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Especially after last season's Game-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named, the cloud of storylines swirling over the pair of meetings between the Giants and Eagles in 2011 would be enough to fill a book.

But LeSean McCoy has written another chapter in this bad romance -- quite literally, and now to the chagrin of Justin Tuck.

The Philadelphia running back took shots at Tuck's counterpart Osi Umenyiora two weeks ago on his Twitter account, writing that the defensive end was "soft" and "overrated." Umenyiora responded by referring to McCoy as "Lady Gaga" and a "Twitter gangster."

Now it was Tuck's turn to defend his teammate of six years, joining ESPN on Wednesday for a phone interview on Mike and Mike in the Morning.

 "Well, two things, one, yes we will take that personally," Tuck said when asked for his reaction to McCoy's comments. "And two, he might want to watch some film before he starts talking about a defensive end of Osi's quality. I don't know where he would say something of that nature because obviously I think Osi's stats back up the fact that he is a pretty good NFL football player." 

Mike Golic then pointed out that Umenyiora has a ring and Pro Bowl selections under his belt – two things McCoy has neither of.

But Tuck, who has both, took particular exception to the medium which McCoy used.

"I honestly think social media has made people cowards," Tuck said. "Where I'm from, if you had a problem with somebody, you said it to their face and that was it. And I think now people are hiding behind computers and smart phones to get out something they got on their chest, where I'm used to having a problem with a person, you go tell them to their face. You don't go blast it out so everybody in the world can see about it." 

Tuck also said his teammate handled it the right way and that they will take care of it on the football field.

"Obviously we've had a lot of success playing off each other and playing with each other," Tuck said. "It makes it very difficult for an offensive line or an offensive coordinator to kind of scheme us when you got both sides of the defensive line having quality defensive ends like that."

Tuck was on a semi-media tour and also joined Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday. The two finished with a game of pool, highlighting Tuck's Celebrity Billiards events for charity.

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