Recently, New York Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul has come out and said that he isn’t having as much fun playing this year.
“People have high expectations of me, so it kind of brings me down a little knowing I’ve got to live up to that,” Pierre-Paul said. “But I have to have fun, too. I can’t just go out there thinking I’m going to get the job done because I’m Jason Pierre-Paul. It doesn’t work that way.”
Of course expectations are going to be higher. The team won the Super Bowl last year and JPP was big cog in that along with the pass rush that really stepped up down the stretch. That pass rush is non existent right now, and the team needs them if they are to reach their full potential.
The thing is, does sacking the quarterback and having fun playing football go hand in hand? I think for players like JPP and Osi Umenyiora it probably does. The energy on team just increases when they are getting sacks.
Not to give them an excuse, they’ve had the most unique schedule to open a season of any team in NFL history. A Wednesday, Sunday, Thursday then Sunday night game isn’t the usual schedule when you are talking about football. It’s hard to get your body in a routine as a player if your schedule is in flux like this.
The Giants are on Monday Night Football once the rest of the season, something all players are used to, so maybe the normal schedule can help this team “have fun” moving forward.