Justin Tuck: Steelers get away with murder

AP

For the second time in three weeks, a member of the Giants is saying an upcoming opponent gets away with murder.

Before the Giants played the 49ers, New York offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said San Francisco defensive end Justin Smith gets away with murder. And now Giants defensive end Justin Tuck is saying the same thing about Sunday’s opponents, the Steelers.

I hope we get some holding calls because they have gotten away with murder,” Tuck told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “They’ve done a very good job protecting Ben — they don’t hold on every play. But we’ve seen a whole lot of it.”

It’s probably safe to say Steelers coach Mike Tomlin won’t respond quite as harshly as 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh did to the previous “getting away with murder” accusation. But the Steelers’ offensive linemen may have something to say to Tuck on Sunday.

104 responses to “Justin Tuck: Steelers get away with murder

  1. If their o-line is cheating, they’re not doing a very good job of it.

    They do as good a job of protecting Ben and opening holes for the RBs as the Giants do of sounding like grown men who are past preschool

  2. I have a great deal of respect for the NY Giants organization but, geez, stop whining. You wanna see holding? Watch James Harrison try to get around the edge.

  3. Diehard NYG fan, but Tuck shouldn’t be talking at all – he’s had one heck of a lackluster season thus far.

  4. It’s obvious they are trying to influence officiating. The Giants are really good team and I don’t understand why they need those underhanded methods to win.

  5. Hahaha crybabies! Boo hoo big bad steelers are too tough mommy.. If you guys dont stop playing so physical im gonna take my ball and go home! Pathetic!

  6. Watch the Redskins game if you want to see how
    the refs looked the other way on numerous infractions.

    Incredible that they were only called for two penalties.

  7. This bit is getting a little old. Don’t get me wrong it’s great gamesmanship – referees read the media as much as others. But it is getting a little tired.

    Seems like before any big game (or not so big game) teams are saying that “we saw x-player or x-unit on tape getting away with x-transgression”. Lets just line up an play football.

  8. I smell an upcoming article about the giants getting away with murder while accusing others of the same thing…. Michael, don’t you dare…

  9. As a Giants fan… this is starting to get quite annoying, and they’re becoming the Jets with the way they talk everyday. Just shut up and play the game.

  10. For the love of God…

    I’ve been a Giants fan all my life, and I love this team, but why……WHY aren’t they capable of keeping their mouths shut? Note to Giants players: Listen to your coach, because he’s right.

    “Talk is cheap. Play the game.”

  11. Subway sandwich-eating crybaby. He’s already worrying about how he will get dominated by the Steeler OL.

  12. Begging for holding calls before the game. That’s just the attitude I like my tough d-line to have.

  13. holeinone09 says:
    Nov 2, 2012 8:06 AM
    Subway sandwich-eating crybaby. He’s already worrying about how he will get dominated by the Steeler OL.
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    Dude… NOBODY gets dominated by the Steelers O Line. The ONLY reason they look remotely decent is because of Haley’s dink and dunk scheme. Ben doesn’t hold onto the ball for more than 2 seconds on any play this year, meaning nobody gets time to get into the backfield. It’s only a matter of time until teams realize the best way to beat this scheme is to jam at the line, protection will break down and so will Ben.

    But like I said yesterday on the week 9 picks- the Steelers haven’t played a fron 7 like the G-Men yet. I’ll be back Monday with “I told you so.”

  14. As crazy as Harbaugh often is, he was right in his assessment. This is another obvious attempt to influence the officials prior to the game. That seems to be becoming a trend this year as that is twice for NYG and the NYJ did it prior to the Pats game. Maybe it’s a NY thing to go to the media rather than talk to the refs before the game like the rest of the teams no doubt do.

  15. I am sick and tired of hearing this from fans now I have to put up with hearing it from the players. In keeping with this web site lets have some legal proof of your point or please just shut up and play the game!!!

  16. This team is so talented….why do they play this passive-aggressive game in the media basically begging the refs for calls?

  17. Seriously, whatever happened to doing your talking on the field with your quality of play? I had nothing but respect for the Giants D approaching this game, but now I’m starting to have second thoughts.

  18. The Steelers have been preaching cheating to their players since the 70’s, everyone knows it….get over it Tuck

  19. If the Steelers o-line is cheating, they don’t do a very good job of it.

    They do as good a job of protecting Ben and opening holes for the RBs as the Giants do of acting like grown men who are past preschool.

  20. There goes the Giants, trying to get to their opponents head and create controversy. I’m not surprised, they did a lot of talking and they win a Super Bowl…I guess the more you talk and make accusation the higher the probability you get calls your way.

  21. You should have watched the Jags play the Packers. Its almost like the refs felt like they needed to help the Packers. We’re use to it by now, after 10 years of Payton Manning.

  22. I’ve been a giants fan all my life. Born during the second super bowl run, had my immune system reset during the 3rd and had my daughter during the 4th and even I want the giants to shut up and just play. It’s getting annoying how much they talk. I used o love that they didn’t talk to much but now they act like the pats or packers and its sad because we are not usually like that. I just hope eventually they just shut up and play.

