|11-06-2012, 11:44 PM||#1|
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Giants Coach Tom Coughlin Calls His Defense 'Soft'
In a sport predicated on physicality, it is a word no football player, unit or team ever wants to become associated with.
But that was how coach Tom Coughlin described the middle of the Giants’ defense for portions of their 24-20 loss to the Steelers Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
“It was soft, no question,” Coughlin said matter-of-factly Monday.
“It was soft early. We came back and played a little bit better and then they had their breakout there at the end of the game.”
Defensive end Justin Tuck said the Giants were “mushed” around by the Steelers offensive linemen, as third-string running back Isaac Redman gashed the defense for a career-high 147 yards on 26 carries with a straightforward running style that lacked flash.
“Not to the point where they were more physical than us,” Tuck asserted. “But to the point where you got a guy in the gap and Redman was just behind his guard, behind his guard, and a guy jumps out of his gap trying to get around to get to Redman and he kind of like filters forward for three more, four more yards, and that’s just us got to do a better job of escaping blocks and getting to the ball carrier.”
Source: Newark Star Ledger
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