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New York Giants’ Justin Tuck Accuses Pittsburgh Steelers of Excessive Holding

November 2nd, 2012 at 9:00 AM
By Paul Tierney

'Justin Tuck' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: Although the New York Giants would like to think they have a reputation for doing their talking on the field, several members of the organization have engaged some very public bashing of their opponents in 2012. It started in the offseason with Osi Umenyiora changing Robert Griffin III's first name to "Bob," continued into the season as Justin Tuck and Kevin Gilbride each made comments regarding the San Francisco 49ers and has made its way into week nine as well. While addressing the media after Thursday's practice, Tuck accused the Pittsburgh Steelers of being the benefactors of some questionable officiating this season.

Obviously, officiating has a huge impact on the outcome of the game. We all saw the Green Bay Packers have a win taken off the board in week three due to a blown call, so it makes sense that Tuck would urge the officials to watch for holding on Sunday.

"I hope we get some holding calls because they have gotten away with murder," Tuck said. "They've done a very good job protecting Ben (Roethlisberger) – they don't hold on every play. But we've seen a whole lot of it."

Putting pressure on Ben Roethlisberger this Sunday will be a huge aspect of the Giants' game plan. Despite a bevy of interceptions, Big Blue's secondary has been shaky as of late. The Giants have given up 539 yards through the air in their last two games. With Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders coming to the Meadowlands this Sunday, the Giants are going to have to get some serious pressure on Big Ben to disrupt his timing. If the Steelers get away with holding on every play, the Giants are in for a long day.

Roethlisberger has been the Steelers offensive catalyst so far this season. Pittsburgh is currently ranked seventh in the NFL in passing, while only registering 97.3 yards rushing per game. With that, the Steelers offensive line is a work in progress. Justin Tuck knows that the Giants are going to be facing an explosive offense on Sunday and that stopping Ben Roethlisberger will be a key to victory.

"He is the reason why they are so successful in their offense," Tuck said. "That is not a knock on their running game. But when you think of Pittsburgh, first you got to think of him. He is, I think, the main reason why they are so successful on third down, is his ability to prolong plays and you got guys hanging off of him and he's still figuring it out. I would bet money that his completion percentage is higher when somebody is hanging off of him than when he is standing straight."

Although some well timed trash talk is good for the soul, the Giants have readily engaged the media this season with comments about their opponents. Frankly, as the defending Super Bowl champions and current holders of first place in the NFC East, Big Blue can say anything they want. Unlike most teams, the Giants have backed up their talk in the media with victories. However, it's about time fans stop pretending this team is above casual trash talk between opposing players.


Tags: Football, Green Bay Packers, Justin Tuck, Kevin Gilbride, New York, New York Giants, NFC, NFC East, NFL, Osi Umenyiora, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Robert Griffin III, San Francisco, San Francisco 49ers

13 Responses to “New York Giants’ Justin Tuck Accuses Pittsburgh Steelers of Excessive Holding”

  1.  jfunk says:

    Defensive lineman accuses offensive linemen of excessive holding!?

    Just when you thought you’d seen it all.

  2.  JimStoll says:

    what a stupid comment by tuck
    makes him sound so whiny

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    If Captain Tuck thinks this is going to change anything he’s crazy. For three years every offensive line we play holds the Giants’ defensive linemen and they get very, very, few calls. It’s called “Keep the flag in your pocket lest we get the quarterback killed”.

    I just hope David Diehl is watching as his buddies get held and gets the idea. Does anyone really think that one offensive lineman (and another guy coming over to chip) could ever stop JPP from getting 5-6 sacks each game without holding him on nearly every play? The offensive linemen around the league have been over-matched for years and the defensive linemen become more athletic. It’s either hold or get beaten in those trenches.

    I’ve given up on being outraged when we get held each game. What drives me crazy is that Will Beatty manages to get flagged for it too frequently. Flaherty apparently hasn’t yet taught him well enough to disguise the holds enough that the officials don’t call it. I figure Diehl will have to hold a bit to protect Eli on Sunday. I just hope he remembers how to disguise it.

  4.  Krow says:

    Did Ray Lewis ever complain like this?

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    And speaking of Sunday, who has it worse?

    The Steelers who have to fly in Sunday morning because there isn’t a hotel that has power that can accommodate them?

    The Giants who will have a not-at-all-full stadium because of the difficulty of getting to the game for many?

    Fox which knows most of the metropolitan area has no TV service and will probably have to offer their advertisers credits?

    The New Jersey pols who will have to explain to people around East Rutherford why the stadium is lit up like a Christmas tree while they still have no lights or hot water?

    I fully favor playing the game. Return to normalcy and all that. But the experience is going to be a bit strange. The game seems a sideshow in the midst of such destruction and the many, many dozens of personal tragedies. I keep telling my family and friends to keep some perspective and remember that for those of us for whom this is simply a horrible inconvenience and disruption of our lives it’s a blip in a ridiculously fortunate life in this great nation in this particular time. But for some it is much more than that. And they must find it reprehensible that a football game and a footrace are going to go on while their lives have changed forever. It’s life going on in the midst of death and tragedy, the same story as ever was, but it’s horribly painful for those who have truly suffered.

    •  Krow says:

      I don’t know. Like everyone here I’ve had some sh1tty things happen to me from time to time. I never expected the world to stop. And even if it did it wouldn’t have made my situation any better.

      • Oh, poor Fox. Might only half to take half their weekly windfall this go ’round.

        And, I agree there might be a bizarre feeling, whereas the tailgate lot will be at 1/3rd capacity and the game at about half.

        What’s kind of sickening is the marathon. We definitely do not need that this week. There are plenty of other things the cops, sanitation workers, etc. could be doing on my dime.

        •  fanfor55years says:

          My daughter is running in it and really thinks it should be postponed or cancelled. I’ve been told that Ray Kelly absolutely assured the Mayor that they can handle it and still provide services elsewhere. The fact is that the Marathon has been supplying much of its own security and personnel to handle logistics for the past few years and it has become a bit of a cushy overtime for the cops, sanitation workers, EMS folks and others. Word is that many of them are mad that they will have tougher duty elsewhere instead.

          I’m of mixed mind about it but basically fall on the same side of the argument as I do on the game. Play ball. Run. The world goes on, and you have to celebrate against the dark.

        •  F0XLIN says:

          Seriously dude, the fact that their have been generators sitting in central park all week for the marathon tent, allocating all those cops and cleaning efforts to the route when their are people still unaccounted for is a big disgrace. I realize the money that pours in form the marathon but no excuse when the city is still such a mess.

  6. On another note, gosh do I love this Honey Boo Boo Child. She is just adorable.

    Did you guys see the one where her family got together to carve the deer carcass that the local sheriff alerted them was available on a local roadway? It was awesome.

  7. I don’t buy that money “pours in” from the marathon anyway.

    And FF55 — the marathon and a regularly scheduled football game are totally different. The game is held in a stadium; it’s relatively self-sufficient. The marathon takes over and shuts down a city that is, quite frankly, already mostly shut down.

    There’s no reason it couldn’t have been postponed until next week.

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