The New York Giants defensive line had a tough time tracking down Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in last week’s season opener. In fact, not only did the Giants’ three best pass rushers -Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, and Osi Umenyiora- fail to record a sack, they didn’t even record a single hit on the QB. Going into week two, the Giants’ d-line knows it needs to do a better job against another mobile quarterback in Josh Freeman.
"That's alarming," Tuck said. "That's not how we play football."
The Giants are known for the fierce pass rush and some of the players admitted they may have gotten too caught up in their reputation and tried too hard to make the big play. Rather than run their assignments they became too set on making the big play.
"We've just got to go out there and not try to do nothing extra," Pierre-Paul said. "Don't try to hit the home run. Don't try to get a sack going inside. Handle your responsibility and do your techniques."
Osi also admitted there was more they could’ve done to stop Romo.
"In this past game, they were getting the ball out quick, and we knew that," Umenyiora said. "So we should have done a better job of getting our hands up. We weren't gonna be able to get to the quarterback in a lot of those situations, so we should have got our hands up and try to knock the ball down."
The Giants’ defense is looking at Sunday’s game as a chance at redemption. The Buccaneer’s quarterback Freeman poses a challenge that the Giants’ d-line is prepared for. Freeman was fifth in league last year in rushing yards among quarterbacks with 238 yards but Justin Osi Umenyiora and the defensive line knows they will contain him better than they did against Romo.
"We know we're a better defense than the way we went out there and played," Umenyiora said. "We didn't execute. We're coached better than that, and we're gonna play better than that on Sunday."
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