Eli Manning was knocked down as the Giants ran down the clock on their 41-34 victory over the Tampa Bay Bucs today.
So Giants head coach Tom Coughlin lectured Bucs chief Greg Schiano during their post game handsake, "What was that all about?!"
"I don't think you do that," Coughlin said. "You don't do that in this league. Not only that, you jeopardize the offensive line, you jeopardize the quarterback. Thank goodness we didn't get anybody hurt -- that I know of. A couple of linemen were late getting in."
"That was a first," Manning said. "Obviously, I think it's a little bit of a cheap shot. We're taking a knee, we're in a friendly way and they're firing off, and that's a way to get someone hurt."
Giants center David Baas, one of the unprepared who was knocked into Manning added, "All I'm saying is you win or you lose with class."
Schiano? "I don't know if that's not something that's done in the National Football League but what I do with our football team is we fight until they tell us game over. And there's nothing dirty about it, there's nothing illegal about it. We crowd the ball like a sneak defense and try to knock it loose. We're not going to quit -- that's just the way I coach and teach our players. If some people are upset about it, that's just the way it goes. I don't have any hesitation. That's the way we play. We play clean, hard football until they tell us the game is over."
Weak coach. Weak.
Giants guard Chris Snee said, "It's just unfortunate this is what we have to talk about when you have a great fourth-quarter game between two teams, and all you're talking about is really a bush-league play at the end. Fortunately, nobody got hurt. Guys are throwing helmets into knees. It's the end of the game. They might do that in college, but we don't do that here."
"We do what we're coached," Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "I'll leave it at that."
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