During the final play of today’s Giants-Buccaneeers game, quarterback Eli Manning kneeled the ball to secure a Giants win. But it looks like Bucs head coach Greg Schiano told his team to keep fighting and to try to get the ball back.
Once Manning snapped the ball, the Bucs defensive front rushed through the line and knocked him down.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was furious afterward and let Schiano know how he felt.
“The players said it did. I don’t know. I don’t know that. You’d have to ask them,” said Coughlin per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
“I don’t think you do that. You don’t do that in this league,” said Coughlin. “Not only that, you jeopardize the offensive line, you jeopardize the quarterback. Thank goodness we didn’t get anybody hurt – that I know of. A couple of linemen were late getting in.”
Schiano however doesn’t believe he did anything wrong.
“I don’t know if that’s not something that’s done in the National Football League,” Schiano said. “What I do with our football team is that we fight until they tell us game over. And there’s nothing dirty about it, there’s nothing illegal about it. We crowd the ball like a sneak defense and try to knock it loose. There’s nothing…if people watched Rutgers, they would know that’s what we do at the end of a game. We’re not going to quit, that’s just the way I coach and teach our players. If some people are upset about it, that’s just the way it goes. I don’t have any hesitation. That’s the way we play. We play clean, hard football until they tell us the game is over.”
From what I saw, it was a unnecessary and cheap play by Schiano and his defense. It will be interesting to see if the Bucs get fined.