East Rutherford, NJ – The New York Giants’ defense will look different this season, which isn’t a bad thing considering they ranked 21st overall last year. When teams wanted – and needed – to score on them, they usually did.
The Giants won 79-0 in the final two minutes of the first half in 2021. They were spared further embarrassment because the opponent did not need to do it again in the final two minutes of the game during the 4-13 season. That included 10 double-digit losses.
Defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale inherits a group that pressed opposing quarterbacks in just 24.2% of dropouts last season, the fifth worst in NFL Next Gen Stats. General Manager Gu Xin took up this issue, using the Fifth General Selection in 2022 NFL Draft On the edge of the rush kefon tebodo To direct what would be expected to be an aggressive defense that relied on perceiving pressure from across the formation to assure opposition to infractions.
“You want to dictate the offense rather than just sit there and let them dictate to you,” Martindale said last week. “I think this is a game of mods and matches and everything else, but I’d rather they get a headache and stay up for five nights before we play them to see what we’re going to do and [we will] Try to make different looks every time we play, because pressure breaks pipes. This is our philosophy.”
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He is embraced by his players.
“Oh, Wink, it’s really fun. I think we all enjoy it,” Safety Xavier McKinney He said. “You know, there is a lot of aggression. It just gives us energy. We are able to go out and play without worrying about making mistakes, so it just gives us a lot of freedom to go play and attack and be our playmakers in our defence.”
Martindale shook more than anyone in the NFL during his four years as the Baltimore Ravens coordinator, when his defenses ranked first (2018), fourth (2019), seventh (2020) and 25 (2021) overall. Those units led the league in its first three seasons with 39.6%, 54.9% and 45.3%, respectively, before dropping to the last sixth season (31.1%) according to Pro Football reviewers.
“It puts a lot of people in the line of melee,” one scout described a defense led by Martindale. “He’s not afraid of the coach.”
Enter Thibodeaux, whose first step and speed will be used throughout this defense. The common belief is that he is an outstanding passing player that the Giants have been missing for years, a player who could be a pivot for Martindale. New York had only one real payment instrument (Marcus Golden in 2018) has scored double-digit sacks over the past seven seasons. Baltimore also only had one rim thruster (Terrell Suggs(2017) reached double-digit sacks during the same period, however, Martindale defenses ranked in the top ten in three of his four seasons as coordinator.
Martindale and outside linebacker coach Drew Wilkins deemed Tibodou the highest-ranking in the draft, in part because they could visualize him dashing from various positions, including indoors where they believed his pace could be a nightmare to reconcile against an excessive inside lineman. .
“He was very fit for us in Wink’s defence,” Wilkins said. “He has all the skill sets we’re looking for. He can be a dominant player, explosive, violent and relentless, then everything else you can see is required.”
Martindale’s pressure often leaves his appearance on Isle, and in his four seasons as coordinator he played Baltimore the fifth most man-to-man defense (39.9%) in the NFL according to NFL Next Gen stats.
It proved to be a problem last season when a minor injury contributed to the Ravens’ ranking last in nursing defense.
“Don’t go to DoorDash to find a spare corner,” Martindale said he learned.
It could be tough this season in New York, because the Giants lost the top-back James Bradbury Recently as a salary cap victim. Adoree ‘Jackson’who has missed 22 games over the past three seasons, is the first corner and 2021 in the third round Aaron Robinson He is the favorite to win the other job.
The Giants High School 111 has a combined career start, which makes it a serious question mark entering the season considering what Martindale wants to do. Jackson welcomes the challenge.
“I feel like everything, turns into [man-to-man coverage], “He said.” Whoever comes down and I play whatever, zone, I pretty much got them. I ended up matching [up]. …it’s third and fifth and he’s running 8 yards? You’ll match it… you won’t stay in third place [of the field] Because that’s what your mission tells you. At the end of the day, it’s about being a footballer and understanding what’s going on.”
With a dash of repurposed passes and high school quests – the Giants have signed former Ravens players unemployed Maurice Kennedy And the Khalil Dorsey ON MAY 18 – Martindale’s defense is set to a fairly bottom line this season. He doesn’t seem to care.
“Look, we’ll control the narrative,” said Martindale. “That’s what I’ll tell you.” “People can say whatever they want to say. We’ll see when it’s time to start that there in Nashville [against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1]. We’ll see where we’ll be by then. But we control the narrative in the room, and I’m excited for the season.”