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RoanokeFan
06-08-2012, 10:09 AM
GIANTS' BURGEONING STAR JASON PIERRE-PAUL PROVING TO BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--giants-burgeoning-star-jason-pierre-paul-proving-to-be-a-student-of-the-game.html)

"To New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's teammates and coaches, his
utter lack of self-consciousness is an endearing quality.


To opponents, it's endangering.
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</p>

As Pierre-Paul prepares for his third season, hoping to follow up on his
breakout, 16 ½-sack campaign that helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI, the
natural tendency is to attribute his success to his freakish athletic ability.
</p>


While he is his physical gifts are unquestionable – as evidenced by his <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY1i1KzxwNg" target="_blank">legendary back
flips</a> – that ignores another important quality: </p>


Pierre-Paul is not afraid to ask questions, even questions others might be
embarrassed to ask. He's also not afraid to make mistakes. Full-on, high-speed
mistakes. While the instinct of many is to avoid reaching out for help,
Pierre-Paul knows what he doesn't know and is trying to learn quickly. </p>


"I think I said something to him about his hand placement and there he was by
the end of practice, fixing it," defensive lineman Justin Tuck said. "I think we
said something to him about his stance a month ago and he fixed it. </p>


"He's not just trying to get by on his athletic ability. He's trying to go
way beyond that."
</p>

That fact led Tuck to a somewhat staggering evaluation of just how far
Pierre-Paul may progress this season. </p>


"I don't see anybody in this league at that position who has that kind of
athleticism," Tuck said of Pierre-Paul. "And yes, I'm talking about [Chicago
defensive end Julius] Peppers, I'm talking about [Dallas linebacker] DeMarcus
[Ware] and [Buffalo defensive end] Mario (Williams), all those guys. </p>


"I really don't see anybody who has that ability to adjust his body in
positions that he can do. A man that big should not be allowed to do that. He's
truly a freak. The sky is the limit for him and I know we use that clichι a lot,
but it's really true with him because of his work ethic." </p>


Pierre-Paul may have the mix of talent and personality that creates the truly
rare athlete – a talented overachiever. It's the combination of force that
creates the likes of Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning and Emmitt Smith.
</p>During Pierre-Paul's first two seasons, which have produced 21 ½ sacks,
Pierre-Paul has gotten by mostly on raw ability. In the background is a player
who is extraordinarily interested in learning a game he only started playing as
a senior in high school.


"My parents always told me to ask [questions]," Pierre-Paul said. "They would
never make any of us feel bad for asking a question. That's just how I was
raised." </p>


That attitude has shown up time and again in the ego-heavy confines of the
team meeting rooms or on the practice field.
</p>


</p>

"You get a lot of guys, especially young guys, who are afraid to ask," Giants
linebacker/defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka said. "They sit in the back and you
look at them and say, 'Do you understand?' They look up and say, 'Yeah, I got
it' and you know they don't, but they're too embarrassed to ask. </p>


"With Jason, he doesn't care. He's smart enough to know what he doesn't know
and he'll keep asking and asking and asking. If he has to ask something five
times, he will until he gets the answer that he understands. He's not just a
great athlete trying to get by on talent. He wants to learn."
</p>That's critical for Pierre-Paul because there is much he still doesn't know.
It's well-documented that Pierre-Paul <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=jc-cole_jason_pierre_paul_giants_super_bowl_backflips _020112">didn't
pick up the game</a> until his senior year at Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School
when one of the coaches basically forced him to come out for the team. He then
bounced through two junior colleges and one year at the University of South
Florida before ending up the No. 15 overall pick by New York in 2010.


When he started playing, X's and O's looked like something from a
trigonometry class – which makes his early NFL success all the more impressive.
</p>


In the human chess match that is football, the game is not supposed to be
that easy. Getting 16 ½ sacks is usually for guys who have both natural ability
and a deep understanding of how to actually play. Down, distance, hand placement
and the ability to read blocking schemes are just a few of the factors that
should be diagnosed with each play, even by a great pass rusher. </p>


With Pierre-Paul, so much of that is being gathered as he goes along.
Sometimes the learning process is downright comical to his teammates. There was
the game last season at Dallas when, right before halftime, Pierre-Paul got to
the line of scrimmage not knowing exactly what to do. </p>


He got down on one knee, looked at the sideline for instruction, got the "go"
signal and ended up with a sack. It wasn't really the right call, but it worked
out fine because Pierre-Paul knows enough not to let what he doesn't know get in
the way.
</p>

"If he makes a mistake, he goes full speed and doesn't hesitate," Kiwanuka
said. "As a teammate, I can deal with that because I can adjust. I know that if
JPP rushes or covers a [running] back when he's not supposed to, he's not going
to hesitate. He's going to just do it and I can cover for him. It's the guys who
hesitate who make it tough because then you don't know what to do." </p>


While the essence of football – blocking and tackling – is pretty simple,
it's a sport where missteps can send an entire defense into chaos. That's why
Pierre-Paul continues to work on understanding the game. </p>


