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Nicks, Cruz think the Steelers defensive backs get away with holding

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Wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks got the memo about using the media as a venue to plead for holding calls in advance of games, but someone with the Giants needs to work with them on their phrasing.

Unlike offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and defensive end Justin Tuck, Nicks and Cruz forgot to accuse Steelers defensive backs of getting away with murder when they went public with their feelings that the Steelers hold opposing receivers without penalty from the officials. Nicks said cornerback Ike Taylor was the main culprit in a secondary that grabs “a lot” and Cruz said he expects to be held on every play.

“It’s pretty blatant how they do it,” Cruz said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “Some of it’s not being called, and some of it is, so we just have to be prepared to fight through it no matter what happens. And no matter what the down and distance is, expect to be held, expect to be grabbed and just continue to fight.”

Tuck said earlier this week that the Steelers offensive line was getting away with murder by frequently holding defensive players. Gilbride elicited a rather dramatic reaction from 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh when he used the same phrase to call attention to the San Francisco defensive line a few weeks ago.

The Steelers are allowing the fewest passing yards per game of any team in the league thus far. They’ve also been penalized seven times per game, more than all but seven teams in the league, and they have been called for defensive holding nine times. That’s the most of any team in the league and the Giants would obviously like to see them add to their lead in that category this Sunday.

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45 Responses to “Nicks, Cruz think the Steelers defensive backs get away with holding”
  1. FinFan68 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:26 AM

    Maybe the Giants will start the game with a 15 yard penalty for excessive whining.

  2. schweb08 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:27 AM

    So sick the giants boo hooing, hope they get smashed and back their old ways and choke down the stretch!

  3. mitchitized says: Nov 4, 2012 8:30 AM

    Enough crying all ready, shut up and pay the game!

    Go ahead and mod me down if you want, the constant crying to the refs is an embarrassment to the sport and the league.

    Be a man and do your talking on the field. Who do you think you are, Barcelona?

  4. steelhammer92 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:31 AM

    What a whiny bunch of babies. The Steelers had to alter their entire travel plans for this game, have their two best RBs out, star safety out, best LB has a bad hamstring; yet it’s the Giants continuously bickering and moaning. Shut up and play.

  5. vikescry1 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:33 AM

    where r all the giants fans who keep talking about other teams players r talking to much??? i respect the giants they have a good team, but it sounds like rex ryan has been running this team for about a year or so. just saying

  6. leigh1118 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:34 AM

    There is nothing worse than a team complaining. just play the damn game.

  7. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:35 AM

    Everybody thinks they’re Phil Jackson lately.

  8. steelersownyou says: Nov 4, 2012 8:35 AM

    My god. I used to respect the giants but after all this crying.. I can’t stand them. Bunch of babies. Can’t wait to smash these babies! Make sure you crying giants fans are here after the game. I will love to taste your sweet tears of bitterness!!!

  9. jerrygray721 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:41 AM

    i know i’ll piss off some pat fans here but i think new england’s o-line gets away with holding more than any other players in the league

  10. mazblast says: Nov 4, 2012 8:44 AM

    Way to try to work the officials. This is the sort of thing that should draw fines from the league, not what color shoes people wear or backing into the end zone.

    Of course, there won’t be any fines. They play for the Giants, the blind spot on the radar of The Great Roger Goodell Live And In Person.

  11. stoney18 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:44 AM

    Please Giants … don’t try to win the “Whiner Bowl trophy.” That belongs to the same Steelers you are crying about. Play the game! However, I must give credit to San Diego as runner-ups in the Whiner Bowl. Hopefully, Coach Coughlin will in private tell you to play the game. I’m sure he’s embarrassed by public whining by anyone (are you listening, too, Kevin?) on the Giants. Let your play do the talking on the field today against the Pittsburgh Whiners.

  12. sru1999 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:46 AM

    It appears to me that the Giants are trying to establish their excuses on why they can’t beat the Steelers this afternoon.

  13. reiriza says: Nov 4, 2012 8:46 AM

    LOL. I’m a die hard Giants fan and all I can do is laugh now, every week it’s something new, but idc. I hope this tactic works lol.

  14. wherezwaldo says: Nov 4, 2012 8:49 AM

    Crying yet again. And this is suppose to be a team on champions?

