Justin Tuck: Steelers offensive line has ‘gotten away with murder’

One of the best ways for the New York Giants to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend would be to put some pressure on Ben Roethlisberger — something very few teams have had success doing this season. Roethlisberger has been sacked only 13 times through the first seven games, which is one of the reasons he has completely nearly 67% of his passes and has an impressive QB rating of 101.4.

According to Justin Tuck, the reason Pittsburgh’s offensive line has protected Roethlisberger so well is that the unit gets away with holding.

“I hope we get some holding calls because they have gotten away with murder,” Tuck told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “They’ve done a very good job protecting Ben — they don’t hold on every play. But we’ve seen a whole lot of it.”

The Steelers have only been called for holding five times this season, which means some of their seven starting lineman have yet to commit a holding penalty. That’s a pretty impressive statistic.

Tuck is obviously trying to work the refs over in an attempt to help the Giants’ front seven break the trend of Roethlisberger keeping his jersey clean. Holding happens on nearly every play in the NFL, so I doubt Pittsburgh is doing anything more than other teams do. Could they be getting away with it more? Tuck is hoping the refs think they have.

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  • Vermontpatriots

    Look who is talking. The Giant O-line can be accused of Holding or Illegal hands to the face on just about every snap and have been getting away with it for years.Go back and look at how much holding is going on during “The Catch” in the Superbowl.

  • tsturbo

    All O lines hold, the ones that get “away with murder” are the ones that the Official’s PURPOSELY allow to do so.

    And why do they do that? Follow the money, it will lead you to the truth just about every time. Certain teams bring higher viewserhip, so that allows COMMERCIALS TO BE SOLD FOR MORE MONEY.

    Want proof? Just look at the records of the elite teams during the beginning of this season with replacement officials. They did very poorly. WHY?

    Because the replacement officials lacked the skill to discriminate on holding calls, they weren’t in on this “arrangement”and the NFL knew they would only go to week 3-5. Again, it’s all about the money. The league was weighing everything in terms of their bottom line.
    Just like every business owner does.

    And this applies to basically every judgement call the officials make. They can shape a game, depending on circumstances, to fit the per-determined outcome. And this takes skill and experience. Get it?