Antonio Pierce slams Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs

AP

The Jets aren’t the only New York-area team hearing criticism from a Super Bowl-winning former member of the team.

Antonio Pierce had some harsh criticism of former teammates Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs for missing Sunday’s 36-25 loss to the Seahawks with injuries during an appearance with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic on ESPN Radio on Monday.

“To me, if you don’t have an injury that needs surgery or is that severe, you need to be out there,” Pierce said. “And I don’t really know and I don’t want to question guys, but if you’re one of the leaders on the team – which Brandon Jacobs and Justin Tuck are – and you say, ‘You know what? The Seattle Seahawks, maybe we don’t need to play this game’ and you miss out, that’s what’s going to bite you in the tail.”

Tuck has missed three of the five Giants games this year with neck and groin injuries and he indicated last week that he might sit out through the bye week to ensure he heals up enough to play the rest of the way. He also came out of the win over the Eagles because of an injury, which led to a similar slam from Michael Strahan during the game via Twitter. Jacobs has a sprained MCL.

Interestingly, Pierce chose to retire rather than have surgery to repair a bulging disk in his neck. He missed seven games during the 2009 season because of the injury, which, at the time, he insisted did not require surgery for him to get back on the field.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News got a response from Tuck.

“Tell Antonio he knows my cell phone number if he has anything to say to me about how I play the game.”

Trying to diagnose the level of an injury suffered by another person is a pretty silly game for those who never went to medical school to play. It’s easy to say that a player should just tough it out, but much harder to actually know the situation from a distance. We’ll never know what Pierce would have said if the Giants had won on Sunday, but it is a pretty good guess that he wouldn’t have been so sure that Tuck and Jacobs were doing something wrong by being on the sideline with injuries.

48 responses to “Antonio Pierce slams Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs

  1. Guy tears an ACL, gets carted off.
    In the Medical Room
    Antonio Pierce walks in, “Yo’ Why you quittin’ for!? Get back out there!”

    Dr: “You’re dumb antonio, get out of here.”

  2. As a Giants fan, I have to agree with Antonio Pierce. He is totally right and it seems like the Giants underestimated the Seahawks. Their defense was pathetic and lacks leadership. What I loved about Antonio Pierce was that he was a tremendous leader on the football field. The Giants lack this type of leader and at times the defense looks totally lost. How the hell do you allow Charlie Whitehurst and Tarvaris Jackson to throw all over you?!

  3. Well since the Oline decided they didn’t really feel like blocking dont know what Jacobs would have been able to do.
    Also without Tuck they still had 6 sacks and JPP is second in the league.

  4. This is only going to get worse before it gets better. The Bills will put up 40 on them and intercept Special Needs Manning 3 or 4 times. It could get ugly in Jersey.

  5. It’s bad enough for anyone to make such a stupid comment, but for a guy who sat out games without having surgery in the past? Sounds like someone who doesn’t think about what he’s saying.

  6. pierce is obviously dead wrong on this issue….but speaking of pierce, it would be nice to have a guy with his intensity on the giants D again. they have pretty good talent but not enough fire, save for maybe antran rolle.

  7. Justin Tuck was on the front-line supporting his teammates the best he could on Sunday– in shorts and a Giants Tee. If the man can’t go, he can’t go. Obviously, he does not want to sit on the sidelines.

    Antonio is a TV guy now and needs the attention. Questioning former teammates toughness is a lame way to do it.

  8. Pierce was way out of line and should apologize to both players, but at the same time, a bulging disk in the neck is an extremely serious condition that cannot be healed with surgery, especially if you play MLB in the NFL.

  9. God knows that if Tuck were cleared, or if it were in his best interests, and the team’s long term interests, for him to sit, he would have played if possible. Otherwise, he and the team are thinking long-term and sat.

    It didn’t matter that Jacobs didn’t play. Our offensive line is the worst in the league and it has been a VERY long time since I’ve been able to say that. Probably not at any point in my 28 years of watching the Giants.

    But the Giants have had this maddening tendency of playing down to their competition, and as such, no one could have been thinking, “Oh, we can take this week off, we don’t need to play in order to beat Seattle or Arizona, or even Buffalo”.

    Then they’ll turn around and beat the Patriots 34-24. Typical Giants.

  10. Yeah and if they start and aggravate their injuries then AP is bashing them and questioning why they were playing against the Seahawks when they have Buffalo next week.

    Give it a rest Tiki… I mean AP. I hope you’re happy, you got the attention you were seeking. Too bad it’s going to come back to bit you in the butt.

  11. I never comment on articles but just had to on this one. If you’re a Giants fan and know anything about this team, you don’t question Justin Tuck. The guy goes 100% every play, every game that he’s in there. This came down to a case of playing and risking aggravating an injury that would otherwise heal given the proper time. It was more important for the defense to get him back as close to healthy as possible then to put him in there for one game this early in the season.

  12. AP is one of my favorite Giants of all time, but I have to disagree with him here. Tuck’s played with a torn labrum before so his toughness need not be questioned. I’d rather have these guys sit out now and be ready to go for the stretch run.

  13. I tend to not like criticism like this because it’s impossible to feel someone’s phyiscal pain, but MAYBE Pierce knows from being on the Giants that one or both of these guys doesn’t fight through injuries.

    Or maybe Pierce works for ESPN…..

  14. There is nothing more idiotic than retired players sitting in the booth and criticizing severity of injury.

    Except maybe giving their opinions the time of day…

  15. Its the trainers, doctors, and coaches call.. Plus with all the acl tears this year I wouldnt risk streesing a sprained MCL and missing the season and hurting your career just to prove you are tough. Same with Tuck, I’ll take a few missed games and coming back 85% strength then playing at 70% aggravating it and being stuck there all season.

