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Kevin Gilbride: Justin Smith gets away with murder

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The Giants have every reason to be worried about 49ers Justin Smith when formulating their game plan for Sunday and they’d like a little help from the officials to help keep him in check.

Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride had tons of praise for Smith’s game when speaking to reporters about the 49ers star. He tempered it with his feeling that Smith gets away with things that should be penalized, however.

“Smith is a beast on the inside,” Gilbride said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He’s strong, he does as good a job of grabbing a hold of offensive linemen and allowing those twists to take place. He never gets called for it, so he gets away with murder.”

Trying to work the officials through the media is a time-honored tradition in all sports so it’s not surprising to see Gilbride level this charge ahead of the matchup at Candlestick this weekend. Given how rarely defensive linemen are flagged for holding offensive linemen, it would be surprising to see the lobbying pay off in any calls but it’s worth a shot.

Smith has yet to record a sack this season, although the 49ers pass rush hasn’t lost much effectiveness as a result. If the Giants want to keep him at zero on the season, they’re probably going to have to do it by themselves.

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26 Responses to “Kevin Gilbride: Justin Smith gets away with murder”
  1. blacknole08 says: Oct 12, 2012 1:01 PM

    Kinda funny that this story caption follows the previous one about the Bears fan who was murdered.

  2. joetoronto says: Oct 12, 2012 1:02 PM

    Now 49er fans are gonna get their panties in a knot, even though Gilbride is actually complimenting him.

  3. trollhammer20 says: Oct 12, 2012 1:02 PM

    Used to be a DT on the Rams, can’t recall his name, who would do this all the time. Line up across from the guard, engage with the guard at the snap, but also reach out and grab the inside part of the OT’s shoulder pads to keep him from getting a block on the DE.

    Holmgren pointed this out to the officials before the game, much like Gilbride did (but less publicly), and got a critical defensive holding call when the guy tried to do it to Walter Jones on a third down play.

  4. citynative says: Oct 12, 2012 1:05 PM

    Maybe our OC should mention in the media how Victor Cruz had a strong tendency to push off on the DB to separate in slot. Don’t believe it? Watch the film of the NFCCG. Ironic when he ends up open on all of the read routes.

  5. gcsuk says: Oct 12, 2012 1:09 PM

    citynative says: Oct 12, 2012 1:05 PM

    Maybe our OC should mention in the media how Victor Cruz had a strong tendency to push off on the DB to separate in slot. Don’t believe it? Watch the film of the NFCCG. Ironic when he ends up open on all of the read routes.
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    Probably wouldn’t need to, as I’m sure that OPI gets called much more than holding on a DL. Officials are already on the lookout for OPI.

  6. vikesfansteve says: Oct 12, 2012 1:12 PM

    So does Ray Lewis. 3 times.

  7. bhop49 says: Oct 12, 2012 1:16 PM

    Sort of like OJ…

  8. myplayoffbeard says: Oct 12, 2012 1:18 PM

    no no no… Ray Lewis got away with murder…literally

  9. jibanez0810 says: Oct 12, 2012 1:18 PM

    The whole team gets away with murder. Didn’t you guys see now they murdered the Jets and Bills.

  10. profish13 says: Oct 12, 2012 1:21 PM

    I guess you can chalk this up to gamesmanship or whatever else, but I still dont like it. Let the better team win, not the coach who can manipulate the refs the best.

  11. b7p19 says: Oct 12, 2012 1:22 PM

    Is it just me, or have the Giants been complaining a lot this week? “Nobody thinks we can win!!” “The 49ers cheat!!” Ugh, I would make fun of the fact that they’re gonna go 9-7 this year, but that would backfire on me cause they would end winning the Super Bowl again…

  12. nashwaakkidd says: Oct 12, 2012 1:24 PM

    you have him confused with ray lewis,

  13. arlingtonassasin says: Oct 12, 2012 1:37 PM

    citynative says:
    Oct 12, 2012 1:05 PM
    Maybe our OC should mention in the media how Victor Cruz had a strong tendency to push off on the DB to separate in slot. Don’t believe it? Watch the film of the NFCCG. Ironic when he ends up open on all of the read routes.
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    Or alternatively, Cruz is the best slot guy in the league. And your comment is bush league

  14. elifan4life says: Oct 12, 2012 1:37 PM

    Hey city native go look at the Giants – Bucs game and tell me how many times Cruz was mugged in that game?

  15. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Oct 12, 2012 1:40 PM

    these little giants need to man up they seem scared. THESE NINERS will destroy u this year!

  16. SOBEIT says: Oct 12, 2012 1:49 PM

    arlingtonassasin says:
    Oct 12, 2012 1:37 PM
    citynative says:
    Oct 12, 2012 1:05 PM
    Maybe our OC should mention in the media how Victor Cruz had a strong tendency to push off on the DB to separate in slot. Don’t believe it? Watch the film of the NFCCG. Ironic when he ends up open on all of the read routes.
    ————————————-
    Or alternatively, Cruz is the best slot guy in the league. And your comment is bush league
    _______________
    Or alternatively, Smith is one of the best DL in the league. And therefore your comment and Gilbride’s (by your standard) are Bush League!

  17. sandwiches4ever says: Oct 12, 2012 1:50 PM

    It’s all gamesmanship until the whistle blows. I wish Gilbride would knock off the whiny bit, but hey, if he thinks it’ll help…

  18. kpf1981 says: Oct 12, 2012 1:59 PM

    good thing he didn’t say “get’s away with gator cart” or the league would be coming down on him…

  19. sixjak says: Oct 12, 2012 1:59 PM

    Meh, JS gets held more than he “gets away with murder”. Watch the film. Smith is getting double-triple teamed every game. I doubt he even gives a rip because Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks are getting sacks and they are winning.

    Since the MINN wake up call, opponents have scored 3 points on them. I think that matters more to him. Obviously the Giants are NOT the Jets or the Bills and Sunday’s game should be a good game. NY comes into SF a bit nicked up so that certainly gives an advantage to SF along with it being at home. OTOH, NY has PM and salsa cabana boy so anything can happen.

  20. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 12, 2012 2:03 PM

    Classic Raven’s tactic of cry your eyes out to the officials and press before a game and create an environment where a good player on the opposing team comes under a microscope.

    It works but its so classless and more like something a small child would do tattling on somebody that they think is going to show them up.

  21. lovefootball4life says: Oct 12, 2012 2:22 PM

    You really need to change the title of this article.

  22. emfsocial78 says: Oct 12, 2012 3:53 PM

    citynative says: Oct 12, 2012 1:05 PM

    Maybe our OC should mention in the media how Victor Cruz had a strong tendency to push off on the DB to separate in slot. Don’t believe it? Watch the film of the NFCCG. Ironic when he ends up open on all of the read routes.
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    Sorry but contact is allowed both ways within the first 5 yards. Nice try – keeping on hating. We still the champs!

  23. mpm4 says: Oct 12, 2012 4:41 PM

    Kevin Gilbride you mad?

  24. newkirk850 says: Oct 12, 2012 4:42 PM

    I thought they were the defending champs. I guess I was wrong with all the crying the coaches have been doing all week. Just shut up and do your job. You sound like a 15 year old girl having a fit!

  25. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 12, 2012 6:17 PM

    Nah, he’s good. Always has been. Not sure what Cincinnati was thinking in letting him go a few years back.

    But their offensive LINE gets away with murder, never getting called for holding. Especially Staley and Davis.

  26. discosucs2005 says: Oct 12, 2012 10:49 PM

    How can a team that just won the Super Bowl complain so much?

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