Giants' zone has huge holes

The bye week comes at a good time for Big Blue, which has to solve big problems with its zone coverage.

Updated: September 22, 2003, 3:55 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
The New York Giants secondary is supposed to be one of the best in the league, but in their three games they have looked as bad as anyone could have envisioned. In the last three weeks, the Giants have given up 342 yards to Kurt Warner, 321 to Quincy Carter and 348 to Patrick Ramsey.

With corners Will Allen and Will Peterson, the Big Blue secondary seems to play well enough in man coverage, but when they switch to zone they can't seem to find a receiver and stick with him.

Luckily for the Giants, they'll have an off week to work out the kinks in their zone. And the problem isn't that the pass D is giving up short completions, but rather large chunks of yardage. In the first three games, the Giants have given up 18 pass plays of at least 20 yards, and 15 of those have come in the last two games.