"Jason doesn't care about what other people might think of him asking a
question, he just wants to know," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "It's
refreshing when you have somebody who doesn't worry about appearance and just
wants to know." </p>


It's the kind of sincere, innocent approach that can create greatness. On
game day, he usually spends up to half an hour going over the game plan one last
time with defensive line coach Robert Nunn. </p>



"He may ask five times, but he's going to have you explain it until he
understands it," Kiwanuka said. "He may have to hear it a different way, but
he's going to get it. He's at the point where I have no problem asking him if I
missed something. He may not use the same terms, but he knows it in a way he
understands it and can explain it."
</p>And that's critical as this season starts. After his breakout performance a
year ago, Pierre-Paul is going to be a marked man for opposing offenses to
control.


"He's going to see more double teams and different protections and he's going
to have to figure them out," Nunn said. "There comes a point where the athletic
ability can take you so far. With Jason, that's a long way. But even then, you
can take it farther with knowing the game." </p>


Such as the idea of hand placement as a way to fight off a guard or not
tipping off what you're doing by the way you line up in your stance. </p>
"When he learns something, he has it down pat," Tuck said. "He takes
everything to heart … it's almost as impressive as his physical skills."

RoanokeFan
06-08-2012, 10:10 AM
How can you not love this guy?

Toadofsteel
06-08-2012, 10:48 AM
How can you not love this guy?


Without JPP we would have been, at best, 8-8 (more likely we'd have a losing season though), and out of the playoffs. And with his freakish athletic ability he can only go up from here. He's ALREADY beaten the double teams through sheer individual ability alone. Pretty soon you're going to have to triple team him. I believe that by the end of his career, he will be known as LT reincarnated.

It's official: the Big Blue Wrecking Crew is back in full force this season...

Cool Papa B.
06-08-2012, 10:54 AM
Nice article. Thanks for sharing. I am so happy we have JPP. Besides his physical ability, the kid is grounded and wants to be better. I see many All-Pro's, DPOY's, and at least 2 more SB rings in his future. All with Big Blue!

RoanokeFan
06-08-2012, 11:24 AM
How can you not love this guy?


Without JPP we would have been, at best, 8-8 (more likely we'd have a losing season though), and out of the playoffs. And with his freakish athletic ability he can only go up from here. He's ALREADY beaten the double teams through sheer individual ability alone. Pretty soon you're going to have to triple team him. I believe that by the end of his career, he will be known as LT reincarnated.

It's official: the Big Blue Wrecking Crew is back in full force this season...

When he blocked that field goal ihn the Dallas game I thought I'd pass out. As did Jerry Jones, but for a different reason lol

Toadofsteel
06-08-2012, 11:32 AM
How can you not love this guy?


Without JPP we would have been, at best, 8-8 (more likely we'd have a losing season though), and out of the playoffs. And with his freakish athletic ability he can only go up from here. He's ALREADY beaten the double teams through sheer individual ability alone. Pretty soon you're going to have to triple team him. I believe that by the end of his career, he will be known as LT reincarnated.

It's official: the Big Blue Wrecking Crew is back in full force this season...

When he blocked that field goal ihn the Dallas game I thought I'd pass out.* As did Jerry Jones, but for a different reason* lol


It was when he blocked that FG that I knew that the 2011 Giants were something special. I knew it would be a long, arduous path to even get into the playoffs, but we had the gumption to actually go and get it.

Not to mention it was almost midnight (that was a SNF game), and I woke up everyone in the house when that happened...

G-Man67
06-08-2012, 11:42 AM
nice!</P>


but, IMO, he's already BURGED</P>

RoanokeFan
06-08-2012, 11:48 AM
nice!</p>


but, IMO, he's already BURGED</p>

LOL

GMENAGAIN
06-08-2012, 11:53 AM
How can you not love this guy?
</P>


I don't know. I am completely smitten . . . . . </P>

RoanokeFan
06-08-2012, 11:54 AM
How can you not love this guy?
</p>


I don't know. I am completely smitten . . . . . </p>

[:$]

AllTuckedUp
06-08-2012, 12:34 PM
So much potential it's scary.

FloydEddings2
06-08-2012, 02:12 PM
Monster talent + drive = star

slipknottin
06-08-2012, 03:38 PM
I remember looking at that draft and just wishing it was possible to move up and draft Suh.

Now I look back and think, the giants didnt miss out on Suh, JPP is every bit the talent Suh is, and may eventually be even better.

Neverend
06-08-2012, 04:57 PM
Damn i personally remember wanting the giants to draft earl thomas really badly. thank goodness i was wrong

TheBookOfEli
06-08-2012, 05:00 PM
I wanted Earl Thomas too and hes already becoming one of the top safeties in the game but JPP is a PLAYMAKER who has had major impact on games.

