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Falcons Offensive Linemen Deny ‘Dirtbag’ Label Put On Them By Giants

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck might think they’re “dirtbags” for their style of play, but the Falcons’ offensive linemen are offering no apologies according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.

Atlanta tackles Will Svitek and Tyson Clabo defended themselves yesterday after Tuck — whom they face Sunday when the Giants play host to an NFC Wild Card game at MetLife Stadium — became the latest NFL defender to accuse the Falcons of crossing the line with their tactics by claiming “most people would say they are dirtbags.”

“That’s his point of view,” Svitek said as the 10-6 Falcons prepared for this weekend’s matchup. “If he views us as cheap, then so be it. 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.”

If Tuck thinks zone blocking (as cut blocking is also known) is crossing a line, Svitek said, then so be it.“We cut like everybody else,” he said. “That’s not illegal, and we don’t get fined. We’re not trying to hurt anybody. Diving at people’s legs is just part of the game. It’s not done in a cheap way.”

“I can’t speak for the other guys, but I’ve never [flopped],” Clabo said. “If a defensive lineman is going to punch you in the face or shove you in the throat, you don’t have to act to show a reaction to that. That’s pretty serious stuff.”

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