Cosell’s Watching the Divisionals: Packers Pass Rush Tiny in Giants Loss

From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Green Bay Packers, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game, New York Giants

NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Divisional Weekend coaching tape: Giants offense vs. Packers defense.

  • Bush started at RCB in the Packers nickel sub-package in place of Shields
  • Packers started Jones at OLB in the base 3-4 in place of Walden, Walden only played 14 snaps
  • Focus of Packers pressure concepts was inside, “Fire x” blitz concepts with Bishop and Hawk out of nickel were featured

  • Manning excellent pocket movement on first 3rd + long (3rd+ 8), Bishop clean on “fire x” blitz
  • Cruz has become a very effective WR when at #1 outside the numbers, More than just a slot receiver
  • Overall Manning a better passer on the move than he has ever been, Boot action now part of Giants pass game
  • Packers played a lot of man coverage on the Giants 1st possession, Cruz beat Woodson out of “2 man” for 11 yds on 3rd + 10
  • Bradshaw excellent block on blitzing Bishop on Beckum 10 yds on Giants 1st possession
  • Woodson played safety at times, depending on Giants personnel; With Beckum in the game the Packers at times aligned SS Peprah over him and Woodson dropped to safety
  • What again stood out about Manning was his willingness to pull the trigger on tight throws into small windows
  • Packers were unable to generate consistent pressure on Manning, Focus was inside with LB blitz
  • Nicks 66 yd TD came out of “21” personnel versus “cover 3” behind a 3 man rush, No pressure on Manning as he threw the deep dig to Nicks
  • Giants struggled to run the ball; Their OL was physically handled by the Packers defensive front, whether they were in 3-4 or 2-4 personnel
  • Packers a number of snaps with 3 man rushes and 8 in coverage, They did not blitz very much
  • Bush and Shields both played snaps at corner in the nickel sub-package opposite Williams, Shields only played 16 snaps
  • Manning again showed how strong he is as a progression reader, Great sense of route combinations and the timing involved
  • Manning outstanding on 3rd down in the 1sthalf, Strong in the pocket and accurate
  • Burnett interception result of pressure from “fire x” blitz out of 2-4-5 personnel, LG Boothe put in a conflict and Bishop was able to beat him and impact Manning’s throw
  • Nicks predominantly the “x” in the Giants base “21” personnel package, Capable of both beating man coverage and making difficult contested catches
  • Bush and Shields did not play with a lot of effort on Nicks 37 yd TD on final play of 1st half, They allowed Nicks and Cruz to run by them and were not part of the play
  • Walden played in the 2nd half after not getting any snaps in the 1st half
  • Manningham 4 yd TD was an outstanding throw by Manning, Velocity and accuracy in a very tight window – Tremendous red zone execution
  • Cruz 17 yds on 3rd + 11 on Giants final TD drive was game’s critical play; Packers rushed 4 and played “cover 2”, Lack of pass rush allowed Manning to manipulate the underneath coverage and open the passing lane to Cruz – A microcosm of the entire game
  • Giants stayed balanced with their play calling but Manning’s efficiency on 3rd down was critical component to this game
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