Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Selfish Approach Works for Giants; N.Y. Pass-Rushers Competitive about Sack Stats, and QBs Pay Price

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Selfish Approach Works for Giants; N.Y. Pass-Rushers Competitive about Sack Stats, and QBs Pay Price

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Byline: TANIA GANGULI

The secret?

They're selfish.

If one member of the New York Giants defensive line sacks a quarterback, the rest of the linemen can't just sit by and let him get to brag about his sack all by himself.

"We want to go out there and get our sacks and make our plays so we're not the only person that's out there not making plays," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said. "... We're really selfish. A lot of times, it looks like we're not, but we're really selfish about our stats."

Beginning with starting defensive ends Tuck and Osi Umenyiora and on to tackles Chris Canty and Barry Cofield, the Giants can wreak havoc.

"It's probably the best defensive line in the league because I think they're complete," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "They play the run and the pass equally well."

Their defensive line is the main reason the Giants boast the second-best defense in yards allowed in the NFL. Only the San Diego Chargers allow fewer yards per game than the Giants' 282.4. Their pass defense ranks second in the league, and their run defense ranks fourth in the league, allowing 89.5 yards per game.

Umenyiora is tied for sixth in the NFL with eight sacks, and he leads the NFL with seven forced fumbles. Tuck isn't far behind with seven sacks and four forced fumbles.

For a while, they were downright dangerous for opposing quarterbacks.

In the season opener, the Giants gave Carolina quarterback Matt Moore a concussion. Three weeks later, New York knocked Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler out of the game with a concussion. Cutler was sacked nine times, three by Umenyiora.

Detroit's Shaun Hill suffered a broken forearm after facing New York's defense. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was left with a broken collarbone after being drilled by Giants linebacker Michael Boley.

Jaguars quarterback David Garrard will depend on his offensive line. Having lost starting right tackle Eben Britton for the season to a torn labrum, the Jaguars have played backup Jordan Black at the position and will likely need to help Black with tight end Marcedes Lewis or fullback Greg Jones. …

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