Three Early Surprises In Young 2009 Giant Season


Published: October 2, 2009

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... defense and instituting a smothering press defense to disrupt any continuity their opponent might seek to find.

In their first three games, components of this philosophy have been visible. Against Washington, their defense pressed, limiting Washington to 51 yards on 20 carries after one long 34-yard Clinton Portis run.

At Dallas, they fastbreaked, scoring 33 points with their two starting receivers catching 20 balls for 284 yards. They put it all together in week three, shutting out Tampa Bay while going over 200 yards on ground.

Presently the Giants are seventh in scoring offense and fourth in scoring defense. Three players who have benefited from the uptempo style are DB Bruce Johnson, WR Mario Manningham, and QB Eli Manning.

All three are players who do their best work in rhythm and on the fly, improvising, creating on the run. Credit Tom Coughlin for recognizing their strengths and putting each of them in a position to dominate.

Bruce Johnso...

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