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Sep 8, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Pierre-Paul Won’t Turn The Defense Around

I’m excited for Pierre-Paul’s return, but it’ll be a miracle if his return really helps that. Let’s say he’s at full health. Let’s say he averages a sack a game, maybe a little more than that. And he holds down the left end against the run. And that all might be very, very generous.

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We’re still looking at a defense that right now is averaging just about one sack a game. So that would mean the Giants would finish the season with around 20 sacks, and that’s if Pierre-Paul contributes.

It’s no secret the Giants have missed their best defender this season, but it goes back to my last point: this defense just isn’t good.

What made that ’07 defense so effective wasn’t that they had the best defenders on the field. It was that they were deep at every position, especially on the defensive line, where players like Dave Tollefson chipped in 3-4 sacks.

There’s no Michael Strahan on this team. No Osi Umenyiora. Not even a Dave Tollefson. Jason Pierre-Paul will bring them something, but not nearly enough to turn this unit around.

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