JPP: 'We can't B.S. around this year'
April, 16, 2013
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com
Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty ImagesJason Pierre-Paul has had enough of the Giants not playing to their potential during the season.NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. –- Jason Pierre-Paul sounds tired of the New York Giants' annual roller-coaster act.
The defensive end wants to see the Giants get serious and be more consistent.
"We can't B.S. around this year," Pierre-Paul said at an event at Umberto's restaurant. "The falling down, and going up, that [stinks]. You know what I mean? Because it's like every year it happens. Every year.
"Now I haven't been here for [all] the previous years, but since I've been on this team, it [stinks]," he continued. "The Super Bowl run [in 2011] was just the same thing. It just so happened that we picked it up [at] the last minute and we [made] a run.
"As far as this year, it's all going to be up to the guys. ... Therefore, all that matters is, this year, see what the guys got, see what new guys will come in, and you can't B.S. around. You get tired of it."
Pierre-Paul also said he was not out of shape last season when he saw his production dip from 16.5 sacks in 2011 to 6.5 sacks in 2012. The Pro Bowl pass-rusher responded to comments made by coach Tom Coughlin.
The coach said at the owners meeting in Arizona, "He didn't play as well as the year before. ... He was big when he came to camp. There's not a lot of body fat [with Pierre-Paul], yes, but still."
"I was always in great shape," Pierre-Paul said. "I'm still the same size this year. People say I look slimmer but I'm the same weight.
"I was not big last year," he added. "I was 273 and I'm 274 now. If they want me to lose weight, I can do it that fast."
Justin Tuck is someone who thinks Pierre-Paul looks slimmer this season.
"He looks slim," said Tuck, who received a check for $15,000 to benefit his R.U.S.H. for Literacy foundation from Umberto Corteo, owner of Umberto's. "Just the first two days of running and working and lifting, he looks primed to have another great year for us, and we are going to need him because he is a big part of our success."
General manager Jerry Reese wanted Pierre-Paul to have a chat with former Giant Michael Strahan to discuss how to combat double-teams and deal with the frustration of being the focal point of offensive lines.
Pierre-Paul says he has not talked to Strahan yet but has been going over ways to beat added attention with Tuck. Pierre-Paul reiterated that he feels he played well last season despite the dip in statistics.
"I was a major factor on the defense and I was putting pressure on the quarterbacks 24/7," Pierre-Paul said. "... My numbers didn't show for it, but whenever I stepped on that field, everybody knew that Jason Pierre-Paul was dominating that tackle or that tight end or playing the running game.
"I played very good last year and this year I just have to step it up a little bit," he added.
Pierre-Paul says he still hasn't reached his full potentia, but he believes he will be even better in his fourth year.
"I say I'm pretty far [away]," Pierre-Paul said of realizing his full potential. "People would look and say Jason Pierre-Paul is one of the good players in the NFL, but right now, I think I can do better.
"And if that's consistently training even harder, then I'm going to do that," he added. "But they haven't seen nothing yet, trust me. When I say they haven't seen nothing, they haven't seen nothing yet."