Giants Not Worried About Former Teammates Spilling Secrets
Worried that former Giants turned 49ers Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham might spill state secrets about what makes the Giants tick to their new teammates?
Don’t be, as even if they do, it really won’t matter if you rut the word of the current Giants.
Oh sure, the Giants are expecting both players to talk – Manningham even went so far as to say during his conference call with the New York media that he knows “what’s going on” and that he told the 49ers defensive backs a “heads up, what’s going to happen here, (and) things like that.”
But are the Giants worried?
“I think we’ll be all right,” said quarterback Eli Manning. “Everybody always talks a bit, but they’re not going to know what plays we’re running, or what we’re doing. So, I think we’ll be in good shape.”
“They can’t share too much that isn’t already out there on film,” added safety Antrel Rolle. “If I was to go to a different team, there’s not too much I could give them about what our offense presents. I might be able to give them a bit here and there , but not they’re going to pick up way more watching film than anything an individual could give them.”
What about the defense, considering that both Jacobs and Manningham worked against the defense during practices.
Linebacker Michael Boley shook his head and smiled when asked if there was an advantage to be had.
“Nah, there’s no advantage,” he said. “Practice is practice. For the most part, we really go against each other in training camp and a lot changes in training camp to the regular season.”
Boley said that even if Jacobs or Manningham were to offer up tips, there’s much more to the overall picture.
“It all ties into the scheme for that week,” he said. “It’s easy to sit there and say, I know when this person blitzes they like to do this. At the same time, do you know why that person is doing it?”
“You want my opinion?” asked defensive end Justin Tuck. “I think a lot of times when that happens, the new team is trying to figure out all these secrets and they forget to do what they do, and it hurts them.”
“In our case, it’s hurt us in those situations so I hope the 49ers focus on what Mario and Jacobs knows about our offense,” he added.
“Hey, if they put their minds together and want to go against Eli, then go for it,” added Boley. “We change so much, so good luck with figuring that puzzle out.”
When it’s all said and done, Boley said it comes down to who wins their individual battles when they line up on Sunday.
“Man on man,” said Boley. “And may the best man win.”