Anatomy of a Play
Last weekend, the New York Giants became the first team to hold Warner to a passer rating of less than 80.0. Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is a former assistant coach for the Philadelphia Eagles under defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, and possesses a similar style in both scheme and design.
Spagnuolo and Johnson also have a knack for taking away what an opponent loves to do in the passing game.
With a combination of pressure and coverage, New York limited Warner's opportunities to complete these in-breaking routes, and forced two turnovers in situations where Warner was looking for them.
One of New York's staples is what is called the "Flat-Curl/Seam-Seal" combination, where a running back runs into the flat, a receiver runs a curl, and the tight end runs up the seam. Eli Manning loves this pattern like Warner loves the dig. The Eagles knew Manning would try to throw it early and often, and they effectively took the combination away with coverage and pressure.