After a decisive 26-3 victory over the New York Jets, Tom Coughlin believes the Giants still have a lot to work on if they want to retain their Super Bowl form. He wasn’t pleased with how the starting offense had to settle for two field goals before they were pulled for the backups. He was also discouraged with the overall offensive output, as the lone offensive Giants touchdown came from a connection between a pair of third stringers QB Ryan Perrilloux to fullback Joe Martinek late in the 4th quarter. Some inconsistencies may be due to the fact that starting wide receiver Hakeem Nicks hasn’t played this offseason because of an ankle injury, new starting tight end Martellus Bennett must find chemistry with Eli Manning, and there are group of young receivers fighting for Mario Manningham’s vacated slot receiver role.
However, Tom Coughlin was very pleased with the play of the Giants first and second team defense, which seems to be locked and loaded this preseason. Last night, the defense recorded 7 sacks on Jets QBs Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, in an impressive effort to completely shutdown the Jet offense as a whole, allowing only one field goal for four quarters.
Tom Coughlin on the play of rookie cornerback out of Virginia Tech Jayron Hosley, “Jayron was visibly very upset after he muffed a punt in the preseason opener which led to a Jaguar touchdown that changed the game before halftime. He came out to practice the entire week turned up ready to go and I really love that mindset for not just young players but any player who feels they didn’t perform the way should have and the hard work truly paid off this week with his 77 yard interception return for a touchdown.”
A bright spot in the Jets cloudy performance was QB Mark Sanchez completing 9-11 passes 59 yards before being picked off for six. Sanchez was under heavy pressure all night from the Giant pass rush, it seemed like he was on his back every play due to poor offensive line play. Also, the absence of starting receivers Santonio Holmes, Chaz Schilens, and slot receiver Jeremy Kerley hindered any potential for a successful outing by Mark Sanchez. Coach Rex Ryan said after the game, “Mark threw the ball well tonight, but it’s hard to throw when you’re flat on your back.”
After the game Mark Sanchez said, “We were good in spurts, but I know we can play better than that up front. I know we can block those four-man rush looks. I’ve seen our guys do it. I know we have the right personnel.”
Another bright spot of the game was the Jets defense holding the Giants Super Bowl winning offense to two field goals in two possessions in the red zone. The stellar play of former Redskins safety Laron Landry, who picked off Eli Manning, was all over the field during the series he was in the game. If Landry can stay healthy all season and perform like he has in his pro bowl years, the Jets will have the most dangerous secondary in the league.