Can New York Giants' Defense Take Them All The Way To Super Bowl? NFL Probes Coach Ben McAdoo, Eli Manning Walkie-talkie Communication Against Dallas Cowboys
For the most part of the NFL 2016 season, it's almost a given that the New York Giants won't crop up in anybody's mind when the conversation is about the strong contenders to make it to the Super Bowl and take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy0. But, the NFC East squad has been turning critics into believers lately, thanks to their impregnable defense.
The New York Giants' Defense Is Holding Its Own
The New York Giants Have a "Super Bowl-Caliber Defense." That's how Andy Benoit of Sports Illustrated's Monday Morning Quarterback puts it. And, a lot of credit goes to New York Giants' defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo who introduced the system to the team.
"The construction of this D was swift and aggressive," Benoit wrote. "Coaches will tell you they don't know the rhymes or reasons behind his calls (or if there are any). Playing against Spagnuolo can be unsettling, like driving on a multi-lane road with no painted lanes."
New York Giants' defense ranks fourth in the league based on Football Outsiders Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA ) at negative 13.5 percent, as per Washington Post. This parameter measures how well the opposing team is performing against a team's defense.
While the team is making a strong case for themselves lately, it remains to be seen if they can make it all the way to the Super Bowl in 2017. New York Giants is currently at the fifth spot of the NFC standings.
New York Giants' Coach Ben McAdoo Is In Hot Water
NFL is currently looking into the New York Giants' use of a walkie-talkie during their game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants swept their season head-to-head matchup against the "America's Team."
New York Giants' Coach Ben McAdoo allegedly used a walkie-talkie to communicate with Eli Manning when their headsets reportedly did not function properly in the fourth quarter. As per league rules, the use of a walkie-talkie, or any handheld, two-way radio, by a head coach is prohibited during the game as league officials from the sideline do not have control over it. When the game clock reaches 15 seconds, the bench is barred from relaying messages to the quarterback on the field, ESPN notes.
The report also cited that there has been no formal complaint filed on the Dallas Cowboys' end. But, the league is probing the matter, all the same.