Giants DC Wink Martindale downplays Eagles RB Boston Scott’s dominance over New York: He’s not a ‘giant killer’

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Wink Martindale has never shied away from offering possible bulletin board material. The Giants’ defensive coordinator, who has a history of making quotes that could serve as motivation for an opposing team, served up another eye-popping quote before the Giants’ divisional round playoff match against the Eagles.

Martindale was responding to a question about the Eagles running Boston Scott and the past successes Scott has had against New York. Scott rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns with 15 carries in two games against Martindale’s defense during the regular season. In eight career games against the Giants, Scott has rushed for 636 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns. That total does not include Scott’s 66-yard kickoff return during Philadelphia’s win in New York last regular season.

“I know, just because he scored, I don’t think he’s a Giant killer,” Martindale said on

Scott, who is one of the NFL’s shortest running backs at 5-foot-6, finds irony in the fact that he was successful against a team called the Giants.

“I feel like God has a sense of humor,” Scott said via Yahoo Sports. “Why the hell is one of the smallest players having these types of games against a team called the Giants? It’s amazing what a little trust can do. We all have Giants in our lives. It’s different for each person.”

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Scott has also downplayed his previous success against the Giants, a level of success that has put him in fairly elite company. He’s just one rushing touchdown away from becoming the sixth player in NFL history with at least 10 rushing touchdowns against Big Blue.

“I think it’s just reruns. Reps are invaluable,” Scott said. “I’m the type of player, I know I’m not the most talented guy. You know what I mean? But I’m skilled. So if I work towards getting those reps, I can improve my game. These repetitions for me are invaluable. I think it’s more of an opportunity.”

Martindale’s comments about Scott come a year after he downplayed Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow when he served as the Ravens’ DC. Burrow responded by throwing for a franchise-record Bengals 525 yards and four touchdowns in a 20-point win at Cincinnati.

Giants fans are certainly hoping Martindale’s comments don’t inspire a similar performance from Scott, who was averaging 6 yards per carry when the two teams met in Week 18.