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Giants Defense Thrives on Blunt Feedback. And Sneaker Talk.

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Don “Wink” Martindale’s frank honesty and aggressive play calling have turned around the Giants’ defense. Players say their bond with the assistant coach has helped, too.

The Giants have played 14 games that were decided by one score, winning nine of them, in large part because Don “Wink” Martindale’s defense has kept scores close enough for the offense to pounce.Credit...Evan Pinkus, via Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — In one of his first meetings with Giants players as their new defensive coordinator, Don “Wink” Martindale addressed each of them individually, in front of their teammates, and curtly told them what they needed to improve on.