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Gerald McCoy: We do what we’re coached

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The end of the Giants’ 41-34 win was highlighted by an angrier than normal Tom Coughlin giving Bucs coach Greg Schiano a piece of his mind about the way the Tampa defensive line knocked down Eli Manning in an attempt to dislodge the ball as Manning knelt down on the final play of the game.

Several other Giants players expressed disgust with Tampa’s actions after the game was over and guard Chris Snee, via Mike Garafolo of USA TODAY, accused Bucs players of diving with helmets into the knees of the Giants. Garafolo also spoke with Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy after the game and McCoy gave a hint about where the defense came up with the idea of crashing the line on the final play.

“We do what we’re coached,” McCoy said. “I’ll leave it at that.”

Schiano apologized for nothing during his postgame presser, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. That style of coaching could wind up getting Bucs players hurt in the future. Schiano’s stressed aggressiveness at every turn since taking over the Tampa job and that edginess helped the Bucs for much of Sunday’s game so he might be willing to take that risk. Even so, there wasn’t much to gain from the actions at the end. There almost certainly wouldn’t have been time for a play if the Bucs recovered a fumble without returning it for a touchdown and Tampa could see other teams willing to take a swipe at them in response to such behavior.

The Giants and Bucs don’t play again this season so there won’t be a chance for any Giants looking for a little revenge to get it until a future season. Should another team take offense to something that the Bucs do on the field this season, though, there could be a bigger conflagration than we saw at the Meadowlands on Sunday.

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50 Responses to “Gerald McCoy: We do what we’re coached”
  1. onebucplace says: Sep 16, 2012 5:27 PM

    The Giants, after being handed the game by the refs, were mad that the Bucs played until the last play? Time to switch to your pink uniforms girls.

  2. linvillegorge says: Sep 16, 2012 5:27 PM

    Great. My Panthers already have to deal with the Saints bounties and Falcons chop blocking, now this.

  3. sportsmeccabi says: Sep 16, 2012 5:28 PM

    It was a classless move. It’s an unwritten rule that you don’t try anything “cute” on a kneel down.

  4. makeshersquirt says: Sep 16, 2012 5:32 PM

    So I guess the old coaching regime coached Gerald how to get hurt and not dare play through pain?!
    *just a guess…

  5. kd75 says: Sep 16, 2012 5:40 PM

    Coughlin: “Hey Rook. Act like you’ve been there before.”

  6. cavredleg15 says: Sep 16, 2012 5:40 PM

    Yeah stop playing before the clock is at zero. Nothing has ever happened to the giants in the closing minutes of a football game.

  7. broncobrewer says: Sep 16, 2012 5:42 PM

    You do anything you have to to win the game. They were trying for a fumble on the kneel down. I always wondered why teams didn’t try that. Bravo Bucs that how the nfl should be played not the flag on every tackle bc someone may get hurt crap

  8. mtgblue1979 says: Sep 16, 2012 5:43 PM

    I’m sorry….how exactly we’re we “handed” the game?? Lol

  9. elifan4life says: Sep 16, 2012 5:45 PM

    So do they also teach the DB’s to hold wide receivers on every single play too?? I have never seen so many holds in one game in my 30 years of watching football.

  10. bro15360 says: Sep 16, 2012 5:46 PM

    There are a few things that are just understood by the players in the NFL. The victory formation is one. What the Bucs did was cheap. Expect other teams in close situations to run up the score rather than take a knee. Who could blame them?

  11. mtgblue1979 says: Sep 16, 2012 5:48 PM

    Not to mention its the fact he had already knelt down when they hit him. That’s not “playing to win” that’s being the saints twins tryin to take someone out

  12. jimmy53 says: Sep 16, 2012 5:54 PM

    mtgblue1979: There’s no telling if the outcome would have changed, but the illegal hit on Jackson that the refs refused to call stopped a great drive by the Bucs, and stopped momentum…the ball switched hands and resulted in a Giant’s td. So, while we can’t say the ref’s “handed” it to the Giants it certainly was a substantial gift. Even the commentators noticed and commented on its impact.

  13. onebucplace says: Sep 16, 2012 5:54 PM

    I thought New Yorkers were supposed to be a bunch of tough guys – I guess they’re really just a bunch of Glee dancers.

  14. dirtdawg54 says: Sep 16, 2012 5:58 PM

    Schiano needs to learn the rules. A player kneeling down and “giving himself up” can’t fumble. As soon as he is touched he is down. If they get to him before the knee is down, a fumble could occur but that’s near impossible. You could try a million times and maybe make it work once.

    As for playing until the game is over, well why did the Bucs all of a sudden realize that was important? They pretty much laid an egg the entire latter half of the third quarter and the entire fourth quarter.

  15. turbo2728 says: Sep 16, 2012 6:05 PM

    The referees weren’t that bad. They missed calls on both sides. Phillips’ hit on Jackson was a particular one that stuck out. They’re flagged all the time.

