UPDATE: Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell does not deny accusations of Kehl saying that he coaches players to fake injuries.
Howard Balzer of 101ESPN in St. Louis reports Rams linebacker Bryan Kehl wasn’t surprised by the actions by Giants safety Deon Grant and linebacker Jacquian Williams Monday night when they allegedly faked injuries to slow down the Rams’ no-huddle offense and save a time out in the first quarter.
“Perry Fewell coaches that,” Kehl said. “He’s their DC (defensive coordinator). He coaches that.”
Fewell was hired by the Giants in 2010 when Kehl was with the team. He was waived after the first game of the season and claimed by the Rams.
After the game, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said, “I was pretty upset. They couldn’t get subbed, they couldn’t line up, so two of their guys they literally … they told them. Someone said, ‘Someone go down, someone go down,’ so someone just went down and grabbed a cramp and I was pretty frustrated about that.”
Rams center Jason Brown heard the same thing. He said, “It gave them time to rest and regroup because their tongues were hanging out. I heard someone say, ‘Do something. We can’t get the call in.’ Then two guys went down and one (Williams) got up quickly when he saw the other guy (Grant) down. I chewed him (Grant) out. He looked at me and smiled.”
Other Giants players were seen laughing on the sideline.