Last year, I had the opportunity to interview Glenn Warciski of UltimateNYG.com prior to the Eagles match-up with the Giants. Despite DeSean Jackson breaking Glenn and every other Giants fans heart, he was kind enough to participate in the segment again this year.
In this week’s Invading the Nest, we get Glenn to touch upon the Giants rough offseason of injuries, look at what needs to be done in order to try to contain Michael Vick, as well as look at where each team should have an advantage.
To end the interview, Glenn gives a fairly suprising prediction on the game. Enjoy!
BirdsFan: The Giants suffered a lot of injuries before the season started. Now that we’re two weeks into the season, what player are the Giants missing the most?
UltimateNYG: Cornerback Terrell Thomas. Before suffering a season ending knee injury, Thomas set a goal to become an All-Pro. Over the last several seasons, he led the Giants with interceptions. This year, the Giants were going to use him like the Packers use Charles Woodson. Covering a slot receiver. And blitzing off the edge.
BF: Now that we know Michael Vick will be the starter, what do you think the Giants will do defensively to try to stop him?
UNYG: They will use the same tactics as last year. Although the Giants gave away both of those games with turnovers and sloppy play, they did a splendid job on Vick.
In last year’s interview, I referenced my colleague Peter Furman’s outline on offsetting Vick’s effectiveness and would like to share that again:
With Vick, the way to control him is to make him throw. I agree that you need to get a lot of pressure from the middle of the defense. Tuck will play a big role in this game, as he lines up at left end and must not over commit. Fewell needs to mix it up. There are a number of things he can do including blitzing a DB, blitzing Goff, stunting/blitzing Osi and keeping him in the pocket. Boley must play at his peak and can be used to blitz as well. You mix up your blitz packages as the one place Vick can’t hurt you is up the middle.
“I agree with Wonder (Our other expert at UltimateNYG) that you can’t let Vick scramble and buy time with his legs. He is NOT a good drop back passer and is most dangerous when he rolls out.
“Do what the Giants did successfully for 5 games- Use Phillips,Rolle,Grant,Tuck and Boley on different blitz packages. If you can spring Osi, Vick has to go left. There must be a contain man if he gets around Osi.
“Vick is not a good deep threat. If you beat him up a little you can disrupt him. The Tampa two is a loser against this guy. I agree that Jackson and the TE need to be covered. Those two are used in most of the Eagles offense. You cannot beat Vick playing passively. If Fewell plays extreme pressure and mixes it up the Giants can win. Keep Vick guessing and hit him. Keep him in the pocket and you eliminate his biggest threat. Everything is about Vick’s feet. Everything starts when he rolls. Pressure him, contain him and cover Jackson and the T.E. Do that and pressure him. Remember,the Eagle O.L. Is their weakness. Exploit it.”
BF: There has been a lot of talk between players on both of these teams. Do you think we’ll see a more physical came since it seems the two sides have a hatred for each other?
UNYG: Regardless of the trash talk, this game is always a physical battle.
BF: It seems that there’s not a strong confidence level in Giants quarterback Eli Manning, although he’s said he should be considered one of the elite quarterbacks in the league. What is your stance on Manning?
UNYG: An elite quarterback does not throw 25 interceptions and fumble the ball 5 times. Eli can pad his stats against the weaker teams. But when he faced the good teams last year, his record was 1-4. Eli is an average quarterback. In the Epic Loss to Philly last year, people do not remember the Giants offense could not salt this game away. Since the Giants won Super Bowl XLII, the Giants record is 20-18. Despite what you may hear from Manning or Giants management, they are missing Steve Smith. Right now, Eli does not have a security blanket. Before Smith, Eli could rely on Amani Toomer. When Toomer went out with a season ending injury in 2006, Eli struggled.
BF: On Sunday, where will the Giants have an advantage on offense? On defense?
UNYG: If the Giants can run the ball effectively, they may have an edge. Although Philly’s run defense has been porous thus far, I believe defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will get this fixed. And it will be this weekend. Apparently, Giants WR Mario Manningham may not play. This leaves the Giants with one proven WR- Hakeem Nicks. With the Eagles loaded with talent in the defensive backfield, they will be able to take Nicks out of the game.
On defense, the Giants have a potent defensive line. If the Giants can pressure Vick and rough him up, they have a chance at winning this game.
BF: Where will the Eagles have an advantage on offense? On defense?
UNYG: The Eagles wide outs vs the suspect Giants secondary. Giants defense coordinator Perry Fewell plays a Tampa 2 defense. On UltimateNYG, we have chronicled Fewell’s scheme does not match his personnel. The Giants do not have quick and speedy linebackers. More importantly, the guys in the secondary were drafted because they could play press coverage. Fewell uses a lot zone. He trains his defensive backs to watch the quarterback’s eyes rather than focus on a receiver. The Eagles speed at the wide out position is an advantage. If the Giants cannot get to Vick, it will be a long afternoon. If mercurial Rex Grossman and up and coming Sam Bradford can pass for over 300 yards against the Giants, the sky is the limit for Vick. As I mentioned the Giants do not have speedy linebackers who can cover an opponents TE. Look for Celek to have a big game.
The Eagles will load the box. Dare the Giants to pass. Philly’s secondary is superior to the Giants passing game. Get in Eli’s face. Force him to make mistakes. And Asante Samuel is waiting for another multiple pick game.
BF: What player could be a potential x-factor for the Giants on Sunday?
UNYG: Running back Ahmad Bradshaw. If the Giants offensive line can open holes for him, Bradshaw has the potential for having a big game.
BF: Give me a score prediction.
UNYG: Philly comes off of a tough loss against the Falcons. A game they should have won. The Giants have a short week to prepare. Even though they defeated the Rams, the Giants looked nondescript on offense. And the Rams played sloppy. Too many turnovers and did not score touchdowns in the red zone. This game is at the Linc. The Eagles should win easy.
Eagles 45 Giants 10