We were blessed that he fell to us and blessed to have him on our team!

slipknottin
06-08-2012, 05:13 PM
I wanted Earl Thomas too and hes already becoming one of the top safeties in the game

I still think KP is a better safety than Thomas.

fletch842
06-08-2012, 06:08 PM
JPP has really impressed me so far. His ceiling is so high, if he stays healthy, it should be something special to see

I still can't believe that I wanted us to pick that Dan Morgan kid. Good thing I'm not GM!!

Danny1024
06-08-2012, 06:58 PM
My new favorite Giant :)

giantsfan420
06-09-2012, 01:53 AM
I wanted Earl Thomas too and hes already becoming one of the top safeties in the game but JPP is a PLAYMAKER who has had major impact on games.

We were blessed that he fell to us and blessed to have him on our team!

Thw great thing about that is as happy as we r hes a giant, hes even happier the giants drafted him. After the nfc cg, while everyone was celebrating in the locker room, jpp displayed how humble he is "i love my teammates. I love my team. Giants: thanks for drafting me"

I remember when we drafted him i said he reminded me alot of lt. Sure, the usual posters who dislike me for whatever reason, jumped all over me...now its easy to see similarities between jpp and lt...hmmm even their names are similar lol...

But really, ol must have nightmares about him. Can u imagine how dominant he will be once he becomes a technician? He beats ol and double teams with sheer force, will, and athleticism.

Triple teams wont be able to contain him for a whole game. And the truly amazing thing, despite being so raw, hes prob as good vs the run as he is vs the pass...again imagine when he understands all the techniques?

Rat_bastich
06-09-2012, 03:01 AM
When this guy puts it all together I can't imagine how good he will be. The sky is the limit for him. The NFL and sports historians may be talking about this guy like they talk about LT now...well in a positive light.

Roswell777
06-09-2012, 06:19 AM
Another great thing about the Giants drafting JPP 15th in the first round is...

"There's been a trade, the Eagles have moved up eleven spots."

Followed by...

"And with the 13th selection of the 2010 NFL Draft the Philadelphia Eagles select Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan."

Rat_bastich
06-09-2012, 06:42 AM
I know when they drafted him I was scratching my head. I just chalked it up to the Raiders throwing everyone out of whack. We definitely made out on this one.

They should nickname him Tonton Macoute(aka Sack Man...not to be confused with the paramilitary group). The Haitian giant boogeyman that puts bad children in a sack.

Cool Papa B.
06-09-2012, 08:23 AM
I thought it was a mistake drafting JPP in the 1st round too. I never heard of the guy, and I never heard of the school he went to. And being that he only had about 2 years football experience, I questioned his football IQ. Thank God I'm not the GM.

Reese is the best!

Redeyejedi
06-09-2012, 09:22 AM
How can you not love this guy?
He is unbelievable and fell into a place where he had mentors.Just worried about the money he will get.
He may be hard for the Giants to keep and it may force the team as a whole to suffer. He may demand the largest contract for a Defensive player in the NFL. Along with Eli's deal thats going to cripple us. Mario Williams got 6 years 96 million. Eli is already a 19 million dollar cap hit. Thats another 15 million 2 Paul. I dont see how they can keep both Nicks and Cruz. Giants better win another 1 now why they have all these guys.

slipknottin
06-09-2012, 09:47 AM
I never heard of the school he went to. !

you never heard of south florida?

Theyve been in the big east for like 6-7 years now.

conlsmc06
06-09-2012, 10:38 AM
The play that impressed me the most this year was against the saints, so it doesn't get a lot of mention, but the tackle on jimmy graham on the fake field goal in the first quarter was a complete hussle play

greenca190
06-09-2012, 11:42 AM
Even more blessed that we "reached" for him

Dorkasaurus
06-09-2012, 07:26 PM
The play that impressed me the most this year was against the saints, so it doesn't get a lot of mention, but the tackle on jimmy graham on the fake field goal in the first quarter was a complete hussle play

The guys is all hussle, in the Philly game Vick dodged him ran to the left had to come back and there was JPP the second Vick turned. In the Dallas game he missed Romo but instead of falling to the gound he was going back up before his knee hit the ground and chased Romo down ....the list goes on

Breezely
06-09-2012, 07:42 PM
Good article. Rut-ROH, JPP sounds like he will be starting. So where does the leave OSI?

slipknottin
06-09-2012, 11:47 PM
Good article. Rut-ROH, JPP sounds like he will be starting. So where does the leave OSI?

Osi said he has no problem backing up JPP and Tuck.

gmen0820
06-10-2012, 12:16 AM
Imagine a football savvy JPP as a joker in this defense. I think that's scarier than a traditional DE role.

bLuereverie
06-10-2012, 07:40 PM
Pfft. Bust He has yet to backflip over the offensive line and land on both clavicles of Tony Romo.

fourth&forever
06-10-2012, 10:57 PM
Pfft. Bust He has yet to backflip over the offensive line and land on both clavicles of Tony Romo.
But he's willing to learn.

gumby742
06-11-2012, 09:08 AM
i hated the pick. but that's the best part about being a fan. You can say whatever you want, but then smile when yo'ure proven wrong. Win win baby.