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Jason Pierre-Paul’s fall might have been tied to weight

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The 10-sack drop-off by Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul might have had something to do with the extra pounds he was carrying.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin admitted Pierre-Paul’s performance was disappointing, and that it was the second half of the season before he was back to his playing weight of 275 pounds.

He didn’t play as well as the year before,” Coughlin said, via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.

Pierre-Paul said the extra weight was muscle, not fat, but Coughlin didn’t seem moved by that argument, as he watched his pass-rusher fall from 16.5 sacks to 6.5.

“He was big when he came to camp,” Coughlin said. “There’s not a lot of body fat [with Pierre-Paul], yes, but still …”

Pierre-Paul also had to deal with back problems last year, which could reasonably be connected to the extra weight. Either way, the Giants need him back to form this year, with Osi Umenyiora out the door.

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27 Responses to “Jason Pierre-Paul’s fall might have been tied to weight”
  1. doomsdaydefensetx says: Mar 21, 2013 9:51 AM

    In 2011 this guy was a monster. As a cowboys fan I hated him but as a fan of the nfl it seemed he was gonna surpass most of the elite pass rushers in the league. Definitely regressed in 2012

  2. ravenator says: Mar 21, 2013 9:55 AM

    Maybe if he wasn’t bullying Prince and was concentrating more on his playing weight, he’d be in football shape.

  3. elitenygiantfan says: Mar 21, 2013 9:58 AM

    he plsyed fine, he was great against the run and while his sack total dimished more due to double teams and no help from tuck or osi

  4. schochnation says: Mar 21, 2013 10:00 AM

    You down with JPP….Ya you know me!

    Cmon coach, EVERYBODY knows muscle
    wieghs more than fat

  5. zengreaser says: Mar 21, 2013 10:01 AM

    Never thought I’d say this, but I now actually think Brandon Graham is going to be better than this guy over the long haul.

  6. thegronk87 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:06 AM

    They just doubled teamed him this year as opposed to 2011 when teams focused more on tuck and omenyiora.

  7. paulsmith107 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:11 AM

    Or maybe he snuck up on the nfl when he got those 16.5 sacks because offensive game planners were more focused on tuck and osi. It’s a whole nother ball game when you are the man identified to stop and game planned against. Please though don’t tell giant fans he may be overrated I mean they think he will be better than Reggie white Bruce smith lol. Just as over hyped as their qb and victor Cruz

  8. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Mar 21, 2013 10:22 AM

    Can he still do 10 straight backflips?

  9. robbietheus says: Mar 21, 2013 10:49 AM

    As an Eagles fan, I hope he never gets back to 2011. lol

  10. gochargersgo says: Mar 21, 2013 10:50 AM

    Too much success early in a career can be a bad thing. Especially when its on a team and personal level. Im not surprised he lost a little of his edge for a year.

  11. jamezz23 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:51 AM

    What Trent Richardson did should have been flagged, it puts him in just as much harm. Lowering his head like that could end up getting him paralyzed one day. If you deliver a blow by lowering your head it should be flagged, but there is also a fine line between what should be called and shouldn’t. Its all how the referees see it, which we all know could be huge issue..

  12. jamezz23 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:51 AM

    Oops wrong article, sorry!

  13. bigblue88 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:10 AM

    Gonna be real hard to sign jpp, nicks, and cruz.

  14. themackstrong says: Mar 21, 2013 11:18 AM

    It’s really about game plans. I can’t believe JPP got to the Pro Bowl on that 6 sack season when there were 5 or 6 DE in NFC that had better years. I did see JPP blow up many run plays but he couldn’t get off blocks.

  15. kev86 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:40 AM

    JPP was still very good in 2012. The bar has been set very high. I loved his INT and TD DUNK in Dallas. Thanks Tony!

  16. golforepar says: Mar 21, 2013 11:52 AM

    Judging by the pic, where has JPP been training? The kitchen??

  17. tommythek says: Mar 21, 2013 11:53 AM

    No but his 10 potato chip time is under 3 seconds

  18. justintuckrule says: Mar 21, 2013 12:09 PM

    I thought the same thing all year that JPP looked like he put on a few. I’m glad it’s been brought to light. The kid is only 23 yrs old. Someone/something needs to like a fire under him quick before he goes the way of Jevon Kearse.

  19. cmonelisha says: Mar 21, 2013 1:03 PM

    it wasnt just jpp.. it was the entire line..id blame tuck more than anyone

  20. Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 21, 2013 1:03 PM

    He was pushing 290 early on. Cement legs, no burst off the ball (and tailed off at the end, was barely getting off the ball vs. ATL and BAL).

    People need to watch the film before spewing this stupid “regressed” nonsense. His game evolved as his technique got better. He played great in about 7 or 8 games, good enough in 2 or 3 others and was just absent in the rest. He was doubled almost all season, set the edge against the run all season on both ends, had the pick six off Romo, etc. He still had tons of pressures and QB hits, even if he missed out on about five or six “near sacks”.

    It is Tuck who regressed horribly over these past two years. With him being a virtual non-threat since the end of the 2010 season, teams knew they could haphazardly double JP knowing that Tuck wasn’t going to do anything. The fact that Tuck was even awful against the run — the one thing that made him a top two-way DE — is more galling to me as someone who actually played the game, than the sack totals.

  21. mazblast says: Mar 21, 2013 1:37 PM

    “I have a fancy name! I play in New York! We won the Super Bowl! I can coast this year!”

  22. Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 21, 2013 1:41 PM

    mazblast says: Mar 21, 2013 1:37 PM

    “I have a fancy name! I play in New York! We won the Super Bowl! I can coast this year!”
    ———

    Dimwit. Watch the film and get back to us. He did no such thing.

  23. n0hopeleft says: Mar 21, 2013 2:12 PM

    paulsmith107 says:
    Mar 21, 2013 10:11 AM
    Or maybe he snuck up on the nfl when he got those 16.5 sacks because offensive game planners were more focused on tuck and osi. It’s a whole nother ball game when you are the man identified to stop and game planned against. Please though don’t tell giant fans he may be overrated I mean they think he will be better than Reggie white Bruce smith lol. Just as over hyped as their qb and victor Cruz
    ———

    Ya, I’m pretty sure by week 10, offensive coordinators had NO IDEA who he was… Good call..

    Which part of the Giants are overrated? Eli’s rings?

    Or Victors 26 TDs for 500k?

    Please explain.

  24. larrydavid7000 says: Mar 21, 2013 2:13 PM

    you are so right Mr. wright 212. jpp just looked like a deer with head lights on him. The Redskins embarrassed the hell out of him 2 times.!!!!!!! This guy is a. loser and dose not know how to be a great player at his position. GOOGLE DEXTER MANNLY THAT A DE. !!!!!!

  25. playbookofeli says: Mar 21, 2013 3:02 PM

    Are all redskin fans trolls? Or do they just troll nyg stories?

  26. marley07712 says: Mar 21, 2013 3:36 PM

    At this point, does anyone really care what a Redskin fan thinks? 8 years since the last playoff win and, what, 21 since their last Super Bowl win.

  27. brooklynsownnyg says: Mar 25, 2013 1:57 AM

    seriously the redskins have one decent season and all of a sudden their fans come crawling out of the woodwork and forget the fact that they were the team so bad as to lose a game by missing an extra point only the year before… AN EXTRA POINT!! seriously marley07712 no one cares about what a redskin fan thinks… you’re absolutely right about that

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