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Giants QB Eli Manning on the Bucs defense, Greg Schiano and Bill Sheridan

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September

Remember when the Panthers last week said they’d gone back and looked at Rutgers tape to get a read on Greg Schiano’s defense?

Well, the Giants, this Sunday’s opponent, have done the same thing, according to quarterback Eli Manning. The goal, he said, was to compare Schiano’s Rutgers defensive tendencies and tactics to those being employed by the Bucs now.

“Just to see some similarities and what his scheme was going to be,” Manning said during a conference call with Tampa Bay media. “I think the coaches went back and looked at Rutgers stuff to see if it matched up with what’s going on now and get an idea of what might be coming up.

“Obviously, you have the preseason. It’s a lot easier (with the Bucs) having played the first game. You have an actual real, live regular-season game to look at, unlike Carolina which probably wanted to look back so they’d have a better idea of what would come in the first game.”

Another interesting angle here is Bucs defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan’s history with the Giants. He spent 2005 to 2009 on the Giants staff, his final season as the defensive coordinator.

Manning said the scheme being used by the Bucs clearly is not Sheridan’s, but Schiano’s – with a twist.

“It is a little bit more Schiano’s scheme,” Manning said. “ . . . But obviously Bill has his impact as well.”

Finally, Manning shared his overall observations of the Bucs’ defense. Color him impressed.

“They’re very fast on defense and quick,” he said. “Guys are moving around. They’re bringing linebackers on blitzes. They play a pretty good bit of man coverage and trust their corners and safeties to play man on tight ends and receivers. They played outstanding last week and they’ve played well through the preseason.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:02pm]

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