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How the Giants Might Attack

The Redskins are expecting the Giants to try to spread them Thursday, and as always the corners will carry a heavy burden with the Skins favoring press-man coverage. Players are bracing for a lot of Cover-1, and the Giants countering that with four-man sets.

"Our players are prepared to handle that match-up," defensive coordinator Greg Blache said of the four-wide packages, with receivers Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer sparkplugs for the Super Bowl champs.

New York's "new" tight end Kevin Boss (who replaced Jeremy Shockey when Shockey got hurt last season and never looked back) is not as much of a threat downfield as his predecessor, but is adept at using his size to his advantage. He's a legit 6-7 guy ("He looks even bigger on film," one Redskin said), and they expect the Giants to try to get Boss matched up on strong safety Reed Doughty - a physical mismatch - whenever they can. Boss posts up much like a center and can use his leverage against smaller opponents.

The Giants could also try to attack weak-side LB Rocky McIntosh by placing the tight end on that side whenever possible; McIntosh is still learning the coverage game and is trying to come back from season-ending knee surgery.

The Redskins still have come packages with three corners and one safety installed, and those could be particularly useful against the four-wide set. In those cases Shawn Springs usually plays underneath on a slot guy. LaRon Landry could be in line for more coverage duties as well, besides being the "center fielder" in those Cover-1 looks.

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 3, 2008; 7:17 AM ET
 
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Depth chart from Redskins.com

Offense
Position First Team Second Team Third Team Fourth Team
QB Jason Campbell Todd Collins Colt Brennan
RB Clinton Portis Ladell Betts Rock Cartwright
FB Mike Sellers
WR(flank) Santana Moss James Thrash Malcolm Kelly
WR(split) Antwaan Randle El Devin Thomas
TE Chris Cooley Todd Yoder Fred Davis
RT Stephon Heyer Jon Jansen
RG Randy Thomas Jason Fabini
C Casey Rabach Justin Geisinger
LG Pete Kendall Chad Rinehart
LT Chris Samuels Stephon Heyer
Defense
Position First Team Second Team Third Team Fourth Team
LDE Jason Taylor Demetric Evans Rob Jackson
LDT Cornelius Griffin Lorenzo Alexander
RDT Kedric Golston Anthony Montgomery
RDE Andre Carter Erasmus James Chris Wilson Rob Jackson
SLB Marcus Washington Alfred Fincher
MLB London Fletcher H.B. Blades
WLB Rocky McIntosh Khary Campbell
LCB Shawn Springs Leigh Torrence Justin Tryon
RCB Carlos Rogers Fred Smoot Justin Tryon
SS Reed Doughty Chris Horton Justin Hamilton
FS LaRon Landry Kareem Moore Justin Hamilton
Special Teams
Position First Team Second Team Third Team Fourth Team
PK Shaun Suisham
P Durant Brooks
KO Shaun Suisham
H Durant Brooks
PR Antwaan Randle El James Thrash Santana Moss
KOR Rock Cartwright James Thrash Ladell Betts
PC Ethan Albright
KC Ethan Albright


Posted by: kmdp4 | September 3, 2008 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Lets start this season off with a win!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

I hope they don't put Tryon in to get burned like he did all day in the preseason.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

I hope they don't put Tryon in to get burned like he did all day in the preseason.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:31 AM

He won't be in unless there's 4 WRs on the field.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 3, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Brown,

They would need 5 WRs on the field Torrence is ahead of Tryon he is the 4th CB.

Posted by: kmdp4 | September 3, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Hope Springs is alright hes very imoportant in our defensive schemes, especially in nickel packages now. Torrence will probably be the only other CB besides smoot rogers and springs to play. That matchup of Boss on doughty could be a huge mismatch doughty has trouble taken down small guys, would much rather see rocky runnin downfield with him.

Posted by: Stu | September 3, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Let’s just hope the corner backs stay healthy this season, I for one don't want to see Torrence or Tryon on the field. Torrence isn't bad, but there is a huge drop off in talent after the starters

Posted by: TJ | September 3, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

hopefully they can get a win, im honestly not too optimistic about this season though. I think its a .500 season at best.

Posted by: BCR | September 3, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Prayers for the Jacksonville OT - "fighting for his life." That brings back crummy memories. Prayers for double gg as well as all the Jaguars.

Posted by: bangkokben | September 3, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

From the Times:

"The other interesting thing I heard in the locker room from a couple players, namely Mike Sellers and Chris Cooley, is that they feel pressure to still “prove” themselves to their new coaches. That’s a different position that they haven’t been in before and I think that shows that every veteran, especially of the moves made with Jansen and Frost, feels to some extent, “on notice.”

I like it. No one, no matter what their status on this team shouldn't be going out there resting on their laurels.

Posted by: Greg | September 3, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

As for the game, I think it's a good time to take on the Giants - they were slow starters last year and have had more off-season stuff to deal with this year. Having said that, it would be great to get a win; but win or lose, the season is 16 games and any judgements on the season can wait.

