Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Defensive coordinator Martindale wants Giants to dominate

East Rutherford, NJ ( Associated Press) — When Vink Martindale was appointed as the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants, there was widespread speculation about his unit this season.

Analytics and Martindale’s reputation for being aggressive fueled the feeling that the Giants were about to go wild on defense.

Every other play, multiple plans, defenders in unpredictable alignment and a return to the good old days of Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson and one of the NFL’s top defenses.

Not bad for a team that went 4-13 last season after their fifth consecutive loss. Another coaching staff cleaned the house due to disappointing weather and Brian Dabol replaced Joe as the judge. This has led to the recruitment of new employees.

Martindale, 59, came into the last four after a 10-year stint with the Ravens in Baltimore as D-coordinator. His run came to an end after a bad season due to multiple injuries.

The down-to-earth Martindale brought an approach that players enjoyed on Thursday as they went through an openly organized team activity.

Martindale wants his defense directed at resisting crimes, both physical and mental.

“I think it’s a game of adjustments and matchups and everything else, but I want them to have a headache and have five nights before we play them and figure out what we’re going to do and every The bars try to look different. Play — because the pressure breaks the pipe,” Martindale said.

He said that every sport is different. Play a seasoned quarterback and the goal is to get rid of the ball fast enough. Play with a young child, the goal is to get her to play faster, but to add different forms to make her think more.

“At the end of the day, you want the quarterback on his back,” Martindale said. “I don’t care whether he throws it or not, but if you can get the quarterback hit, he knows what he’s playing against.”

Dabol, 47, who was the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills before taking the Giants’ top job, said he had no problem hiring someone with a big personality. He felt that Martindale had an excellent interview, communicated well and was hard to cope with in games.

Dabol was in the meeting on the day Martindale spoke in his defence. it was quiet.

“He was the guy who was talking most of the time, but I would say he encourages input and good give and take there and now that I get there in the first five minutes, it’s like a party for five minutes.” Kind of happens,” Dabol said. “Everyone is talking, laughing, telling stories, so I think he’s done a good job of letting those guys loose. We’ve got a long way to go with those.”

Outside Linebackers coach Drew Wilkins worked with Martindale in Baltimore and then moved to New Jersey. He said that Martindale can make anyone in the building feel like they are the most important person in the organization. It makes people and players willing to sell for it.

Martindale also has the ability to crack offenses and communicate that knowledge to his players.

“The simple part is what he’s going to offer the players,” Wilkins said. “So when we get there, it’s a simple concept and he’ll tell them: ‘We’re doing this, this and this this week’, and he’ll explain the reasons behind it.”

Safety Xavier McKinney, who led the Giants with five interceptions last season, said the new defense allows players to attack the ball.

McKinney said, “We want to make a mistake by committing a crime, not wait for them to make a mistake.” “We want to make mistakes with what we do and how we bring that aggression towards them.”

The Giants will have a little over three months to get the defense down and if they do, they will have a chance to compete next season. Which is why even Dabol’s crime kicks into gear.

NOTES: Defensive back Jordan Mosley was waived. … In his brief time in the New York City metropolitan area, Dabol has become somewhat of a Rangers fan. That’s good because a hockey game broke out during the workout, with linebacker Quincy Roche and offensive tackle Corey Cunningham exchanging punches after a play. … LB Kayvon Thibodeaux, the fifth pick overall in the draft, was among nearly a dozen players who wore the red jersey due to some sort of injury. … NFL Network’s Steve Smith, former Panthers and Ravens wide receiver, was working on the field, talking to players and coaches.


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