Is it the quarterback www.giantsauthorizedshops.com , It is an ages-old debate in the football universe, one that tries to ascertain whether a single quarterback is to account for offensive production or whether quarterback success is more determined by the passer himself. It is a debate that I, a New England Patriots fan, am intimately familiar with. My thoughts on the “system vs. passer” debate are documented, but as the New York Giants look ahead to facing Nick Mullens and the San Francisco 49ers, there is certainly a scheme component that the Giants need to be ready for come Monday night.Two of the NFL’s more forward-thinking offensive minds, Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan, do a tremendous job with personnel usage when putting together game plans. Consider this from the Los Angeles Rams. According to SharpFootballStats.com, the Rams use 11 offensive personnel (three wide receivers, one tight end and one running back) a whopping 94 percent of the time. Out of their 580 offensive plays this season, 547 of them have come with this personnel group. But what truly stands out is that the Rams run the football 45 percent of the time with this package, and are successful on 58 percent of those running plays and average 5.2 yards per carry when running the football out of 11 personnel. Why? Because when a defense sees that 11 personnel group on the field, they lighten the box. Todd Gurley, arguably one of the best running backs in the game, faces light boxes (such as only six defenders in the box) more than any other running back:By using this personnel group, McVay dictates the defensive personnel, and then takes advantage.Shanahan is no different, however the 49ers coach takes things in the opposite direction. San Francisco uses 21 offensive personnel more than any other team in the league. Of their 564 offensive plays this year, 41 percent, or 229, have come with 21 offensive personnel on the field. But San Francisco threw the ball on 42 percent of those plays. How have 49ers quarterbacks fared throwing out of 21 personnel this season? They have posted a quarterback rating of 112.7, a TD/INT ratio of 7:2 New York Giants Womens T-Shirt , have posted a yards per attempt of 9.6 and average 8.1 air yards per attempt. For contrast, the team that uses 21 personnel second-most in the NFL right now is the Patriots, which is no surprise to me. But look at what Tom Brady has done throwing out of 21 personnel this year: A quarterback rating of 62.1 and one touchdown versus three interceptions.No other team in the league uses 21 offensive personnel more than 13 percent of the time.The reason for the success in the passing game is the other side of the coin from the Rams’ run success. A defense, seeing 21 offensive personnel in the game, is more likely to play their base package. Which gives an offense more chances to get players matched up against linebackers in the passing game, which tends to be an advantage for the offense.Look at this play from Thursday night against the Oakland Raiders:On their opening drive of the game the 49ers face a third-and-2 at the Oakland 24-yard line. They line up with Mullens (under center and with 21 personnel in the game, and align running back Matt Breida (No. 22) behind fullback Kyle Juszczyk (44). As you might expect, the Raiders keep their base defense on the field. But the 49ers run a play-action boot concept, and Pierre Garcon (15) is wide open on the deep crosser, setting up an easy throw for Mullens:Anytime you see the QB raising his arms shortly after releasing the throw, you can be sure the offense is going to hit on a big play.Consider a San Francisco drive early in the third quarter. They begin the drive facing a 1st and 10 on their own 32-yard line, and they have their 21 offensive personnel package in the game. On first down Breida attempts a run to the left side, but loses one yard against the base Oakland defense:You might think an offense would adjust things for 2nd and 11. Instead? The 49ers line up without a huddle. Shanahan has the Oakland base defense on the field and he wants to attack it in the passing game, which he does:To finish the drive, the 49ers keep this package on the field but put Juszczyk in a bunch to the right. Since the Raiders have their base defense in the game, Shanahan believes he can now run to the edge and use quickness in the run game against this defensive grouping.He’s right:This is the challenge facing the Giants on Monday night. Shanahan does such a great job using personnel, especially this 21 personnel grouping, that the Giants’ defense will need to be on their toes against Mullens when two running backs are on the field with him. Sometimes you just plain get lucky. With the top priority in the NFL’s waiver claim hierarchy, the New York Giants