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Way Too Early Look At Potential Giants Coaching Candidates (Part 2)

Way Too Early Look At Potential Giants Coaching Candidates (Part 2)

In the first half of this article we examined potential usurpers for Giants head coach Pat Shurmer based on how’d they fit and benefit Daniel Jones’s development as a quarterback. In this portion we’ll flip to the defensive side of the field, looking at possible candidates that would help the young Giants defense grow.

The first guy on the docket is Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. In 2018, Eberflus’ run defense ranked 6th in the NFL with 101.6 yards per game allowed and didn’t permit a 100-yd rusher all season. His impact on the Colt’s pass defense was no different as statistical outputs in yards allowed per game also decreased for the opposing offense. Eberflus’ was also heralded as instilling a “ultra-demanding culture of hustle, discipline and teamwork” according to Steven Holder of The Athletic. Thirdly, he built a reputation as a defensive coach at Missouri with excellent recruitment and player development,helping in the recruitment processes of four-year starting quarterback Brad Smith, wide receiver Sean Coffey, defensive back William Moore, and linebacker Sean Witherspoon. This can also be seen at the NFL level with linebacker Anthony Walker in 2018. He was considered to be cut by the previous staff but was retained and further was the Colts’ second-leading tackler, 105 overall and 53 solo tackles. Continuing, Matt Eberflus is another perfect prospective hire for the Giants. He has the discipline of an NFL leader, a good resume and great player development skills, which is great for the youth on the defense, especially in the linebacking core and defensive line.

Whilst Eberflus may be the better fit as an overall head coach, a defensive guru we’ll observe is Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. He has an incredible understanding of the modern state of the NFL. He runs heavy dosages of Cover 3 and his philosophy that each player is responsible for a gap, zone or area can be seen in this cover package. The DB’s duties are to split the back end into three parts, limiting options for a throwing quarterback. Up front, defensive tackles are expected to stay out wide, avoiding the problem of having two edge rushers and two defensive tackles in the same B-gap, giving the quarterback a rushing lane up the middle and out. The linebackers are also expected to show an all-out blitz and act. Giving insight into what Pettine runs shows what he brings to the table. This organization by field level also may instill a discipline into the Giants defense that it doesn’t have under Shurmer and Bettcher.

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Way Too Early Look At Potential Giants Coaching Candidates (Part 2)

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