Originally written on Giants Football Blog  |  Last updated 11/12/11
One of the reasons the Giants give up so many yards vs the run is because they deviate from their base defense, taking out the middle linebacker and inserting an extra defensive back. This alignment protects the Giants from what sunk their ship last season – surrendering big plays up top (through the air) but leaves them short-staffed vs the power run games in the NFL.  The 49ers have one of those power run games.  They have a beast of runner in Frank Gore and the Giants need a presence in the middle to slow him down. The closest thing the Giants can counter with is rookie LB Greg Jones, who took over the spot when Jonathan Goff tore up his knee before the season.  Jones is a playmaker with a nose for the ball, but he is perceived to be undersized and his lack of experience has kept him off the field more often than on it. The team prefers to use an extra DB most plays and run teams are taking full advantage. They need start trusting Jones on running downs or they will not go very ...
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