TD reversal 'interesting' call, Schiano says
TAMPA -- If you were confused by the replay reversal that took a touchdown away from Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson in Sunday's win against Buffalo, coach Greg Schiano was right there with you.
"Interesting," Schiano said Monday, talking about the official decision to overturn the ruling of a touchdown on Jackson's catch at the back of the end zone in the 27-6 win. "Sixty-thousand people probably needed an explanation on that one, because I wasn't realy happy myself, but I understand it now and I did have an idea of the rule but wasn't 100 percent sure, so it was good it got clarified."
Schiano said he was told that "if you're going backwards, then it's got to be whole foot (in-bounds), it it's toe-tap sideline or going forward than it's toes only and it doesn't matter the rest of the foot." He said upon getting that clarification he agrees that the reversal was correct "by the letter of the law."
The Bucs coach said on his radio show that he would support the NFL shifting its replay responsibility from on site at each stadium to one central league office in New York, where all replays would be reviewed, much like the NHL does with scoring plays, He prefers that model to the NFL and also the NCAA model, where a replay official in a booth makes decisions on challenges and replays.
IMPERFECT SCORE: RB Bobby Rainey's 80-yard touchdown run on Sunday's second play from scrimmage was the longest run in Bucs history, but Schiano said the offense pulled off the run despite missing the assignment on blocking the Bills' leading tackler, rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso.
"We didn't exactly get it perfectly," Schiano said. "Alonso is unblocked and Rainey puts a stiff-arm on him and just drops him, he beat that guy one-on-one ... It's Rainey and Kiko in the hole and -- boom! -- he sticks a really great stiff-arm right into his chest and dropped him. ... Sometimes, your back's got to handle it, either make him miss or you stiff-arm him like that and Bobby did and then it was a footrace and he outran everybody."
Rainey rushed for more than 4,500 yards at Western Kentucky, but his longest run there was 59 yards against Kentucky in 2010.
Asked if he was prouder for not getting run down at the end of the play or the stiff-arm he put on Rainey, he said it was not getting run down. He's familiar with this week's opponent, as he was on injured reserve with the Ravens last season when they faced -- and beat -- the 49ers in the Super Bowl.