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DE Osi Umenyiora doesn't anticipate many sacks in the near future.
The Giants’ pass rush has severely dropped off since the team’s unbelievable Super Bowl campaign a season ago. In 2011, the Giants’ defensive front collected 48.0 sacks (third in NFL); so far through 2012, New York has only recorded 25.0 (13th in NFL).
Of those 25.0 sacks, less than half have come from the Giants’ top three defensive ends Justin Tuck (3.0), Osi Umenyiora (4.0) and Jason Pierre-Paul (6.5). Last season, those three accounted for 63.5 percent of the defense’s sacks (30.5).
Umenyiora, a 10-year veteran and strip-sack extraordinaire, does not anticipate that the sack stats will improve anytime soon. The one-time All-Pro believes that teams have figured out New York’s pass rush, as he explained to Tom Rock of Long Island Newsday:
“You know how teams play against us; it’s not going to be that type of party. For us, we just want to get pressure and see if we can get our hands up whenever they go to that three-step drop, because that’s what we’re expecting.”
This defeatist attitude is not what Giants fans want to hear. The pass-rushers have not been themselves since Week 1 of this season, and the New York faithful have been patiently waiting for Umenyiora, Tuck and Pierre-Paul to return to true form.
Hopefully, Umenyiora is wrong, and the Giants defensive front wreaks havoc on Aaron Rogers, who Tuck believes is highly “rattle-able.”