  15. nickster31 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:50 AM

    As a Steelers fan, I actually liked the Giants as my NFC team for years.

    I was willing to pass on the Gilbride thing with the 49ers, thinking that maybe he just improperly answered a question from the media, and they mixed up his words.

    Then with Tuck, and now their WR’s? Are you kidding me?

    Holding happens on EVERY SINGLE PLAY! EVERY ONE! For them to complain the way they are, this is seriously the most pathetic display of sportsmanship I have EVER seen.

    From this point forward, I will NEVER cheer for the Giants again, not even when they play the Ravens (I simply won’t watch).

    Caughlin needs to teach his men how to be men instead of whining, crying, second grade girl acting female dogs.

    This is TRULY pathetic, ESPECIALLY coming from the defending Super Bowl Champions.

  16. eric12401 says: Nov 4, 2012 8:59 AM

    I said this in the Tuck post… as a Giants fan, this is getting ridiculous. The Jets are being more quiet than the Giants are, and that’s pathetic. Shut up and play the game, the refs will call what they see.

  17. nflgreedleague says: Nov 4, 2012 9:01 AM

    The giants are just speaking about what they are seeing on tape. Granted they should just shut up and play but the league and the refs should be reveiwing the same game tape and making corrections, shouldn’t they? The bottom line is often times the replacement refs were calling much more of these offenses but the regular refs don’t won’t to slow down the game so they let alot of it go. So it pays for team to basically cheat on every single play knowing that the refs aren’t going to call it everytime. And I’m sure this goes well beyond the Steelers, I’m sure many teams in the league employ the same strategy, yes even the giants. I know the jets DB do and the Pats OL work this policy to death. So now I’ve pissed of 4 team’s fans ha ha!

  18. ccoolahan14 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:08 AM

    Been saying Steelers games have been rigged for years and every year we get more evidence. The Giants are 100% right. I guess it’s merely a coincidence that the Steelers went 1-2 with the replacements before getting “their refs” back and suddenly “going on a roll.” Anyone who has watched this team could have seen it coming.

  19. grod116 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:09 AM

    I’m also a Giant fan and I can’t stand the talk. During the Dallas game last week Cruz was looking for a flag after every play he didn’t make a catch. It’s lame. I’d certainly expect more then complaining out of Tuck, he’s usually one of the classiest and straightforward players in the NFL. The Giants had a slogan “Talk is cheap, play the game”, now go do it GMen.

  20. steelcurtainn says: Nov 4, 2012 9:18 AM

    You wanna see holding watch the steelers lbs, they get held every game and don’t get calls. What a bunch of giant whiners……. The offensive line is accused of holding and now its the secondary too. Who will be accused next, the kicker????Cmon on man!!! Quit crying before the game starts.

  21. pixelito says: Nov 4, 2012 9:20 AM

    This is why all we do is win Superbowls and all you do is talk about the NY Giants.

    Shut up and play? LOL!

  22. tommyribs says: Nov 4, 2012 9:21 AM

    The Steelers do get away with Murder, and it is no secret they get almost EVERY call. I have never, ever seen a Steelers game that was called down the middle, ever.

    That being said, the GIANTS have to go out and put a 35-spot on the Steelers.

    Start by lining up Cruz or Nicks against Ike Taylor on EVERY play. Ike Taylor cannot cover and he is a penalty machine.

  23. discosucs2005 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:38 AM

    “This is why all we do is win Superbowls and all you do is talk about the NY Giants.”

    Really? You’re telling Steeler fans about how all your team does is win Super Bowls?

    I hate to break it to you but the Steelers have more than anyone else, and the Giants aren’t even in second place. You’re tied for 4th behind the 49ers and the Cowboys as well.

    Your team has won a couple lately, but this year all you seem to do is whine.

    “Been saying Steelers games have been rigged for years and every year we get more evidence.”

    Evidence like the Steelers leading the league in penalties against, with the rule in question?

    Do you how annoying it is for me to have to defend the Steelers as a 49er fan? This whining and conspiracy theorizing have put me in an unfortunate and awkward position.

    Hopefully the Giants players and coaches quit their complaining for a while, and Giant fans can at least make their trash talk make sense.

