EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — LaVar Arrington didn’t gloat after the New York Giants’ victory over his former team.
The former Redskins star left Washington with bitter feelings after last season, but Arrington displayed only his dreadlocks and little emotion while addressing a swarm of reporters after yesterday’s 19-3 win.
Arrington, who made three Pro Bowls in his six seasons at linebacker for the Redskins, traded barbs with old teammates and coaches in the run-up last week to the game.
Redskins linebacker coach Dale Lindsey said Arrington didn’t know Washington’s plays well enough to help the Giants. Arrington joked that he gave his Redskins playbook to his Giants coaches.
Arrington did not start yesterday but did play significant time, making one tackle and blocking a pass by Mark Brunell in the backfield. Afterward, Arrington declined to criticize his former team.
“We needed to win,” Arrington said. “It could have been the Falcons or the Ravens. We needed to win this game. It just happened to be the Redskins. I’m sure after I sit down and think about it, it will probably be a bittersweet feeling.”
Arrington, hampered by nagging injuries, started slowly this season for the Giants, with whom he signed a seven-year, $49million deal in the offseason.
But he clearly enjoyed beating the Redskins, though he said he has distanced himself from the hard feelings and troubles that included an extended, nasty contract dispute with owner Dan Snyder.
“I had a lot of time to get out of being in the organization,” he said. “We had some trash talking [on the field]. Other than that and knowing the guys personally, it wasn’t any different. It felt good out there.”
Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce, another former Redskin, said Arrington did not make a big deal out of playing Washington.
“[The Redskins] made comments that I don’t think you make as a professional about a former player or about a guy you coached,” Pierce said. “He took the high road and was high-class about it. You have to respect that. And he is going to walk in this locker room smiling. Those other people are not.”
Giants: Taylor plays dirty
Several Giants were furious about the actions of Redskins safety Sean Taylor at the end of the game. Guard Rich Seubert accused Taylor of jumping on him as the Giants went into kneel-down mode in the final minute with the game out of reach for the Redskins. Backup running back Brandon Jacobs yelled at Taylor as players left the field about going for the Giants’ knees in an attempt to cause injury.
Seubert vowed to get revenge when the teams meet again in the Dec. 30 finale at FedEx Field.
“I was trying to be a peacemaker, trying to keep Rich from killing the guy,” Jacobs said. “I’m going to talk about Taylor every time I see him. Everyone talks about how he’s a hard-hitting safety, and he’s not. He’s good, but I can’t see myself taking that from him.”View Entire Story
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Politics, economics, and business from a real world perspective.
An establishmentarian conservative, short on cash, but long on wisdom.
A collection of reader guest articles, thoughts and opinions by Communities writers and breaking news and information.
World's Ugliest Dog Contest
Spelling Bee finale
Marines train Afghan soldiers
Rolling Thunder 2013
Benghazi: The anatomy of a scandal