Justin Tuck: Lack of sacks isn’t defensive line’s fault

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The once-feared Giants pass rush has been in a slumber this season as the Giants have recorded just five sacks in six games.

Those numbers aren’t misleading, either. There aren’t a lot of pressures, hurries or hits on quarterbacks to make things look better and the lack of a pass rush has doomed the Giants defense on more than one occasion in 2013. When trying to figure out what’s wrong with the team that has long built their defense around the front four’s ability to generate pressure, defensive end Justin Tuck says that you shouldn’t look at the defensive line.

“I guarantee you if you get us in a game scenario in our favor we’ll be fine,” Tuck said, via the New York Daily News. “But we haven’t had the opportunity to play downhill. If you look at the sack numbers from years past, normally we’re leading by two scores in a lot of those games. You get a team where you know they have to pass the ball, they’ve got to get five out, I don’t think an O-line in this league has a chance, regardless if it’s us or anybody else. There are other issues, too. … I don’t care what you bring, if the quarterback gets the ball out of his hands, you’re not going to get there. And I think that’s the game plan against us right now.”

All sound like reasonable explanations for why sack totals are down for the team. They also sound like excuses for why sack totals are down since it’s easy to look at what Tuck said and respond by pointing out that the defensive linemen are free to make plays that get them into a game scenario where they can play downhill. The offense has been a turnover carnival this season, but it’s hardly like the defense has been some unmovable object undercut by Eli Manning’s mounting interception total.

23 responses to “Justin Tuck: Lack of sacks isn’t defensive line’s fault

  1. wah, wah!!!!

    making excuses has been his mo for the past few years. getting the ball out early is the game plan only against the giants d line and no other d line, right. there are individuals on other teams that have more sacks that the giants d line.

  2. When the game starts and its 0-0, the opponents front 4 dont seem to have a problem getting their sacks against your QB. So what he’s basically saying is that they are useless unless the game is already decided and out of reach late in the game. What an idiot

  3. Wait wait so if a team scores one or two TD’s then they just run the rest of the game? WOW nice to know how to beat the giants. Just score a couple of TD’s on them and then run it the rest of the game and they will lose. lmao nice one Tuck.

  4. I think the more plausable explanation is that the Giants front four is just not that good anymore. Tuck hasnt been productive in years. JPP has been injured and a couple of their DT’s were Eagles castaways from a bad Eagles defense.

  5. Tuck should shut his pie hole. He hasn’t got pressure on the QB in three years now.

    The reason why the Giants can’t get pressure is because we have to many old vets on the dline. Tucks best days are behind him. Patterson, Rogers these guys are slow and way past their prime. JPP isn’t completely healthy and when the other guys along the line can’t win 1 on 1 match ups you can double JPP.

    I don’t understand why the Giants don’t let Hankins play over some of these old washed up vets. He and Joesph should be getting most of the reps.

    Kiwi is done also. The Giants blew his career for him trying to play him at linebacker. Lets take a 1st team All American DE in college and move him to outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. That makes a lot of sense.

    The other reason we can’t get any sacks is our linebackers suck. The linebackers are so bad it doesn’t even help the dline when the Giants do bring pressure.

    The final reason is Perry Fewells scheme is garbage. How many times do you see Tuck or JPP dropping in coverage. Makes no sense.

  6. When Eli Manning’s offense manages to not shoot itself in the face and finally score a TD, none of us can get all that excited about it because we all KNOW, the defense will give up that lead immediately. Other teams get to Eli rushing four, maybe, just maybe, because they are ALWAYS playing from behind. Just once, I would love to see this defense hold a darn lead for the offense.

  7. honestly! if the defensive line is responsible for getting pressure on the QB then it SHOULD be your fault. I mean its Eli’s fault for all the hints right? J. Tuck has always been over rated just like that whole giants team! 0-6

  8. As a Giants fan, Tuck needs to go.
    His production has fallen off the earth.

    It was good while it lasted buddy.

  9. Justin,

    The tape every single weeks shows your effort. On almost every single passing down, you are making intitial contact with the Oline, then standing straight up and trying to dance around the guy blocking you.

    You have nerve blaming other people.

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