New York Giants O-line Coach  Explains Why Andrew Thomas is Struggling Inside

Patricia Traina

New York Giants rookie offensive tackle Andrew Thomas has had his share of growing pains this season, that's for sure.

According to PFF, Thomas has allowed 28 total pressures from the left tackle position, including a season-high nine last week against the Dallas Cowboys.

And Through five weeks, Thomas leads all offensive tackles with 28 pressures.

Giants offensive line coach Marc Colombo said its simply a matter of staying on Thomas each day to get him to clean up some things, but also noted that there is one thing in particular that has shown up on tape that opponents have exploited in Thomas' game.

"Yeah, what he's doing is snapping out of his stance and he's kind of overshooting his target," Colombo explained.

"And what's happening is when you put that on film, you're going to get a heavy dose of it and they're going to change it up. They're going fake up field and come back underneath."

Here is a still-shot of one such instance where Thomas appears to have missed his target, this coming in the second quarter against edge Everson Griffen, No. 97.

Take note of Thomas' positioning as he makes initial contact with Griffen. Thomas is lunging at the defender, and strikes him on the shoulder pad. Griffen, as you'll see in the clip below, then puts a spin move on Thomas and beats him inside for a hit against quarterback Daniel Jones.

"I tell these guys, 'Focus on your target and if your target is the inside number, that's it,'" Colombo said of his teaching point for the offensive linemen. "Wherever that target goes, you go."

Colombo believes that Thomas ha the feet to handle speed rushers, but notes that the inside move defensive players use is "the Cardinal sin" for an offensive lineman to lose.

"That's something I gotta do a better job, coaching him on, on what keys to look for when the guy's going to come inside," Colombo said.

"He's got to know that every single defensive end has watched it and seen it have success, and you're going to get it all game until you shut it down and you put it on tape, shutting down the inside move. You're going to get it every time."

Colombo is also working hard to make sure that Thomas, the fourth overall pick in the draft, doesn't lose confidence in himself as he goes through his growing pains.

"Andrew's really young. He's a rookie and he's going to go through some growing pains, but he's getting better," Colombo said.

"He did a lot of good things in the game the other day--used his hands. We're going to talk about a few things we need to clean up, but for the most part, it's just really harping on the details."

Colombo thinks that if Thomas can achieve consistency, the return on investment that the Giants are expecting won't be too far behind.

"Andrew's capable of being a dominating left tackle in the NFL. I truly believe that," said Colombo, himself a former NFL offensive tackle and first-round draft pick.

"He's gone against some really good competition, and he's done well at times, and at times, not so much. He's gotten a lot of good learning opportunities for Andrew. And you know, I truly believe, you know, after the amount of pressures and pass rushers he's seen, he's really going to be better for it."

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Notice Thomas' positioning as he makes initial contact with Griffen. Thomas is lunging at the defender and strikes him on the shoulder pad. Griffen, as you'll see in the clip below, then puts a spin move on Thomas and beats him inside for a hit against quarterback Daniel Jones.

"I tell these guys, 'Focus on your target and if your target is the inside number, that's it,'" Colombo said of his teaching point for the offensive linemen. "Wherever that target goes, you go."

Colombo believes that Thomas has the feet to handle speed rushers but notes that the inside move defensive players use is "the Cardinal sin" for an offensive lineman to lose.

"That's something I gotta do a better job, coaching him on, on what keys to look for when the guy's going to come inside," Colombo said. 

"He's got to know that every single defensive end has watched it and seen it have success, and you're going to get it all game until you shut it down and you put it on tape, shutting down the inside move. You're going to get it every time."  

Colombo is also working hard to make sure that Thomas, the fourth overall pick in the draft, doesn't lose confidence in himself as he goes through his growing pains. 

"Andrew's really young. He's a rookie and he's going to go through some growing pains, but he's getting better," Colombo said. 