  16. mjb0680 says: Sep 16, 2012 7:01 PM

    The gmen completely dominated the game and the buccs are lucky it was even close they got dominated look at total yards the giants score in the REDZONE or don’t give up easy points on turnovers this games a blowout

  17. bucforever says: Sep 16, 2012 7:20 PM

    It ain’t over til it’s over! You play to win right! The chance was slim for the fumble but there was that chance. I think Coach Schiano has made a statement that the Bucs have come to play and they don’t give up anything! GO BUCS!

  18. naeem42 says: Sep 16, 2012 7:46 PM

    It’s more likely to cause a fumble on a running back instead of a QB kneeling, yet Andre Brown was allowed to score. Not playing 60 minutes?

  19. gmf1991 says: Sep 16, 2012 7:49 PM

    there were missed calls on both sides. including the hold on cruz that resulted in an interception. It’s always the refs fault when it comes to one call they missed but then we always seem to forget the other calls.

  20. beavertonsteve says: Sep 16, 2012 8:10 PM

    I hope a team up by 20 fakes a kneel down on the Bucs and then throws a 50 TD strike.

  21. stevenfbrackett says: Sep 16, 2012 8:12 PM

    Is Gregg Williams mentoring Schiano?

  22. bigbluefan1 says: Sep 16, 2012 8:18 PM

    come on we all know the refs love the Giants they were handed two Super Bowls and todays game.

    Yeah Right

    Now as for that cheap play at the end Greg you have 30 other teams that now know what your all about.

    Greg almost got a butt kicking from TC
    Gotta love a coach who stands up for his players
    not a coach who trys to cause injury to a top 5 QB

  23. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: Sep 16, 2012 8:44 PM

    What a bunch of babies. If you don’t want your QB hit block someone.

  24. sportswannabe says: Sep 16, 2012 8:47 PM

    It was bush league by Schiano and his coaches if that’s true.

    And Talib got 2 PI/illegal contact calls against him when he could/should have gotten like 10, so I wouldn’t complain about the officiating.

  25. themage78 says: Sep 16, 2012 9:18 PM

    Complain about the hit on VJax all you want. Giants fans can complain about the blatant hold on Cruz during Eli’s 2nd interception. Oh yeah and Talib’s constant hold on Nicks.

  26. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Sep 16, 2012 9:19 PM

    I’m a Bucs fan, and just got into a disagreement with my Giants fan friend about this one, so I’m going to try to be as objective as possible when I ask this:

    Aren’t teams supposed to spend all 60 minutes of game time trying to win?

    I thought it was brilliant. I’ve also, like someone said above, always wondered why more teams don’t try it. Sure, the odds are way against it working. But you’re still supposed to be trying to win, right?

  27. mjohnson062 says: Sep 16, 2012 9:23 PM

    The hit on Jackson clearly should’ve been called. Watching on TV, I’m guessing I didn’t catch all the plays Talib held his man (might’ve been all of ‘em) – this should’ve been called as well. I think the non-calls were equally awful. Ironically, I flipped stations right after the interception so I didn’t see the drama on the kneel-down.

  28. malkinrulez says: Sep 16, 2012 9:47 PM

    Giants fans are as delusional as rangers fans! Holding by db’s on every play? What about the head shot to Vincent Jackson? No chance this giants team wins the super Bowl

  29. onebucplace says: Sep 16, 2012 9:53 PM

    The Giants couldn’t close out the game until the refs overturned an obvious call with 16 seconds to go — and down by 7 with the ball in Bucs territory the Giants wanted the Bucs to not touch them on the last play of the game? They should change their name to the New York Brokebacks.

  30. wizahdry says: Sep 16, 2012 10:10 PM

    I don’t see it as a cheap shot. They were still trying to win the game. If the Bucs are able to strip the ball and get it back to try and tie/win the game then no one would be listening to that old coach whine. If playing hard at every snap even a kneel down is wrong than the NFL has become terrible.

  31. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 16, 2012 10:12 PM

    sportswannabe says: Sep 16, 2012 8:47 PM

    It was bush league by Schiano and his coaches if that’s true.

    And Talib got 2 PI/illegal contact calls against him when he could/should have gotten like 10, so I wouldn’t complain about the officiating.
    —————

    Exactly (about Talib).

  32. onebucplace says: Sep 16, 2012 10:22 PM

    After complaining about the Bucs playing the last play of a 7-point game and having the gull to actually hit the guy with the ball (before he got on his knees) the Giants should change their logo to a Prius.

  33. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 16, 2012 11:06 PM

    Giants haters should be doing standup comedy.

  34. footballfan292 says: Sep 16, 2012 11:49 PM

    The hit on Vincent Jackson going across the middle should have been a 15-yard penalty for hitting a defenseless receiver. Had it been called, Freeman would not have thrown the interception.

    You may not think it should be a flag (I dont think it should be), but according to Goodell’s safety rules…that’s a penalty. And the no-call changed the game.

    Yet Coughlin is going to complain about being too rough on the kneel down? Give me a break, Tom.

