The 0-3 New York Giants head west to Los Angeles to take on the 2-1 Rams at the brand new SoFi Stadium in Week 4. The Giants’ three coordinators met with the media on Thursday to discuss the state of the team as they make preparations win their first game of the season.
That won’t be easy as it sounds. The Giants are the second-lowest scoring team in the league whereas the Rams are the third highest. The oddsmakers have made the Rams a 13-point favorite, which is not as out of bounds as it seems, considering the Giants are last in rushing and near the top when it comes to allowing quarterback pressures.
Defensive coordinator Patrick Graham
The Giants could be without starting safety Jabrill Peppers on Sunday which will cause them to rely on Julian Love and/or Logan Ryan.
“The good thing about those guys is they both can tackle,” said Graham. “There’s a willingness to be involved in the run game. They can still be interchangeable to a certain degree. The great benefit of it is the man to man coverage skills. Now you’re working with something right there. You’re dealing with the Rams where these guys are all over the place. Their shift motioning here goes the missile motion and stuff like that.
“Now you have guys, oh he can play this coverage, he can play that coverage. You feel a little bit more comfortable if you’re going with all the man stuff. It gives you so more flexibility with stuff like that. Not saying we couldn’t have done that with Pep or other guys. You’re talking about true cornerback skills, that’s a positive right there.”
Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett
“We just need to play better across the board offensively. Obviously, we’ve faced some good defenses in Pittsburgh, Chicago and San Francisco, so great respect for them,” Garrett said of averaging 12.7 points per game. “But we haven’t done anything well enough up to this point. It starts with controlling the line of scrimmage and running the football. We haven’t done that on a consistent basis. You have to be efficient both running it and throwing it. You have to be able to make explosive plays both in the run game and in the pass game. We haven’t been able to do that.
“At different times, we’ve done a good job sustaining drives. We’ve had some long drives in each of the games. We have to do that more consistently, but we have to make some explosive plays. Explosive plays typically give you great opportunities to score on those drives. We haven’t done a good enough job of that. Across the board, we just have to do a better job.”
Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey
There appeared as if there was some confusion about when the Giants’ kick returners were supposed to take the kickoffs out of the end zone on Sunday. That’s not the first time this season.
“We give them instructions prior to going out into the field,” said McGaughey. “During the course of a game stuff happens, players make mistakes. It just happens sometimes. Corey [Ballentine] is a young player and he made a mistake. It is what it is. It’s not something that we’re going to kill ourselves about. It’s just make sure you’re learning from that mistake and not being a repeat offender.”