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Andy Reid really said the Giants “play hard” on defense

Yes, he really did

NFL: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

NFL coaches are like salesmen. They are always trying to sell something, trying to make you believe something. Coaches will tell you every week that the team they are playing against is the greatest thing since the invention of fire.

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid, though, deserves an award for the selling job he tried to do Wednesday when he was asked what he saw from the Giants’ defense the past couple of weeks.

“They play hard,” Reid said, without laughing. “I have a lot of respect for their defensive coordinator (Steve Spagnuolo). I think he does a great job and they've got good players."

You can buy that Reid has respect for Spagnuolo, since Spagnuolo used to coach for him. And the Giants do have some good players. But “play hard?” The last couple of weeks? Some of them do. But believing that they have all played hard?

That’s like believing Deon Grant was really hurt.

Or watching NBA players pretend to get fouled.

Or soccer players take dives.

C’mon, Andy. We’ve seen the tape.