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    GIANTS' BURGEONING STAR JASON PIERRE-PAUL PROVING TO BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME

    "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.






    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.




    While he is his physical gifts are unquestionable – as evidenced by his legendary back
    flips
    – that ignores another important quality:




    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.




    "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.




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



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




    "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.




    "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 cliché a lot,
    but it's really true with him because of his work ethic."




    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.

    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."




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






    "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.




    "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."

    That's critical for Pierre-Paul because there is much he still doesn't know.
    It's well-documented that Pierre-Paul didn't
    pick up the game
    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.




    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.




    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.




    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.



    "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."




    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.




    "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."




    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.





    "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."

    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."




    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.


    "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."
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    Re: GIANTS' BURGEONING STAR JASON PIERRE-PAUL PROVING TO BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME

    How can you not love this guy?
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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      Re: GIANTS' BURGEONING STAR JASON PIERRE-PAUL PROVING TO BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME

      [quote user="RoanokeFan"]How can you not love this guy?
      [/quote]

      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...

      I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite team in the NFL.

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      • #4
        Re: GIANTS' BURGEONING STAR JASON PIERRE-PAUL PROVING TO BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME

        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!

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          Re: GIANTS' BURGEONING STAR JASON PIERRE-PAUL PROVING TO BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME

          [quote user="Toadofsteel"][quote user="RoanokeFan"]How can you not love this guy?
          [/quote]

          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...[/quote]

          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
          “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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            Re: GIANTS' BURGEONING STAR JASON PIERRE-PAUL PROVING TO BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME

            [quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="Toadofsteel"][quote user="RoanokeFan"]How can you not love this guy?
            [/quote]

            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...[/quote]

            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
            [/quote]

            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...

            I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite team in the NFL.

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            • #7
              Re: GIANTS' BURGEONING STAR JASON PIERRE-PAUL PROVING TO BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME



              nice!




              but, IMO, he's already BURGED

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                Re: GIANTS' BURGEONING STAR JASON PIERRE-PAUL PROVING TO BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME

                [quote user="G-Man67"]

                nice!




                but, IMO, he's already BURGED

                [/quote]

                LOL
                “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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                  Re: GIANTS' BURGEONING STAR JASON PIERRE-PAUL PROVING TO BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME



                  [quote user="RoanokeFan"]How can you not love this guy?
                  [/quote]




                  I don't know. I am completely smitten . . . . .

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                    Re: GIANTS' BURGEONING STAR JASON PIERRE-PAUL PROVING TO BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME

                    [quote user="GMENAGAIN"]

                    [quote user="RoanokeFan"]How can you not love this guy?
                    [/quote]




                    I don't know. I am completely smitten . . . . .

                    [/quote]

                    [:$]
                    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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                    • #11
                      Re: GIANTS' BURGEONING STAR JASON PIERRE-PAUL PROVING TO BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME

                      So much potential it's scary.

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                      • #12
                        Re: GIANTS' BURGEONING STAR JASON PIERRE-PAUL PROVING TO BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME

                        Monster talent + drive = star

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                        • #13
                          Re: GIANTS' BURGEONING STAR JASON PIERRE-PAUL PROVING TO BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME

                          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.

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                          • #14
                            Re: GIANTS' BURGEONING STAR JASON PIERRE-PAUL PROVING TO BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME

                            Damn i personally remember wanting the giants to draft earl thomas really badly. thank goodness i was wrong

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                            • #15
                              Re: GIANTS' BURGEONING STAR JASON PIERRE-PAUL PROVING TO BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME

                              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!

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