The Giants will face the Ravens’ ferocious edge rushers on Sunday armed with two second-year tackles . . . and a seventh-year defensive end.
Jason Pierre-Paul won’t be playing on offense, but he’ll be keeping an eye on it, just as he was when the Giants played the Packers on Sunday night. In fact, he played a big part in helping Bobby Hart settle in at right tackle for the second half of the game.
After Hart gave up a strip-sack late in the first half to Kyler Fackrell, Pierre-Paul pulled him aside and told him what he’d done to allow it — from a defender’s point of view.
“If I continue to see something, I’m an end myself, I can teach him a few pointers,” Pierre-Paul told Newsday on Thursday. “I can only tell him what I think about when I’m rushing. He was opening up a lot and I told him a couple of things and sure enough, he corrected it and that mistake was gone. He was OK.”
“He saw what I was doing and I just took it to the game,” Hart said. “After that point, I didn’t give up no more [pressures].”
Pierre-Paul said it was the first time he’d ever done that during a game. He often works with offensive tackles on technique and strategy during practices, but usually during a game, he’s in his own defensive world and doesn’t have much of a chance to interact with the blockers.
“But at that point, I just saw the end doing the same exact move, so I said, ‘Why don’t you try this?’ ” Pierre-Paul said. “And he did it. And it worked. It’s not about an individual. If I have a tip or a reminder for one of my teammates, I’ll help him out by doing that. That was a good tip for him and he played solid the whole rest of the way through the game.”
With the Giants preparing to face the Ravens, who have veterans Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil coming off the edge, they’d be wise to enlist Pierre-Paul’s advice as much as possible. It’s not uncommon, in fact. Center Weston Richburg said he often would ask veteran defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins for tips last season. “You just want to get their point of view,” Richburg said of tapping into defenders’ mindsets.
“I’ve told Ereck [Flowers] the same things,” Pierre-Paul said of the second-year left tackle, who also struggled during Sunday’s game. “It’s all about if you want to listen or not. I can’t make them listen. You can bring a horse to the water but you can’t make him drink, you know? Bobby did a great job of listening. Salute to him.”