Jason Pierre-Paul on Cowboys: ‘We’re going to put it on them’

Jason Pierre-PaulThe New York Giants are hot and suddenly looking like a decent football team. After beating the Green Bay Packers 27-13 on Sunday for their fourth win in a row, they started to feel cocky. Well, at least one player was.

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who had an interception returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Packers, promised a beatdown of the Dallas Cowboys in the upcoming Week 12 game between the teams.

“We’re going to put it on them, man,” Pierre-Paul said, via Dan Graziano of ESPN.com. “I’m pretty sure the offense is going to get going. The defense is going to get going even more. And the special teams will contribute to it. It’s going to be a fight. It’s going to be a dogfight. There’s going to be a lot of blood spilled out there.”

Wow, so not only is JPP predicting a big win for the Cowboys, but he thinks a lot of blood will be spilled and hits will be made.

Giants-Cowboys is already a game that comes with interest built-in. Pierre-Paul just added even more excitement to it. He shouldn’t get too cocky, though, because the Giants will be facing their first tough quarterback in over a month. They’ve caught a lot of breaks by facing Josh Freeman, Matt Barkley, an injured Terrelle Pryor and Scott Tolzien during their winning streak. Tony Romo will be a much different story.

Of course, the last time Pierre-Paul made a guarantee like this, he turned out to be right. The Cowboys are officially on notice.

Jason Pierre-Paul on loss to Ravens: ‘We went out there and pissed on our legs

The New York Giants were understandably upset after the Baltimore Ravens walked all over them and possibly their playoff hopes on Sunday afternoon. As we explained earlier, the G-Men will need to win and get a ton of help next week if they want to sneak into the playoffs. According to Jason Pierre-Paul, they wouldn’t be in the position they are in right now had they not urinated on themselves in Baltimore.

“Do we deserve it by the way we played? Do we?” defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul asked according to the NY Daily News. “I don’t think so, man. We went out there and pissed on our legs. That’s really all I can say.”

Eli Manning said he was shocked and confused by the loss, and one of his favorite targets seemed to agree.

“A team like this, with so much talent and so much ability on both sides of the ball, it’s kind of difficult to explain,” Victor Cruz said. “Coming into a game like this and not putting up points, and not being able to stop them, it’s disappointing.”

That has pretty much been the Giants’ thing for the past several years — they are a very difficult team to gauge toward the end of the regular season. Sometimes it works to their advantage, and others it leaves them on the outside looking in. Time will tell what effect this year’s brutal stretch has had on Tom Coughlin and company.

H/T Black Sports Online
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Jason Pierre-Paul: Defending Drew Brees, Saints will be ‘much easier’ than Redskins

Despite their 5-7 record, the New Orleans Saints have one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. That has been the case ever since Drew Brees came to the Bayou in 2006, but New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is not overly concerned about it.

Coming off a loss to the Washington Redskins, Pierre-Paul believes defending Brees, Jimmy Graham and company will seem like a cake walk compared to stopping Robert Griffin III and Washington’s dynamic offense.

“The Redskins got a great scheme going on there, especially with their quarterback they got, and just playing that option, man, is crazy,” Pierre-Paul said according to The Star-Ledger. “I think we’re one of the best teams that have played it, played it well, but it’s a pain in the (butt). I hate playing it. So now going up (against) a traditional offense, we know what we’re going to probably get, and it’s much easier.”

History tells us that facing the Giants has been easy for Brees, not the New York defense. In four career games against the G-Men, Brees is 4-0 with 11 touchdowns and a 122.1 passer rating. The Giants have never intercepted one of his passes. However, JPP feels his team is familiar enough with New Orleans to find success.

“We already know what (Brees is) capable of, and his targets and stuff, so we’ll go out there and play some great football,” he said. “And we ain’t gotta worry about the option.”

Do the Saints and Redskins run different offenses? Very much so, but in my opinion that hardly makes New Orleans any easier to defend. Pierre-Paul may be reminded of that come Sunday.

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Jason Pierre-Paul warns Robert Griffin III: ‘Don’t bring it to my side’

Robert Griffin III is a true dual-threat quarterback, and he put skills on display last Sunday during Washington’s win over the Vikings. Griffin ran for a franchise-record 138 yards and two touchdowns, including an impressive 76-yard score. He also threw for 182 yards and a touchdown, but Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul warned Griffin on Wednesday that it’s the running he had better be careful with on Sunday in New York.

