The Giants are telling officials to keep a close eye on 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith this week. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride is giving something for officials to look out for when his team plays the San Francisco 49ers this weekend.
He wants to the referees to pay close attention to Niners All-Pro defensive tackle Justin Smith.
“Smith is a beast on the inside,” Gilbride said this week, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “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.”
Smith had seven tackles, a sack and four hits on Giants quarterback Eli Manning in last season's NFC Championship Game loss. This season, Smith has yet to register a sack.
“There’s nothing wrong,” 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. “There’s nothing wrong with him. He’s still applying good pressure. Teams have thrown the ball quickly on us at times. I haven’t felt during any of the games like, ‘Damn, where’s our pass rush?’ And until I feel that then we don’t have a problem.”