LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Tom Coughlin called it a “cheap shot” against Eli Manning Sunday, but Greg Schiano defended his Tampa Bay Buccaneers hit. Eli Manning was taking a knee on the last play of Sunday’s Giants vs. Buccaneers game. But the Buccaneers line tried to knock down Manning, a move called by Schiano purportedly (video HERE).
Coughlin went on the field shouting after the game. Coughlin later didn’t shake Schiano’s hand. And in the news conference, Coughlin denounced Schiano for playing “dirty”. But the rookie Buccaneers coach told news that, in his opinion, he did nothing wrong and would do it again.
Coughlin said that Schiano’s tactic doesn’t belong in the NFL. Schiano is a former Rutgers coach.”I don’t think you do that at this level. You don’t do that in this league,” Coughlin fumed.
Manning had his own words about the hit. “It was a little bit of a cheap shot”. Manning and Coughlin denounced the hit, calling it an easy way to hurt players. “It’s a good way to get someone hurt.”
Coughlin also denounced the hit as dangerous.”You jeopardize the O-line, you jeopardize the quarterback. Thank goodness we didn’t get anybody hurt — that I know of. A couple of linemen were late coming in.”
Schiano defended the hit and said he would do it again. “What I do with our football team is we fight until they tell us ‘game over.’ ” As to Coughlin’s remarks, Schiano said “I don’t know if that’s something not done in the National Football League.” He also told news “There’s nothing dirty about it. There’s not illegal about it. We crowd the ball. It’s like a sneak defense and we try to knock it loose.”