The New York Giants may have to endure another week without defensive stalwarts Justin Tuck and possibly Osi Umenyiora, but defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has considered a plan to help the Giants D prevent big plays by the Buffalo Bills offense this Sunday-- wristbands.
Don't be shocked to see the some Giants defensive players wearing mini-playbooks on their forearms-- and referring to them-- in order to prevent the mental breakdowns that have plagued the team in recent games.
Following last week's unfathomable loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Fewell became concerned that the Giants(3-2) had allowed Seattle's mediocre offense to put up big numbers against his confused-looking defense and thinks using what is usually a quarterback's tool a potential solution.
The Seahawks no-huddle offense prevented the Giants defense from making many quick substitutions and forced a quicker tempo. At many times, the Giants D was caught out of position and were about one Deon Grant flop from trying to slow down the Seahawks.
Fewell who was a coach in Buffalo before coming to the Giants, is familiar with the Bills system and said he "learned something last week."
"The no-huddle is effective; it's about communication," said Fewell. "I think we were communicating. When you use that form of communication verbally, everybody doesn't get it at the same time. I think I need to do a better job of maybe installing wristbands on the guys so everybody knows what the call is. I think I can do a better job and help our players if I do that for them," he told the New York Post.
It won't be any easier this week as the surprising Bills(4-1) stampede into MetLife Stadium on Sunday. They have victories over the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.
Meanwhile, the teams the Giants have beaten this year have a combined record of 6-16 and the Giants had to pull come-from-behind in two of their victories.
The Giants would like nothing more for Fewell to beat his former team and show that last week's loss wasn't a sign of things to come.
When a defense is struggling as much as the Giants has, any sort of advantage is welcome-- even if it's like writing the answers on your hand.