  24. ripster65 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:44 AM

    Nice. This is now part of pre-game strategy…to call your next opponents cheaters. C’mon, MAN! You guys won the Super Bowl and the odds are probably not too bad that you’ll make it back soon. Just Shut up and play!

  25. billhicks666 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:57 AM

    steelersownyou says:

    “My god. I used to respect the giants but after all this crying.. I can’t stand them. Bunch of babies. Can’t wait to smash these babies! Make sure you crying giants fans are here after the game. I will love to taste your sweet tears of bitterness!!!”

    And if the Giants beat the Steelers, will you be here after the game? Didn’t think so.

  26. csilojohnson says: Nov 4, 2012 10:04 AM

    Ok its official! The Giants have taken the Saints crown for whining. Wahhhhhh wahhhhhhh wahhhhhh is all I hear. Wait maby my nieghbor is listening to dub step. Nope Giants are crying again…

  27. ceschatz says: Nov 4, 2012 10:14 AM

    as if they don’t get lucky enough, now they wanna whine and cry about penalties before they even play the game?

  28. burgh1979 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:16 AM

    What a bunch of little crybabies the Giants are, quit your whining and play some football.

  29. csilojohnson says: Nov 4, 2012 10:19 AM

    tommyribs.. You have obviously never watched a Steelers game. Even your comment contradicts itself. Keep hating

  30. playbookofeli says: Nov 4, 2012 10:27 AM

    Disco is upset that the giants own his 49ers. Oh wait no, the 9ers beat themselves, right?

  31. wabster says: Nov 4, 2012 10:28 AM

    OMG are they related to the Harbaugh brothers

  32. sweetwillie66 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:30 AM

    What gives with all the moaning?

  33. steelcitychick2 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:31 AM

    From G-Men to G-Babies.

  34. deathonwings410 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:46 AM

    they’re right.

  35. bigblueny88 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:48 AM

    Hey Steeler Fans, Welcome to NY!!!!! Where the media blows up every little comment. Honestly, every team talks about holdings, penalties, and how they get away with things. It’s NY….the media blows it up to get you trolls to overact…. any other place just gets ignored. Once again Welcome to NY… home of the Champion NY Football Giants!!!

  36. hatch74 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:48 AM

    3rd times a charm posting.

    Re-read the article.

  37. steelcitychick2 says: Nov 4, 2012 11:06 AM

    They’re only trying to get the refs on their side. How embarrassing considering you’re defending World Champions. Just shut up and play the Game!

  38. xmenot12 says: Nov 4, 2012 11:13 AM

    I thought the 40whiners were bad for the crying! He shouldn’t salsa today maybe he should moon walk! so he can’t be held

  39. justintuckrule says: Nov 4, 2012 11:30 AM

    I’ll be back here to see steelers fans add to the list of teams that say they beat themselves

  40. bluejunco says: Nov 4, 2012 11:34 AM

    Wow. I can’t believe they are complaining. Just focus on playing the game and stop all this whining.

  41. jarvis1104 says: Nov 4, 2012 11:39 AM

    Whats the point in constantly talking about guys getting away with penalties? Every player gets away with a few a game. Veterans know how to get away with it. Tony Gonzalez pushes off on a lot of in-zone tds. Penalties that don’t get called basically never happened. Do the Giants expect the refs to pay extra attention because of all the comments?

  42. jaymc1988 says: Nov 4, 2012 12:30 PM

    dear giants players and coaches (and rest of the nfl) shut up, stop complaining thru the media what the other team does illegially so refs will pay more attention and play ball..-giants fan

  43. stillers35 says: Nov 4, 2012 1:45 PM

    steelhammer- have to disagree with u saying our best LB has a bad hamstring. Woodley is our 4th best starting LB and he has hamstring issues because he’s overweight. He’s the most overrated Steeler since Jason Gildon

  44. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 4, 2012 3:42 PM

    They’re speaking facts. Something that Post-2005 Steeler fans are loathe to adhere to.

  45. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 5, 2012 4:24 AM

    Well, boys, who exactly got away with “murder” from the referees after Sunday? Guess all your whining reached the ears of the refs. And yet you STILL couldn’t win despite all the bad calls that went your way.

    Time to replace that salsa music they play for Cruz with a loud recording of a baby crying.

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