Handshake 2: Giants coach Coughlin, players, take exception to Schiano tactic during kneel down
New York Giants coach Tom Couglin had some strong words for Bucs coach Greg Schiano during the handshake at midfield following his team's 41-34 win over Tampa Bay Sunday.
Schiano, who is in his first year as an NFL coach after 11 seasons at Rutgers, instructed his defense to try and strip the ball from Giants quarterback Eli Manning as he took a knee with five seconds remaining in the game and the Bucs with no timeouts. The Giants players -- and Coughlin -- took exception to the tactic and some shoving ensued.
Coughlin approached Schiano after the game and was pointing to where the kneel down took place. After refusing to shake Schiano's hand, he returned and was seen yelling at Schiano for about 15 seconds.
"I don't think you do this at this level,'' Coughlin said. "You don't do that in this league. You don't just...you jeopardize the offensive line, you jeopardize the quarterback. Thank goodness we didn't get anybody hurt that I know of.''
Schiano was unapologetic to Coughlin, but some Bucs players confirmed the Giants thought the tactic was 'bush league.' Manning said the Bucs took 'a little bit of a cheap shot.'
“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.''