Giants DE Justin Tuck on Alex Smith: “He is playing decent.”

Here is what New York Giants’ defensive end Justin Tuck said about Alex Smith Thursday to the New York media.

TUCK: “He (Smith) is a guy who they are trying to keep out of position to win the football game. Obviously, with a back like Frank Gore and an O-line keeping them in third-and-short situations, and even if it is third and six or seven, they still feel that they can pick it up running. I think they are asking Alex not to lose the game.

“He is playing decent with ten touchdowns and two picks. He is not putting them in situations where they are going to be pinned back or their defense is not going to be put in bad situations.

“If they get in field goal range, they are going to run the ball and make sure they come away with some points. If they are not in (field-goal range), they are going to run the ball and make sure they punt to put their defense in good positions to stop the offense.”

Q: Is it your job to make Alex Smith win the game?

TUCK: “That makes sense.”

It sure seems like Tuck and the Giants are trying to bait the Niners into picking this Sunday as the day to let Alex Smith attempt to prove he’s really an elite quarterback.

When asked about what Tuck said, Jim Harbaugh claimed he hadn’t heard anything about it.

Harbaugh is going to do what he wants to do, and nothing is going to get him off track – not the media, not “bulletin-board material.”

The way to beat the Giants is to run on them and that’s exactly what the Niners are going to do. There’s nothing Justin Tuck can say to change that.

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