Justin Tuck is preaching patience for the New York Giants pass rush, a unit that is worst in the league this season in getting to the quarterback. A Ring of Honor inductee on Monday night, Tuck said it will take time for a revamped defensive line to start generating some big numbers.
The Giants spent $200 million this offseason in free agency, a sum almost exclusively reserved for reworking what was the league’s worst-ranked defense a season ago. A fair amount of that money was spent on the front four with the re-signing of Jason Pierre-Paul plus free agent additions in defensive tackle Damon Harrison and defensive end Olivier Vernon.
But coming into Monday night’s game, the Giants had just 11 teams sacks and Vernon has just two sacks. That’s not exactly a great return on investment for general manager Jerry Reese.
Tuck speaks with some authority as he was one of the spearheads of the Giants pass rush in their two recent Super Bowl runs. He was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor on Monday night alongside former general manager Ernie Acorsi and former head coach Tom Coughlin.
“I think they need to learn how to play with each other. That’s evident. It took me, [Michael Strahan], and [Osi Umenyiora} a couple of turns to figure out where our strengths were playing with each other. We knew our strengths individually, but when you throw that much talent on the field at the same time, you have to figure out how to add those together and not be subtractions,” Tuck said on Monday night.
“A lot of times, you have two bookends, that can be a subtraction not an addition. I talked to JPP last night. It’s just learning how to play with each other. Me and Osi had signs and we didn’t have to say a word. We would look at each other and depending on what part of my jersey I touched, he knew what I was going to do. That chemistry stuff goes a long way. Hopefully as they continue to play with each other, that whole d-line, the talent is to duplicate what we did. [Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo] loves it and I know he wants to unleash that. Hopefully it comes to fruition tonight.”