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“Tom has been in this position before,” said running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who may do more blocking than usual. “We have to come out and just be assignment sound.”
At times, the Giants use four defensive ends, trying to generate speed against the power of the offensive linemen.
“That’s the biggest difference,” Waters said, “knowing who you’re going against from play to play. You have to know that every one of those guys have different elements of their game from JPP (Pierre-Paul) and his long arms and his super athletic ability to a guy like Tuck, who is a veteran, a guy who is always going to give you one look and do something different to the bigger guys in the middle, the guys who are real physical.”
So what’s an offense to do?
It can keep an extra blocker in, a running back or wide receiver. It can have a wide receiver or tight end throw a chip block before starting his route. It can throw quick passes before the pressure reaches Brady.
Draw plays and screen passes can slow down pass rushers by making them hesitate before charging the quarterback, but the Patriots have used those infrequently this season.
Deion Branch came up with an original tactic for him and his fellow wide receivers.
“Well, if we can switch positions with the linemen, hopefully (defensive) linemen move out and then we block the corners,” he said with a laugh. “But, overall, there’s a lot of things we can do. We’ll make those adjustments on the sideline.”
They can also fight.
“I’ve actually fought him twice, a for-real fight on the football field twice. Me and him have history and we are going to rekindle that,” Umenyiora said. “He wasn’t as bad in the Super Bowl, but this past game we fought again. I don’t know what it is he does, but there is something he is doing that really gets under my skin. I am not that type of guy. He is the only guy I have ever fought on the football field.
AP Sports Writer Tom Canavan in East Rutherford, N.J. contributed to this story.
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