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Tuck steams over Strahan comments

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick scrambles past New

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick scrambles past New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck. (Nov. 21, 2010) Credit: AP

Earlier this week, former Giant Michael Strahan had some harsh words for the Giants after their 38-31 loss to the Eagles. He said they should be “ashamed” of themselves, said their defense got “soft and relaxed,” and said they lacked a “killer instinct.”

Justin Tuck, your thoughts?

“Let me start out by saying that I love Stray to death,” Tuck said. “Love him. He’s my guy. I wouldn’t be where I am today without his guidance and the things that he taught me. But I just don’t understand how you can be up-talking us one day and then the next day say that. If I’m in that situation, I might just close my mouth and say nothing. But he’s entitled to his option, and I’m entitled to not really care. I worry about what these 70 some-odd people in this locker room say and the rest of it outside, you’re either for us or against us. That’s basically it.”

Tuck said he has not spoken to Strahan about the comments, which Tuck had heard about over the last few days but had not known in detail until today.

Does Tuck think that the Giants have a killer instinct?

“We’ll find out,” he said. “We’ll find out. It doesn’t matter what I think. We didn’t showcase it. We have in other games, but we didn’t showcase it in this one.”

Is Tuck ashamed?

“I’m not ashamed,” he said. “I’ve been on teams where, ‘06 comes to mind, when we played down in Tennessee (and blew a 21-0 fourth-quarter lead). Strahan was on that team and we lost that game.”

Strahan did not play in that game.

“He may have been (inactive), but he was on that team and we fed off his leadership,” Tuck said. “I say that to say this: We’ve all had times in our careers or teams in our careers where things haven’t gone our way. I don’t start pointing fingers.

“I’m not ashamed and I don’t think anybody in this locker room should be ashamed,” Tuck said. “We played a great 52 minutes and it just wasn’t for us. Sometimes things happen and you have no explanation about it. And I don’t have any explanation. I’m not making any excuses. We played like crap those last eight minutes. But I would never start saying things like that ain’t never happened to anybody else. I’m sure we lost a lot of games when Strahan was here too.”

Tuck said he would not have said what Strahan said.

“It’s not in my character. I know a lot of it has to do with TV and things of that nature, but it just isn’t my character … I’m going to always be honest. It ain’t for me to judge somebody, it ain’t for me to judge a team, it ain’t for me to judge any individual in this locker room. I know these guys went out there and played their ass off and played hard. It just didn’t work out. Move on.”

Tuck looked to be getting upset.

“I am kind of upset,” he said. “But me and Stray will talk about it when me and Stray talk about it. Other than that, I’m just focused on Green Bay.”

Asked if he plans to call Strahan on the topic to talk it over, Tuck gave a quick and decisive answer:


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