Jason Pierre-Paul played in his fourth game for the Giants this Sunday during their 23-20 to the New York Jets. After a day of watching the film, the Giants and the former pro bowl defensive end know that they can make the necessary adjustments to get back to winning football.
“We know what to do,” Pierre-Paul said to reporters. “Coming in and not having bad practices, execute our plays betters, and play some great football.”
While any close loss feels crippling, JPP knows that the Giants are still in the crux of their divisional title race. If the Giants do their part and win out, it’s likely that they make the postseason given the ineptness of their divisional rivals.
“We’re still in it. Anything can happen any given Sunday,” JPP remarked. “We have to get to the quarterback faster. We have to play the run even better as a defense, basically all of those things.”
On their 2011 Super Bowl team, the Giants had many vocal leaders on the team including Justin Tuck, Antrel Rolle and Osi Umenyiora. When asked if he could be the vocal leader of this Giants defense, JPP explained he doesn’t lead with words but with his actions.
“It’s only my fourth game back, I’m getting better and better each game and I’m not the type of guy that does a lot of talking. I let my play do the talking for me.”
JPP certainly let his play do the talking for him in the Giants overtime loss. The former USF standout had his best performances of the season, notching six tackles, two of them for a loss and also recovered a fumble. Number 90 knows he can still improve and that is why he hasn’t stopped thinking about the postseason despite the Giants three game losing streak.
“Anytime we make the playoffs, we’re a dangerous team. It doesn’t matter when we make the playoffs or where, how we got in it. You know once we get in, it’s one and done, and everybody knows that for sure.”
JPP and the Giants will have the opportunity to get one step closer to a potential playoff run next Sunday when they take on the Miami Dolphins.