Justin Tuck expects a big 2013 for himself and Giants' defense
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NEW ORLEANS -- The NFC East is changing, and so are the Giants.
Justin Tuck said the defense is working to adapt to the new looks that began popping up in 2012 and will certainly be prevalent in 2013. With Robert Griffin III running read-options in Washington and Chip Kelly bringing his fast-paced spread system to Philadelphia, the old ways are no longer the most effective ways of doing things.
"It ain't," Tuck said. "And that's unfortunate."
Unfortunate because the Giants are shaped for a more traditional game with outside pass rushers. These days, though, fleet-footed quarterbacks can scoot around those rushers and take off down the field.
"I think we're going to do some things differently," Tuck said. "I'm not going to say what I think we're going to do differently, but I just think we're going to have a different attack, a different way of attacking those offenses, and I think we're going to be a little bit more successful with it."
Tuck also said he expects changes in his own game. After two down years, he's practically guaranteeing that he'll return to his Pro Bowl form in 2013.
Teammate Osi Umenyiora said he expects Tuck to have the best year of his career next season. Tuck did little to dispute that idea.
"You all should have that kind of faith in me too, because Osi hasn't been wrong in situations like that," Tuck said. "He's told me that a few times, actually, that this year is going to be a special year for me."
Last season certainly wasn't for Tuck or most of the defense.
"The game is constantly changing and you have to be able to be versatile and multi-versed in doing different things," Tuck said. "I think we do have a D-line, a defense that is that way. We definitely didn't showcase it the way we wanted to last year. But again, it was new schemes and guys did different things against us and we didn't adjust as well as I would have liked for us to do. That's something we are definitely going to look at and definitely come back next season, hopefully with a better feel for what teams are doing against us."
Tuck was at the Super Bowl promoting the documentary "NFL Characters Unite," in which he appears. The film focuses on overcoming obstacles of prejudice and discrimination in the personal lives of four NFL players -- Tuck is one of them -- and four children who face similar adversity.
The film premieres on USA Network at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8.