As the Giants prepare for their first NFC East matchup on Monday night, safety Julian Love joined the Giants Huddle podcast to reflect on the beginning of the season under first-year Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale. Martindale brings 17 years of NFL experience and a long list of coaching achievements.
Since joining the Giants' coaching staff, Martindale has preached the concept of "position-less football." The philosophy was unearthed with Love's first career sack of Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield in Week 2. Love discussed his view of Wink's defense, which the safety admits has the secondary exercising a variety of roles. His optimism for the scheme's productivity goes hand-in-hand with how he views his individual responsibility. Love shared, "That's what I want to be known as: a guy that's very productive no matter where he lines up."
Julian also talked about his relationship with co-captain and fellow safety Xavier McKinney. Together, the duo has fine-tuned their approach to working with younger members in the DB room to add disguises to the back end. Each game is different, and each approach to such follows suit. Against the Dallas Cowboys, Julian spoke about the importance of stopping the run on early downs in the presence of "dynamic (running) backs" Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard.
Love concluded by expressing excitement about the Ring of Honor induction that will take place Monday at halftime. The ceremony, coupled with the Giants' color rush jerseys and stadium-wide white out, will create a unique environment. "Obviously we'll be locked into the game, but atmosphere for sure – you'll feel it," Love shared.
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