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Giants claim Niners DE Smith 'gets away with murder'

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New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, while praising the work of the San Francisco 49ers, also claimed that officials fail to call holding on defensive end Justin Smith.

"Smith is a beast on the inside," Gilbride told reporters. "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."

Gilbride wants to officials to take note of Smith's play. Penalties are often not called as long as players keep hands inside shoulder pads without arms outstretched.

49ers head coach responded to Gilbride's assertion before Friday's practice.

"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. It's obvious that the Giants coaching staff's sole purpose is to use their high visibility to both criticize and influence officiating."
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