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A.J. Green thinks Giants defense has a lot of holes


The Giants have found a lot of mileage over real and perceived slights over the last couple of years and they got a little more material from Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green on Thursday.

Green was a guest on New York radio station WFAN and answered a question about the Bengals’ chances against the Giants defense. His answer will likely be brought up at some team meeting between now and Sunday.

“I feel like they’ve got a lot of holes in their defense,” Green said, via Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger.

There’s plenty of statistical support for Green’s position. The Giants rank 26th in the league in pass yards allowed per game and their secondary has struggled to stop several opposing receivers this season. They’ve also given up 118 rushing yards per game, which ranks them 19th in the NFL, so the holes Green has observed could come in any segment of the defense. There’s been plenty of discussion about the offensive issues for the defending champs this week, but those problems might seem less dire with a different defense.

The Giants are still 6-3, of course, so it’s not as if the existence of these holes is the same thing as the other team being able to exploit them often enough to win games. Green and quarterback Andy Dalton will take their shot on Sunday.

UPDATE 2:00 p.m. ET: And, as expected, the Giants have responded. Safety Antrel Rolle said, via Tom Rock of Newsday, “I’ll talk with my pads” when told of Green’s comments. Rolle, who complained that the NFL’s rules about hitting defenseless receivers led to him injuring himself in the Week Eight game against Dallas, also said that if Green sees him “he better duck.”

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18 Responses to “A.J. Green thinks Giants defense has a lot of holes”
  1. geeeeemen says: Nov 8, 2012 2:01 PM

    Watched every Giants game this year. My opinion is the Giants have a lot of holes in their defense.

  2. lennydpocketqb says: Nov 8, 2012 2:02 PM

    Everyone rest A.J. this Sunday in fantasy.

  3. stevincinci says: Nov 8, 2012 2:02 PM

    This is different. A.J usually doesn’t give an opposing team motivation.

  4. acerockefellar says: Nov 8, 2012 2:17 PM

    Lets be honest. Any defense going against AJ Green is going to have holes since he creates them.

  5. bigbluecrew420 says: Nov 8, 2012 2:34 PM

    How’s cincys secondary???
    I guess Cruz Nicks and Hixon will find out Sunday.

  6. 1buckeye76 says: Nov 8, 2012 2:38 PM

    lennydpocketqb says: Nov 8, 2012 2:02 PM

    Everyone rest A.J. this Sunday in fantasy.


    i’m guessing you’ve never won your league championship.

  7. 1buckeye76 says: Nov 8, 2012 2:49 PM

    bigbluecrew420 says: Nov 8, 2012 2:34 PM

    How’s cincys secondary???
    I guess Cruz Nicks and Hixon will find out Sunday.


    not too good. Giants receivers and Eli should have a big day.

  8. mtgblue1979 says: Nov 8, 2012 2:54 PM

    Green is going to get knocked unconscious I he goes up the middle. I agree I’m not starting him this week.

  9. NakedCowboy! says: Nov 8, 2012 2:54 PM

    Got AJ in 2/3 of my fantasy teams… def a top 5 receiver today… better than Julio… only megatron and fitz do as much as him in double coverage…

  10. blackngold4life says: Nov 8, 2012 3:11 PM

    Had 1 catch for 3 yards Vs Steelers..Dalton gona be running for his life against NYs pass rush so he better find those “holes” real fast

  11. zack2482 says: Nov 8, 2012 3:16 PM

    Ready for the Giants to start losing some games. The streak continues this weekend.

  12. jgoodzdagrizzly says: Nov 8, 2012 4:46 PM

    Had 1 catch for 3 yards Vs Steelers

    Thats incorrect information brother…he had 1 catch for 8 yards and that was a touchdown buddy

  13. szwhtsup123 says: Nov 8, 2012 5:08 PM

    Wow a trash talking wide receiver from the Bungles…..aaah yawn.

    Giants get back on track before heading into the bye.

    Thank you.

    Go GMEN!

  14. edithpiaf51 says: Nov 8, 2012 6:04 PM

    The Giants do have holes in their defense and I am glad other Giant fans realise that and are not blaming Eli. The defense needs to get back on track. Coughlin will make sure they are back on track
    go GMEN, we need a win before the bye

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 8, 2012 6:38 PM

    I wish guys would learn how to read film and understand Fewell’s defensive philosophy before posting foolish comments.

    I have to keep saying it every time these whiny Giants fans come out of the woodwork:

    It is bend, don’t break (which has worked other than players’ gaffes — not the scheme itself), they clamp down in the red zone, he runs a good deal of zone in order to rely on the pass rush to force the QB to hold the ball for an extra second or so, and either they get the sack, or pressure him to make a rushed decision, which allows the DBs to fly around and get INTs, or be in place to swarm the ball and force strips, which is what he said when he got here. Of late, they’ve gotten sacks, they’re 2nd in the NFL in turnovers forced and have a boatload of INTs. The “holes” Green speaks of are the areas that the zone allows as the primary focus of the defense is to force the passer into a bad decision with the confusing looks with the back seven (which is why you don’t see him blitzing that much). But if your QB does not have the time to see you sitting down in the zone, there’s no “hole”.

  16. blackngold4life says: Nov 8, 2012 8:22 PM

    LOL My bad bro 8yards..and yes it was a TD. But he got smashed the rest of the game..still kinda irrelevant dontcha think??

  17. orivar says: Nov 8, 2012 9:27 PM

    AJ was the best fantasy pick up to ever happen. Of course he thinks there’s a lot of holes on the defense, this man somehow creates them. Good receiver, inspires me to become better myself.

  18. steelcityrapist says: Nov 9, 2012 10:54 PM

    stealers fans are worthless

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