Coordinator Corner: Gilbride Prepares for ‘Camouflaged’ Chargers’ defense

Jim Mancari, Contributor

San Diego is a city known for its military base, and according to Giants’ offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, the Chargers’ defense mimics the area’s troops with its “camouflaged” schemes.

Gilbride said the Chargers’ defense does a terrific job of disguising its formations.

“More than anything, they’re a pressure-oriented team that would like to do anything they can to keep you off balance,” he said. “They probably have as wide an array of blitz packages of anybody that we’ve faced. I think they’re getting some players back that were injured that will help them.”

Eli Manning has studied these schemes well, Gilbride said, but the Chargers’ defense is willing to take chances. The defense gambles that the opposing offense will not know where the pressure is coming from.

But if the Giants can guess right, they are in store for some big plays, which they have struggled with all season. He said the offensive schemes are constantly changing game-to-game and even within the context of a single game.

“There’s no question it’s an evolving thing, and it’s evolving on a season long basis, but it’s also on a game to game,” Gilbride said. “You always hope that certain opportunities are going to present themselves in the game, that maybe you weren’t able to take advantage of the previous weeks. You’re always hoping those big-play chances are going to be there.”

Hakeem Nicks’ performance has still been a concern, but Gilbride said that the lack of “fortune and good luck” has been a factor in not being able to get Nicks the ball consistently.

“Sometimes I think the opportunities haven’t been there quite as much,” Gilbride said. “When he’s had the opportunity, we haven’t always capitalized on it, and sometimes the ball has gone other places.”

If Eli can spread the ball around to his weapons, it will make the Chargers’ task of jumping a particular route that much more difficult. Of course, a strong running attack can also neutralize any sort of complex blitz packages.

We’ve been waiting all season for the Giants’ offense to really click on all cylinders. Will this be the week?

With four games to go and playoff hopes looking bleak, there are still several offensive pieces – Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, Peyton Hillis, Brandon Myers, etc. – that all need to prove that they can be relied upon to contribute to next year’s team.

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101 comments
Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

Hey JimmyBX is right on: Close family & friends of Melo stated that Phil promised Melo full $130 million & promises to upgrade our point guards & bring in Pau Gasol/MWP Steve Kerr. Dolan is willing to exceed cap & pay all penalties! This must be sad news for all "THE MELO HATERS"!!! HE'S STAYING AT FULL PRICE!!!

barnaby87
barnaby87

Does anyone know if we have our MLE for this year?  We do, correct?  If so, I can see Gasol taking it to come here and play.

Bobby Blazes
Bobby Blazes

Bye bye woody dont let the door

Hit you on the way out .....

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

An alarming statistic for the Knicks is Jackson’s former players have not fared well as head coaches. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the six head coaches who played for Jackson are a combined 186-360. None of them has a winning record.

One of those coaches is Darrell Walker, who now is Woodson’s top assistant. The others are Bill Cartwright, Brian Shaw, Larry Krystkowiak, Lindsey Hunter and Pete Myers.

But along with Shaw, Kerr’s the only one who has kept close with Jackson.

“Steve has a great relationship with Phil and [Spurs coach Gregg] Popovich and he kept the strong relationship,” Albert said. Like I said, he’s one of the great guys.’’

Some in the league were skeptical Kerr would want to live in New York after having a place in San Diego. But Albert disputed the notion.

“It’s not a factor,’’ Albert said. “He’s so adaptable. His wife loves New York. She would have not have a problem. He loves the city. He’s the type of person comfortable anywhere.’’

Albert, who had a falling out with the Knicks, called the team’s two championship seasons on the radio when Jackson was on the roster.

Asked if he was surprised Jackson would work for owner James Dolan, Albert said: “Nothing surprises me anymore. I had a feeling he wouldn’t look to coach because he had nothing more to prove. But he’s always loved New York City.’’

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

Amar'e Stoudemire says one of the Knicks’ downfalls this season was the team’s unwillingness to completely buy into Mike Woodson’s coaching. 

“I think next year we got to take more of a mindset of trying to master the game,” Stoudemire said before the Knicks’ season finale against Toronto. “I mean, again, certain strategies were placed upon us with Coach Woodson. There were times when we didn’t quite buy into it and as a result of that, we lost games.”


http://www.knicks101.com/2014/04/18/new-york-knicks-amare-stoudemire-says-team-didnt-listen-to-mike-woodson/

franktkb
franktkb

Been watching the Bad Boys 30/30. Man, we have such a long way to go....

