When the defensive line of the New York Giants are playing at their best, they are probably the scariest pass rushing unit in the NFL. Everyone knows about DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DE Osi Umenyiora and DE Justin Tuck. However, they also have LB Mathias Kiwanuka and DT Chris Canty who can apply pressure to the quarterback as well.
In both Super Bowls, the Giants had New England Patriots QB Tom Brady nervous when he threw from the pocket. This was also the case in their regular season match-up last season at Gillette Stadium, a game the Giants won also.
This unit is usually the intimidating bunch trying to conjure up whatever they can to get the quarterback rattled. However, they’ve been singing a different tune this week. They go into FedEx Field tonight against the Washington Redskins, and they have a quarterback by the name of QB Robert Griffin III.
Before their first match-up, there was a lot of talking coming from the defensive line. The Giants did sack Griffin III three times, including a forced fumbled from Pierre-Paul. However, Griffin III made spectacular plays, particularly the one he made on 4th and 10 in the fourth quarter down 20-16. Griffin III was able to escape Pierre-Paul and throw for the first down to keep the drive alive.
In anticipation of tonight’s game, the defensive line has certainly been singing a different tune. There has been nothing but praise from the defensive line, and rightfully so. However, they should be careful not to praise him too much. Even sending out too much praise will boost the confidence of any player, and all it takes to succeed in this league is enormous confidence.
The defensive line may also be trying to play head games with Griffin III. They may try to get Griffin III a little cocky and over-confident, which can lead to mistakes. Griffin III seems like a well-grounded individual, so he won’t fall for that. The Giants are better off ending the praise right where they left it.