Is the Giants defense tipping its pitches?
For the second week in a row, an opponent ran a play at the right time to counter what the Giants were trying to do and wound up with a big score. Last week it was the 71-yard screen pass to Felix Jones of the Cowboys, and this week it was the fourth-and-inches toss to LeSean McCoy for a 50-yard touchdown run by the Eagles that won the game.
In both cases the Giants’ defense had basically the same thing to say about it: The opponent made the perfect call at the perfect time against what the Giants were trying to run.
“They just had a great play, that’s all it was,” said safety Kenny Phillips, who was left alone on the outside and could do little but turn McCoy towards the middle of the field on his way to the end zone.
Phillips said the defense was not expecting the ball to go outside.
“Not at all,” he said. “They like to use Vick in that situation. They just had a great play. Everybody covered their man. Just a great play. The right call at the right time. It really was.”
Antrel Rolle was up at the line of scrimmage for the decisive defensive play. He apparently was charged with covering McCoy out of the backfield, but when he saw Vick bobble the snap he abandoned that responsibility.
“It was an all-out blitz,” Rolle said. “It was just gap assignment. We have to be more disciplined in gap assignment. I saw him fumble the ball and I tried to jump over the top and he pitched out to the right … It was just a good call for that situation.”
Giants opponents seem to be getting a lot of those “good calls” in those situations.