by Brad Biggs
April 16, 02013
No baloney this season for the New York Giants.
That is what Jason Pierre-Paul said about the club’s approach to 2013 a year after the defending Super Bowl champions fell flat.
“We can’t B.S. around this year,” Pierre-Paul said, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York. “The falling down, and going up, that (stinks). You know what I mean? Because it’s like every year it happens. Every year.
“Now I haven’t been here for the previous years but since I’ve been on this team, it (stinks),” the defensive end continued. “The Super Bowl run (in 2011) was just the same thing. It just so happened that we picked it up the last minute and we (made) a run.
“As far as this year, it’s all going to be up to the guys ... Therefore, all that matters is, this year, see what the guys got, see what new guys will come in, and you can’t B.S. around. You get tired of it.”
Interestingly, Pierre-Paul disputed what Giants coach Tom Coughlin said earlier this offseason at the NFL owners meeting. Coughlin said the player showed up for training camp out of shape and spent too much of the season working to get himself in shape.
“I was always in great shape,” Pierre-Paul said. “I’m still the same size this year. People say I look slimmer but I’m the same weight.”
“I was not big last year,” he added. “I was 273 and I’m 274 now. If they want me to lose weight, I can do it that fast.”
Big or small, Pierre-Paul’s production didn’t measure up. He had 16 ½ sacks in 2011 and notched only 6 ½ last season. He’s going to have to be an impact player again for a defense that struggled in 2012 to perform better.
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune