Schiano defends going after kneeldown vs. Cards
Bucs coach Greg Schiano is again facing criticism for having his defense attack a kneeldown at the end of a game, but he said he'll continue doing it as long as he thinks it gives him a chance to win a game.
"I examine every play, our staff does every play, for its effectiveness. We'll always examine each play. Should we still be running it? Should we not still be running it?" Schiano said Tuesday. "I do leave it up to the players, because -- I'm not naive -- I know it's a controversial thing. If our players feel we have a chance to win, they want to win. Last time I checked, that's what we're getting paid to do: go win. We'll play 60 minutes. It's an organized play. People know it's coming."
Schiano drew criticism from the same situation in his first month as an NFL coach against the Giants last year. Arizona had two kneeldowns at the end of Sunday's 13-10 win, and the Bucs defense attacked both, knocking quarterback Carson Palmer on his back on the first play. Cards coach Bruce Arians appeared to take exception to the practice, saying Monday only that "that's their style ... I have no comment on it."
Schiano addressed the issue on his radio show Monday night, defending the practice and saying: "I'd like people to quit complaining ... that's what we're going to do, and get ready for it."
Cards kicker Jay Feely said on Twitter on Tuesday that the Bucs' defensive line was apologizing for what they were doing, and Schiano said on his radio show that defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had motioned to show what was coming. Asked Tuesday how he would handle the practice if his players came to him as a group and asked not to rush the kneeldown, he said he would do what the players as a group preferred.
"As long as it's not one guy, it's the defense, sure," he said. "They're the ones doing it."