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Flozell says he's not a dirty player

To cap a week full of fines and finger pointing regarding the ongoing feud between Cowboys tackle Flozell Adams and Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, Adams gave an “exclusive interview” . . . with a writer from his team’s official web site.  (Why not just send out a press release, guys?)

“A lot of people, reporters and some coaches have been around long
before me and in 12 years and over 100-something games and they start
calling me a dirty player now,” Adams said Friday.  “I’m not doing anything
different than I’ve always done
.  They can be the judge of whatever they
want to say, but I know people in here — teammates, coaches and family
— they know I’m not like that.  I wouldn’t do anything deliberately to
hurt another player or take anyone out.

“At my position, I want to give some guys a few bumps here and
there.  That’s how you play.  But I’m not a dirty player.  I’m not like
that because I wouldn’t want anything like that to happen to me.”

As to the shove of Tuck at the end of the first half of Sunday’s game, Adams swears that he thought the play was still going, and that he didn’t know he was pushing Tuck.

Still, there’s no plausible defense for Adams’ habit of throwing out a leg when beaten by a defender, like he did to Tuck in Week Two.

Adams vows to not change.

“I can’t be less aggressive,” Adams said.  “I have to go play.  I can’t
be worried about anyone watching me.  I’ve got to block [Chargers linebacker Shawne]
Merriman this week.  He’s not worried about me.  He’s not going to say,
‘Hey Flozell, I won’t get your quarterback.’  I’ve got to do what I do. 
I know I’m not a dirty player, but I have to go out and play the way
I’ve always played it.”

And, apparently, if that means tossing one of his tree trunks into the road in the hopes of knocking Merriman down, that’s what Adams will have to do.

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58 Responses to “Flozell says he's not a dirty player”
  1. Fike Mlorio says: Dec 11, 2009 11:11 PM

    “Brady says he’s not a total douche”

  2. magsdad1 says: Dec 11, 2009 11:12 PM

    He’s wrong.

  3. aec4 says: Dec 11, 2009 11:14 PM

    “Tiger Woods says he’s not a womanizer.”

  4. loggerhead12 says: Dec 11, 2009 11:24 PM

    You know, this is occasionally a useful site for NFL tidbits.
    Still, there’s no plausible defense for Florio’s habit of throwing out hyperbole when it comes to a couple of teams, like he does in this biased blog post.

  5. Facts Domino says: Dec 11, 2009 11:32 PM

    Flozell,
    Eat a Salad!

  6. SprintPhoneFTW says: Dec 11, 2009 11:33 PM

    “They can be the judge of whatever they want to say”
    And what exactly the hell does that mean?
    Way to smash the myth Flo, about lineman being the dumbest out there.

  7. CharmCityRavens says: Dec 11, 2009 11:34 PM

    Please add “delusional” and/or “liar” to his resume right next to “dirty player”.

  8. Nevisyakker says: Dec 11, 2009 11:37 PM

    Flo needs to look at some tape of himself playing 10 years ago. He wasn’t known for tripping, leg whips, diving into defenders legs below the knees back then. Now he calls that kind of action “aggressive play,” but 10 years ago he was good enough to be aggressive without being one of the leagues most noteworthy cheapshot artists.
    Sad and sickening at the same time.

  9. Zaggs says: Dec 11, 2009 11:46 PM

    Hahaha, this guy epitomizes the Dallas organization. Of course its only those people who dont think he’s dirty.
    So he thought the play was still going, despite the whistles being blown and didn’t know it was Tuck except for those 4 letters across the back of Tuck’s jersey which were in plain site of Adams. Sure. Of course no one ever said someone couldn’t become a dirty player later in their career when they couldn’t hack their position.

  10. JustAGuy says: Dec 11, 2009 11:49 PM

    The NFL needs to make fines a percentage of their game check and double it for every subsequent fine during the season. The players’ accountants and wives would tell them what the consequences were and they’d change.

