5 Simple Steps to Get New York Giants Pass Rush Back on Track in 2014

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5 Simple Steps to Get New York Giants Pass Rush Back on Track in 2014
Seth Wenig/Associated Press
Jason Pierre-Paul is all smiles when he gets his sacks.

Pundits will tell you the NFL is a passer's league.

If that's the case, then the next most important player—after the quarterback—is the one directly trying to stop him: the pass-rusher.

In 2007, the New York Giants led the league with 53 sacks in the regular season on the way to a Super Bowl win. Then, in 2011, the Giants finished third in the league with 48 sacks in the regular season en route to another Super Bowl victory.

From 2007-2011, New York averaged 44.2 sacks per season, finishing outside the NFL's top six in that category just once (2009). 

Since then, however, Big Blue's sack totals have shrunk.

In 2012, the Giants registered only 33 sacks, which ranked 22nd in the NFL that year. Last season, the Giants' sack total improved by one, but their league-wide ranking still fell to 25th.

If New York wishes to return to the playoffs in 2014, it should do so by revamping its pass rush.

But how should the Giants go about doing that?

This simple five-step plan will lay out what's needed to get the Giants' pass rush—and, ultimately, the team—back on track in 2014.

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