Giants’ Tom Coughlin upset at Greg Schiano for cheap shot
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was just trying to take a knee to run out the clock in his team’s 41-34 come-from-behind victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. He didn’t expect the Buccaneers to go after him.
“We do what we’re coached,” Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said, according to USA Today.
Following an interception that ended Tampa Bay’s attempt at a comeback, Manning tried to run out the last five seconds of the game. The Buccaneers weren’t ready to give up, and knocked over an offensive linemen and Manning. Manning was surprised, but he held onto the ball.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin wasn’t happy about the play.
“You don’t do that in this league,” Coughlin said after the game, according to the Tampa Bay Tribune. “You jeopardize the offensive line, you jeopardize the quarterback. Thank God we didn’t get anyone hurt – that I know of.”
Buccaneers’ head coach Greg Schiano defended his decision, saying that he tells his team to play until the final whistle.
“I don’t know if that’s something that’s not done in the National Football League, but what I do with our football team is fight until the game is over,” Schiano said, according to the Tampa Bay Tribune.
Schiano spent 11 years as head coach at Rutgers University before being hired to coach the Buccaneers in January. He said he called that play several times in college, notes the Tampa Bay Tribune.