Eli Manning vs. Defensive Coordinators

Posted Apr 25, 2014

A look at the Defensive Coordinators the Giants will face in 2014

Eli Manning has been around the block enough times to navigate his way through the NFL. 

But now he’s doing it with a new car.

Under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, the Giants’ two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback is learning a foreign system for the first time in his 11-year career. Meanwhile, as he feels out the gas pedal, brakes and so forth, the landscape has also changed. 

Manning and the Giants offense will face seven defensive coordinators for the first time in their current positions. That makes knowing their histories and tendencies near the top of the Giants’ offseason checklist. So went through the new defensive faces -- as well as the old -- that the team will face in 2014.

Opposing Defensive Coordinators Week by Week

Week 1: Teryl Austin (Detroit Lions)*
Scheme: 4-3
Background: Coached the Baltimore Ravens secondary from 2011-13; served as defensive coordinator at the University of Florida in 2010; mentored three Cardinals defensive backs to the Pro Bowl as Arizona’s defensive backs coach in 2009 (CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, S Antrel Rolle and S Adrian Wilson); Seattle Seahawks defensive backs 2003-06; began coaching career in the college ranks, spending time as defensive backs coach at Michigan (1999-2002), Syracuse (1996-98) and Wake Forest (1993-95); also served as a graduate assistant at Penn State from 1991-92.

Week 2: Todd Bowles (Arizona Cardinals)*
Scheme: 3-4
Background: Hired by Arizona last season after spending the 2012 season with Philadelphia, promoted to defensive coordinator with the Eagles on after spending the first six games of the season as the team’s secondary coach, 13-year NFL assistant who has also coached with the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, and Miami Dolphins during his career, played defensive back in the NFL for eight seasons with the Washington Redskins (1986-90; 1992-93) and San Francisco 49ers (1991).


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Week 3: Romeo Crennel (Houston Texans)*
Scheme: 3-4
Background: Enters his 32nd year coaching in the NFL, including the last 12 seasons spent as either head coach or defensive coordinator; named Texans defensive coordinator on January 5, 2014; came to Houston following a three-year stint with the Kanas City Chiefs (2010-12) where he served as defensive coordinator (2010-11), interim head coach (2011) and head coach (2012); has appeared in six Super Bowls and winning five of them (New York Giants – XXI, New York Giants – XXV, New England – XXXVI, New England – XXXVIII and New England – XXXIX).

Week 4/15: Jim Haslett (Washington Redskins)
Scheme: 3-4
Background: Enters his fifth season as the Redskins’ defensive coordinator; transitioned the Redskins into a 3-4 scheme in 2010; only person to be recognized as a College Football Hall of Famer (2001), AP NFL Coach of the Year (2000) and AP Defensive Rookie of the Year (1979); veteran of 28 NFL seasons, including nine as a player, 12 as an assistant coach and seven as a head coach.

Week 5: Mike Nolan (Atlanta Falcons)
Background: Enters his third season as the Falcons defensive coordinator; became the NFL’s youngest defensive coordinator in 1993 when the Giants hired him for that position at age 33; spent eight consecutive seasons as an NFL defensive coordinator with the Giants (1993-96), Redskins (1997-99) and Jets (2000); in his first year as a defensive coordinator with the Giants in 1993, Nolan’s defense allowed an NFL low 12.8 points per game for the best mark by the club in 44 seasons.

Week 6/17: Bill Davis (Philadelphia Eagles)
Background: With 21 years of NFL coaching experience, Davis joined the Eagles in the 2013 offseason after spending the previous two seasons coaching the Cleveland Browns’ linebackers; during his coaching career, Davis has held stints under Dom Capers, Bill Cowher, Vic Fangio, Dick LeBeau, Mike Nolan, Wade Phillips and Marvin Lewis; has helped guide seven players to the Pro Bowl: Keith Brooking, Darnell Dockett, Kevin Greene, Walt Harris, Lamar Lathon, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Adrian Wilson.

Week 7/12: Monte Kiffin (Dallas Cowboys)
Scheme: 4-3
Background: Hired as the team’s new defensive coordinator in 2013, bringing a total of 47 years’ worth of coaching experience to the Cowboys organization, with 26 of those spent in the NFL (1983-2008); spent 13 years as the defensive coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2008) where he was the architect of the famous Tampa 2 defense; prior to his tenure in Tampa Bay, Kiffin spent time with six other NFL coaching staffs: Green Bay (1983), Buffalo (1984-85), Minnesota (1986-89 and 1991-94), the New York Jets (1990), and New Orleans (1995).

Week 9: Greg Manusky (Indianapolis Colts)*
3-4 hybrid
Background: Enters his third season with the Colts as the team’s defensive coordinator; holds 13 years of NFL coaching experience following a 12-year playing career in the league; incorporated a new 3-4 hybrid defensive scheme in 2012; spent the 2011 campaign as the defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers after four seasons (2007-2010) as defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.

Week 10: Dan Quinn (Seattle Seahawks)
Scheme: 4-3
Background: In 2013 returned to Seattle where he was assistant head coach/defensive line coach in 2009 under Jim Mora and was one of three holdovers in 2010 on Pete Carroll's staff when he coached the defensive line; left Seattle to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Florida where his defenses ranked in the top-10 in the country in 2011 and 2012; began his NFL coaching career in San Francisco as its defensive quality control coach in 2001 before moving to coach the 49ers defensive line from 2003-04; also coached the defensive lines for the Miami Dolphins (2005-06) and the N.Y. Jets (2007-08). 

Week 11: Vic Fangio (San Francisco 49ers)
Scheme: 3-4
Background: Enters fourth season as San Francisco’s defensive coordinator; prior to the 49ers, had 12 years of experience as a defensive coordinator for four NFL teams - Carolina (1995-98), Indianapolis Colts (1999-2001), Houston Texans (2002-05) and San Francisco (2011); served as the defensive coordinator for Stanford in 2010, where he led one of the nation’s top defenses; served on the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff  from 2006-09 as a special assistant to the head coach and linebackers coach; spent the previous seasons as the defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans (2002-05), Indianapolis Colts (1999-2001), and Carolina Panthers (1995-1998).

Week 13: Bob Babich (Jacksonville Jaguars)*
Background: Named defensive coordinator for the Jaguars on January 19, 2013; spent the previous nine seasons (2004-12) with the Chicago Bears where he served six years as linebackers coach and three as defensive coordinator under head coach Lovie Smith; began his NFL coaching career in 2003 with the St. Louis Rams as linebackers coach; served six seasons as head coach at North Dakota State University (1997-2002) where Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley served as assistant under him.

Week 14: Ray Horton (Tennessee Titans)*
Scheme: Hybrid
Background: Enters first season as Titans defensive coordinator; has 20 years of NFL coaching experience, including three seasons as defensive coordinator; in 2013 served as defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns; spent two seasons (2011-12) as the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals; as a player and a coach, he has participated in a total of five Super Bowls during his NFL career.

Week 16: Gregg Williams (St. Louis Rams)*
Scheme: 4-3
Background: Hired as the Rams’ defensive coordinator in 2014; he and head coach Jeff Fisher have previous experience working together as Williams was on Fisher’s staff for six seasons with the Titans/Oilers, including four as defensive coordinator; was the defensive coordinator in New Orleans from 2009-11, following a one-year stint in Jacksonville as defensive coordinator; spent the previous four seasons (2004-07) as assistant head coach/defense with the Washington Redskins; prior to joining the Redskins, Williams spent three seasons as head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

*First time they will face the Giants in their current roles with their current teams.