    P.s. saints fans, tell your team to do the same, maybe they could win a game and we wouldn’t have to hear about bounty gate. Win win

  23. Giants and their fans constantly tell everyone how theyre team doesn’t talk smack, how theyre the model franchise, everyone disrespects them and pays them no respect, etc.

    Reality: They do all the talking. They disrespect everyone else. Say what you want about the patriots, colts, whoever. They won with class. No youtube videos of a bunch of grown men acting like toddlers stamping around singing how they have rings. No talking about how great they were.

  24. To be honest, this bit is getting a little tired – and its not just the Giants. It seems most of the league tries to use the press to get some gamesmanship and attention. While the Giants happen to be guilty of it lately, they’re not alone. My Steelers have done it in the past as well – as have the Ravens, Jets, Pats, Cards, and 9ers (to name a few instances that I remember).

    Line up and play the game. The refs will sort out the rest.

  25. The Giants sure love to call out their opponents for penalties. Have they seen what they get away with? In the game against Dallas Dez Bryant was sexually assaulted on a deep ball and it didn’t get called. Chris Snee holds 75% of the time and gets away with it. Osi Umenyiora isn’t good anymore so all he can do is hold. The Giants truly get away with murder, but Goodell is a Giants fan (Google it: Roger Goodell literally grew up a Giants fan), so they get away with whatever they want.

  26. Tuck is right. I’ve watched a few Steelers games this year, and their O line holds more than any other I’ve seen in quite a while but flags are rarely thrown.

  27. Call the Giants what you want but be sure to include”world champions”…thanks

    Eli is going to carve up the Steelers weak defense.

  28. Some players and teams need motivation and drama like this to get ready for a big game. As a Steelers fan, I think it will probably work.

  29. Yeah right! SB 42. That freakin’ helmet catch, Mr. Eli Manning was given all of 6 seconds (go check the replay & time it) after two patriot defenders had reached him and he still needed a bloody miracle with the pass. And Tuck talks about bias. SMH

    Goodell (a NY Jet employee) couldn’t stand the Patriots winning when he had fined them for something everybody did, much less win with perfection.

    The NY teams have absolutely been molly coddled by this commissioner. It’s not just the cowboys, redskins even non-conference teams like steelers et al. have been complaining.

  30. The Giants are turning into the Jets.

    Interesting stat – the Giants have been 6-2 under Eli four times prior to this season.

    They’ve fallen to 6-3 every single time.

  31. The elite pass rushers in the league get held consistently on just about every snap.

    The difference is, Tuck’s the only one crying about it publicly every week.

  32. The Giants are so upset about this I’m sure we’ll see a couple of defenders fall to the ground in agony during a key drive by the Steelers. It happens every game.

  33. The jets set a precedent two weeks ago that complaining about the refs will get you better calls. I think we’re going to see a lot more of this stuff from now on.

  34. marima07 says:
    Nov 2, 2012 10:24 AM
    The Giants are so upset about this I’m sure we’ll see a couple of defenders fall to the ground in agony during a key drive by the Steelers. It happens every game.
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    Much like say… Sanders running onto the field for a play where they did not have the correct personel on the field then immediately falling to the ground, forcing an injury TO to save them from using an actual TO, then struts back on the field the next play without any sign of inury at all?

    Hello Pot? Yea, it’s me. Kettle.

  35. I guess tuck hasn’t actually watched any steelers game tape this year. His HGH induced forehead is obstructing his view. The steelers are top 5 in penalties in NFL??

  36. @vincentbojackson

    Actually Justin Tuck is not an elite pass rusher. He’s trying to become an elite spokesman.

  37. As the great Greg Lloyd would say to an opposing player:

    “I don’t feel effing sorry for ya. Just line up and play football!”

  38. Everyone knows the NFL and their officials protect the Steelers. We finally had a referee admit last year that he all but gave the Steelers a Super Bowl. The Seahawks won that game!!!

  39. Tuck is spot on, Steelers are a joke. After this week, they will be a .500 team again, pathetic. Enjoy steeler nation.

  40. lennylyles says:
    Nov 2, 2012 11:29 AM
    Everyone knows the NFL and their officials protect the Steelers. We finally had a referee admit last year that he all but gave the Steelers a Super Bowl. The Seahawks won that game!!!
    —————-
    You can’t cry about refs anymore after they handed you a win against the Packers. You can however enjoy watching the Hawks’ undefeated season play out on the HD TV in Pete Carroll’s head.

  41. After watching half a season it’s obvious that every team is getting away with murder. Every week, game in and game out, I see blatant holds and pass interference penalties NOT being called. What’s up with the refs, are they afraid to make calls since they came back?

  42. Apparently the Giants don’t think they can win a game on the merits of their play, so they try to jack up the officials ahead of time in hopes they’ll throw a few extra flags in their favor. Well, that’s one way to tip the scales, Tuck.

