New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's two-sack performance against the San Francisco 49ers in Week six was an impressive performance by a player who was relatively quiet in previous games. So, on Wednesday, when Pierre-Paul commented that the Washington Redskins rushing attack should not run his way, most people generally agreed. Most people, besides the Washington Redskins of course. Several members of the 'Skins had no problem making light of Pierre-Paul as both teams prepare for a highly contested divisional matchup.
Perhaps the biggest perpetrator was Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris. Morris, who is averaging 4.6 yards per carry this season, did not seem too intimidated by the notion of going up against one of the best defensive ends in the NFL.
"I laugh at it," says Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris. "No disrespect to him, but talk is cheap. That's why everyone can afford it."
The thing about that is, Jason Pierre-Paul backs up his talk on the field. He already has a Super Bowl ring to go along with a Pro Bowl appearance. Alfred Morris, while he is an exciting young running back, does not have nearly the credentials of JPP yet.
To the same point, the Redskins have a general misunderstanding as to how to talk about the Giants in the media. If they didn't notice last week, Big Blue was trashed on a daily basis by experts predicting them to lose to the 49ers. The Giants came out firing and shocked the pundits as they pounded San Francisco 26-3. While Pierre-Paul may have been out line with his comments, the last thing the Redskins should have done was give him extra motivation. Redskins tackle Trent Williams, who will be matched up with JPP at times on Sunday, was not so quick to engage in trash talk.
"They have the best front four that the league has to offer and that's a huge challenge," Williams said. "Their front four is the reason they win championships and we have to be on our best efforts to neutralize them."
The Giants have been talking to the media a lot lately. Last weekends matchup against San Francisco had an unbearable amount of trash talk leading up to it, and now this week has seen both teams firing back and forth at each other. It's about time the talk stops and both teams focus on the divisional bout that will determine who is in first-place in the NFC East come Monday morning.
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