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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 9, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:15 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

first of all, all you illiterate people should work for CBS or ESPN, bc espn wrote the same article. Tuck never says the falcons are dirty, he says, he knows of their reputation of playing dirty, and has heard the stories of them being dirty- and that makes him want to play harder. What, is reading comprehension a lost skill? Its pretty sad.
Anyway, the falcons lost to the bucaneers on the road, and the Gmen were a Manningham dropped td pass (perfectly placed off his hands)  in the 4th qtr away in San Fran & a Ridgers 4th qtr drive with 58 secnds left, from being at least 11-5. Which is better than 10-6, like the falcons.  28-24, giants. Keep sleeping on the brothers Manning.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:03 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

Justin Tuck's hero must be Phil Jackson.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:02 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

Wahhhhh.



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:54 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

The Giants are starting to talk like the Jets now , Guess their A$$es are sucking that Jersey swamp water now too .



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:49 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

haven't heard this since Alex Gibbs. One question for Avril is why is the play going on 3o yards downfield?


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Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:32 pm
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Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:23 pm
 

Refs attention

Tuck is just trying to get the referees' attention for when they do do something, they'll call it and not let it slide.  Talk can be cheap, only if you're Rex Ryan.  However, the Big Blue Wrecking Crew is back and ready to destroy this supposedly good Falcons team.  Who have they beaten or come close to beating? Nobody.  They beat the bad teams by a lot so that makes them look good, but when they play the good teams, they crumble.



Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

Phil Jackson has been doing this in the NBA for more years than Justin Tuck has been in the league. Fussing in the media about the opposition playing dirty is, in theory, a way to make officials take note of certain things so that they can be on the lookout for it. It's a subtle way of trying to influence calls in the game, really no different than egging on the opposition the way the Falcons do (or have been accused of doing). 




Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:39 am
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

Stop whining and play the game.  Defensive ends always chirp about o-linemen.  Go play football.  I hope the fires the Falcons up and they destroy the Giants.  I am tired of hearing this non-sense.  If they chop block they will get flagged for it.  Do your job!


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