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New York Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul Says It’s “Bullcrap” to Talk About Last Season’s Rally

December 20th, 2012 at 8:45 AM
By Dan Benton

'Jason Pierre-Paul' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ As head coach Tom Coughlin said on Wednesday, the New York Giants are consistently inconsistent. For that reason, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has no interest in talking about their 2011 late-season rally that led to a Super Bowl championship. In fact, he thinks it's "bullcrap" to draw any comparisons between this year and last year.

“I don’t want to hear that,” Pierre-Paul said. “To me that’s all bullcrap. Know what I mean? Yeah we have done it before but this is a whole other year. Each year is a totally different year. You don’t have the same guys on the team as last year, who knows who is going to be here next year. Right now we can do it for now and that is what we have to do.”

A calming factor for many fans -and even players- has been that the Giants have "been here before." But history doesn't always repeat itself, and after being beaten down by the Atlanta Falcons in humiliating fashion, it's somewhat refreshing to hear a player say the parallels are ridiculous. After all, any sort of repeat is far from guaranteed.

Still, the experience is valuable, and the Giants do know what it takes to overcome their current situation. At the same time, they knew that going into Atlanta and were unable to put a single point on the board.

Perhaps more than anything else, it's time for coaches, staff and players to stop talking about all of this and just go out and perform on the field. We've seen what they are capable of against the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints, and that's what it's going to take over the next six games if they wish to hoist that Lombardi Trophy again.

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17 Responses to “New York Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul Says It’s “Bullcrap” to Talk About Last Season’s Rally”

  1.  James Stoll says:

    More than ancient history(2011), the giants need to look to recent history to “know” they can play better and win against good team’s. SF – 26-3 shallacking. GB – 38-10 beat down. NO – 52-27 obliteration. Carolina 36-3 annilahation.
    Cleveland 41-27 thumping. They’ve had many a big game this year so they can do it. They’ve obviously had plenty of no shows so you have to be concerned
    Starting now it is purely a question of will and desire. Can the DTs finally start to hold their ground and give us the semilence of a run defense?
    Can the DEs start to win the battles up front and create the kind of pressure that forces mistakes? Can KP and Prince will their bodies back onto the field to create that extra second of coverage that allows the pass rush to succeed? Can the o-line start to push on the run and hold on the pass? Can nicks will his way to effectiveness? Can Bradshaw and Wilson team up to provide enough running that Eli is not solely responsible for winning the games? But can Eli give us the best he has that has too often been lacking this season?
    And can the brain trust simplify, simplify, simplify?
    It’s in there somewhere. We’ve seen it this season, 5 times by my counts. They just have to find it, along with the resolve to bring it forth.

  2.  jfunk says:

    Now would be the perfect time for the unstoppable force of nature version of JPP to show up and make a few game changing plays.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      +1

      I think it’s time for our two best players in Eli and JPP to play like it.

      •  jfunk says:

        Yep.

        Nicks isn’t going to magically be healthy. The o-line isn’t going to suddenly turn into a top 5 unit.

        JPP, Osi, Tuck, Eli, Wilson, Cruz, Kiwi, Rivers.

        That’s my list of guys that I believe are healthy enough and capable enough that we should reasonably expect them to raise their level of play here in crunch time and get it done…pick up the slack created by the rest of the team’s shortcomings.

        Note, guys like Rolle, Brown, Bennett, KP, Nicks, Canty, Hixon, etc. are not on that list because I think they’re playing at or near the max of what should be expected of them given their level of talent and health.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    One factor about the Bmore game I just realized is that Bmore clinched a playoff spot. This is big in my view. While the division is still up for grabs, all Bmore needs is one win or a Cin loss to win the division. So while they want win their desperation is not the same as it should be with us. This is a playoff game for us.

    •  jfunk says:

      True, but Baltimore is still pretty close to panic mode. They’re falling fast and desperately need to right the ship. Don’t underestimate how badly they need to just play a decent game.

      Also, don’t forget that Lewis will be back. I think just having him put on a uniform will bring a renewed sense of urgency to the team.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I’m not saying Bmore has no motivation. They clearly do. My point is that still shouldn’t match the playoff intensity we should have. There’s a difference in needing to win basicially having to win.