“Don’t bring it to my side,” Pierre-Paul said according to the NY Daily News. “Go the other way. Trust me, we chase quarterbacks all time. We turn and run to the ball, no matter what. He may get past us and zoom right past us, but trust me we’re right behind him. You’ve got to respect that too. It’s not all about the speed. We’ve got guys, all 11 guys that can run to the ball very quick.”

If Pierre-Paul thinks he can discourage RG3 from running with a simple verbal warning, he’s wrong. Griffin and the Redskins know what they’re up against. They know the Giants have speed on defense and have given even the greatest quarterbacks in the league fits time and time again. But stopping a quarterback like RG3 from making plays with his legs altogether is nearly impossible. New York will be lucky to simply contain him on the ground.

Like his teammate did earlier this year, Pierre-Paul is trying to intimidate the rookie. Many have done the same this season but few have succeeded. Jared Allen was careful about giving RG3 credit last weekend, and that was after he lit up the Vikings. If the Giants get the best of Griffin on Sunday, it won’t be because the rookie lacks confidence.

H/T Pro Football Talk
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Jason Pierre-Paul Guarantees Win over Packers

The Giants are feeling pretty good after winning their third straight game Sunday — a 24-2 drubbing of the Falcons. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who had 16.5 sacks in the regular season, made 8 tackles against the Falcons, and an even stronger statement after the game.

“We’re going to win [against the Packers],” he said, according to Giants reporter Mike Garafolo. “A hundred percent we’re going to win. … Because we’re the best.”

Newsday’s Bob Glauber tweeted a similar statement from Pierre-Paul. “We’re going to go out there & give all our effort, and we’re going to walk away with the win.”

The Giants have beaten the Jets, Cowboys, and Falcons since dropping a home game to the Reskins in Week 15. They’re obviously feeling pretty confident, but putting the Packers on notice is about the last thing they should be doing. Sure they won the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field in the 2007 season, but this is a different Green Bay squad. Maybe the Giants should save their talking until after their win.

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Jason Pierre-Paul Hid from His Mom that He Was Playing High School Football

In only his second year in the NFL, Jason Pierre-Paul has emerged as one of the best defensive ends in the league. His 14 sacks are the most of any Giant and fourth in the NFL. That feat becomes even more impressive when you realize Pierre-Paul began playing football when he was 17 years old, and had to go behind his mother’s back to do it.

“I just wasn’t into it,” Pierre-Paul told the Star-Ledger. “I was a basketball player. And my mother even wanted me to quit (basketball), because I hurt my leg. But I didn’t know anything about football — from Pee-Wee on up, my friends would play and I would never go with them.”

Pierre Paul’s mother came from a small town in Haiti and immigrated to the United States in the early 1980s.  His father lost his eye sight when Jason was only eight months old, and his mother had become extremely overprotective of him.  Like many mothers, Marie did not want her son playing football because of the dangers involved.

Jason adhered to his mother’s demands until he could not longer deal with Deerfield Beach High School (Fla.) football coach Greg Minnis harassing him to give football a shot.

I told my brother and sister, but I hid it from my mother for most of the year,” Pierre-Paul said. “But she was like, ‘Why you home from school so late?’ And I’d tell her I was studying, getting homework done. Finally, I had to tell her it was homecoming game, and she needed to come. That took awhile for her to accept that.”

After high school, Pierre-Paul bounced around to two different colleges before becoming a star at South Florida in 2009.  His sister, Nadie Therlonge, said their mother is not impressed by Jason’s celebrity status and wishes he would let her work.  Nadie says Marie spends most of her time praying for his health while watching Giants games on TV.  While she undoubtedly still worries about her son on a daily basis, I’d be willing to bet that deep down inside Marie is glad Jason decided to go behind her back when he was a teenager.

Chest bump to The Post Game for passing the story along.

Jason Pierre-Paul Could Have Been a Male Gymnast

Every once in a while we come across a video of a player doing something so darn athletic it has to be posted. It’s a reminder of how special some of these pro athletes are. For instance, there was Adrian Wilson jumping a five and a half foot high beam and Joey Gathright bounding over cars. Redskins rookie Keith Eloi amazed everyone when he jumped out of a swimming pool backwards. And now we can add South Florida DE Jason Pierre-Paul to the list for something pretty cool. The NFL prospect did 13 backflips in a row following a workout at the International Bowl in Toronto this season. Check it out:

A lot of teams are interested in his skills and it’s easy to see why. I’m even guessing the Raiders take a stab at him considering how much they love freaky talent; you don’t have to catch or tackle for them so long as you run the 40 in 0.2 seconds faster than is the norm at your position. He should be a lock for them.