New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul struggled this season. After having 16 sacks in 2011 and being an important cog in the Super Bowl run, his sack total dropped all the way down to six. GM Jerry Reese wants former Giant Michael Strahan to come in and work with Pierre-Paul.
The problem for JPP is that he was double-teamed a ton and he had a hard time fighting them off and getting to the opposing quarterback. This is where Strahan can come in. Who better to help JPP learn how to do that than a former Giant and an all-time great at sacking the quarterback.
It may be good for Pierre-Paul to go and get some outside help in trying to figure out different ways of fighting off the double team.
“It’s frustrating for a young player. But to be a superstar defensive end, a pass rusher in this league, you have to beat those double-team blocks,” Reese said. “I am going to reach out to Michael Strahan this offseason and see if we can have him have some conversations with JPP and just tell him, ‘Look, it is inside your chest, a lot of it.’ You’ve got to have the heart to do it, and I think he does. But I think if he hears from somebody like Michael Strahan, that will really encourage him. “
If all that Pierre-Paul needs is some additional encouragement and outside encouragement at that then that’s fine. Pierre-Paul needs to be more like his 2011 self than his 2012 self in order for them to be back where the team wants to be.