Super Bowl XLVI: Justin Tuck cranks up the volume
Two years into Tuck's new role, this leader has got it going.
There will be a lot riding on Tuck's sore shoulder, neck and leg
Sunday. If the Giants are going to be able to shut down New England's
high-octane offense in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium, Tuck and
his mates along the defensive line will have to put some pressure on
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
"In order to stop a high-powered offense, you have to stop the
leader," Tuck said. "You have to cut the head off the snake. Tom Brady
is one of the best that has ever done it. Allow him to stand back
there and throw the football, you don't really stand a chance."
This has been the least productive of Tuck's seven pro seasons. The
6-foot-5, 268-pound 28-year-old missed four games because of those
injuries and generated just 37 tackles and five sacks. He had
double-digit sacks in three of the four previous years.
"He's done a great job of being a leader," Nunn said. "He came in last
year, kind of the first time he was pushed to the forefront to be
'that guy.' He had a great year last year (11.5 sacks). He had a Pro
Bowl year. He was off to a super start this year. Then, with injuries
and some other things, we had some ups and downs there for a while.
"Once he got it all ironed out, he's done a great job on the field and
being a leader."
Not too long ago, Tuck and head coach Tom Coughlin sat down for a