all these guys being high-intellect individuals who are all seemingly on the same page philosophically.
What Graham is saying jives 100% with what Judge has said about teaching players the "why" not just the "what" and "how". When you teach them the "Why" they can often become their own coaches and be innovative themselves in coming up with better solutions for problems than even the coaches can. Graham here is talking about creating a clear simplified picture in the players' minds of the basic goals in both the run and pass game for each tier of the defense, and regardless of the formation the D is in those goals remain the same.
Any time I've heard the great players from those past SB-winning Coughlin teams talk about schemes and game plans, they always seem to have something in common: they clearly understood the basic goals and fundamentals of all 11 players on the field and hence were able to become coaches on the field, adjusting and maneuvering based on what the opposing team was doing without having to be told what to do (Diehl talked about this recently with Schhmeelk when asked about what he thought of the Judge hire). I think that's huge not only for players being able to adjust themselves in the heat of the moment, but also in communicating with their teammates and playing as a cohesive unit (hence why those great Coughlin teams were always a whole greater than their individual parts I feel).
I personally have always found I've learned and performed better when the "big picture" is communicated to me before any specific details. Instead of telling a guy "when we run this play, you do exactly this", you instead teach a guy what the end goal is and they can often figure it out on their own on the fly. A little bit along the lines of a "Teach a man to fish..." kind of thing.
I know it's all just talk until the bullets actually start flying in week 1, but for now I feel like this is all going in the right direction and there's real substance in what these guys are saying.
Means a person is nervous. I think Graham is going to prove to be a good move. I finally like what I see, I admit I liked the Gettleman move, he got cancer and made bad decisions trying to return Eli to glory, it is clear that wasted more time and lead to some bad decisions, the biggest, hiring Shurmur. With this staff and a clear united path now, we will see the Gettleman hire was not the problem. This will take time and more changes will happen, but I think we will turn a corner starting next season. I think we could jump up to a .500 team, and compete for a playoff spot.
But he was also handed a no-win situation with Eli's contract.
He tried to sure up the OL by signing Solder and Omemeh. I don't think he would have signed those two guys if he had the luxury of a multi-year rebuilding program. He needed to fix the OL in one offseason with virtually no resources. He failed but who would have succeeded under those conditions.
With Eli gone, we now get to see what DG can do with a free hand. Last year's draft looks terrific. First time in about a decade that the Giants found some players in the middle rounds. Slayton and Connelly both in the 5th? that's terrific
I just wished he had not traded up for Baker, throwing away two extra picks. But overall, this was probably the Giants best draft since 2007.
I don't know shit about who can turn into a good coach or not
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