"He did a lot of good things in the game the other day--used his hands. We're going to talk about a few things we need to clean up, but for the most part, it's just really harping on the details."

Colombo thinks that if Thomas can achieve consistency, the return on investment that the Giants are expecting won't be too far behind.  

"Andrew's capable of being a dominating left tackle in the NFL. I truly believe that," said Colombo, himself a former NFL offensive tackle and a first-round draft pick. 

"He's gone against some really good competition, and he's done well at times, and at times, not so much. He's gotten a lot of good learning opportunities for Andrew.  I truly believe after the amount of pressures and pass rushers he's seen, he's really going to be better for it."

(Clip and screen shot via NFL Game Pass.)

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ExSkinsNowBlue
ExSkinsNowBlue

If this was the local high school team, all this is great, but we invested a #4 overal NFL draft pick on this, and now have to "teach him" how to block?". #4 at LT shouldnt be a developmental learning project, it should have been a plug and play pick. Gettleman should be fired for that alone. We risk the health of our franchise QB and RBs so he can learn? Sorry, but its ridiculous. Thomas is rated No. 63 of 76 qualifying offensive tackles by Pro Football Focus, behind fellow first-rounders Tristan Wirfs (No. 28), Mekhi Becton (No. 31) and Jedrick Wills (No. 60). He has allowed a NFL-high 37 pressures in seven games and looks less effective than rookie teammate Matt Peart, which has created the popularity effect commonly seen with backup quarterbacks.

ExSkinsNowBlue
ExSkinsNowBlue

yeah ok, all this is fine if this was a high school team for all this "learning". But this was a #4 overall draft pick. Should be plug and play. Thomas is rated No. 63 of 76 qualifying offensive tackles by Pro Football Focus, behind fellow first-rounders Tristan Wirfs (No. 28), Mekhi Becton (No. 31) and Jedrick Wills (No. 60). He has allowed a NFL-high 37 pressures in seven games and looks less effective than rookie teammate Matt Peart, which has created the popularity effect commonly seen with backup quarterbacks. Why are we picking a devlopmental "project" at # 4?! We risk DJ's health and our RB's health, so that our #4 pick at LT can learn how to block? He should be plug and play at that level. Gettleman? WTF.

NYBAY
NYBAY

This is want all the Giants fans want learn his lesson now early in his career it will past as the years come an go U only hope he on his way up be a good build block for the future we as Giants fans been waiting this long for this line get better this line have to get better in order for them to start winner some games all this time it’s been unacceptable for the last twenty years now is the time to get it RIGHT!!! PLEASE!! PLEASE!!!!

beatassnow1
beatassnow1

Don't forget the JETS. I live in Texas so I have to deal with Cowboy nation. I really do see good thing for the future. Gettleman is trying to do things right by building O line and D line thru the draft and that's recipe for success. The Judge was the right call, he's the next great coach.

Dinodawg
Dinodawg

He will be fine, I watched him against the best defensive lines in Football for three years at UGA. He dominated. We have to remember for all of these guys, they had no OTA’s, an abbreviated camp, and they are all learning a ne O. The same with our D.

beatassnow1
beatassnow1

Guy's the kid never had OTA'S ttainging camp. Pre season .Let's give him a chance build him up and let's support our beloved GIANT'S. He will get much better he has talent. Mark my world he gonna be a animal next year. Gettleman made some good decisions also, James Bradbury nice signing. Defense way better and he address the O Line and D line thru the draft. He also had some failure , like all GM. Trust the process. Go GIANT'S I Bleed the BLUE

Cowboyup
Cowboyup

Readers

It just seems like he is all holes and no cheese. I hope you ar tight, Coach. But I have no faith in Gettleman who drafted him. So, from the onset, I assume he is a mistake. And we now have 5 games of excuses. No one ever says, " man this kid is gonna be great." They just explain how he missed his man, fanned on this block, and didn't recognize the blitz. The length of the article on what he is doing wrong is daunting.


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