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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: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:38 am
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

No need to worry about it. No way you are getting past GB anyway. This is a game to decide which Lamb gets offered to GB at Lambeau in 2 weeks. Only team that can stop GB in NFC is maybe NO.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:32 am
 

smart move by Tuck

He's far from being afraid and is one of the best players in the league pound for pound. He being smart and letting the media know because now the league will have the officials ready for these type of cheap moves that Atl has been doing all year. Tuck is just making it known to the refs that they better call the game properly and look for cheap shots after plays.



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:27 am
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

I don't know whether the Falcons do this or not. Here's my opinion on the general issue.

Taking shots after the whistle is cowardly. Does nothing to improve the game. Beat your man before the whistle, not when he lets up after the whistle. Don't take a post-whistle shot and then take a dive if you get pushed back. Cowardly tactic. Refs should stomp out this tactic and routinely penalize players before it becomes widespread.


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Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:59 am
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Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:58 am
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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:53 am
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

For somebody who plays hard and the right way, Justin Tuck sure sounds like he's already making excuses for not being able to do well in the game against the Falcons.  I like Tuck because of the energy and skill he brings to the game but this whining to the media before the game is even played is just weak.  Grow a pair and get in there, Tuck.  If they cheap shot you after the whistle, grab a ref at that very moment and convince them to throw the flag.  Don't spend Tuesday whining to the Daily News and their tabloid "journalists."  They're just digging for a story where there might not be one already.  Shut up and let your play on the field speak for you -- not some hack writers for a trash newspaper.



Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:44 am
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

So what if they play physical, last time I checked football was a physical game. If it is during the play, then fair game.  If it is after the play, they will get a 15 yarder which is a drive killer.  I would love to take a late hit to give my team some extra yardage. Everyone knows the retailiation is called most often....Don't retaliate...the refs will settle things down with a few flags if it were to get out of hand.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:31 am
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

They proved Suh correct.  The Falcon line is a bunch of cheap shot artists.



Since: Nov 10, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:26 am
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

Most people, you would call them dirt bags.

And most people might call you afraid? 

I have an idea.  Just play ball ...



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:18 am
 

Justin Tuck says Falcons o-line plays dirty

Alex Gibbs type blocking scheme.  Did it for YEARS in Denver who everyone called dirty. 

Yet, here we are 20 years later, and the NFL STILL has not deemed it illegal.  Quit whining


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