DE Jason Pierre-Paul

Posted Oct 4, 2012

DE Jason Pierre-Paul on making adjustments

Q: This is probably the first time in your career that you’ve been frustrated.
A: Yeah, but not as frustrating. When I say frustrating, not as in football wise, just in myself. I can be a better player than what I’m playing now. I’m not used to playing like this. I can be a much better player and I just get need to get hungry and get after it. Like I can’t wait till somebody turns it on, so I can turn it on. So I just got to go out there and do what I do best, which is playing hardcore football.

Q: Is this the first time you felt that way in the NFL?
A: Yeah, that’s the first time. I feel like I haven’t been having fun lately. It feels like I’m kind of stressed a little, but I made an oath to myself that I’m just going to go out there and have fun.

Q: Do you expect that starts this week?
A: That’s starting this week. Just keep running to the ball no matter where it’s at.

Q: Are you thinking too much on the field? Are you trying to analyze it?
A: I think it’s a little bit of both. People have high expectations of me, so it kind of brings me down a little too knowing I got to live up to that, but in the sense that like I have to have fun too. I can’t just go out there thinking I’m gonna get the job done because I’m Jason Pierre-Paul. It doesn’t work that way. You need to go out there and have practice and do what coach tells you and that’s where it comes from. It starts off from practice and you just get after the quarterback and stop the run.

Q: When Kenny went down, do you feel that the defense wasn’t as aggressive?
A: Yeah. Anytime one of your starters go down, you’re just like, ‘Oh man.’ That’s the first thing that comes to mind. KP is a great player, but the next guy behind him has got to step up. That’s the game of football. You never know what team you might go to or team you might wind up at, but the team that you’re on, you’ve just got to be a great player and step up and let the coaches know in their eyes that you’re a great player and you could take that position and you could control it. KP went down, but the next person has got to step up. That’s just the game of football.

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