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Schiano has no regrets about ordering his defense to attack with Giants in victory formation



Bucs coach Greg Schiano doesn't have 'any remorse or regret,' about his decision to have his defense attack Giants quarterback Eli Manning as he attempted to kneel down and run the final five seconds off the clock in Sunday's 41-34 win over Tampa Bay.

In fact, Schiano claimed his Rutgers University team caused a fumble using that play four times in the past five years.

"Well, the play you're talking about at the end of the game, that's a play we've done...oh, we've caused a fumble four times in the last five years with that play,'' Schiano said Monday. "And it's something that we've practiced. To me it's a clean, hard, tough finish-the-game play. Some people disagree with that. That's certainly what makes the world go round. Everybody has opinions. But I don't have any remorse or regret. It's clean, hard football. It was no sneak attack. We were down, ready to go and that's how we do it all the time. If you've studied any tape of us, that's how we do it.

"Exact same situation. Victory formation versus this.''

Schiano was asked if he would call for that play if the Bucs were trailing by more than one score?

"I'm the one who makes the decision to call that. We have that in our play book and if I choose to call it, then I call it,''

Schiano said. "If I don't, I don't.

"Now, having said all that, this is the second time I've talked about it and we're going to move onto other stuff. This is not going to be the topic of conversation because we had a football game that we should've won and we didn't and that's what I'm most frustrated with right now and that's where my attention is.''

The Bucs did not use the play leading 24-13 when Manning took a knee at his own 7-yard line with eight seconds remaining in the first half.

"Think about the question,'' Schiano said. "If at the end of the game, they throw the ball down the field and score we lose anyway. At halftime if they do it, they get seven points and the game goes on.''


[Last modified: Monday, September 17, 2012 5:19pm]


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