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Dungy: Texans biggest offenders for fake injuries

Posted on: September 22, 2011 6:45 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 6:46 pm
Dungy on faking injuries: Texans were the worst offenders. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

As far as football games go, the Monday night matchup between the Rams and Giants was pretty forgettable. In fact, the lasting memory from the game wasn't a particular play, but the sight of two Giants players laying on the turf pretending to be injured. Safety Deon Grant offered up a flimsy self-defense, and the league has threatened to punish future offenders. Perhaps worst of all, critics compared the Giants' tactics to a bunch of diving soccer players.

The Giants and injurygate

But when it comes to make-believe injuries, the Giants aren't nearly as bad as, say, the Texans. Former Colts coach and division rival Tony Dungy explained in great detail Thursday during an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show.

Patrick asked Dungy if he had ever had a player fake an injury.

"No I've never done that but in the time I was coaching in Indy we saw it quite a bit, we really did," Dungy said. "It's a tactic that is used, it's part of what's happening now in the NFL and it's really tough to prove. We sent in a lot of tapes to the league and it never could get resolved so just kind of have to go with the flow and know that it's going to happen."

When Patrick asked if Dungy remembered which teams he reported to the league, Dungy didn't hesitate.

"The biggest offenders we saw were the Houston Texans. We played them twice a year, our players knew the defensive line coach there, they knew the signal for faking an injury," he said. "Chad Bratzke would always tell me, 'Here it comes. Guy's gonna fall down right now.'

"And that's what would happen and, you know, they'd catch their breath or whatever and get the substitutions in, you'd send it in to the league and say, 'Hey, this guy was never contacted on the play, let's look at it. The trainer's out there for three or four minutes working on him.'

"But it really is hard to tell. And how can you say when a guy really is hurt and when he isn't? Miraculously, though, they all seem to come back into the game."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Posted on: December 25, 2011 8:42 am

Dungy: Texans biggest offenders for fake injuries

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Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:41 am

Dungy: Texans biggest offenders for fake injuries

The Patriot's Richard Seymore faked an injury against Peyton and the Colts one year, but it wasn't as bad a fake job as the two Giants falling like wounded goats last week. As bad and funny as it looks, faking injuries is not illegal by league rules. Until the NFL changes that rule to stop teams from faking to stop play, teams will continue to do it. When a team is beating your defenses a$$es off with a no huddle offense, that is the only way to stop play. Manning, Brady, Rivers, Brees, and all the better QBs use no huddle all the time. There are enough cameras watching play to determine whether a player is really injured or if he is seeking an Academy Award to stop play.

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: September 24, 2011 11:57 am

Dungy: Texans biggest offenders for fake injuries

Faking an injury then coming in a play or two later is super weak. I hope the fans and the commishioner condems & stops all the blatent acting. The players that do it should be publically identified by the league and fined then suspended for repeated occurances, the teams should also face penalties

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 10:58 am

Dungy: Texans biggest offenders for fake injuries

I am not a fan of the Colts at all, but it makes sense that THE team, who most wants to slow things down by faking injuries, would play against Manning...Twice a year. I can't think of anyone, who in previous years (obviously this year, Brady is playing more up-tempo, on par with Manning's pace in previous years), played a more up-tempo game than the Colts, so who would you want to slow down the most? Someone in their division.

Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: September 24, 2011 3:28 am

Dungy: Texans biggest offenders for fake injuries

Also, to use your examples:  A fender bender  once a week with your rival neighbor next door who you never get along with, or a car totalling accident with some guy you see once a month driving down your street as you back out of your driveway?  Which one would you complain about more?  Me personally, I would point out that my neighbor who dislikes me continues to hit my car, probably costing me more in the long run.  The second example is two extremes and an example I would call apples and oranges.  However, one I can relate would be, A cold or the Flu, in which I would respond:  A cold you get once a week as apposed to the Flu you get once a year...hmmmmm, I would mention the cold I get once a week as more of a menace than the flu.  Thanks for the comparisons, I don't think I could have made my point more clearer without them.

Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: September 24, 2011 3:21 am

Dungy: Texans biggest offenders for fake injuries

I fully get what you meant, however, I don't think you are taking the interview into perspective.  You seem to think it was a break down of his entire career, or even better yet, something he has been stewing on for years.  I happen to beleive he was asked a question about the subject and simply recalled the Texans as repeat perpetrators becau
se he beleived they had a signal for it.  That would make the Texans use of the cheat as intent to cheat.  To explain in terms most might recognize, murdering someone is bad, but intending to murder someone is worse.  Get it?  All teams do it in some form or fashion, but I would venture to guess that no other team has a signal for it; However, I would also say that teams with experienced players know when they are in trouble and would responsibly and SMARTLY do it.  I would call someone being completely winded as an injury and tell them that if they can't muster up enough energy to run full steam on the nest play to go down with an injury.  Tust me, heart attacks have happened in less stressful environments, so going down because you're completely winded is fine with me.  I will also say this, the rule should be changed.  In my opinion, injuries of a non-contact nature, i.e. ones where a player just goes down but is obviously moving around, like from a cramp, should be moved off the field expeditiously.  The team can be allowed to run a man on the field but as soon as the whistle blows, which would be when the "injured" individual is officially off the field the offense can immiedatly snap the ball.  This still applys pressure to the defense because it doesn't give them enough time to spin up replacement player and the defense will still be a little gassed.  Nonetheless, it's something that should be addressed so teams that use the no huddle well keep their advantage.  My two cents....

Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: September 24, 2011 12:02 am

Dungy: Texans biggest offenders for fake injuries


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