New York Times: Breaking Down Giants-Eagles
In my weekly film study column at the New York Times, I took a look at the Ramses Barden pass interference penalty in last night’s Giants-Eagles game that pushed the G-Men out of field goal range.
The Giants’ offensive coordinator, Kevin Gilbride, called for “11” personnel: one running back, one tight end and three receivers. In a Trips Left formation, wide receivers Domenik Hixon and Victor Cruz lined up to the boundary with tight end Martellus Bennett. Ramses Barden (circled below) was isolated on the wide side of the field with cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
You can see that Asmougha was the only defender lined up in a true press position. With free safety Nate Allen lined up deep in the middle of the field and strong safety Kurt Coleman stationed just seven yards off the ball to the wide side of the field, I think Eli Manning recognized that the Eagles were in Cover 3.
Cover 3 is characterized by three deep defenders — the outside cornerbacks and the free safety — each playing with “deep-third” responsibility. The job of Allen, Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the play was to make sure no receivers beat them in their deep section of the field. If the receivers lined up in front of the cornerbacks were to threaten them vertically, their responsibility would basically turn into man coverage.