Giants defensive coordinator Don Martindale downplays heavy blitzing in Week One of preseason

New York Giants Vs. New England Patriots At Gillette Stadium (Preseason)
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With the NFL still adjusting to a three-game preseason, rules and conventions and arrangements and understandings have taken a back seat to the practicalities of getting a team ready for Week One.

Last Thursday, when the Giants and Patriots squared off in their first exhibition contest of the 2022 preseason, the Giants’ defense dialed up plenty of blitzes. Did they overdo it?

Said defensive coordinator Don Martindale on Thursday, ”We’re on to Cincinnati.”

Literally, he’s right. The Giants host the Bengals this weekend. But it was also a nod to Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s 2014 mantra after an ugly Monday night loss to the Chiefs.

As noted by Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, Belichick groused (sort of) about the blitz-happy approach.

”Well, with what the Giants were doing, there’s a lot of reasons for some of the things that we did just to try to manage the game,” Belichick said regarding the inability to run play-action passes with rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe. “So, just leave it at that.”

Per Leonard, the Giants blitzed Zappe in 17 of his 33 dropbacks. In Giants blitzed 21 times in all. During the 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021 preseasons combined (there were no preseason games in 2020), the Patriots faced 28 total blitzes.

Sometimes, coaches will agree to certain ground rules for preseason games. Those agreements technically aren’t allowed, but that doesn’t keep them from happening. There apparently was no such agreement between the Giants-Patriots game.

10 responses to “Giants defensive coordinator Don Martindale downplays heavy blitzing in Week One of preseason

  1. Wait until BB and the Pats play VS the Gaints in a real game. BB will not forget what they did and he will make the Giants pay. Even if it is 2 years from now. He will never forget that bush league crap.

  2. Good for him. A worthless team being run for nothing bodes well for the rest of the NFC East.

  3. This goes back to when Belichick was reported to have texted Brian Flores congratulating him on getting the Giants job, when it was actually Brian Daboll that got the job. Daboll took offense apparently, and decided to blow up the preseason training type of game plan the Patriots had for their rookie QB. I doubt they will be exchanging Christmas cards. Petty on Daboll’s part for sure.

  4. I am not filled with confidence by the initial steps of the new regime for the Giants. I’ve never been a fan of Wink’s. His system is great when he has studs at every position, but he has shown zero ability to adapt when he has less than perfect personnel. Stubbornly clinging to a system is a recipe for failure. Then you have coaches fighting. Daboll may be an offensive guru, but it takes more than that to be a winning HC. Starting QB Tyrod Taylor, huh? I think that the Giants are looking at an ugly year.

  5. A Wink Martindale defense that features the blitz??? I’m absolutely shocked I tell ya.

  6. He’s still upset about how many times a BB squad picked apart his Ravens defense

  7. Preseason games are about player development and assessment, not winning. BB initiated combined preseason practices to emphasize that point. Daboll and Wink know that but chose to start all their starters, and then avoid one on one matchups that better allow for assessment of both young and new players. Given the shortened preseason, losing that opportunity in the first preseason game is a waste in Bill’s view. Of course, Bill didn’t whine about it, he gave a succinct response to a related question.

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