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Coughlin: Defensive simplicity more complex

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell of the New York

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell of the New York Giants. (Getty Images) Credit: Getty

There’s been an assertion by several defensive players in recent weeks that the defense has been simplified and has allowed them to perform better (14 points allowed in each of the last two games, the two lowest totals by opponents all season). Tom Coughlin said he doesn’t think the schemes have been dumbed down, it’s just that the players have wised up. And gotten healthy, too.

“I don’t know that it has anything to do with simplicity,” he said. “It has a lot to do with the kind of belief they have in themselves and what they’re trying to prove and their confidence level rising and their situational defense being much better.”

Coughlin clearly does not buy into the “simplicity” argument, as was evidenced by his smirk. But he’s not going to trounce on the players’ interpretations.

“I’m glad they feel that way,” he said. “If that’s what it takes for us to feel good, that’s fine. The back end, the front end, all those things meshing together. Whatever you want to call it. There’s enough there to win with, let’s put it that way. There’s enough pressures there, enough different personnel combinations there to win with. When you know exactly what you’re doing and you can play instinctively and hard and fast, it is simple.”

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