Giants Defensive Front Big Obstacle For BucsSeptember 16th, 2012
With the Bucs facing the Giants today at the New Jersey Swamplands, the task at hand was clear to both Bucs left tackle Donald Penn and left guard Carl Nicks.
“They are the world champs,” Penn said.
“They are beasts,” Nicks added.
It wasn’t just about the Super Bowl champions that Penn and Nicks were referring to. It’s the front defensive line of the Giants. There is no stronger defensive line in the NFL. It’s not close. With players Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul, it’s a living, breathing nightmare for quarterbacks, must less for offensive linemen.
If there is a unit on the Bucs that the had their antennae up moments after beating the stinking Panthers in the first week of the season, it is the Bucs’ offensive line.
“This is one of the best front sevens we will see all year and it’s already the second game,” Penn said. “They are one of the best front sevens in the league. After their loss, they will be coming back with a lot of vengeance, a lot of motivation. It is a must-win game for them.”
“They get sacks, tackles for loss, pressure, bull rushing, speed rushing; they are just a bunch of jack-of-all-trades over there,” Nicks said.
The Giants were humbled by the Cowboys to open the season on a nationally-televised game on a Wednesday night where Pierre-Paul, Umenyiora and Tuck were invisible. After being chewed on by Giants headmaster Tom Coughlin for the past week and a half, it’s highly unlikely those three monsters will go unnoticed today.
“You just have to do what you do best and execute,” Nicks said in how to combat the Giants defensive front. “That’s the main thing: no mental errors. you can’t let get one good play because once they do, that will erupt into another big play and everyone will bounce off each other with more big plays real quick.
“After a couple of plays, there will be tendencies and you go from there but you have to play the game and can’t just guess.”
“They have freak of natures all over there,” Penn said. “Pierre Paul, there’s not many people who can do what he does. I get a double-dose. I get a little bit of him and a little bit of Osi. This is going to be a tough one. How do you forget Justin tuck? It’s going to be tough. It’s not going to be easy.”