One might think that with Dallas coming up Sunday, the Giants would be immersed in Cowboys tapes all week. But Eli Manning and his offense have been studying Miami films, too.
Specifically, the Dolphins of 2008, when they allowed the NFL’s ninth-lowest scoring average (19.8 points).
Why? Because that team’s defensive coordinator, Paul Pasqualoni, became the Cowboys’ new coordinator this week at the same time Jason Garrett was moved up to replace fired head coach Wade Phillips. Now, the Giants’ offense must worry about any new wrinkles the former Syracuse head coach will install this week.
“They can always put in a few new twists,” said quarterback Eli Manning, whose unit has averaged 36 points over the last four games during one of the most impressive month-long stretches in Giants history. “You can’t change everything, but we’ve got to be prepared for that.”
Actually, linebacker Keith Bulluck said a Cowboys team that has allowed 121 points in the last three games can alter their game plan tremendously, given the flexibility of personnel such as linebackers DeMarcus Ware, Bradie James and Keith Brooking.
“You’d be surprised how much you can change,” Bulluck said.
Coach Tom Coughlin indicated the Dolphin films will come in handy this week.
“It’s been done before,” said Coughlin, referring to the rapid installation of new schemes. “There’s a lot of hours in a day.”