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Tuck defends himself against criticism

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The Giants haven’t been the same this year.  Coincidentally (or not), defensive end Justin Tuck hasn’t been the same.

But Tuck disagrees with those who say he’s winding down.

“Eli [Manning], he’s your main guy and he’s playing terrible,” NBC’s Rodney Harrison told the New York Times this week.  “On defense, Justin Tuck?  He’s on his last legs.”

Tuck’s response was less than inspired.

He would know,” Tuck said of Harrison, via the Newark Star-Ledger.  “He has been there before.  I really don’t . . . That’s his opinion.”

(Yes, Justin.  Any NFL player who played for nearly a generation and then retired would know how it feels to be on his last legs.  Which would make him sort of qualified to spot when it’s happening to someone else.)

Tuck had a strong game on Monday night against the Vikings, but the 30-year-old hasn’t been the same guy he once was.  Regardless of whether he’s on his last legs or merely grasping for a second wind, the Justin Tuck of 2013 doesn’t perform as well as the Justin Tuck of past years.

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  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 26, 2013 10:02 PM

    While most Giants fans know Tuck is on his last legs, I love the aside in parentheses, particularly from people who hate the Giants who are all too eager to remind those of us who watch all 65 defensive snaps per game of what we already know.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 26, 2013 10:03 PM

    You only need legs to finish a contract in the NFL, but not necessarily to sign a new juicy one!

  3. berniemadoffsides says: Oct 26, 2013 10:06 PM

    He’s been finished for 3 years.

  4. craniator says: Oct 26, 2013 10:13 PM

    Hey , I’ll take Justin Tuck on my team anytime , anywhere.
    Just based on the way he played in the Giants’ two Superbowl wins vs the Patriots (Rodney Harrison was with the Pats when N.Y. ended their bid for a perfect season in February , 2008) , he should receive a medal.

  5. bkeating51 says: Oct 26, 2013 11:46 PM

    “He’s been finished for 3 years.”

    Tell that to Tom Brady, who was sacked twice and hit three times by Tuck in the 2011 season Super Bowl.

  6. duncanthecat says: Oct 27, 2013 12:09 AM

    Dude should call it quits before he is shown the door.

  7. bigbosscrispy says: Oct 27, 2013 1:10 AM

    This only further cements the fact that Michael Strahan was one of the best DE’s ever, take him away and the d line can’t stop a nose bleed….

  8. DonRSD says: Oct 27, 2013 2:50 AM

    Tuck is done
    Thanks for the years, we won’t forget.

    -Giants Fans

  9. anygivenwednesday13 says: Oct 27, 2013 8:22 AM

    None of us past the age of 26-32 want to admit when we are past our physical prime.

  10. rahavort says: Oct 27, 2013 8:30 AM

    Stop talking Tuck and play football. By the way I’ll take a subway sandwich

  11. pixelito says: Oct 27, 2013 9:03 AM

    4 sacks in the last 23 games.

    He’s ready to sell subs full-time with Jared.

  12. ytsejamer1 says: Oct 27, 2013 9:19 AM

    I’m not sure it’s just Justin Tuck…the entire Giants team is playing an uninspired brand of football. Maybe because it’s not truly a do-or-die week…or late December when the Giants usually come out of their slumber to go on a run.

    It’s got to be frustrating to be a Giants fan…no consistency. From my perspective in the New England region…it’s so frustrating to see a team take half the year off before deciding to play to their potential…and derailing just about every other team along the way.

    I know the coaching is consistent, but the output certainly is not. Whether Tuck is on his last legs physically, I’m not really sure. He could be bored which at worst, makes him more amateur than professional.

  13. bigdan7885 says: Oct 27, 2013 11:55 AM

    He hasn’t been the same since Flozell Adams tripped him.

  14. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 27, 2013 5:49 PM

    Tuck balled out today, I’ll give him that.

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 27, 2013 5:50 PM

    Defense nine straight quarters of shut out football. Please stop commenting on this team if you don’t watch every snap.

  16. berniemadoffsides says: Oct 29, 2013 9:26 PM

    bkeating51 says:
    Oct 26, 2013 11:46 PM
    “He’s been finished for 3 years.”

    Tell that to Tom Brady, who was sacked twice and hit three times by Tuck in the 2011 season Super Bowl.

    ==========

    10.5 sacks since 2011.

    He was averaging that the previous 4 years… he’s finished.

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