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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72 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 .....

franktkb
franktkb

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

lobcity1
lobcity1

What y'all think Reynaldo Balkman is doing?

jax13
jax13

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

jax13
jax13

Yea he is gone. If he was coming back he would have been involved in exit interviews yesterday. He was not which tells me he is out.

Cut him loose n move on Phil.......

lobcity1
lobcity1

What bottle should I drink tonight

maceinyourface
maceinyourface

I've been waiting all year for them to fire Woodson. The watch continue, not going to believe it till it happen. Been here before!!

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

As a fan of the 90's Knicks/Bulls rivalry, it's still strange for me to see Phil Jackson and now possibly Steve Kerr leading the Knicks.

Triangle, here we come.

kiidstuuff
kiidstuuff

So whats going to happen to Herb Williams lol

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

I wonder will Phil make Odom play in the summer league!

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.

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

lobcity1
lobcity1

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?

lobcity1
lobcity1

OldKnick.

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

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@OLDKNICK  Poor, poor rich Baldy.

The music is great. lmao

lobcity1
lobcity1

My Knega.

I dont. This guy is too stubborn. Even though when he knew he made the wrong decision he would try to convince himself the opposite. I can't remember how many times he apologized last season for over playing players and continued to do so. He comes out and says that Cole deserves to be on a roste admitting he is good and should be playing but he refused to use him. No sympathy from me. He should not be coaching.

danewyorkr
danewyorkr

@kneggyknik  Feel sorry for yourself and all the Knick fans who had to watch this idiot coach. The Nets lost Garnett and Lopez for the entire regular season and DWill for most of it and they had no problem in this weak east.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@maceinyourface  He's out. I'm not worried. 

lobcity1
lobcity1

Kidstuff.

It's incredible that Herb Still has a job with the Knicks. He must have some dirty secrets about Dolan and threatened Dolan if he fires him.

BiggieTKBNY
BiggieTKBNY

@kiidstuuff  thats what im more so worried about


i can care less about Woodson... im hoping they get rid of Herb


that guy is a CURSE !!!

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

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

maceinyourface
maceinyourface

Need to get done already. He can take JR with him, just don't think he's a winning player

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@melo7 I would hope that he plays to show how committed he is to get another chance to be in the NBA. 

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

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

melo7
melo7

I think just checking up on him and making sure he's not smoking crack would be fine