Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. (Photo: USA Today Sports)
The Eagles swept the Giants last season, but they faced two different teams as they won the first game by 27 points and the second by eight. Which squad will Philadelphia see Monday night?
According to Chip Kelly, the answer is neither because of New York’s new defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, and Eli Manning’s familiarity with the offense in year two.
“It’s just an entirely new coordinator,” Kelly said. “It’s just like when [former Giants offensive coordinator Kevin] Gilbride left and [Giants offensive coordinator Ben] McAdoo came in: the offensive system has changed and the defensive system has changed. So it’s new players, different — some new faces back there. Landon Collins is there, a couple different guys playing different spots that they didn’t have before, and I think it’s a totally different system than they were in before.”
To get a better feel for what the Eagles will face this week, we asked several players and coaches about their next opponent. Here’s what they said, plus tables detailing where the Giants rank in the NFL in points per game, yards per carry, passer rating and turnovers on both sides of the ball. Read more »
Sam Bradford. Photo courtesy of USA Today.
Former St. Louis Rams head coach and current New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was a guest on 97.5 The Fanatic’s morning show today, and offered some thoughts on the quarterback he drafted first overall in 2010.
Spagnuolo, who will now be coaching against Sam Bradford twice a year, raved about the quarterback’s pedigree.
“Sam Bradford was as good as it gets when he was coming out of college, and he still can be that. It’s hard to go to a franchise where you’re building,” Spagnuolo said. “You talk about the offensive line, that’s a challenge for a young quarterback and yet, he’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2010.” Read more »
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Troy Vincent had an illustrious football career at each level he played on. At Pennsbury High School, he dominated and earned several high-major division one offers. At Wisconsin, he was a first team All-American and a runner-up for the Jim Thorpe Award. In Philadelphia, he made five straight Pro Bowls from 1999 to 2003.
But even though he retired from the game eight years ago, he’s just hitting the prime of a new part of his career: working in the league office. Read more »