Mike McCarthy says Jaylon Smith jumping into a pile was not a dirty play

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When Giants linebacker Jaylon Smith jumped into a pile of players on Thanksgiving, landing on Cowboys center Tyler Biadasz, it looked more like a flying elbow in pro wrestling than a legitimate football play. But Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy says Smith wasn’t doing anything dirty.

McCarthy said that Smith — who was drafted by the Cowboys and played for them until they cut him a year ago — was just playing the game the energetic way he plays it.

“If you watch Jaylon play a lot, he jumps a lot,” McCarthy said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. “That’s something that’s all over the tape. I don’t think it’s out of character for him.”

Smith has been making an impact for the Giants this season and played a season-high 68 defensive snaps on Thanksgiving. That WWE-style move was the play that drew the most attention, but McCarthy doesn’t think it was anything to worry about.

Mike McCarthy says Jaylon Smith jumping into a pile was not a dirty play originally appeared on Pro Football Talk