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Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:30 am
Edited on: January 3, 2012 9:31 am
 
Tuck is unimpressed with Atlanta's front five. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

Well, that didn't take long. A day after the Giants beat the Cowboys and secured the final playoff spot, and six days before they host the Atlanta Falcons, defensive end Justin Tuck got down to the business of calling a spade a spade, at least from his perspective.

Namely: the Falcons' offensive line plays dirty.

“Yeah we’ve seen it. We know they have that quote-unquote ‘reputation,’” Tuck said according to the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano. “Most people, you would call them dirt bags. But it is what it is. We got to make sure we do our job and if we are doing our job well. Then they will be upset and they will be trying to do things to get us off our game, and we’ve got to take that as a compliment.”

It is what it is, indeed. And it's not the first time Atlanta's front five have been accused of taking cheap shots. In October, the Packers' defense was unimpressed with the Falcons' tactics.

"It’s unnecessary,” defensive end Ryan Pickett said at the time. “They call it playing physical. But it’s after the whistle. It’s not physical. We know it watching tape that you they like to hit after the whistle. You have to watching yourself around the piles.

"They point at you if you react. We just felt like if we just punch them upfront at the start it would end that. It’s frustrating to a point, but we know we have to dominate them upfront in between that stuff.”

The idea, at least from the offense's perspective, is to take the defense out of its game. Tuck certainly recognizes this.

“They just want to get you fired up and get you to retaliate and draw a cheap penalty,” he said. “But it’s tough to ignore it, but you have a chance to get them back and have to take advantage of it.”

Easy in theory, a little tougher in practice. Going back to the Green Bay-Atlanta game from Week 5, Falcons' offensive lineman Joe Hawley pushed Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk in the back at the end of a play, Hawk retaliated, Hawley took a dive, and Hawk was promptly flagged for unnecessary roughness.

“I’m not that strong,” Hawk said. “I wish I was strong enough to do that.”

The Lions, who lost to the Falcons in Week 7, echoed similar sentiments.

“You watch film of Atlanta's O-line and they're 20, 30 yards down the field cutting guys,” Lions defensive end Cliff Avril said. “You're running toward the pile and they're trying to clean you up.”

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Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:19 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

frig the falcons the toughest team in there division is new orleans and there front 4 suck they blitz 40 percent of the time.big blue will beat this team cause mike smith is a bad bad coach........go get some of that dirty bird big blue.......big blue dominates the dome stadium dirth birds...yeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaa come bring it ..



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:52 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

"they had to back into the playoffs by getting to play Dallas for a division championship"

ATLBravesN2007, you might want to work on your definition of "back into the playoffs" because "by getting to play Dallas for a division championship" and then winning, the Giants did the polar opposite of "backing into the playoffs".
Good try though buckaroo.



Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:00 am
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

Don't worry too much about the trash talk....It's just the Giants defense way of saying you better bring it..Tongue out





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Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:10 am
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Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:04 am
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

This is a brilliant move by Tuck.  He pointed out possibly unethical play by the Falcon's offensive line.  It's now in the press.  It is now in the minds of the referees.  The Falcon's O-Line will now have to be more cautious in their "dirty tactics" or they may be flagged.  Mission accomplished by Tuck.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:55 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

Great job by Tuck, introducing some old school trash talk!



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:45 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

So some writter comes up with some garbage story and here we go.


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Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:44 pm
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Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:22 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

is it just me or does it seem like justin tuck is always whining about something. i swear every year this guy has something to complain about. 



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:13 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

I am a Falcon's fan and I watched every play of every game.  I didn't see an especially "nasty" o-line this year.  They miss Harvey Dahl who was truly nasty.  If the biggest complaint is a guy taking a dive when he is shoved, it's just a ridiculous comment by Tuck.


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