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Jason Pierre-Paul: We need to step up

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is pressured by Chris

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is pressured by Chris Canty and Jason Pierre-Paul in the first quarter. (Nov. 25, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

The Giants have a history of starting out strong and then slipping through the second half of the season. Sometimes, like in 2007 and 2011, they catch themselves in time to make a championship run. Other times, like last year, they never manage to regain their footing.

Jason Pierre-Paul wants to put a stop to that.

“We can’t [mess] around this year,” he said. “The falling down, and going up, that sucks, you know what I mean? Because it’s like every year it happens, every year. Now I haven’t been here for the previous years but when I’ve been on this team, since I’ve been on this team, it sucks. The Super Bowl run was just the same thing. It just so happened that we picked it up the last minute and we took a run for our money and we got everybody, we got on track and we took everybody down, and it was a great feeling. And then the Super Bowl was a great feeling.”

Pierre-Paul spoke at an event at Umberto’s of New Hyde Park on Tuesday night where he discussed several topics including Tom Coughlin’s assessment of his weight, his potential as a player, and the shoes he needs to fill with Osi Umenyiora gone. But his saved his most passionate language for the roller coaster seasons that the Giants are prone to having.

“You can’t [mess] around,” he said. “You get tired of it. It ain’t like we’re a losing team, but imagine the teams that are losing now. They start off with a losing record, you end up basically playing for nothing, (just) a check. You don’t want to be playing for that. You want to actually get to the playoffs, and that’s what we want to do. We’ve got a great team, and even now that I see with the guys that we have in the locker room, we’ve got potential in there. Everybody’s just got to do their job.

“As far as this year, it’s all going to be up to the guys,” he added. “The coaches are going to do their part, it’s on us to (not) step on our foot and play football. It’s going to be hard, but we’ve got to make it easy.”

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