  11. MasterShake says: Dec 11, 2009 11:53 PM

    Any thoughts on which player gets the higher fine for being the bigger jackass?
    Chad Johnson $45,000 for another half-assed celebration? or
    Flozell $10,000 for being the dirty bastard he’s always been?
    Suspension for one or the other resides at 3 to 1 odds in Florioland.

  12. antneejay2 says: Dec 11, 2009 11:54 PM

    So Flo is basically saying that since tripping people and taking cheap shots is what he needs to do to be effective, it’s not dirty.
    That’s good news. Maybe I’ll go out and rob a bank. It won’t be illegal because I’m a bit low on cash.

  13. danlinker says: Dec 12, 2009 12:11 AM

    The “bait” articles are getting old.

  14. Romo With Game on Line says: Dec 12, 2009 12:14 AM

    He’s also white.

  15. Favre On HGH says: Dec 12, 2009 12:19 AM

    Mike Vick says he is sorry.
    Florio says he doesn’t wear a rug.
    Rosenthal says he is old enough to drink.
    Harvin denies smoking pot.
    Suggs denies smacking his ho.
    I could go on all day if you’d like, but I think you get the point.

  16. Favre On HGH says: Dec 12, 2009 12:21 AM

    How far away is he from breaking Rodney Harrison’s fine record?
    Rosenthal mentioned he was getting close but didn’t offer numbers.

  17. VoxVeritas says: Dec 12, 2009 12:27 AM

    A good offensive lineman protects his QB at any cost.

  18. PatricktheDookie says: Dec 12, 2009 12:29 AM

    The only thing I have against Flozell is that he’s an overrated fat lineman. Other than that, he’s great for Dallas.

  19. JayMan says: Dec 12, 2009 1:05 AM

    Florio… wake up! Or maybe turn off the comments need approval functionality. What’s the point of comments if you’re not going to moderate them but also not let them be live? One or the other brother! I want to argue with Vox! He’s going to tell me how tripping once your beat off the line is just good sportsmanship.
    Man, I can’t even waste the last few minutes of my friday night arguing about semantics! What a terrible world this is!
    Flozell sucks and plays dirty because that is the only way he’s effective. The play was still going as much as Different Strokes is still filming live right now.
    Does anyone seriously buy he thought the play was over? Even in real time it was completely obvious that half time was already in progress. It’s like when my 4 yr old tells me he was just turning off the wii to save electricity… he wasn’t picking up the remote to play it. Come on people!

  20. bspurloc says: Dec 12, 2009 1:05 AM

    Yeah cuz he doesn’t know tucks Number and he was too busy staring at Tucks ass…..
    fagzell that fat ass bitch…..
    Let me interview this fat ass sissy

  21. oyoy84 says: Dec 12, 2009 1:10 AM

    Steelers suck

  22. kejji says: Dec 12, 2009 1:14 AM

    thought the play was still going? you are not only the dirtiest player in the NFL, but the biggest liar as well.

  23. Lucky5927 says: Dec 12, 2009 1:21 AM

    “I’m not doing anything different than I’ve always done.
    I wouldn’t do anything deliberately to hurt another player or take anyone out.
    “At my position, I want to give some guys a few bumps here and there.
    As to the shove of Tuck at the end of the first half of Sunday’s game, Adams swears that he thought the play was still going, and that he didn’t know he was pushing Tuck.
    ____________________________________
    The following quotes demonstrate that Flozell is a complete idiot or thinks we are idiots. First of all, if you are doing the same thing you always have, then you have always been a lazy, dirty player. Secondly, sticking out your leg to purposely trip someone or pushing them in the back is not intentional? What in Blue Blazes is he talking about? Finally, how did he not realize he was pushing Tuck in the back when Tuck was facing away from Adams, he put his hands on Tuck’s back and extended his arms? I mean seriously, he felt the need to block a defenseless defensive player who was 50 yards away from the ball? Someone really needs to kick him in the balls for being retarded enough to make these statements and pray he doesn’t trip you after you do it.

