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Giants' coverage troubles exposed

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Posted Dec. 31, 2010 @ 10:26 p.m. ET
By Eric Edholm

The Giants were a successful defense for most of the 2010 season because of their push up front, plain and simple. Because of their ability to collapse the pocket and pressure quarterbacks, most often with four rushers, the Giants didn't need perfect LB play or the stickiest of coverage in the secondary. Most of their biggest plays on defense were generated by great pressure up front, and the secondary was one of the prime beneficiaries. In the Giants' Week 16 loss to the Packers, however, the Giants were unable to rush QB Aaron Rodgers effectively on three- and five-step drops, and the coverage holes emerged. CBs Terrell Thomas and Corey Webster are big, athletic and physical, but they both can struggle at times with quick-twitch and deep-speed receivers. Both of them struggled in bail technique in that game, not flipping their hips quickly enough to adjust to the sharp-breaking routes the Packers ran.

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