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Maybe he means instead of taken a guy out every 3-4 plays he will leave players in until they start showing signs of fatigue/lack of performance. I mean thats one thing I did notice under Spags/Sheridan, whenever a DE would start to get into a grove they would be pulled for a play or two.

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Maybe he means instead of taken a guy out every 3-4 plays he will leave players in until they start showing signs of fatigue/lack of performance. I mean thats one thing I did notice under Spags/Sheridan, whenever a DE would start to get into a grove they would be pulled for a play or two.

 

i think you're right...

 

 

 

 

In just one practice, new Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell was more animated and more vocal than his predecessor was all season.

 

And that’s precisely what the Giants want.

 

“He’s got energy. He’s got enthusiasm,” said head coach Tom Coughlin. “He’s a good teacher. No question about where he’s coming from. You’ll hear more of him.”

 

Observers can also expect to see a more aggressive defense that will be rained to automatically go after loose balls on the ground, and attack. Moreover, they’ll see Fewell on the sidelines – he said that he'd do his play calling on the sidelines since the game is played on the field – rather than in the press box.

 

“I’m passionate about the game,” he said. “I enjoy communicating with the players. I’m excited about football. When they make a good play I’m excited about that. When they make a bad play, I try to encourage them to make a better play. “

 

Fewell, who of course was the interim head coach of the Buffalo Bills before coming over to the giants, said the experience really helped him understand the big picture. “”When I was just a defensive coordinator, I was concerned about the defense, but I didn’t see the big picture so I’m able to see things outside of a defensive mentality.”

 

So now he’s hoping to take the pieces he’s been given to work with, which include five draft picks, and shape the defense into a lean, mean fighting machine.

 

“ I like what I saw this morning in the practice, but can they do it over a consistent period of time?” he said when asked if he felt good about the final pieces to the puzzle he’s been given. “After we have a consistent period of practices, I’ll be able to answer that question."

 

One question that he hopes to get an answer for is what the team will do at middle linebacker. The Giants drafted Phillip Dillard in the fourth round to compete with incumbents Jonathan Goff and Gerris Wilkinson, but with all the early emphasis they placed on the defensive line, Fewell was asked if the middle linebacker isn’t as important in his scheme.

 

“MLB is important in anyone’s scheme. When you have a veteran like (Antonio) Pierce, that’s very hard to replace because he’s an extension of the coordinator, a communicator, he has to get everyone set. So that will be very difficult to replace. However I do think we have men in the room that can do that."

 

Could Wilkinson, whom many believe is the leading candidate to be the new middle linebacker, be that guy? “It’s too early for me to say. Just me observing him in the classroom, he’s trying to pick up the defense. I think he’ll be able to compete and will have an opportunity to compete for the job.”

 

Regardless of who wins the starting middle linebacker job, it sounds like no one will be safe in that role.

 

“It’s an ongoing process,” Fewell said. “We don’t know when it will be settled. We will evaluate it daily.

 

And so what if the men he has aren’t the desired size. "If you have speed, quickness and agility, I think that football players who also show natural instincts are players<” Fewell said. “You give up some size advantage especially when you go against the big football teams like Dallas, but for the most part, if you’re a player, we expect you to play ball.”

 

Fewell did say that he hopes the defensive line becomes the strength of the team, and is hoping to be able to leave his best players on the field for every down. “I like our defensive linemen to play until they fall out. If they’re in there playing and they give me a 100% effort on first and second, and third down, I have no problem with that If they need a blow, we’ll get them out. I like our best players to be on the field at all times.”

 

That can’t be good news for DEs Mathias Kiwanuka and Osi Umenyiora, both of whom have opined that they should be starters, but of the two only one will get a starting job. Fewell, however, is confident that things will work themselves out.

 

“All those guys have an opinion on what they’d like to do. I would like for their dreams to come true. If they want to start, then hey, prove it. We have a lot of football and a lot of practice. Let’s just prove it.”

 

He also wants to see the defense return to the days when the Giants were amongst the most feared units in the league.

 

“I’m going to demand we be physical and play physical. The Giants defense is a physical defense. We know that from history and I want to return to the Giants’ defense.”

 

 

http://trainathought.insidefootball.com/2010/04/fewell-breathes-new-life-into-defense.html

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