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Justin Tuck says Steelers offensive line has gotten away with murder

It wasn't long ago the Steelers' offensive line was much more the source of ridicule than the subject of alleged penalties from has-been pass rushers. Tuck's comments show the Steelers' offensive line is being noticed.

Nick Laham

It wasn't long ago the Steelers were the talkers the week before taking on an NFC East opponent.

Offensive players on the Steelers spoke brashly about Eagles nickel back Brandon Boykin heading into their Week 5 game, and the Steelers backed it up, getting to Boykin in coverage twice on their game-winning drive.

Now, not surprisingly, a member of the New York Giants has something to say about the Steelers.

"I hope we get some holding calls because they have gotten away with murder," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck told ESPN's Rachel Nichols Thursday. "They've done a very good job protecting Ben (Roethlisberger) -- they don't hold on every play. But we've seen a whole lot of it."

And it seemed so peaceful without fellow low-producer Brandon Jacobs no longer on the Giants. Tuck must be getting held quite a bit, considering Tuck has one whole sack this season.

That's less than the amount of gawd-awful Subway commercials he's created in the last two years.

Complaining about calls opponents are getting or not getting seems to be a theme with the Giants. Giants (and former Steelers) offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride made comments regarding Justin Smith "getting away with murder" before defeating the 49ers 26-3.

So this "getting away with murder" bit isn't original.

Can't wait to hear Tuck say Ray Lewis had no involvement in the incident when the Giants take on the Ravens in Week 16.

It does seem sort of nice, though, to hear a Steelers offensive line being a source of rankle and ire from an opposing team's pass rusher. Even if it is the mostly invisible Tuck whining about phantom holding calls (setting up his post-game excuse for getting blanked yet again in the category he's mostly being paid to rack up), it shows their offensive line is formally being noticed.

That's definitely better than the whole lot of nothing opponents were saying about them last year.