New York’s defense prepares for multiple possibilities at quarterback for the 8-3
Chicago didn’t miss a beat with Daniel vs. Detroit
East Rutherford, N.J. New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher had no intention of designing two game plans, even though Chicago Bears starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has a shoulder injury.
Bettcher is getting the Giants (3-8) ready to face the Bears’ offense, and it doesn’t matter whether Trubisky is back at the helm Sunday at Metlife Stadium or veteran backup Chase Daniel is running the show again for Chicago (8-3).
The NFC North-leading Bears extended their winning streak to five games on Thanksgiving with Daniel leading Chicago to a 23-16 win over the Lions in his first start since 2014.
“They are both good quarterbacks,” Giants linebacker and defensive captain Alex Ogletree said. “They haven’t changed much of their offense for either one. They play a little different game, but for the most part, they do the same stuff. We are preparing for either one. You never know who is going to play. So if Chase Daniel plays, we will be ready for him, and if Trubisky plays, we will be prepared as well.”
Trubisky was limited at practice on Wednesday and Thursday, so it is looking less likely he will play Sunday.
Bettcher said his approach every week is to see what the defense needs to do to give the team its best chance. It includes having some tweaks built in for the opposing quarterbacks.
“You certainly have some things that you like versus each of those two quarterbacks,” Bettcher said.
Offensive coordinators do the same thing when the status of their starting quarterback is uncertain. They make separate sheets outlining the plays and throws each quarterback likes, although the game plan is relatively the same.
If Daniel gets the call again, he will have had a week practicing with the offense. He did not get that coming off a short week of preparation for the Lions and still completed 27 of 37 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns.
“Listen, it’s never changed for me and I told you this last week and I’ll tell you it again: I prepare every day like I’m the starter whether I get practice reps or not,” Daniel said.
The Giants’ Saquon Barkley is looking for his third straight game with at least one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown on Sunday against Chicago.