  43. there is no doubt about that the steelers o-line not only holds , but actually pulls d-lineman to the ground, and never get called. They have been getting away with it for a good 4 -5 years right now.
    Prior the most obvious guy on every play was Kemoeatu. Refs have to much impacts on the game..

  44. There’s a reson why Ben has so much time to throw, sometimes the o-line brings guys to the ground and it’s never called. They hook, hold and pull guys down with the best of them, just everyone else gets called for it and they don’t….they’re gonna miss the playoffs anyway, hope the Giants roll em

  45. When did the Giants become such a bunch of whiny batches? Between Tuck and Gilbride they could start a girl-scout troop. Maybe they should go watch tape of “Clutch-and-Grab” Snee dancing with his opponent, and then complain to the league about HIM too.

    Whine on girls!

  46. Nice job Tuckster…you’re little media grenade is working to perfection! Already 100+ comments. I’m sure the refs will take notice that where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

  47. This just in: Tom Brady has been traded to the NYG. He’s not playing QB, he’s backing up Jason Tuck.

  48. Gettin pretty tired of the Giants whining every week about respect, game clock, refs, opponents, etc.

    They got away with murder vs. the Redskins when the refs took 11 points off the board on horrible calls.

    Ask the 49ers if they got away with murder last year when the Bradshaw “non-fumble” kept the Giants from losing the NFC champ.

    You know what really is murder? Having your team owner be the head of a competition committee that docks a division rival $18M cause they didn’t engage in collusion and DIDN’T break any rules (as the NFL openly admitted).

    Would love to see how the Giants looked $18M short this year and couldn’t pay these salaries:

    Eli $1.75M
    Tuck $3.2M
    Osi $2.5M
    JPP $1M
    Cruz $500K
    Bradshaw $3M
    Bennett $2.5M
    Prince $750K
    Blackburn $1M
    Nicks $750K
    Kiwi $1M

    That’s how it goes when you’re the league’s pet.

  49. Woodley and Dwyer out for Sunday. Pittsburgh’s chances of victory just evaporated.

  50. I’m actually surprised that no one from an opposing team hasn’t complained about Roethlisberger throwing passes after he’s beyond the line of scrimmage.
    I’ve seen Roethlisberger give “extending plays” a whole new meaning at least twice this season. Those “long extentions” really come handy when converting third-and-longs. Roethlisberger is the best in the league at it…

  51. lennylyles says:Nov 2, 2012 11:29 AM

    Everyone knows the NFL and their officials protect the Steelers. We finally had a referee admit last year that he all but gave the Steelers a Super Bowl. The Seahawks won that game!!!

    From a Ravens fan. This argument is so, so old. If Seattle would have won they would have the trophy. Grow up.

    Also – ravenator says:Nov 2, 2012 11:30 AM

    Tuck is spot on, Steelers are a joke. After this week, they will be a .500 team again, pathetic. Enjoy steeler nation.

    From a die hard fellow Ravens Fan. Just shut up already with the Steelers are this and that. What are you 5 years old!

    I may not like the Steelers, but as a Ravens fan if you can’t respect them, then you are not a true football fan. We are who we are as an organization because of the Steelers. We had to match them in talent and intensity or we would be down with the Browns and Bengals! For that I thank the Steelers and the Rooneys.

  52. Prediction: there will not be any penalties in this game.. both of these teams get away with holding , pushing off, constantly. They both are the Cowboys of the 90s.

  53. @mostlombardisintheleague – clearly you don’t pay attention to the NFC. The Giants always make no-name RBs look like Walter Payton.

  54. tillihawk says: Nov 2, 2012 2:55 PM

    Prediction: there will not be any penalties in this game.. both of these teams get away with holding , pushing off, constantly. They both are the Cowboys of the 90s.
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    I’ll tease that with about 5 points and put $1,500 on that not hitting. 2-3 Giants drives PER GAME are stalled because of a holding call on William Beatty.

    Nice try.

    The Steelers are among the leaders, along with New England, New Orleans, San Francisco and Dallas with getting away with offensive line holding.

  55. Somebody said it above, and it’s true. We’ve been watching James Harrison get mugged for years — the holding is a joke. Yet you never once heard Harrison whine in public about it. Take a lesson in manhood, Tuck.

  56. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 2, 2012 6:07 PM

    Somebody said it above, and it’s true. We’ve been watching James Harrison get mugged for years — the holding is a joke. Yet you never once heard Harrison whine in public about it. Take a lesson in manhood, Tuck.
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    Because he would immediately get raked over the coals for his dirty play, Harrison.

    And Tuck wasn’t whining, he was answering a LEADING QUESTION about the assertion from a beat writer. Tuck doesn’t whine, boys.

  57. When the Giants tell the media that you get away with murder it’s code for the Giants are going to murder you.

  58. Every fan of every other team always agrees that the Steelers get more calls an non-calls that it is unbelievable. They literally had a Superbowl handed to them.

    I still think the GIANTS win, and unfortunately I cannot watch this game, due to business travel tomorrow, but I am sure it will not be called fair and down the middle.

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