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Giants Q & A: Secondary is exposed

What happened in the secondary?

There were plenty of plays in which a cornerback seemed to be looking for help in a certain spot but didn't get it because a safety was being suckered in by play action. "We had a couple of plays with coverage busts and they capitalized on them," CB Kevin Dockery said. C.C. Brown said it was "just a matter of technique" and not miscommunication. Still, it's hard not to think that a secondary missing two starters - CB Aaron Ross and S Kenny Phillips - along with coverage linebacker Michael Boley was exposed by the Saints.

 

Which means it wasn't a happy homecoming for the three Louisiana natives on the Giants?

"It's not the way I imagined it," Eli Manning said of his first game in the Superdome after growing up watching the Saints play here. Brandon Jacobs said he knows he's going to get it from his friends back home who are Saints fans. "I wish we could have come out on the winning end," he said. "There's some stuff I have to hear for the next year or so." And Corey Webster, who played at LSU, had an interception go through his hands early in the game.

 

What happened to Kareem McKenzie?

On the play in which Manning was strip-sacked, McKenzie looked to get shoved backward awkwardly and injure his groin. He was carted off the field and rookie William Beatty had to replace him.

 

How'd the Saints treat Beatty?

"They kept coming," Beatty said. "There wasn't any scoreboard slacking off. It was: We had a bye week, welcome to the NFL, you're a rookie, but we're going to treat you like we treat everyone else."

 

The Giants had just one hit on Drew Brees. Was the Saints' offensive line that good?

Not according to Osi Umenyiora. "It was one hundred percent Drew Brees and their schemes, definitely not their offensive line at all," Umenyiora said. "They play-action passed, and whenever they do that, it makes us play the run, and that's how they were able to keep us on our heels pretty much the whole game. The offensive line is good, but I definitely give credit to Sean Payton and Drew Brees for that game plan."

 

What was with that call on Shaun O'Hara?

"It was a terrible call," O'Hara said. "There was no hold." It was on a key play in the game: Fourth-and-goal from the 10 as Manning was flushed right and rolled back to his left before tossing a floating TD pass to Jacobs. O'Hara did go low to block a defender, and when he saw the flag, he thought he might be called for a clip even though he was careful to keep his head in front of the defender. "He said I held his ankle," O'Hara said. "That didn't happen."

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