  24. mr.kush says: Dec 12, 2009 1:26 AM

    big flozell claiming he aint dirty is like tiger woods claiming he doesn’t sleep with porn stars.

  25. hardtolikedabears says: Dec 12, 2009 1:48 AM

    Come on man!

  26. MrNatural says: Dec 12, 2009 2:15 AM

    Hotel is deaf in one ear. He doesn’t use that as an excuse, it’s just a fact. It affected his draft stock out of Michigan state.
    Look at the clip again. He really thought the play was going. Tuck really should quit crying because he has not done his job up to expectations this season. Not a good time to snivel.
    Adams is no Rodney Harrison or Hines Ward. Big guys never are. Not quick enough. Don’t have to be that cowardly.
    Leg whips are in every NFL game and will always get a flag the one out of 5 times they are detected.

  27. downsouth49er says: Dec 12, 2009 2:52 AM

    Yeah Flozell we know, you aren’t a dirty player, just a sorry a** one that can’t block the premier pass rushers in the league. Nothing will happen to this guy for the sole reason of Goodell being Jerry’s new found bytch, Tagliabue taught him well. No matter what the Cowgirls players, fans, coaches, or owner says or does, nothing makes me happier than when then fail to win it all. Anything else is just a load of crap.

  28. braindead says: Dec 12, 2009 3:06 AM

    These guys don’t even know what “dirty” is anymore. He probably doesn’t think that poking you in the eyes or stepping on your hands at the line is dirty either

  29. troll_aikman8 says: Dec 12, 2009 4:12 AM

    Don’t worry Tuck, Jared has your back.

  30. ChrisKreager says: Dec 12, 2009 4:51 AM

    Profootballtalk article comments go through the roof whenever Flozell is mentioned.

  31. faulkn22 says: Dec 12, 2009 5:20 AM

    I’m not a Cowboys fan at all, but for the most part, Flozell is just protecting his quarterback. If he’s beat on a play, he’s willing to look bad, take a penalty and or a fine, and do whats necessary to keep his quarterback on the field.
    It’s much better to take a penalty and keep your number 1 quarterback than it is to just get beat and be stuck with a backup.
    Hate to say it, but most of the negativity towards him is unwarranted.

  32. HAILSKINS says: Dec 12, 2009 5:45 AM

    “A good offensive lineman protects his QB at any cost”
    Even if it means being a dirty player.

  33. Jaydub says: Dec 12, 2009 6:56 AM

    Only a Turd fan would be ignorant enough to actually defend the fat slob and believe what he says
    I’m God. I swear.
    Bow down, bitches.

  34. Quagmire says: Dec 12, 2009 7:04 AM

    “Flozell says he’s not a dirty player”.
    He then went on to say that Mike Tyson was justified for biting off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear.

  35. Sock_Puppet says: Dec 12, 2009 7:06 AM

    Nice to see Vox defending the dirtbag. I wouldn’t expect anything less.

  36. Jim Naizeeum says: Dec 12, 2009 7:08 AM

    “I’m not doing anything different than I’ve always done.”
    Which is to be at the top of the list for being penalized my whole career.

  37. Terry says: Dec 12, 2009 7:28 AM

    Flozell says: “he’s not a dirty player”
    There you have it!

  38. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 12, 2009 8:02 AM

    “Any thoughts on which player gets the higher fine for being the bigger jackass?
    Chad Johnson $45,000 for another half-assed celebration? or
    Flozell $10,000 for being the dirty bastard he’s always been? ”
    _____________________________________
    way to totally make #### up.
    Tho Chads fine was too high, Flozell was fined 50,ooo
    and chad Johnson 30,000
    But by saying Chad’s was too high, I’m not defending him. He’s been told he will be fined and then he goes public saying he will do it again. The NFL doesn’t like to have their nose rubbed in it, so his next may well be 50,000. And he will deserve it.

