Wednesday, December 19, 2012
JPP doesn't want to hear about last year
By Ohm Youngmisuk
Jason Pierre-Paul was critical of the Giants' defense on Wednesday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For the second straight year, the Giants need to win their final two games to make the playoffs.
But Jason Pierre-Paul doesn't want to talk about how the Giants got the job done last year and might be able to lean on that experience starting this Sunday against the Ravens.
"I don't want to hear that," Pierre-Paul said Wednesday. "To me that's all bullcrap. Know what I mean? Yeah we have done it before, but this is a whole other year. Each year is a totally different year. You don't have the same guys on the team as last year."
"This week our backs are against the wall. We already start our playoffs early," Pierre-Paul added later. "This is a playoff game for us."
The Giants (8-6) can clinch at least a wild card by winning at Baltimore and then beating Philadelphia at home in their final two games.
"We have to go out there and play ball, man," safety Antrel Rolle said. "Damn everything else. Go out there and win at all costs and make sure we get it done."
Rolle and Pierre-Paul don't want to rely on last year's experience of winning six straight do-or-die games, culminating in a Super Bowl victory. They don't want to take any chances after seeing the Giants go through the motions last Sunday in a 34-0 loss to the Falcons.
"Go play with fire, go play with passion," Rolle said. "There's no reason why it shouldn't be there, especially in a game of this magnitude in the later part of the season."
Pierre-Paul and Rolle both said the defense needs to start this latest playoff run by getting back to basics and cleaning up their tackling.
"We had 18 missed tackles man (last week) and that is not acceptable," Pierre-Paul said. "We cannot have missed tackles. ... We can't have a guy and let him break free for more yards."
"It is either all or nothing or we are going to pack our stuff and get out of here," Pierre-Paul added. "And I am not trying to go home early. I want to make that run and at least get into the playoffs and show that we can do it. That is what we are striving for and hoping we can get there."