Jason Pierre-Paul isn’t having fun

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Earlier this week, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said during an appearance on Pro Football Talk that Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is the one young defender who makes Lewis say, “Wow!”

For Pierre-Paul, nothing about football is making him say “wow!” anymore.

I’m not having that fun I’m used to,” Pierre-Paul said Thursday, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.  “I’ve just got to go out there and run around like a little kid.  Just be happy that you’re out there and make plays.  Have that energy that I had last year.  And that’ll go for the other guys too.  You could see it their eyes that they’re not having fun with the game.  They’ve got to find themselves and I’ve got to find myself.”

Pierre-Paul, who has 1.5 only sacks through four games after notching 16.5 in 2011, could be experiencing the Super Bowl hangover.  After climbing to the top of the mountain, it’s not always easy to go back into the valley with everyone else and try to dig out again — especially when the target is larger on the Giants’ backs than it was a year ago.

There’s also a chance that the Giants, who seem to play their best when their backs are pressed against the wall, need the adrenaline that comes from a shrinking margin for error.

Either way, they need to wake up at some point, or I’m going to look like an idiot for picking them to repeat.

Hell, I’ll probably look like an idiot anyway.

41 responses to “Jason Pierre-Paul isn’t having fun

  1. If anyone on the Giants isn’t having a Super Bowl hangover, it’s JPP.

    Just because he doesn’t have a high number of sacks doesn’t mean he’s not causing havoc.

  2. He will be fine…

    Anyone that had 16.5 sacks the year before, is saying to himself in the offseason, “I can get 20.”
    That’s any successful athlete’s mentality.

    When he’s not on track to do so, analyzation kicks in.

  3. It was bound to happen, but Tuck has to become visible again so that JP can escape being doubled and chipped all game. Until Tuck makes a mark — still waiting — and Osi does more than give up the edge on run plays all game, JP will only be effective when Fewell lines him up at DT, which has worked, BTW. But you cannot do that all game. Hopefully, Ojomo can get a few snaps and take some of the pressure off Tuck when they line JP inside.

  4. they were lucky to make the playoffs last year, they’ll be lucky to make them this year… which, for the record, I don’t think they will

  5. It’s no fun when your defensive unit wins the Superbowl and they name the QB the MVP because his last name is Manning.

  6. Yeah, there’s no hangover, he’s getting doubled quite a ton and still making plays. Sacks don’t matter all that much. He’s getting pressures and still running down run plays.

  7. I don’t understand why you wouldn’t be fired up EVERY game. It’s like they need to be motivated. Why do they need their backs up against the wall to wake up? They have the tools, they’ve done it before. GET IT DONE G-MEN.

  8. You won’t be having fun when the greatness that is Rg3 is running circles around your slow, old and unprepared team. Unprepared for the greatness that is Rg3!!! Prepare yourselves! The division has flipped!!!!!!! You’ve been warned!!!!!!!!!!

  9. JPP has been fantastic so far this year. You have to watch his games and not his stat lines to see so but he’s blowing stuff up every play. The problem is he’s often the only one doing anything on that D and whenever Osi comes in he’s shifted to DT making him not as effective as he could be.

  10. Good …. this is a slap in the face to all the “experts” that proclaimed this kid the “best pass rusher in the NFL” after he has one breakout season.

    You don’t hear real pros like D.Ware or Jared Allen talking about it’s not fun anymore, do you? Get out of here with that garbage, JPP.

    Strahan probably should slap some fun in to you.

  11. I love how people are still spouting the “Giants were lucky to make the playoffs last year” nonsense. Last I checked, there were 3 other teams in their division that had the exact same chance. It’s not the Giants fault (or problem) that those teams, for one reason or another, didn’t get it done. Giants beat who they had to beat, and then beat everyone on their schedule in the post season.

  12. Demarcus Ware is the only pass rushing threat on the Cowboys, yet he finds a way to get it done, the Giants have Tuck and Osi to help out JPP, if he’s an elite player, he will find a way

  13. jjp please your no DEXTER MANNLY. once again this punk got man handle in the second Redskin game by a back up.!!!!!

  14. Maybe he should get a real job and then see how he likes it. I would love to get paid to play football.

  15. Your right JPP, you have conquered football, and it’s no longer any fun. Go back to your homeland, buy up half of the country with the millions that you have made, and live the life of luxury.
    No more sweat & pain; just hot girls, great food and drink. Live the good life, you deserve it.

  16. Obviously stats can really indicate a lot about a player or team but sometimes those stats can be incredible misleading. In terms of Jason Pierre Paul’s numbers, that tends to be the case. He gets double-teamed, and sometimes chipped when being double-teamed, it’s up to Justin Tuck and company to provide the pressure in one-on-one matchups. It’s like looking at Jason Babin in Philadelphia. He totaled 18 sacks last season while having seven games in which he didn’t have a single sack while in two games he didn’t even record a tackle. For pass rushers such as JPP, it’s his presence that causes a ruckus while on the stat line it looks like a dud, similiar to Darnell Docket in AZ that is a disruptive force almost every snap.

  17. I know he only has 1.5 sacks, but he is having his best year. They guy has been all over the field. Nobody at his position plays the run as well as he does. He is loads of fun to watch play.

  18. When I read this, this first thing I thought of was Todd Marinovich. Maybe he genuinely just doesn’t have fun playing anymore. If I recall correctly he said never really saw himself playing this game anyway.

  19. What a shame! It couldn’t have happened to a better player and team. Press the panic button because the Giants are only good in their heads. Eli is going to be saying “Aw, shucks!” a lot this year.

  20. PLEASE, NOBODY FEED THE TROOL!!!

    Raiders 1982 thinks he’s funny every time any NFC east team is in the headlined he copy paste the same BS about rg3.
    I am pretty sure that this is the best part of his day…..sad really.

    Anyways JPP is an animal and EVERY player and coach in the NFL knows JPP is in the top 3 pass rushers in the league and must game plan against him. He is a game changer just ask Dallas about week 14 last year sacks safeties blocked FG to win the game!!!

    I can’t wait till to hear rg3 CRY again after the giants really welcomes him to the NFL. Remember when rg3 whined about the players being too mean to him after week 1? That’s embarrassing.

  21. warewolf94 says: Oct 4, 2012 11:32 PM

    Demarcus Ware is the only pass rushing threat on the Cowboys, yet he finds a way to get it done, the Giants have Tuck and Osi to help out JPP, if he’s an elite player, he will find a way
    ———–
    He also runs free every snap. BIG DIFFERENCE.

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