Random notes around the NFC East: Tough guy Golden Tate, Tuck in decline, Kelce making line calls, and shameless Joe Theismann

Giants

Justin Tuck is in the final year of his contract, and he says he doesn’t want to think about a new deal. He shouldn’t, because his value has probably never been lower. Tuck is going to make $4.5 million this season with workout bonuses on top. He’ll cost $6.15 million against the cap. In reality, while Tuck has been a great Giant for years, he’s somewhat fortunate that the team hasn’t asked him to take a pay cut. From 2007-2010, Tuck was a monster:

Tuck 2007-2010

In the last 2 years? Not so much:

Tuck 2011-2012

Let’s put those averages side-by-side:

Tuck averages

If you’re a big Justin Tuck fan, enjoy him this season. If his production doesn’t improve, this may be the last you’ll see of him in a Giants uni.

Cowboys

Golden Tate said he’d love to give 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh “the Sean Lee treatment.” Tate is of course referring to this:

Tate launched himself with the crown of his helmet into Sean Lee’s chin, when Lee had absolutely no idea the hit was coming. It looks like Tate killed Lee here, and he did, but let’s be clear about one thing. ANYBODY in the NFL can do that to an opponent if they have him lined up like that. There is nothing impressive whatsoever about what Tate did on that block. And it should have been a penalty, but… Remember the replacement refs?

And now he’s threatening a coach who turns 50 in December. So, yeah, congrats Golden Tate. You’re a tough guy.

Redskins

I often give ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio a lot of crap for his ridiculous conspiracy theories and click-baiting headlines, but I think he’s dead on about recent comments by Joe Theismann. Theismann recently went on the record, seemingly out of the blue, to say that he “was very proud to play for the Washington Redskins,” and he did it “to honor Native people in that regard.” And sure enough, a few days later, Theismann makes it known that he wants a job with the team calling games on the team’s radio broadcasts. A quick timeline:

  • June 21: Sam Huff retires as Redskins’ radio announcer.
  • June 22: Joe Theismann praises Redskins’ name.
  • June 24: Joe Theismann makes it clear he wants Huff’s old job.

Joe Theismann, you are a shameless tool.

Eagles

Sheil Kapadia of Birds 24/7 spoke with Jason Kelce, who said he’d be making the line calls this season. Sheil got Kelce to go into some depth in talking about OL/QB/RB/TE communication. Good stuff.

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  36. OlSkool1972 says:

    Theismann has been brown nosing Daniel Snyder since he became the owner just to wait for opportunities like this.

  37. Phillyboijr says:

    How Tate didn’t get fined for that hit is beyond me. That wasn’t on Lee’s chest, that was right under his chin.

    Remember, Tate is the same idiot that got caught stealing donuts his rookie season.

    1. poolboy87 says:

      He got nailed for a little more than $20,000 I believe.

  38. Tracer Bullet says:

    Bah. The first thing they tell you on your first day in pads is “Keep your head on a swivel.” If Lee is looking for the peel back block like he’s supposed to, he doesn’t get his dick knocked in the dirt.

    1. poolboy87 says:

      Very true…

      Still doesn’t make what Tate did all that impressive or tough.

      1. Tracer Bullet says:

        We cheer DEs who get blindside shots on QBs. Why is Tate a villain when Demarcus Ware or Trent Cole are heroes for doing the same thing?

        1. poolboy87 says:

          Because DEs like Ware and Cole don’t launch themselves at the chins of said QBs using their helmets as weapons and then pretend to be bad bad men, when in reality they would’ve gotten destroyed on a head on hit in all likelihood.

          When Tate destroys somebody on a legitimate block, he can walk around like a big dude. But for now, he did absolutely nothing tough or impressive in that hit besides nailing a dude in the head when he didn’t see it coming.

  39. Tyler D says:

    In the Seahwaks defense Jim Harbough is really annoying and a cry baby. I remember when Gilbride pointed out Justin Smith was holding the guard to let the backers run through the holes created when he does that. Harbough acted like someone shot the President in his news confrence. If you as me both teams have a ton of douchebaggery going on.

    1. horatius says:

      Between the thug Rams team and Jim Harbaugh and the Seadderall SeaHawks, is this the douchebaggiest division in the NFL?

  40. SteveH says:

    Tate is the same tool who was going on and on about what an amazing play he made on the fail mary. Wouldn’t admit it was bogus for weeks too. Seattle, where drug related suspensions and douchebags reign supreme.

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  42. Mac says:

    Redskins… keep the name, change the logo to the Redskin potato. Problem solved.

  43. TylerD says:

    IDK I think Tuck is done physically, he always seems hurts and seems to always get Stingers. That’s life in the NFL. I think another DE that has got to put up this year is one Trent Cole who faded badly last year, if he doesn’t have a good year this season he will be looked at the same way as Tuck is now.

  44. HogHunter says:

    So Brandon Browner wants to put his hands on Harbaugh’s neck while Golden Tater wants to take the head off. That’s a class act bunch of guys up in Seattle.

    1. horatius says:

      They take after their head coach.

      Douchebag extraordinaire Pete Carroll

  45. Scott says:

    As much as I dislike the 49ers, I have to root for them over Seattle. Between Sherman and Tate they’ve got douchebags galore along with the fact that every other guy on the roster has been disciplined for PEDs

  46. Further proof that I strangely take Ware for granted. You describe Tuck as being a ‘monster’ averageing 9.9 sacks a year from 2007-2010. And those are very good numbers. Ware has averaged 15.25 sacks a season over the past 6 years. He “only” got 11.5 last year, and I was disappointed. I’m a die hard Cowboys fan, but I think its truly a shame DeMarcus Ware is wasting his career away playing for such an inept, mismanaged franchise. His greatness deserves better.

    1. Jimmy Kempski says:

      I hear what you’re saying, however, Tuck’s value went beyond his sack totals when he was a great player. He played inside, outside, and was awesome against the run.

      1. wilddre22 says:

        Awesome is almost an understatement on how great he was at stuffing the run those few years. just more evidence that great linemen/linebackers shouldn’t only be judged on sacks alone.

  47. horatius says:

    “Joe Theismann, you are a shameless tool.”

    You shut your whore mouth Jimmy. He’s our shameless tool.

    1. skinsaholic says:

      I would rather listen to babies cry than hear Theisman babble on every Sunday. Literally

      1. A Fine Messi says:

        Can you imagine a broadcast that features Theismann AND Larry Michael? The Homer is strong with these two. Just bring Frank Herzog back, keep Sonny, and all aboard to Cooley train. CHOO-CHOO!

        1. skinsaholic says:

          Haha…I would love to hear cooley announce. They would have too much trouble censoring him tho. He was a trip on 106.7 when he got on there.

        2. horatius says:

          Wait. Isn’t that the entire point of local sports broadcasting? To give a homer perspective?

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