Tuck: That wasn't the real me in 2012
January, 22, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Jeff Skopin/ESPNNewYorkJustin Tuck's offseason goal? "To make sure that next year is a normal Justin Tuck year."Justin Tuck has been watching tapes of his 2012 season, and he doesn’t like what he’s been seeing.
“I started doing some things where I look at myself and I was like, 'Why did I do that?' You just trying to make a play and it ends up working the wrong way for you,” Tuck said on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden at a Garden of Dreams charity event. “It’s just frustrating.”
Tuck said he’s “super motivated” this offseason to have “a normal Justin Tuck year” in 2013.
“That’s what it’s going to be for me, getting back to the Pro Bowl, All-Pro type status that I’m accustomed to playing at,” Tuck said. “I’ve been watching film of myself the last couple weeks and it’s just frustrating to see that I haven’t played to that standard and that’s going to be a definite focus for me.”
Tuck finished last season with just four sacks and struggled at times against the run. He played in the final two weeks of the season with a shoulder injury but insisted Tuesday he is healthy and will not undergo offseason surgery. He has been working diligently with nutritionists and trainers to return to form.
“That’s going to be a huge focus for me to make sure I do my due diligence this offseason, training and eating the right things to make sure that next year is a normal Justin Tuck year compared to last year,” Tuck said.
Tuck averaged slightly fewer than 10 sacks per season from 2007-2010 and had at least 59 tackles in each season. In the past two seasons, Tuck had five and four sacks, respectively. He played 12 games in each season.
The eight-year veteran will participate in the “Garden of Laughs” event on Saturday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden to benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation.
TUCK LIKES BALTIMORE: Tuck, who has won two Super Bowls with the Giants, thinks the Ravens will beat the Niners in this year’s Super Bowl.
“Obviously both of those coaches know each other very well (but) I’m leaning toward Baltimore just because they seem to be a team of destiny,” said Tuck, who said he will not watch the game. “It reminds me of some of our Super Bowl wins of a team getting hot and a team with a great leader in Ray Lewis and a quarterback that’s playing lights-out in (Joe) Flacco.”