New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride told the media that he believes 49ers defensive end Justin Smith gets away with holding opposing offensive lineman.
“They have great players. They’re tremendous, they’re tough,” said Gilbride , via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “They have great speed on the outside, (Justin) Smith is a beast on the inside, he’s strong, he does as good a job of grabbing a hold of offensive linemen and allowing those twists to take place. He never gets called for it so he gets away with murder. That, in conjunction with the ability level they have, makes them as formidable as anybody we go against, and we go against some pretty good ones in Dallas’ and Philadelphia’s. They’re as good as anybody up front.”
49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was outraged today after finding out what Gilbride said.
“Kevin Gilbride’s outrageous, irrational statement regarding Justin Smith’s play is, first, an absurd analogy Second, it is an incendiary comment targeting one of the truly exemplary players in this league,” said Harbaugh, via Tom Rock of Newsday. “It’s obvious that the Giants coaching staff’s sole purpose is to use their high visibility to both criticize and influence officiating.”
They say veteran players like Smith know how to get away with certain penalties. Now I have no idea if what Gilbride is saying is true, but then again he’s watched the film. I’m not sure why he would make things up. The Giants aren’t a team that throws things out to the media to cause a stir.