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Jason Pierre-Paul on pass rush: We just have to finish

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 25:  Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants  and the rest of the New York Giants run onto the field against the Washington Redskins before their game at MetLife Stadium on September 25, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Giants signed defensive end Olivier Vernon as a free agent and re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul in a pair of moves that gave rise to hopes that the Giants defensive line would resemble the one that drove the team to a pair of Super Bowl titles under former coach Tom Coughlin.

For Pierre-Paul, the hope that he’d be a force in the pass rush was fueled by a move away from the club he wore on his right hand after injuring himself in last year’s fireworks accident. Pierre-Paul’s inability to grab cost him some sacks down the stretch last year, but the results haven’t been much different through five games.

Like last year, Pierre-Paul has created pass rush without getting sacks. Vernon has been very strong against the run. Both have just one sack on the year, however, and opposing offenses are converting over 45 percent of their third down tries as the pass rushers fail to get home.

“I’m not surprised,” Pierre-Paul said, via the team’s website. “To me, it’s not even about sacks, to tell you the truth. Yes, it’s nice to have, but in reality when you look at the games, we’ve been close. We just have to finish with the sack numbers. Our defense has been playing pretty well. We just have to get there and finish. I’m not talking about the D-line, I’m talking about as a group. Tackle better. We have done a poor job tackling. That’s every guy on the team, including myself. We just have to get better. That’s why we went out there using shoulder pads today. We just have to finish.”

It hasn’t helped that the Giants are dealing with several injuries in their secondary during their current three-game losing streak or that their linebackers have been underwhelming, so any shortcomings from the defense can’t be put on the defensive ends alone. As long as┬áthe offense continues to struggle to find itself, the pressure will remain on Pierre-Paul and Vernon to create the kind of game-changing plays that can get the Giants moving in a better direction.

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11 Responses to “Jason Pierre-Paul on pass rush: We just have to finish”
  1. flyskimmy says: Oct 14, 2016 12:07 PM

    Ravens offensive line to the rescue.

  2. richiethegreek says: Oct 14, 2016 12:07 PM

    “We suck and we’re way over paid but what else can I say?”

  3. cafetero1075 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:18 PM

    As a Dolphins fan, you way overpaid for Vernon. He is decent at best and he makes JJ Watt money. Good luck with that one.

  4. dansardo says: Oct 14, 2016 12:22 PM

    JPP is the best pass rusher for the giants and he has been mediocre to awful since he came back.

    I don’t see that changing, at least this year.

  5. jag1959 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:23 PM

    Yes, they do. But the article is on point as well, the linebackers and secondary haven’t done them any favors

  6. abninf says: Oct 14, 2016 12:49 PM

    Well, at least they got rid of Coughlin, thankfully.

    -Cowboys fan

  7. VenerableAxiom says: Oct 14, 2016 1:13 PM

    Vernon has the same number of sacks as Mario Williams, and the Miami DC has called out Williams.

  8. surfinbird1 says: Oct 14, 2016 1:19 PM

    Pierre-Paul: something is wrong, I just can’t put my finger on it.

  9. amaf21 says: Oct 14, 2016 2:03 PM

    Trent Murphy has twice as many sacks as you two loafers combined?! Hope Reese is polishing up the ol’ resume.

  10. dreadnok89 says: Oct 14, 2016 2:55 PM

    They knew this about this bum Pierre! He always loaded around. I would never pay vernon either.

  11. stash918 says: Oct 14, 2016 3:45 PM

    Giants fan here, but “finish?” Finish what? With my own eyes I saw Aaron Rodgers knitting a sweater for Olivia Munn last Sunday night back there while these overpaid so-called pass rushers were totally stalemated by the Packers O-line. They weren’t even close enough to bother him. It made the Super Bowl-winning pass rush against the undefeated Patriots look like a distant memory. The injured secondary actually held up their end of the bargain pretty well, with Jenkins getting 2 first-half INTs.

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