Pierre-Paul -- sack stud or lucky?

November 11, 2011, 7:21 pm
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The New York Giants lead the league with 28 sacks, and second-year player Jason Pierre-Paul is the guy who gets to the quarterback with the most frequency.Pierre-Paul (6-foot-5, 278 pounds) is a tremendous athlete, as he proved a couple years ago when he dominated a competition with a South Florida teammate with 14 consecutive backflips.And he has shown that athleticism this season with 9.5 sacks. As I looked at each of those sacks this season, four were achieved when he beat the man assigned to block him off the snap. But the other 5.5 sacks were recorded a lengthy time after the snap because he did not give up on the play when the opposing quarterback held the ball too long."He will move around quite a bit," 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. "He's having a phenomenal year, he's a very good player, as are all their front seven. They'll move him around quite a bit. They move their defensive front and rotate them in and out quite a bit. So they get a fresh rotation and you really can't book who's going to be where."Pierre-Paul's sacks have come while he lined up at five different spots on the defensive line: right defensive end (4.5), right defensive tackle (two), and left defensive end, left defensive tackle and nose tackle (one apiece).Here's a look at each of Pierre-Paul's sacks this season:Game 1 at Washington (2 sacks): 1. Third quarter, second and 8, lined up at right defensive end, shoves left tackle Trent Williams backward and gets to Rex Grossman in less than 3 seconds; 2. Fourth quarter, third and 9, lined up at right defensive end, gives Williams head move to outside and went inside to sack Grossman in 3 seconds to force fumble.Game 2 vs. St. Louis (.5 sack): Fourth quarter, first and 10, lined up at right defensive end, with 2 minutes remaining, initially blocked well by left tackle Rodger Saffold, he manages to get around him but falls down in the process. He trips up Sam Bradford in the backfield 4.8 seconds after the snap and shares the sack with teammate Justin Tuck.Game 3 at Philadelphia (2 sacks): 1. First quarter, third and 11, lined up at right defensive end, blew past left tackle Jason Peters and attempted chip block of running back LeSean McCoy to get to Michael Vick in about 2.5 seconds. He missed the tackle, but came back and got Vick 6.3 seconds after the snap of the ball; 2. Fourth quarter, first and 10, lined up at right defensive tackle, shoved past rookie Jason Kelce to sack Mike Kafka in less than 3 seconds. Game 4 at Arizona: No sacks. Game 5 vs. Seattle (2 sacks): 1. Second quarter, first and 15, lined up at left defensive end, accelerated past rookie right tackle James Carpenter with an inside move to sack Tarvaris Jackson before he could get rid of the ball; 2. Second quarter, second and 4, lined up at left defensive tackle and was blocked well by rookie guard John Moffitt. Pierre-Paul's sack came 5.5 seconds after the snap when Jackson moved up toward the line of scrimmage, where he was tackled 1 yard behind the line of scrimmage.Game 6 vs. Buffalo (1 sack): Second quarter, third and 16, lined up over center Eric Wood in a three-man line, then worked a stunt, where he was picked up by rookie left tackle Chris Hairston, the play was blocked well, but Ryan Fitzpatrick held onto the ball and the sack occurred 5 seconds after the snap.Game 7 vs. Miami (1 sack): Fourth quarter, first and 10, lined up at right defensive end, Pierre-Paul never got off the line of scrimmage against tight end Anthony Fasano (granted, it looked as if he as being held). When Matt Moore ran out of bounds approximately 6 seconds after the snap, Pierre-Paul was the closest defender, thus credited with the sack.Game 8 at New England (1 sack): Second quarter, third and 7, lined up at right defensive tackle, bull-rushed forward in a pile and when backup center Ryan Wendell fell backward, Pierre-Paul came free inside. Brady initially ducked under Pierre-Paul, who scrambled back to his feet and sacked Brady 5 seconds after the snap.

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