Jesus Blas
Jesus Blas

The NBA 2014-15 salary cap is now projected to be $63.2 million and the tax level is projected to be $77.0 million. The numbers for 2015-16 are now projected to be $66.5 million and $81.0 million, respectively.

The official numbers won't come out until July when the NBA conducts its audit.

The salary cap and luxury tax values for the current season are $58.679 million and $71.748 million, respectively, which means the new cap projection for next season represents a 7.7% increase over this season. 

The original revenue forecast for 2014-15 was $4.66 billion, so with an actual revenue of $4.75 billion, the players would get 60.5% of the difference, or $54.45 million, on top of their 50% guarantee ($2,33 billion), for a total of about $2.384 billion. 

Via Larry Coon/CBAFaq



Knicks offseason BEFORE Melo opts out - $91,216, 515 

After Melo opts out: $67,686,515

2014-15 cap projected - $63.2

2014-15 luxury tax level - $77.0

Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN 
.@LarryCoon projecting unexpected jump of $5M in salary cap for next year. If that holds, it's a game changer for Melo & his CHI/HOU options

Corresponding $5M jump in luxury tax threshold would be huge for several teams but none more than Heat, who face repeater tax

lobcity
lobcity

What y'all think Reynaldo Balkman is doing?

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

THE MOST CURIOUS THING TO ME IS THIS.....................


You all know that herb is dolan's boy so it will be interesting what phil can do about that. My money says he gets a job somewhere if not on then bench!

jax13
jax13

Let's talk more about pau gasol possibly joining us......

zebeto
zebeto

@Ray Jorge 130 mil is ridiculous ........but whatever ,if thats true ,,,then MELO will have absolutely no REASon to complain that the knicks cant get Talent around him .

JerseyFan1
JerseyFan1

I'm w/ you on that. If we keep him great; sign & trade good.

bockers
bockers

@Jesus Blas Melo will be a Knick next year.Melo HATERS do NOT understand that w/o Melo we will attract zero superstars in 2015.


Who on the Knicks will score points if Melo is not a Knick?

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Jesus Blas  

If Melo opts out, the Knicks will only gain cap space if they renounce his Bird rights. The Bird rights allow us to pay more than anyone else, so no way that Phil does that.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

This is crazy, how this benefits everyone but the Knicks, just typical

lobcity
lobcity

OldKnick.

SAS said Dolan already told Phil that some people are untouchable even though Phil wants gone. Most are the Medical staff and Training crew. Dolan is already Dictating. What do you think about that?

illmatix
illmatix

PR dept with John Starks

lobcity
lobcity

OldKnick.

Herb got some Dirt on Dolan and threatened him if he tries to fire him. Dolan has no choice but to keep him.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

The music is from my era THE 70'S !!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@OLDKNICK  Poor, poor rich Baldy.

The music is great. lmao

illmatix
illmatix

Aww Woody, the Woodson era will be one that isn't soon forgotten, at least you made us forget D'Antoni pretty quick

Peace out Woods, best of luck to you. ...its time for the Knicks to move on to bigger and better things

Jesus Blas
Jesus Blas

@Seth Nadler  BIG time, this screws the Knicks so hard. Now as for me, I want Melo gone...but via a sign and trade...not just him walking and the Knicks get nothing in return.


Marc Stein ‏@ESPNSteinLine

On Wednesday night's Coast to Coast, I reported how Chicago is quietly feeling more and more optimistic about its Melo chances. Now this.


K.C. Johnson ‏@KCJHoop

Been writing all along that Bulls will exhaust the Carmelo situation to its conclusion before moving to Plan B. If cap jumps, can only help.

smiggybalz
smiggybalz

@lobcity....i said three threads ago that if Phil had total autonomy,Woodson wouldve been gone already

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@lobcity  @illmatixDude I am NOT surprised at all. I have been blaming dolan for all the knick mess for over a decade. Dude it is very hard to give up control & power. Dolan has had that his whole life. He broke down to give Phil this power but dont ever think he cant take it back!!!!!!!!!!

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@OLDKNICK @kneggyknik  Got front row seats...  :(

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@OLDKNICK @knicksgirl35  Don't mind wearing walking shoes or running through the rain. (shedding a tear inside)