The obvious area of emphasis was the very first drive in which the Giants allowed Andy Dalton to hit A.J. Green on 56-yard touchdown pass in which the secondary looked completely confused.
Stevie Brown was supposed to slide over in coverage, but Corey Webster should have realized, according to Giunta, what was going on as the veteran guy.
“Everybody is just being aggressive and trying to make plays, instead of doing what they’re supposed to do,” Giunta said. “He should have just been a little more patient and waited for the other guys to get there to execute their responsibilities.”
This season, the Giants’ defense has given the most touchdown passes of over 25 yards of any team in the NFL. Giunta said that the secondary has been very inconsistent when it comes to giving up big plays.
“Sometimes, the ball is being thrown over 25 yards down the field,” he said. “Sometimes, we have to get up and tackle better. It’s a multitude of things. It’s not just one thing as the reason that that happens. When we studied it last year, we found out that we gave up a lot of big plays over 25 yards. Yet, when the ball is in the air over 25 yards, we were one of the better teams in the league in stopping those kinds of throws. Part of it is making plays on the ball down the field on the deep throws. The other part of it is making tackles when we should.”
Giunta said that it’s his job as a coach to put his players in the position to make plays, and it’s frustrating when his players miss tackles or screw up coverage.
Still, it must be taken into account that the Giants’ secondary has dealt with injuries all season. Brown has played over his head, but Webster was banged up early and is just starting to come back into his own as a player.
“He’s (Webster) coming on,” Giunta said. “He’s healthy now, he’s able to go. Give him credit. He played through all the nicks and bangs and stuff. He had the broken hand, the different injuries he had. He did a good job of fighting through all of that stuff and not being able to practice every day.”
Giunta commented that Jayron Hosley is learning the schemes and mistakes are inevitable.
“He’s (Hosley) a pretty resilient player,” Giunta said. “The big thing is you correct and point out what you can do better to prevent those plays from happening in the future. To his credit, he’s not a repeat offender. He corrects what he does wrong and he goes on and does better the next time out. A lot of these things are new experiences to him.”
Finally, Giunta said Prince Amukamara is making progress now that he’s playing multiple games in a row.
“He (Amukamara) was very productive in this past game,” Giunta said. “He’s been very tight in his coverage; two balls we thought he could have gotten, he had his hands on, just didn’t finish the play. He’s learning from what he’s done well and what he hasn’t done as well and corrected those things. I’m very pleased with the way he’s starting to play.”
The signs are there that this unit will improve in the coming weeks, but giving up the big touchdown plays must stop.
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