Defensive Keys to the Game: Giants vs Pats

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo met with the media to share his thoughts on potent Patriots offense.

The Giants will have their hands full when they try to upset Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday. Luckily for Big Blue, Steve Spagnuolo helped devise the gameplan that foiled the Patriots perfect season back in 2007. The Giants coodrinator wasn't focused on looking back on his past success, but merely putting his team in the best position to win on Sunday.

This past week, New Yrk received a major boost last week with JPP returning to the pass rotation. When asked about his debut performance, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo had some choice words about the former pro bowl defensive end.

“Rusty, like you would expect him to be. He’s trying to find his – I don’t want to say find his niche, just find his tools, then oil them up and get ready to go. He’s had another week under his belt, so hopefully that makes a difference this week.”

JPP’s impact will need to felt this upcoming week as they face Tom Brady, who has one of the fastest releases in all of football. The Giants pass rush will have to find some way to disrupt Brady and the offense if they aren’t able to create immediate pressure.

“With any quarterback that gets it out that quick, the best way to defend is to affect the guys he’s throwing to. So we’ve got to find ways to cover better and maybe mix and change things up a little bit.”

However on longer developing plays, Spagnuolo knows that the Patriots utilize Rob Gronkowski in an array of formats. The massive tightend is nearly un-coverable in one on one coverage.

”Just sheer size makes it tough. We don’t have anybody with that kind of size, a lot of teams don’t. You’ve got to fight in different, other ways. Try to get him at the line of scrimmage and put three guys on him, I don’t know. Find a way to take him away, he’s pretty good.”

While it’s no secret that the Giants will be trying to take away Gronkowski like that Patriots are trying to eliminate Beckham, Spagnuolo also admitted they may need a few lucky breaks in order to knock off a quarterback who rarely will give opposing defense impact play opportunities. The defensive coordinator gave a lot of praise to Brady.

“He’s going to make you earn an interception…we need a couple of breaks, maybe he’ll have a bad day. That’s what we’re hoping for.”

The Giants will attempt to implement these strategies and circumstances this Sunday at 4:25PM where they aim to once again knock-off an undefeated Patriots unit.



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