In 2012, the Giants’ vaunted pass rush practically disappeared. Veteran stalwarts DE Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora combined for only 10 sacks.
Budding superstar Jason Pierre-Paul went from 16.5 sacks in 2011 to just 6.5 in 2012. Head coach Tom Coughlin thinks he knows why JPP slumped last season….
“He didn’t play as well as the year before … He was big when he came to camp … There’s not a lot of body fat [with Pierre-Paul], yes, but still …” said Coughlin at the league meetings this week as per the NY Post.
From Josh Alper of NBCSports:
JPP said that the extra weight was muscle, an explanation that Coughlin didn’t seem to be buying as he said that it took the end until the second half of the season to get back to his ideal playing weight. We won’t argue that Pierre-Paul’s play was at the the same level as it was in 2011, but we’re not sure that the weight explains everything that went wrong.
The WheelHouse panel discusses Coughlin’s comments on lackluster performances from JPP and Tuck last season.