  39. promin1 says: Dec 12, 2009 8:11 AM

    He didn’t know it was tuck??!! LOL. So I guess Flozell can’t read either. The huge white letters that read “TUCK” on the back of the jersey that was right in his face. That and after 12 years in the league he still doesn’t know that you can’t block someone in the back? Both of his excuses are as lame as the team he plays for.

  40. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 12, 2009 8:19 AM

    I still don’t see where all the crying is coming from. yes Flozell made an idiotic play and yes he makes a lot of them and costs his team dumb penalties. but a big guy shoving another big guy in the back, looking back on it, is a little..ehhhhh.
    Look at what guys like Tuck do to QB’s. they TRY to hit them on the blindside, in the back all the time. Yes, that’s their job and with the sissification of the game, I am glad they can. But they don’t need to be acting like they are all sensitive over the other guys health all of a sudden. ” Hell, when they hit a QB in the back, they get up and do a 10 minute show routine to make sure everyone got it.
    But all this crying over this play is pretty damn sissy, too. a big guy shoved another big guy in the back. The play is over, the fine is given.

  41. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Dec 12, 2009 8:19 AM

    “I’m not a Cowboys fan at all, but for the most part, Flozell is just protecting his quarterback. If he’s beat on a play, he’s willing to look bad, take a penalty and or a fine, and do whats necessary to keep his quarterback on the field.”
    Then the league needs a greater deterrent. Time for a suspension.

  42. Bigbluefan says: Dec 12, 2009 9:31 AM

    Hey Blowzel
    Your a lowlife scum bag and even though you took two cheap shots on Tuck this year we still own your ass
    The history of your new Jerry world will always bare the record that we won your first home game in Jerrys house of cards and unless you paint the walll Eli left his mark to prove it
    Its Dec so the Cowpies will fade off into the sunset that is this season

  43. mikeoxlong says: Dec 12, 2009 9:48 AM

    You have to laugh at how low this slobs IQ really is. He says he doesn’t play dirty and with the next sentence, he says he’s not going to stop blatantly tripping people.
    I do however believe he’s so stupid, he lacks the ability to see the hypocrisy of his words.

  44. brian_21 says: Dec 12, 2009 9:48 AM

    That looked like a difficult, hard-hitting interview.

  45. mikeoxlong says: Dec 12, 2009 9:51 AM

    You have to laugh at how low this slobs IQ really is. He says he doesn’t play dirty and with the next sentence, he says he’s not going to stop blatantly tripping people.
    I do however believe he’s so stupid, he lacks the ability to see the hypocrisy of his words.

  46. mikeoxlong says: Dec 12, 2009 9:53 AM

    You have to laugh at how low this slobs IQ really is. He says he doesn’t play dirty and with the next sentence, he says he’s not going to stop blatantly tripping people.
    I do however believe he’s so stupid, he lacks the ability to see the hypocrisy of his words.

  47. stanjam says: Dec 12, 2009 9:54 AM

    He won’t change.” No surprise there. When have you ever read a statement from a fined player saying they WERE going to change? Fines simply do not work. Many players even plan on them, and have funds set aside. If the NFL really cared about such things they would start suspending repeat offenders. They haven’t, and it would appear they will not. The punishment for dangerous things like the kinds of moves Flozell does are rated as bad as using a prop to celebrate your TD. Get it together NFL. Learn how to send a message that affects these guys. Fines don’t matter to millionaires. If I were being paid millions a year, I would probably drive faster, because the fines wouldn’t bother me. Threaten to take away my license, and I would be a good boy.
    And those of you who say you do whatever to protect your QB? Umm, no. You learn how to do your job effectively, and NOT get cheap in order to do it. Matt Light may be older, slower, and get beat by the better defenders in the league. Vollmer may have it over him in spades, but Light is quantum leaps better than Flozell, because he doesn’t start sticking his foot out to trip guys when he gets beat.

