TAMPA — Captain Morgan was forced to walk the plank by Bucs coach Lovie Smith on Monday.
Not happy with Austin Seferian-Jenkins' Instagram post that included a picture of his penalized touchdown celebration — posing with his arms folded and one leg balanced on the football as an imaginary keg of rum — Smith confronted the Bucs' rookie tight end and had the entry taken down.
It was the second "teaching moment" between Smith and Seferian-Jenkins within 24 hours. On Sunday, after scoring on a 1-yard touchdown reception to give the Bucs a 17-16 lead early in the fourth quarter, Seferian-Jenkins drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty for using the football as a prop for his portrayal of the captain on the rum bottle.
As a result, the Falcons began their winning touchdown drive at their 35-yard line and went onto a 27-17 victory.
"At the end of the day, it's my Instagram. I posted a picture. I shouldn't have posted it," Seferian-Jenkins said Monday. "We're in the middle of a 1-8 season and I can see why people are upset with it for a multitude of reasons and the last thing I want to do is put myself in front of the team in any way. I want to let my play do the talking, not anything after we score.
"You can't have it. You need to be more mature, but when you're in the heat of the game, you're just having fun, you're enjoying it, you work so hard and you're just having fun. That's what it was."
Aside from the touchdown, it was a tough day for Seferian-Jenkins. He also dropped a pass and had holding and false start penalties.
"You know with rookies you want to have those teaching moments before something happens out there," Smith said. "We go over the rules, of course, you can't use a prop after a touchdown. But when you do it in that situation, it's just not good."'
Seferian-Jenkins said he was unaware of the rule until he was flagged for the celebration.
"It was a lapse in judgment," Seferian-Jenkins said. "And that's not what I want to be known for and not what I want to be answering on a Monday and I do not want my coach answering questions about what I did after a touchdown celebration on a Monday."
Apparently, Smith also was unhappy when Seferian-Jenkins posted a photo of his illegal celebration, saying "Everybody has a little captain in them. #Itsabucslife.'' What was Smith's reaction to the Instagram post?
"When guys make mistakes, I confront them immediately, which happened this time," Smith said.
"The penalty of course, right away. And when I found out about the Instagram … I'm on Facebook a little bit so I can get pictures of my grandchild. Besides that, I'm not really into the rest of the stuff. Once it came to my attention, then I confronted him."
Seferian-Jenkins says he still will play with emotion — and think responsibly.
"I like to play the game with passion," he said. "I'm a funny dude, I like to do funny things, and it's not funny being 1-8. At the end of the day, it's not funny at all and there's a time and place for everything."