Jason Pierre-Paul is one of the more talented young defensive players in the league. I went as far as to say he’s going to make the Hall of Fame some day, and before the season I thought he would be a defensive player of the year candidate. Unfortunately, he’s not taken the drastic step forward I thought he would, but he’s still been the best defensive lineman on the New York Giants by far.
This is why I’m OK with him critiquing the Giants defense a bit. He’s earned the right to expect more of the defense behind him, especially when they showed their potential in the playoffs last season. JPP thinks the Giants are being too “selfish” on defense.
“It’s not basketball. It’s not a one-man game,” he said. “If one person does something wrong, it messes up the whole defense. So basically we’ve just got to get everybody on the right track and play football. You can’t be selfish at all. People on this team were being kind of selfish and did their individual things, but this is football. This is not a one-man game, not a one-man show. So we’ve just got to go out there and play together.”
All of what he said could be true, but one thing that is for sure is the Giants defense has been suspect over the past three weeks. They gave up 437 yards to Tony Romo while blowing a 23-0 lead two weeks ago, and they just allowed 158 rushing yards to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers were only averaging 97 rushing yards per game prior to Sunday.
Nobody is off-limits at this point, and everyone has to step up down the stretch. Hopefully this gets the team heading in the right direction.