    •  James Stoll says:

      I posted as much on the last thread. But they’ve lost 3 straight. Losing 4 straight, division title or no, and they are in big big trouble. I think they come out amped Sunday, especially if Lewis is back. I think they give us a heavy dose of Ray Rice to attempt to control the ToP, and I think they blitz like crazy hoping for Eli to force mistakes into Ed Reed’s waiting arms. The Giants have to finally win the physical battle up front. Shut Rice down at the outset and that will go a long way. On offense it would be great if they could establish the run, but that seems unlikely against the 3-4, especially with the quality NT those guys have. It will be up to Eli. But the long pass can’t be the option. Not only has Eli missed that pass more often than not this season, but the best of the best of the best is patrolling back there. They need a short to intermediate pass game. Cruz Bennett and Nicks have to win those physical battles in close.
      In a word: physical.

      •  Levito says:

        Baltimore’s offense can’t get things figured out. Flacco has been terrible lately, and the mess with the OCs has been a distraction. They get away from the run way too quickly. If the Giants start fast, they’ll likely lose faith just as quickly.

  4.  Levito says:

    JPP really needs to step up and play like the best player on defense. Right now, he’s not. You can make up all the excuses you want about him getting all the attention, but it’s all garbage. You think offenses who face Aldon Smith. JJ Watt, Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, etc., don’t realize those are the dangerous pass rushers they need to stop? Of course they do! Yet those players consistently find ways to make life miserable for QBs. Osi used to be like that (at times), but he’s obviously only concerned about staying healthy for a new contract next season. But it’s time for JPP to step up and actually make some game changing plays like he did last season.

    •  James Stoll says:

      When you step back and survey the season, JPP’s lack of production may be the most surprising and disappointing of all. In his rookie season, all that was holding him back was the coaches reluctance to play him full time. Last year he was so dynamic and the entire bridge throughout the season while Tuck and Osi got over their injuries.
      This year, with Tuck and Osi, and Kiwi, all healthy, JPP has been well nigh invisible.
      57 tackles and 6.5 sacks through 14 games. That’s half the production of last year.
      With Osi’s (35 and 6) and Tuck’s(43 and 3) production, or lack thereof, a radically down JPP just can’t happen
      Can all three (or any of the three) turn it around on a dime?

      •  Krow says:

        The thing is … without a consistent push from the DTs all the opposing QBs have to do is step up to avoid the outside rush from the DEs. JPP, Osi, and Tuck aren’t all having bad years at once out of coincidence. It’s lousy DT play that’s killing the pass rush.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I think JPP is still a young guy that now has to re-adjust to being the focus of every offense. I think the key is JPP figuring out which will free up Osi and Tuck to make more plays. Also Kiwi and Tracy need to be used as pass rushers at times.

        I don’t think you can include Smith, Miller and Watt with Ware. All three of those players are in their second years’. A player like Ware is different because he’s done it for years. The true test will be the one JPP has faced this year. When the offenses have spend the whole offseason trying to defend you and now have some schemes that are causing a player like JPP more issues.

        I think Smith is not the all around player the others are.

        •  Levito says:

          All of those players are well known as the most dangerous plass rushers on their defense. And they’ve all adjusted to being the focal point just fine.

          And Tuck and Osi having down years at the same time is unrelated, IMO. Tuck’s not having a down year, it’s a stretch of 2 season for him. Osi? He’s just concerned about not getting hurt before he believe’s he’s going to get a big payday somewhere else.

          I can buy the lack of push from DT, but only to a certain point. He’s often not beating his man one on one, and he’s more susceptible to biting on run fakes than we’ve seen in the past. He gives up contain on the backside too easily and just seems to rely on his physical talent rather than technique. My biggest fear when he was drafted was that he’d be an Osi clone, and this season, he reminds me of Osi, minus the occasional dominant game.

          •  James Stoll says:

            Bad DT play is undeniable. Canty’s injury from last year is likely more serious than any of us know. He’s been back for half a season and has had only one solid game.
            LJ has been a major disappointment this year. I think we all thought a breakout season after last years solid performance.
            Of course losing Kuhn, having Austin not develop, and an ever aging Rocky Bernard have not helped.
            Tough to see any elevation in play from this group unless it comes from Canty

  5.  Krow says:

    I think we’ve all said this … but if we can’t beat the next two fading, disorganized, under-performing teams then we shouldn’t be in the playoffs.

    Win and hit the post-season hot … or go home.

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