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Carl Banks on Giants' defense: The scheme is to blame

The New York Giants continue to falter on defense and there many analysts pointing to the dearth of talent and not enough examining the real issue — coaching.

Giants Ring of Honoree and Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee, Carl Banks, believes that defensive James Bettcher’s scheme is to blame for the Giants surrendering a league-high 14 passing plays over 40 yards among other breakdowns.

Here are some tweets from Banks’ Twitter account:

“A good talent without a play to maximize is a waste. Bad habits are formed when emphasis is not on a sound fundamental foundation. Too many explosive plays for me to say this is a sound scheme.. too many individual breakdowns to say fundamentals are emphasized…

“… it is fair to ask ourselves if the team cannot stop the same plays (crossing routes) in 2 seasons is it scheme or players? If teams continue to target Haley and you give no help is it scheme or players? Same things = same results.

“The issue for me is how talent is developed within the scheme and how a scheme adapts to its talent.. I currently see no cohesion, a lack of execution in basic zone concepts, glaring holes in man concepts, successful plays against a defense that fails to adjust.. my thoughts.”

Keep in mind that Banks works for the Giants. He is the booth analyst on their radio broadcasts and does other features and programs for Giants on their website and on the MSG Network. Given the sensitivity of the organization after six losing seasons over the past seven years, you would think he would be a little more guarded in his comments.

But as they say, it is what it is. They no longer can put lipstick on this pig and Banks clearly cares about the Giants and is pointing out their obvious shortcomings.

Many have been calling for the dismissal of the entire coaching staff for numerous reasons. There is very little discipline and attention paid to details. There are few consequences for poor play and the ability to install corrective action is either nonexistent or slow.

In the very least, Bettcher needs to go. His scheme may have worked in Arizona but is has been an abject failure in New Jersey. Banks points out they don’t have the right personnel to run it, which leads us to another issue — how did that happen?

How do hire a defensive coordinator and then not get him the type of players he needs to succeed? If that is not the case, then the scheme is a bad one that just isn’t working, which means the coach must go.

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