“Honestly, it wasn’t that bad since it all came from the same basics,” said Moss, a fifth-round pick in 2017 who spent two seasons with the Giants. “It all kind of blends together in a sense. It’s a cool little system. For a guy like me coming out of (former Giants defensive coordinator James) Bettcher’s system, I think Bettcher’s might have been one of the hardest systems I’ve had to learn. Coming to this, this was simple.”The key to making the system work is having versatile, intelligent, talented players. ...
“We were missing (injured Pro Bowl cornerback) Xavien Howard, we were starting all rookies,” Moss said. “Each week we were bringing in new dudes to start that week. It’s kind of hard to blame it on (Graham) or anything like that. We were all trying to figure stuff out.” ...
The connections Graham created with players helped the Dolphins weather major adversity early last season. The Dolphins were out-scored 133-16 in their first three games and started 0-7. But Miami went 5-4 in the final nine games, and Graham didn’t lose the respect of his players after the rough start. “He put in hours. It was crazy,” Moss said. “The dude didn’t see his family. He would sleep at work and then get back to work. He was grinding so hard. Everybody could see this really means something to him so it drew all of us together, like, ‘We’ve got to get this right. This isn’t how it’s supposed to be.’
An inside look at new Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham from his former players
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