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Jason Pierre-Paul was one of the best defensive players the Giants had last season.
How was he a disappointment then?
Well, when you only record 6.5 sacks a season after taking down the quarterback 16.5 times, disappointing is the only way to sum up the performance.
The dynamic defensive end was considered one of the best at his position coming into 2012, but he simply didn't live up to expectations. Facing constant double- and triple-teams, Pierre-Paul was unable to adjust to being a marked man for the first time in his career.
The sacks weren't the only thing lacking in his game. He also registered 20 less tackles in 2012 and only had four quarterback hits, compared to 14 in 2011.
Most importantly, Pierre-Paul was nonexistent during the Giants annual second-half swoon. He didn't record a sack, force a fumble or register a pass defense in New York's last seven games.
It wasn't all bad, as Pierre-Paul had a solid 23.7 Pro Football Focus rating, which bested the 22.4 rating he had in 2011. He also hurried the quarterback 44 times, up from 26 a year earlier.
Still, so much was expected from Pierre-Paul in 2012 and his lackluster season was a big reason why the Giants didn't make the playoffs.