might just have gotten very lucky on Wednesday when they were awarded guard Jamon Brown off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams.When the Giants got Brown from the Rams I got this message from a long-time NFL talent evaluator:“Big sleeper - expect him to take over right guard before season ends.”The Giants, with 33-year-old John Greco having taken over at right guard for the benched Patrick Omameh, snapped up the 25-year-old Brown. In all likelihood, the 6-foot-4 New York Giants Hats , 340-pound 2015 third-round pick who lost his after starting the season by serving a two-game suspension, will be in the Giants’ starting lineup before the season is over.The four-year veteran is in the final year of his rookie contract, so the Giants get the last half of the season to determine whether or not Brown can help them going forward.To learn more about Brown, I turned to Brandon Bate of SB Nation’s Rams website, Turf Show Times. Here is what Bate told me.Ed: Why did he not get his job back?Brandon: Put quite simply, this had very little to do with Jamon - who started every game at right guard for the Rams in 2017 - and everything to do with the fact that his replacement, Austin Blythe, excelled while he was sidelined (suspension). It was a question the coaching staff received almost immediately following their Week 2 win, when Jamon was scheduled to return, and it was a situation where they stuck with Blythe based on his level of play in the first two weeks. Had Blythe struggled, the Rams (and their fans) couldn’t have been more pleased to see him return. Ed: How surprising was it to see the Rams let him go? Why do you believe they did so?Brandon: Very surprised. I think that most anyone who follows the team close enough realized that cap room was going to have to be made in order to sign Dante Fowler -- but I’m not sure anyone figured that would come via Brown’s release. The Rams may have a great O-line in 2018, but it wasn’t always that way...so seeing a solid player walk came as a surprise to just about every fan, I’d imagine. As for “why,” I think it’s primarily the aforementioned level of play from Blythe, but also a growing confidence in some of their younger depth players along the offensive front. Trust that letting him go wasn’t an easy decision by any stretch though. Ed: Is he a starting-caliber player who could be a part of the solution to rebuilding the Giants offensive line?Brandon: Absolutely. I know the Giants have struggled up front but they got a good one today. I’m not sure how long it’ll take the Giants to get him up to speed, but he’s a starting-caliber player, for sure. Going into this season, I expected him to be making every start at RG for the Rams, as he did in 2017. Don’t let his release, or the suspension, fool you. He’s a solid player, and I’m sure this wasn’t an easy decision for the staff. Sean McVay said as much leading up to Week 3. When asked about Blythe’s play and Brown’s impending return New York Giants Womens Hoodie , his response: “We feel like we’ve got two starting caliber players in Austin and Jamon.”Ed: Give us a scouting report. Strengths? Weaknesses?Brandon: He’s struggled in the run game at times, but has proven to be a very strong pass blocker. To be fair though, the entire right side of the Rams’ line was struggling in run blocking at one time. And that’s not to say he’s a poor run blocker, because he’s certainly come a long way since his rookie year. Take PFF grades for what they are, but if you’re buying what they’re selling, Brown ranked 11th out of all offensive guards as a pass blocker in the final three weeks of the 2017 season (in which he allowed 0 QB pressures). You’re certainly more familiar with what the Giants are working with at guard, but Jamon is a very well-rounded player, and one worthy of a starting spot on just about any NFL roster. Ed: I know he had the suspension. What kind of person is he? What should we know about him away from the field?The suspension, like his release, was a surprise to just about everybody -- so don’t let that alarm you. Jamon appears to have been a great teammate, and I’m guessing he’ll be missed by both staff and players alike. A quick glance at his twitter account will tell you that he’s a spiritual man, a positive person, and a philanthropist. Honestly, he seems like one of the nicest people on Earth. McVay spoke on his release on Wednesday. I think he summed it up nicely: “But really, what a class act...unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out this year, but can’t say enough good things about just the quality of the human being. He’s got a lot of good tape out there and we’re hopeful that he catches on and has a long, good career ahead of him. But, that was tough.”
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