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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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Comments

Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 3:19 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

Typical New York blubbering. If they cant win blame someone else.



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 3:05 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

OH MY GOD!!!   HOW MANY WHINY BIIIIITCHES CAN YOU GET ON ONE TEAM??  



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:18 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

haha..funny stuff...I thought we were gonna hear about some Chop-Blocking, or something else dangerous to players and their careeres....I had no idea it was for being bullied and picked on...haha




Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:12 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

He went on to add "they are almost as dirty as the guys I face in practice every day".



Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:57 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

Read the article.  Most of the article talks about how players on other teams have been saying the same thing all season.



Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:55 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

"This guy"?  Read the article.  Most of the article talks about how players on other teams have been saying the same thing all season.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:55 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

ATLBraves... good post. Except. Losing to Seattle was not a horrible loss. Seattle was better than advertised. Thye fought, and fought hard every week. Anyone in Vegas, or anyone who had Marshawn Lynch on their fantasy team.. knows Seattle fought vs everyone. I think their defense even finished top 10 vs the run.. The Giants game alway turned vs seattle (i was there), when Balwin worked his way open thru a busted coveragefor a TD, other wise, it was a tight game vs a decent team.



Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:51 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

"This guy"?  Read the article, players on other teams are saying the same thing.



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:43 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

when is Justin Tuck not whining...it's always somethng with this guy. Tom Coughlin had to have a sit down with him cause he was feeling sorry for himself because of some of his boo boo's he got this year. Here is a simple concept....they hit you, you hit them and win the football game.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:16 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

This just goes to show that the players in the NFL are nothing but a bunch of overhyped and overpaid pansies.  Tuck would be best served to just play his game and let this chips fall where they may. 

You guys want to talk about who the Falcons have beaten, well then please explain who the Giants have beaten?  A good win on the road against New England, but you also lost to Green Bay, New Orleans, Philly, and a few 8-8 teams.  Let's not forget the horrible losses to Seattle and Washington.  Face it, you were 9-7 and won the worst division in the NFC.  I am not saying the Falcons are world beaters and have only the road win at Detroit to hold their hats on, but don't act like the Giants are some powerhouse when they had to back into the playoffs by getting to play Dallas for a division championship.....one they had sewn up and almost let slip away with a bad loss at home to the Redskins. 

And Saints fans....you want to talk about classless?  Classless is letting your MVP QB continue to play and throw up 21 with less than 2:00 to go just so he can break a record that he would likely would have gotten in the next game anyway.  Now that is classless.  Also classless is the way the NFL keeps protecting your team since 2006.  How else can you explain the differences in how rules are applied to your team and that of their opponents.  The Saints are good, but not that good.  Yes you beat us twice and I will take the crap from your overrated fanbase until next season.  But don't get too cocky. You will probably be watching the NFC Championship game from home after San Francisco's defense takes care of you. 


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