The Giants weren’t happy with their pass rush against Tom Brady when they played the Patriots in November. They had only two sacks and were credited with only three quarterback hits.
But that doesn’t mean they weren’t effective. In fact, Jason Pierre-Paul, who had one of those two sacks, said they were in Brady’s head more than they were in his face.
“It’s like he felt us,” Pierre-Paul said on Thursday. “When we looked back on the film, we watched the film, and we didn’t really rush like we can rush as a defense. He was throwing balls on the ground and stuff.”
Brady was shaky. He completed 28 of 49 passes for 342 yards, but many of his incompletions were uncharacteristically ugly. Pierre-Paul said that was because he was reacting to pressure that wasn’t really there.
“He did react to pressure that didn’t exist, and he was just throwing the ball places where there wasn’t even a receiver there,” Pierre-Paul said. “Imagine us getting there even faster and actually doing our jobs and getting hits on him.”
Brady and the Patriots may be imagining that right now. And not in a good way.
“He’s a great quarterback,” Pierre-Paul said. “If you give him time in the pocket to pick on your secondary and throw the ball, he’s going to hurt you. He’s going to hurt you. Us, as a D-line, we know that the pressure is mostly going to be on us.”
Unless, of course, it’s on Brady.