“I think what has to happen, for us, is we’ve got to do a better job in these one-on-one situations and also be alert there’s always a chipper around, particularly on the one side, but winning that one-on-one operation and, quite frankly, some of the max protections that we’re facing. Some of our pressure packages we’re not getting home with the kind of speed and timing that we need, so it’s a combination of things.” – Tom Coughlin on fixing the pass rush.
The Giants have just five sacks in the first six games. The Giants. I recall Osi Umenyiora sacking Donovan McNabb six times in one game and the Giants taking Jay Cutler down nine times in one half.
What’s happened to the pass rush? DE Justin Tuck tried to explain the frustration and the process his group is going through these days…
Q: Tom said before this little break that he was going to try to take a long, hard look at the pass rush. What do you think came out of that? I’m sure that was verbalized from the coaches to the players.
A: I think one thing that we need to do is get a better pass rush. We also need to get an opportunity to pass rush. It goes hand-in-hand, but I’ll be the first one to tell you that that’s normally been a strong point for us and hasn’t been that way this year.
Q: When you get into individual matchups, break it down for yourself. When you get individual matchups, what is happening? When you do, and you don’t often, but I’m sure you do sometimes, what is not happening and what is happening?
A: We’re not winning enough. Regardless of if that’s the quarterback getting the ball out of his hand in less than 2.5 seconds, which normally happens, or we just didn’t have a good rush or that call doesn’t bode well for us being in a passing situation. It’s a combination of all of that. I’ll be the first one to tell you that it starts with me, it starts with what I do individually, and I think every player on the D-line feels the same way. But there are some things that we still need to work on from a defensive standpoint to get us in situations where we’re not taking two steps and looking for the ball to be out and trying to bat passes down, which I’ve seen a lot from me. I think it’s more unconsciousness of being in those situations and not really getting an opportunity to rush. Like I said, when we do get that opportunity we have to take advantage of it and we haven’t done that.
Q: Why is it when you bring extra pressure that you’re still not getting to the quarterback?
A: I don’t care what you bring, if the quarterback’s getting the ball out of his hands, then you’re not going to get there. I think that’s the gameplan against us right now. We’ve seen a lot of slants, we’ve seen a lot of digs, we’ve seen a lot of curls, we’ve seen a lot of check-downs to the backs. Teams are not really giving us an opportunity to beat them with our front four. We have to do a better job of that. We can’t hold that as a crutch. We still have to do our job and figure out a way to get our job done, regardless of how hard or how difficult it is.