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Giants continue to comment on kneel-down play

19

September

You’re probably sick of hearing about the kneel-down play that has led to days worth of debate, but Giants players continue to address the final play of their game against the Bucs on Sunday.

Their main contention, it appears, is not that the Bucs came off the ball with force in the kneel-down situation but, rather, that Tampa Bay players dove at the knees of several Giants.

“If (Giants defensive coordinator) Perry Fewell told me to dive at a guy’s knee, when we were losing, I would say ‘No,’ ” Giants defensive end Justin Tuck told the New York Daily News. “And that is just a man on man talking.”

Offensive lineman Chris Snee said if it happens again, the Giants will retaliate the same way they did in this instance.

“We’ll just tighten up and just be ready for them to fire off,” he told the paper. “And I wouldn’t change my reaction in any way. If a guy dives at my knees, my knee is going into the back of his head. That’s what happened in the game, and that’s what will happen going forward.”

Meanwhile, quarterback Eli Manning, in an interview with WFAN radio (courtesy sportsradiointerviews.com), said he and others explained to the Bucs that the offense was taking a knee and did not plan to come off the ball with force.

It’s debatable whether this even matters, but we’ll let Manning have his say anyway.

“A lot of teams will ask in those situations, ‘Are you taking a knee,’ and I will tell them, ‘Hey we’re taking a knee so we’re not firing off,’’’ Manning said. “We don’t tell our lineman to fire off and hit them on that last play.

“I said it. I said as I walked up, ‘Hey we’re taking a knee.’ But obviously they were down and ready and had a feeling they were about to fire off. There’s nothing I can really do about it. I have to make sure I get the snap and the only thing I’m worried about right there is securing the ball and making sure we get the win.”

As for the issue of diving at opponents' knees, if that was the case, the Giants have a right to be upset. That kind of thing is never appreciated in the NFL or any level of football. Players take that personally. Really personally.

However, that does not impact the larger issue of whether Bucs coach Greg Schiano was right to tell his players to go after the ball in a kneel-down situation. That is a totally separate conversation from where we sit.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 11:53am]

    

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