Apparently the words of Michael Strahan after the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles did not sit well with the current players on the Giants, and they were outspoken about it this week.
Among those players was defensive end and captain Justin Tuck, who clearly is upset.
“Let me start out by saying I love ‘Stray’ to death. Love him. My guy,” Tuck said. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without his guidance and the things he taught me.”
After he started by paying he respects, he went on to make his displeasure known.
“I just don’t understand how he can be on our — and I’m not saying he’s not on our side — but talking us up one day and then the next day say that,” Tuck said. “If I’m in that situation I might just close my mouth and not say nothing. But he’s entitled to his opinion and I’m entitled to not really care.”
Tuck was responding directly to comments made by Strahan that said, among other things, that the team should be ashamed of how they played in the final quarter of the Eagles game.
“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 8 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.”
A reporter joked with Tuck and made the claim that they never lost with Strahan, and Tuck replied “you’re right. We didn’t lose not one. He always sacked the quarterback every pass play, too.”
Barry Cofield also had a short concise response to the comments, saying “I’m pretty sure we lost a few when Strahan was here.”
“I am kind of upset,” Tuck said. “But me and Stray will talk about that when me and ‘Stray’ talk about it. Other than that, I’m just focused on Green Bay.”