  35. kalib933 says: Sep 16, 2012 11:58 PM

    Has anyone even watched that play again? Eli was NOT hit by a Buccaneer, his own linemen fell backwards into him. Maybe the Giants O line should remember to protect themselves at all times during a full contact sport. It is amazing how everything gets blown out of proportion with the Giants. Eli didn’t even fall down hard, he simply rolled backward. If someone was TRYING to hurt him, they would have. So many QB’s take their time kneeling the ball to take a few extra seconds off the clock. Imagine if a fumble was forced before a qb’s knee hit even just one time. Then all of a sudden this would be done by every team, every time. It has to start somewhere.

  36. petedutcher says: Sep 17, 2012 1:18 AM

    I saw a bit of bush league by the Giants as well.

    This was the first time that the replacement refs did a bad job during a Bucs game…and it was REALLY bad.

    There were tons of calls that should have been called on both sides…and if they had been there probably would not have ended up so many injuries.

    But bad calls actually cost the Bucs possessions, unlike the Giants.

    And the dweeb that said the Giants dominated the game all game is stupid. Obviously he only watched the second half.

  37. onebucplace says: Sep 17, 2012 1:20 AM

    So what happens on that last play if the Giants have a bad snap, fumble the ball around for a second and the Bucs players just stood around like a bunch of d-bags, then everyone would be saying how stupid the Bucs are for not playing the full 60-minutes. The Giants shouldn’t be complaining about this, they should be happy the refs gave them a win. After this fit of whining the Giants should change their name to the New York Bearded Clams.

  38. sternagle says: Sep 17, 2012 6:12 AM

    This makes me miss bounties.

  39. richc111 says: Sep 17, 2012 7:33 AM

    This is pretty simple to me, with the game being less than one score apart one team who wants to win keeps playing and is one turn over from maybe something good happening. the other team is a premdonna who expects everyone else just to lose to them and stop trying. The headline should read New York to Tampa.. Why are you guys still trying? The game is almost over already! just let us win already ok!

  40. haardcase says: Sep 17, 2012 9:11 AM

    If the Bucs’ D-line is in four point stances, seems to me that the Giants’ O-line should have picked up on the fact that they were going to play to the end. I fault the Giants for being lazy on the last play.

  41. gcryall says: Sep 17, 2012 9:35 AM

    Here’s a scenario I’d like to see. The Bucs opponent up by 21 point with 5 seconds left and with the ball. Fake the kneeldown, throw a flea flicker to the sidelines, crashing into schiano and take out both of his ACL’s and MCL’s. Ah!!! now thats Kharma.

  42. texmexdeux says: Sep 17, 2012 10:28 AM

    You know, when your defense gives up 25 points in the 4th quarter, I don’t think I would claim your team is somehow tougher than the other team because you pulled a cheap shot on the last play.

  43. stew48 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:33 AM

    To those defending Schiano and the Bucs attacking the “knee down”, please don’t vote this year.

  44. mackie66 says: Sep 17, 2012 11:01 AM

    Always be curious for years of why 22 pro football players do a “neel down” the last min of a game. To me its un-professional, you play till the bell rings or whistle blows. If TB had knocked the ball from Manning and returned it for a TD, the sports media would be praising TB for playing out the last min. Now its a cheap shot, what BS, its pro football and you play the last down like the first down. That neal down is sissy stuff and this is what the Giants deserve.

  45. starderup says: Sep 17, 2012 11:27 AM

    It was a cheap shot.

  46. jeff10461 says: Sep 17, 2012 11:39 AM

    I switched to the game 3 times to check the score. On 2 of them I watched a play where the Buc’s player was grabbing hold of the Giants jersey thus preventing a pass completion. (no flag thrown!) So it’s BS claiming the game was given to the Giants.

  47. jeff10461 says: Sep 17, 2012 12:04 PM

    Anyone defending the Buc’s is an idiot. I would guess that the odds of causing a fumble let alone returning it for a TD are astronomical. Not eniugh time to run a play had a fumble been recovered.

    Also, ALL teams do the kneel down under similar circumstances, even the Buc’s, so the comments about playing hard to the last second is just an excuse for their unsportmanship conduct at the end of a game they lost!

  48. onebucplace says: Sep 17, 2012 4:27 PM

    The Giants players, coaches and fans really are a bunch of cupcakes aren’t they? Listen sweethearts, when you play a game like football you must expect to get hit on every play. I know, I know, that’s not fair if you think the game is over, even if it isn’t. But hey, until they change the rules and put actual dresses on the players (which I’m sure they will after reading this message board) you still have to at least pretend like you’re men playing a physical sport.

  49. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 17, 2012 4:50 PM

    onebucplace says: Sep 17, 2012 4:27 PM

    The Giants players, coaches and fans really are a bunch of cupcakes aren’t they? Listen sweethearts, when you play a game like football you must expect to get hit on every play. I know, I know, that’s not fair if you think the game is over, even if it isn’t. But hey, until they change the rules and put actual dresses on the players (which I’m sure they will after reading this message board) you still have to at least pretend like you’re men playing a physical sport.
    ————

    You lost.

  50. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 17, 2012 4:52 PM

    They were tight because they lost. Got eviscerated by Eli and their QB threw a TERRIBLE INT. That was a frustration move, not them “playing until the clock hit 0:00″. Don’t get it twisted.

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