We've all seen it by now: two Giants defenders flopping onto the ground during Monday night's game against the Rams in an attempt to get trainers onto the field and slow down St. Louis' no-huddle offense.
It looked more like bad soccer than football.
St. Louis' hurry-up offense and the Giants' reaction to it has been a hot topic at Ravens headquarters this week. While most of those on Baltimore's defense have had minimal reaction to the flopping we saw Monday night and say they won't copy that ploy when they take on the Rams this weekend, Terrell Suggs got a kick out of it and joked that we might see similar moves out of him on Sunday.
"That's a great tactic," Suggs said. "I may do it. I may do it, because you've got to stop the game if you're hurt. If it works, it works.
"If it's working, don't be surprised, you'll see old 55 (Suggs' number) get a nice little hammy."
Ah, Sizzle being Sizzle.
The Rams tormented the Giants with their no-huddle sets early in Monday night's game, and New York's defense was clearly gassed. Instead of calling a timeout, defensive back Deon Grant and linebacker Jacquian Williams dropped to the turf, flailed their arms in an attempt to sell their "injuries," and got play stopped.
It's a tactic which certainly has been tried before, both at the professional and collegiate level. Remember California's constant flopping against Oregon and its' high-paced offense last year?
As a response to the Giants' actions, however, the NFL has sent all 32 teams a memo warning of possible fines, suspensions and loss of draft picks if the league determines that players faked injuries during a game.
Thus, Ravens not named Terrell Suggs say that they won't be faking injuries this Sunday.
"Obviously, (the Giants' flopping) wasn't choreographed very well if you watch the tape," defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano joked. "I've heard of guys doing things like that. We would never do anything like that here. You know, you watch it, and it's right there and you see it, and it is what it is. Obviously, reading the letter that we got from the Commissioner and their stance on it, how they're going to penalize teams if they catch them doing it, it's just not something that we would do or ask our guys to do. You've got to play. If they go no-huddle, we have to respond."
Flopping aside, the Ravens will have to prepare for St. Louis' up-tempo offense this week. Head coach John Harbaugh said that the defense will work on its communication as best it can this week, but it will be hard to replicate the game speed during practice.
"We talked about that," Harbaugh said. "That's going to be a big part of it, especially with the crowd noise and all that stuff. It's something they've done both games so far, and they've done it really well. So, the ability just to get the communication done and get lined up, all those things are going to be really important."
From a player's perspective, Suggs agreed that communication throughout the defense will be important, but he said he doesn't expect much to be different against a no-huddle look.
"Not really, we've just got to get our call faster and be dialed in to what we're doing," Suggs said. "It's happening fast for them, too. They pretty much know what they're doing, we've just got to know what we're doing and just execute."