Perry Fewell won't say if he teaches players to flop
Perry Fewell danced around a pretty straightforward question today: Does he coach defensive players to take a dive with fake injuries in order to get a free timeout?
He’s been accused of that by Bryan Kehl, a St. Louis Rams linebacker who played for Fewell previously in New York. It’s an issue, of course, following the Monday night game when the Rams accused a pair of Giants defenders of going down with bogus injuries to stop the clock while St. Louis’ no-huddle offense was clicking.
“I can’t say I’ve ever done that,” Fewell said, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “And I can’t say that I haven’t done that.
“I know that the young man (Deon Grant) was down and I was glad when he got up and was able to play. If the guy can’t play to his full potential and he was hurt, then he was hurt.
“But I can’t say I did and I can’t say I’ve never done that. I’m not going to go back and forth about what I have coached or what I haven’t coached.”
Hard to say why Fewell is choosing this path. One theory could be the coach doesn’t want to deny something that more players than just Kehl can say has happened before.
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