    Plues Osi, Pierre-Paul, Kiwinuka, and Tollefson (Sp I know) are all capable of filling in the void.

    Shut up Antonio. I dont understand how you could publicly bash an ex teammate and friend without even talking to them either.

  16. Makes sense.

    If an injury doesn’t require surgery you should keep playing until it does.

    Rest and healing? Come on. This is football. Not ladies golf.

  17. Justin Tuck is one of the few players who I will never second guess for sitting out a game. If Tuck could play he would play. It’s a neck injury, it’s a not like he slipped and cut himself on a bag from McDonald’s.

  18. Eli is 20-5 in October, and Giants basically never lost 2 in a row in October. Giants WILL NOT lose to the Bills. AP is 100% correct about this subject. You lead by example, a cheerleader is never a leader. Tuck needs to be out there, he’s good at stopping the run.

  19. ygkr85 says:
    Oct 10, 2011 5:08 PM
    Justin Tuck was on the front-line supporting his teammates the best he could on Sunday– in shorts and a Giants Tee. If the man can’t go, he can’t go. Obviously, he does not want to sit on the sidelines.

    Antonio is a TV guy now and needs the attention. Questioning former teammates toughness is a lame way to do it.

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    And assuming every guy in the NFL is super-tough and “would play if they physically could” is just as lame.

    Are we supposed to believe that every player in the NFL is tough as nails? Or just every Giants player?

    At face-value, most people would assume Tuck was really hurt, but that Jacobs is a wuss. Either way, nobody can prove it so your opinion is as worthless as Antonio’s

  20. For a player to comment on a player from another team about there injures is plan stupid, also for fans to run there mouth shows how stupid they are. The medical staff tell the team what is what with the player, saying if surgery is not call for they should be out there is stupid on stupid, however the modern social media just shows how stupid some of these players really are, I bet the smart players are embarrass by these fools, so what we have is ” there is no cure for stupid ” to bad they don’t understand when to know when it is not smart to run there mouth, perhaps there momma wouldn’t let them talk at home, or perhaps there coach has the same idea, keep them hidden, and use them only if they keep there trap shut. Bill p.s. Got to love free speech.

  21. Maybe Pierce is speaking to that animosity in the Giants locker room towards management. Good chance those feelings existed long before this year, Now that things aren’t so great, it’s not smelling too good. no deodorant.

  22. Antonio is acting just like Tiki did (and that worked out so well for Barber)…it’s bad form when you go out of your way to bash former teammates. It’s idiotic for anyone- especially a ex jock who, last time I checked, doesn’t have “M.D.” at the end of their name- to diagnose the severity of a player’s injury.
    Dumba##.

  23. Jacobs has always been soft. Little surprised at Tuck. Doesn’t matter anyway…this team will be vying for last place in the East this year.

  24. As a seahawks fan it would be really easy for me to say “Hah yeah the Giants didn’t take them seriously” so maybe the players sat out.

    However aside from the atlanta game, in which they played well for a half, the ‘hawks haven’t really given anyone a reason to think they are anything but a young team on the rebuild.

    I guess now the cat is out of the bag and people will begin viewing seattle as a dangerous team to overlook, but prior to this game I wouldn’t blame anyone for doing so, and I certainly don’t blame Tuck for taking the game to get healthy -against our O-line they still had success with 6 sacks.

    Fact of the matter is tuck and jacobs especially playing likely wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the game. it just wasn’t the giants day.

  25. This is an issue because they looked past Seattle to Buffalo. Maybe things would’ve been different with a full deck of players, but the fact remains that they probably should have beaten Seattle with or without them.

    Things always get blown out of proportion when teams lose games. Especially when they lose the ones they probably shouldn’t.

  26. But the Giants have had this maddening tendency of playing down to their competition, and as such, no one could have been thinking, “Oh, we can take this week off, we don’t need to play in order to beat Seattle or Arizona, or even Buffalo”.

    Then they’ll turn around and beat the Patriots 34-24. Typical Giants.

    **********************

    you are so correct with this, they will drive one nuts with this stuff. seemed totally unprepared yesterday, guess whose fault that is?

  27. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Oct 10, 2011 10:01 PM

    But the Giants have had this maddening tendency of playing down to their competition, and as such, no one could have been thinking, “Oh, we can take this week off, we don’t need to play in order to beat Seattle or Arizona, or even Buffalo”.

    Then they’ll turn around and beat the Patriots 34-24. Typical Giants.

    **********************

    you are so correct with this, they will drive one nuts with this stuff. seemed totally unprepared yesterday, guess whose fault that is?
    ————-

    Oh I know it. Been watching this same old story since 1994 (after never seeing them do this 1984-1993, growing up watching LT and Simms).

    Coughlin talks the game, but these guys seem to be on 53 different pages whenever we play losers like Seattle.

    Fewell paid lip service to stopping the run and it’s been awful since the win vs. STL.

    Pass defense wasn’t awful, but giving that slouch 8 for 150 or whatever it was, and the backbreaking TD was embarrassing on the part of Ross and Rolle. It’s like they’re making calls on the fly.

    DON’T GET ME STARTED ON KILLDRIVE.

  28. All of you supporting AP’s statement have obviously NEVER had a knee injury or neck injury. A sprained knee isn’t like a sprained finger. Your knee is super swollen, and hurts like hell. I’e torn ACL’s, meniscus, and sprained my knees. The sprain was just as swollen as when I tore my ACL.

  29. Trying to diagnose the level of an injury suffered by another person is a pretty silly game for those who never went to medical school to play.

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    This sentence is so much easier to understand if you take “to play” off of the end of the sentence and place it after “silly game”.

    Of course I might be playing a silly game since I never went to journalism school.

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