The debate regarding whether the Bucs were right to crash the Giants’ victory formation rages on. But before reaching a final conclusion, consider this nugget from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network: During 11 years at Rutgers, Schiano’s defense twice forced a fumble in victory formation.
Both happened in 2009, against Pitt and against West Virginia. (In the West Virginia game, the Scarlet Knights were offside.)
So consider that when deciding whether it was — or wasn’t — a “cheap shot” to decide to take a shot at forcing the ball loose and in turn forcing overtime and in turn winning the game.
For more, here’s a portion of Monday’s Pro Football Talk, with former NFL safety Rodney Harrison taking a position that may surprise you.