You can read how Perry Fewell ripped his defense a new one and then tried to piece them back together so they can rip Aaron Rodgers a new one here, but I wanted to share some of his thoughts on two players in particular. They just happen to be the two likely starting defensive ends for this upcoming game.
The first is Justin Tuck, who is clearly playing injured this season. He’s said that when he’s unable to perform at a high level he has difficulty being as good a leader. Fewell was asked about that today.
“Justin’s a seasoned vet,” Fewell said. “He’s a very smart guy. He can look at the film and he knows exactly what he needs to do in order to help lead our defense. Sometimes I do talk to Justin about some of the things that he needs to do in order to help lead our football team, but I think Justin captured it just right. When he leads us by example, that’s the best thing that he can do for us and I’m very confident that he will come out a different player and be a good player this coming Sunday.”
The other player is Jason Pierre-Paul, who made the remarkable tackle on the fake field goal Monday night and was one of the few Giants who had a high motor throughout the game. At one point on Monday I remember Tweeting: “Either JPP is everywhere or no one else is anywhere.” Fewell suggested that it was a little of both, and while there were guys taking plays off and not showing much heart, JPP was playing hard.
“Tom (showed the JPP play) it in front of the team and when you saw one guy that was hustling throughout the game, not only on special teams, but on defense, I think that spoke volumes,” Fewell said. “I didn’t have to say anything because everybody knew … All you have to do is look at the tape and the eye in the sky doesn’t lie.”