“I’m behind Rolle a 100%. I think we’re a little soft," Pierre-Paul said. "We haven’t played our best game this year. I know, for a fact, we haven’t played that game. As a defense, we have to make a statement.”
JPP went on to say the reason the defense hasn't played its best game is because they aren't playing like a team, adding that they will continue to go "downhill" until that issue is corrected.
"We’re all not playing together. When you’re on a team, in a position like this, you have to play together as one. Otherwise, you’ll keep going downhill," he said.
More than "soft," the right word to describe the Giants' defense would be "inconsistent." Against both the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers, they were able to show how dominant they can be, but then there were games like the one against the Cincinnati Bengals where they were completely overmatched from the onset. And, of course, the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers where they just collapsed down the stretch.
So, how do they fix what ails them and find some greater level of consistency?
"You have to come in and just listen," he said. "Don’t think you know it all. Just come in and listen and things will be alright."
You can bet defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will have a lot to say this week, so perhaps the players should all take JPP's advice and just listen.
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