Posted by: bangkokben | September 3, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Frosty supposedly slammed Brooks w/ some comments on his way out the door. Anybody know what was said?

Posted by: Mark | September 3, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

I agree this is a good time to take them on. There d line is in transition there going to miss Kavika Mitchell as much as a LB as they are going to miss osi as a DE. They will be going back to amani and plexico neither of which got much action in the preseason and plexiglass is a slow starter anyways.

Posted by: Stu | September 3, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Greg,

Good points and probably why James Thrash is where is - 3rd WR. He has always been a hard worker and starting from zero was probablly the best that could happen to him. Hoping he gets four catches and TD but expecting nothing.

Posted by: bangkokben | September 3, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

jlc you suck
why don't you join your boy in b-more

Posted by: jonthefisherman | September 3, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse

I like it. No one, no matter what their status on this team shouldn't be going out there resting on their laurels.

Posted by: Greg | September 3, 2008 8:04 AM

Well said, Greg. This team did A LOT of resting on laurels under Gibbs.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 3, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Frost is a idiot and he sucks, when he starts shanking punts in GB he will be cut.

I know he said stuff about the team, I did not hear that he said anything directly about Brooks.

He should have said you are better then me good luck.

Posted by: kmdp4 | September 3, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: Cindy | September 3, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

I like it. No one, no matter what their status on this team shouldn't be going out there resting on their laurels.

Posted by: Greg | September 3, 2008 8:04 AM

Yea, those damn laurels.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 3, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Hey Cindy, how about putting up the new thread and THEN giving the beep beep?

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 3, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Well said, Greg. This team did A LOT of resting on laurels under Gibbs.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 3, 2008 8:12 AM

Thats because Gibbs was about veterans even when they sucked, best example staying with #8 way to long.

They did not need to work hard in practice because they knew there job was safe.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

I apologize. As someone pointed out the other day, it wasn't my error, it was Loseable Type's!

Posted by: Cindy | September 3, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Fake Cindy?

Posted by: bangkokben | September 3, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Fake Cindy?

Posted by: bangkokben | September 3, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Coughlin is a running coach so this theory that the Giants are going to go pass happy just sounds non-factual.

I can see the Giants utilizing spread formations in order to run the ball. I can also see a lot of play action. I cannot see Eli trying to be Peyton all of a sudden.

Posted by: Wrong | September 3, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Gibbs probably would have kept Jansen in there for a few games to start the year, at the risk of getting JC killed.

I'm glad Zorn is shaking things up.

Posted by: Greg | September 3, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Jansen looked bad in preseason, but let's not pretend Heyer looked good. The Giants have to be salivating at the idea of attacking Heyer.

Tomorrow is not going to be pretty.

Posted by: Alan J. Turdstein, Attorney at Law | September 3, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Jansen looked bad in preseason, but let's not pretend Heyer looked good. The Giants have to be salivating at the idea of attacking Heyer.

Tomorrow is not going to be pretty.

Posted by: Alan J. Turdstein, Attorney at Law | September 3, 2008 8:56 AM


Heyer held his own against the Giants during our game in the Meadowlands a season ago.

Posted by: Pork Skins | September 3, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

wow some moron on "mike and mike in the morning" just picked the vikings over the jaguars in the super bowl this year. what are those guys smoking?

Posted by: pat | September 3, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

ummmm.that was Mike

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I realize you can't put too much into the preseason. I am aware of the Skin's preseason records in years they won SB's. However, they looked scary on both sides of the ball. Zorn seems like a very competent game manager and play caller so far...Why do I feel like we are staring at 6-10 instead of 10-6 which is the way I felt a month ago?

Posted by: nervousskinfan | September 3, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

ansen looked bad in preseason, but let's not pretend Heyer looked good. The Giants have to be salivating at the idea of attacking Heyer.

Tomorrow is not going to be pretty.

Posted by: Alan J. Turdstein, Attorney at Law | September 3, 2008 8:56 AM

Hey Turdstain,

Are you that optimistic in your court cases? What firm are you with, I want to be sure never to use them...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

What's a "come package"?

Posted by: rb | September 3, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I've been hearing that about Gibbs ever since Jansen was benched. Other than Mark Brunell, who by the way, was the last QB to WIN a playoff game for us... which sucky vet did Gibbs leave in and who was the great rookie that Gibbs was supposed to replace him with?

Posted by: guy | September 3, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Heyer held his own against the Giants during our game in the Meadowlands a season ago.

Posted by: Pork Skins | September 3, 2008 9:43 AM

Yea--I went to that game and one thing that really stood out--Heyer is freaking HUGE. And he played well. Living in NYC, I've noticed that the Giants HATE playing the skins. Big blue might be champs and they might take the game, but believe me, they ain't salivating. They're actually crapping their pants from the pressure, and having to play their hated skins. Did I mention how much they hate playin the skins?

Posted by: Hondorff | September 3, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

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