Spagnuolo's defense has shaky preseason debut

It wasn't exactly smooth sailing for Steve Spagnuolo's defense as the Cincinnati Bengals went up and down the field on Friday night.

The football season has just begun, but that doesn’t mean New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo can’t be a little annoyed about how his defense is performing so far.

After the Giants 23-10 loss in their first preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Spagnuolo was a little disappointed in how his defense performed in the game.

“I didn’t think we started out like we should have, that was a little disappointing,” Spags said. “Cincinnati came out and jumped us pretty quick, I thought got us on our heels a little bit. Not encouraging to give up all of the long run plays, I think a lot of that can be fixed.”

The Giants defense gave up a total of 227 yards rushing yards, which is something no defensive coordinator wants see in the box score at the end of the game.

“I think if you were to ask every one of our guys to a man, we would’ve thought that we would have played more physical and faster,” Spagnuolo admitted from the defenses overall play in the game. “We’re all trying to put our finger on that, and I think everybody has to look in the mirror first. But that is the goal. I think you can make up for a lot of mistakes if you do that, we all know that.”

Even though he was a little disappointed in his units play against Bengals, Spagnuolo knows his defense is going to have its struggles early on.

It’s a new defensive system, and the Giants are very young defense overall, so Spags wasn’t surprised with some of the mistakes that were made on the field during the game.

“I knew we were going to get general and there’s a lot of youth on our side of the ball,” Spagnuolo said. “I think they were thinking too much because they wanted to be right, and it’s the first game. I’m hoping in this next go-around, that it will be think fast and just go.”

For all the negatives that went on for the Giants defense in Cincinnati, there were a lot of positives too for the Big Blue D to hang their hats on.

They played well when having their backs against the walls in the red zone, the defensive line was able to get some pressure on the quarterback, that attributed to a couple of sacks and the secondary was able to force a turnover on a interception by cornerback Trevin Wade.

“I thought the young guys did some good things,” Spagnuolo said. “It was encouraging to see us play good in the red zone. I was kind of impressed with some of the things that the guys did up front. All in all, I think we’ve got a long way to go, but I think the guys are willing to do the things they need to do to get there.”

The next test for the Giants defense will come this Saturday night at MetLife, when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars in the team’s second preseason game.

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