Giants Prepared to Make Adjustments Due to Chase Blackburn’s Knowledge of System”

  1.  JimStoll says:

    well, despite the title of your article, the one thing the giants are is rigid and stubborn
    I suspect they won’t change a thing
    whether it will matter or not having those guys over there is an open question, but I keep remembering someone (Mike Patterson when he was an Eagle?) saying we were always the msot predictable team they played year in, year out
    in addition, were not the Denver D-Linemen saying our o-line was tipping pass/run every play?

    •  rlhjr says:

      WOW…………………The real difference is in days past the Giants had the horses up front and in the backfield to run the football even when the other team knew it was coming. That made play action and draw plays more effective. I don’t recall this ball club (in my time watching them) ever being a good screen play unit.

      On defense, the other team knew the Giants were going to take away the run. If you chose to pass, then you can deal with Taylor, Marshall and Martin to name a few.
      And there was always middle pressure.

      This offensive line is weak in every since of the word with the exception of the tackles.
      The defense is missing JPP and linebackers. It’s hard to win with that handicap.
      But hope does spring eternal.

  2.  GIANTT says:

    Chase Blackburn blah blah blah – Ok , the guy has the playbook but can he execute ? Knowing whats coming and doing something about it are two different things . Go back and look at all the commentaries for YEARS on his physical skills and finally the Giants let him go , same thing with Hixon .

  3.  kujo says:

    Hey Jared.

    Why don’t you go f-ck yourself? Keep that sorta sh-t off of this board. These are human beings, not video game avatars. Coughlin is a Hall of Fame coach of the old school variety, not accustomed to sharing his feelings with a bunch of pear shaped reporters with tape recorders and pencils. He’s of the generation who greets death with solemnity and resolve, not the current p-ssified one who requires counseling, “healing ceremonies” and acai tea. He’ll be fine, but you know that, and instead decided to use this family tragedy as an excuse to say he should step down.

    D-ck move. Unbecoming of a member of this board.

  4.  GmenMania says:

    LOL at the Giants making adjustments to their system. Fewell never adjusts. That’s his M.O.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Fewell adjusts and tinkers all the time. Remember the 60 minute nickel defense vs the Colts 3 years ago? The 4/4 last year vs the Ravens, the game he blitzed for 60 minutes even with a 3 TD lead and we ended up loosing to the Eagles? The 3/4 he’s been experimenting with?Sometimes we get on these mindless kicks because they are group think or joked about endlessly on here while they are quite untrue.

  5.  Jared says:

    I hope Blackbird has a good game. The Giants should have kept him. On a separate note, it seems like fewer people are posting those days. norm, are you out there? Maybe a lot of Giants101 fans are losing interest because this team is looking like a real embarrassment. I never thought I would see the day when the three or four best players consist of the QB and three of his receivers. Even in the worst of times, I miss the defense and days old old.

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