The Giants will be more wary of the Redskins’ offense this time around. Not only the ability of the rookie QB (Robert Griffin III) and RB (Alfred Morris) but the playcalling as well.
The Skins have been amping it up the past few weeks and Griffin has been taking more shots down the field. In the first meeting against the Giants, Griffin threw two TDs – both to veteran WR Santana Moss. Each occurred inside the 30 yard line.
The Giants, like everyone else, have been watching. Since coming off their Week 10 bye, Griffin has tossed eight touchdowns – four in each game. He is gaining confidence and seeing the field much better. He is running the triple option with great success and throwing with flawless accuracy to boot. Tom Coughlin was asked if his team, having faced Griffin already, will use what they’ve learned in their prior meeting to their advantage.
“I hope there’s that immediate recall when they look at the tape of our game. They amassed a lot of yards and did an awful lot of very good things and I’m hoping that there is some recall and that’s where you start from. You’re obviously going to do some tweaking of how we played them and what was good and what wasn’t good and so on and so forth. But if you’ve got something to build from I think it’s easier for the players to relate to and that’s where we started on defense.”
Not so fast, says our man Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the bEast. The Skins have made a few adjustments since that Week 7 loss to the Giants.
Everything starts with the run game for the Skins, and once they begin to get opposing linebackers to cheat up a little, they love running 10 yard slants with their receivers behind the linebackers off of play action.
If I’m Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, it would not be the 10 yard slant that would worry me. It would be the “sluggo route” that the Redskins could try for the next team that tries sitting on the slant route.
(“Sluggo” is an abbreviated term for the “slant and go” in which a receiver will fake the slant route hoping the safety will bite up. If the safety bites, the receiver runs right by him deep, with the QB throwing the ball over the safety’s head.)
The Giants did a good job containing the deep pass in Week 7, but the Skins will be looking to exploit the Giants’ secondary, which is just getting back on it’s feet and getting healthy. They have to stand their ground on the multiple-option formations Washington has been employing and not bite right away and get caught for a big play.
In watching film of the past few Redskins games, I’ve seen some great play calls from Kyle Shanahan and Griffin has been near-perfect in his execution of them. One thing the Eagles and Cowboys fell victim to was the play-action, which Griffin does not always do a hard sell with. One thing that does happen on most plays, though, is one receiver busts a deep route. Sometimes that receiver gets covered. Other times, the defender bites and Griffin hit some wide-open receivers for big plays. Giants must be careful there.
Tom Coughlin and staff will be stressing discipline this week, but he only addressed the option part with the media. Containing Griffin in the pocket:
“You’re talking about a guy that runs 4.4 and weighs 220 pounds (Griffin). You’ve got to be in position, if that’s what you’re asking. You can’t lose contain. Even when you have your option responsibilities, you cannot lose contain and when that happens he makes plays.”
Griffin is dangerous in the pocket now, too. D-line, time to wreak some havoc.