A day later, Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano isn’t second-guessing himself about telling his defensive linemen to fire off the ball and try to get through the line and cause a fumble when the Giants were kneeling down to run out the clock on the final play of Sunday’s game.
Schiano said at his press conference today that he stands by what he did and that it’s part of his overall philosophy of coaching, which is that every player is expected to go all-out on every play of every game.
“I don’t have any regrets or remorse,” Schiano said, adding that during his time at Rutgers his players successfully forced fumbles on kneel-down plays multiple times.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin, however, is upset with Schiano, saying that that’s not the way professional football players and coaches are supposed to conduct themselves: Coughlin believes Schiano telling his players to go low into the line on a kneel-down play is risking injuries for no reason.
What Schiano and the Bucs did isn’t against the rules of the NFL, but is it against the rules of proper decorum and sportsmanlike play that we should expect in the NFL? We’ll let PFT Planet weigh in.