"Maybe we should make T-shirts and start branding this, you know?" Falcons left tackle Will Svitek told reporters Wednesday. "We could make a profit in the New York market. It's an opportunity."
The Falcons are somewhat used to the perception that they are what Tuck suggested some may call them. They've been called out throughout this season by the Packers' B.J. Raji and the Lions' Ndamukong Suh for cheap shots and late shots, which Tuck apparently was referring to. But that didn't stop them from defending their physical style.
"We thrive on doing things right," offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We thrive on playing physical. We've been doing that for four years. Nothing is ever preached beyond the whistle. Ever."
Svitek said he would have to look up the phrase "dirtbag" on Wikipedia to get an exact handle on what Tuck called him and his teammates, but he has a good idea of the general meaning.
"If [Tuck] views us as cheap, then so be it," he said. "We're going to do what we do. We take pride in being physical. You don't want to be viewed as soft. We're always going to be there, and we want them to know we're there."