Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Big Blue's Pass Rushers Need to Finish

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Big Blue's Pass Rushers Need to Finish

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EAST RUTHERFORD -- The late-night text message popped up on his phone, interrupting Damontre Moore's call with his mom.

It was about 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. And he was despondent.

The second-year defensive end remained awake, hours after quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions manhandled the Giants. He still was beating himself up for whiffing on a sack attempt on the season's opening drive. His bad angle and overpursuit ended with Moore sailing past Stafford, who then threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson.

Jason Pierre-Paul also sat awake in the pre-dawn hours, thinking about his young teammate as he broke down film. He reached out via text to offer some veteran advice in a back-and-forth that lasted until almost 4 a.m.

"After the game, it was eating me up," said Moore, who turned 22 on Thursday. "It's still eating me up to this day. But I watched film, learned from it and now I'm just trying to fix it and never let it happen again."

After just one sack in Week 1, the entire Giants defensive line could use a tutorial.

The franchise built on the ferociousness of its pass rush needs to find it again before Sunday, when it faces another mobile-enough quarterback in the Arizona Cardinals' Carson Palmer.

"We got to get to the quarterback," Pierre-Paul said after Thursday's practice.

The Giants pressured Stafford. But they failed to capitalize with sacks and were unable to force turnovers -- something defensive coordinator Perry Fewell admitted the game plan counted on.

The Giants have spoken often about pressures being almost as productive as sacks. The theory went that hurries made quarterbacks uncomfortable, flushed them from the pocket and stuck them in difficult positions to throw.

"The game has changed from the standpoint that you have athletic people that can move no matter what," coach Tom Coughlin said. …

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