  48. Jaydub says: Dec 12, 2009 10:07 AM

    “Hell, when they hit a QB in the back, they get up and do a 10 minute show routine to make sure everyone got it.”
    —————————————
    Tuck was well outside the pocket and didn’t have the ball. If QB’s are gonna have an iron wall around them, why shouldn’t every other player? Tuck was hurt in week 2 because of this scumbag and hasn’t been 100% all year. Blowzell kicked Osi and tripped Peppers and was fined for both instances, and now he shoves a guy down from behind, and well after the play was over.
    4 fines, and I guarantee that he’s not yet finished with it this season. When fines aren’t hurting the player, you hurt the team by taking the player out of the lineup for a few games. Then we’ll see how quick it stops. No one is crying about it. Common f’n sense should tell you that yanking talent out of the lineup is far worse than fining a millionaire a few thousand bucks. If his replacement costs the team a game or 2, he’ll hear about it from his teammates, and that’ll be a message that his fat ass wont be able to write off as “not dirty”

  49. nationscapital10 says: Dec 12, 2009 11:01 AM

    People from New Jersey are trash and the team they cheer for is also.

  50. Brewster says: Dec 12, 2009 11:13 AM

    Forget Flozell for a moment.
    The underlying story here is not about Flozell and whether he’s a cheap shot artist, that’s already been decided.
    The story, which shouldn’t surprise most people except die-hard win at any cost Cowboys fans (and there are many Cowboys fans who think Flo is a dirty player), is that Jerry Jones and the Cowboys organization are using their resources to support & protect Flozell by giving him a forum to speak in a controlled friendly environment.
    If you want to place blame for the dirty play by some players in Dallas take it right to the top to Mr. Jerrah Jones. He allows it, he sanctions it, he protects it and he refuses to acknowledge it exists.

  51. BigDiceBuddha says: Dec 12, 2009 11:38 AM

    “A good offensive lineman protects his QB at any cost.”
    Even when his QB isn’t on the field, since it was a FG try when Flozell pushed Tuck in the back, after the play was over at the end of the half?

  52. howiseeit says: Dec 12, 2009 12:29 PM

    Flo rocks!

  53. Norseman says: Dec 12, 2009 1:07 PM

    Flozell ain’t a dirty player and my butt can whistle ‘Dixie’.

  54. ChrisKreager says: Dec 12, 2009 1:08 PM

    All these people that call Adams a slop and a lowlife- I guarantee that you guys wouldn’t be talking so big if you ever came face-to-face with him.
    You talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?

  55. dakotah says: Dec 12, 2009 2:05 PM

    Unfortunately, I think Adams is following the same career path as Erik Williams. Williams was a tackle for Dallas in the 90s, made the Pro Bowl a few times, but messed up his knee in a car accident. He was never the same after that, and resorted to dirty play the last year or two of his career. Hopefully, the Cowboys will be doing something about replacing Adams this offseason.

  56. Beezer says: Dec 12, 2009 2:59 PM

    “A good offensive lineman protects his QB at any cost.” Yeah where was Romo on that play? He was on the sidelines and Flozell pushed Tuck from behind and then has the audacity to lie about it and say he didn’t know it was Tuck. I guess he can’t read because he had Tuck’s name and number right in his face. Vox how old are you? Your posts are always irrational and pointless.

  57. Route36West says: Dec 12, 2009 3:55 PM

    I love Flozell b/c Im an Eagles fan and he always helps the Eagles out with all his dumb penalties. But come one even if he thought the play wasnt over(which he knew it was) he still Blocked him in the back. So no matter what he says he thought was going on he still knew what he was doing was wrong and he did it anyway.
    Now with the tripping thing its against the rules so he should get penalized for it. But I just dont see why its against the rules. How can it be any worse then a legal chop block. When you trip its just your leg cutting the player down not your whole body. The rule should be the same as a chop block you cant do it while a player is engaged otherwise its fine.

  58. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 12, 2009 5:10 PM

    “Hey Blowzel
    Your a lowlife scum bag and even though you took two cheap shots on Tuck this year we still own your ass”
    “WE” :D
    How many yards did you have in those games, again?

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