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Schiano not happy about player-coach sideline shoving match


The Buccaneers’ terrible performance on the field Sunday against the Saints also included an ugly incident on the sideline, when linebacker Adam Hayward and assistant coach Bryan Cox got into a shoving match.

The incident began when Cox (who was known for having a fiery temper during his playing days as an NFL linebacker) seemed to be stepping onto the field to argue a call with an official. Hayward put his hands on Cox in an attempt to restrain him, then Cox shoved Hayward, then Hayward shoved Cox back even harder, and then both men started yelling at each other before linebacker Jacob Cutrera got between them and broke things up. Video of the incident is here.

Schiano said after the game that he didn’t like seeing a coach-player shoving match, but he wasn’t going to overreact to it, either.

I’m not happy about it, but I do know that it’s been resolved,” Schiano said, via “I think you chalk it up to heat of the moment. Guys are very passionate. Adam is a passionate player. Coach Cox is a passionate coach. I know they’re very close. And they’re, I think, more of a family spat in a frustrating time than, you know, anything that I’m deeply concerned about. I know they’ve already smoothed that over. But again, it’s not what a football team that I’m the head coach of I want to see. So certainly it’s been addressed, and it will be addressed and we’ll move forward from it. But it need not happen again.”

If it does happen again, Schiano has even bigger problems on his hands than Sunday’s 41-0 loss would suggest. Schiano has been preaching discipline all season, and it doesn’t get much more undisciplined than a player and coach getting into a shoving match.

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18 Responses to “Schiano not happy about player-coach sideline shoving match”
  1. tpa43 says: Dec 16, 2012 7:21 PM

    How come Schiano didn’t order his team to break up the victory formation?

  2. adirtyplayernamedsue says: Dec 16, 2012 7:21 PM

    He dont seem to have a problem directing his own players taking unnecessary shots.

  3. flavordave says: Dec 16, 2012 7:23 PM

    Getting beat 41-0 after losing to the Eagles the week before, Id say this is the least of his problems. And as far as Hayward goes, he should fight more ON the field.

  4. queenlivekillers says: Dec 16, 2012 7:25 PM

    Not that big of a deal. I’ve seen worse at Walmart on Black Friday.

  5. thraiderskin says: Dec 16, 2012 7:27 PM

    “Schiano not happy about player-coach sideline shoving match.”

    No kidding…

  6. kbraden24 says: Dec 16, 2012 7:29 PM

    Maybe Cox was upset with how well the Offense was playing and in particular “Joke” Freeman. We can only hope that Domino signs JF for a huge extension. NOT!!!!!

  7. maroun55 says: Dec 16, 2012 7:47 PM

    The bigger issue is schiano is a terrible coach who is in over his head in the NFL. The sooner the bucs fire him, the better off they will be; but for now, they will finish out of the playoffs and keep him around.

  8. kingpel says: Dec 16, 2012 8:00 PM

    Ooooooh. THAT Bryan Cox! No reason to explain any further.

  9. commonsensedude says: Dec 16, 2012 8:14 PM

    Maybe they were practicing blowing up a victory formation?

  10. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 16, 2012 8:16 PM

    I hope the Bucs keep the Freeman and Schiano show for years to come.

    -Beleaguered saints fan.

  11. mrlaloosh says: Dec 16, 2012 8:31 PM

    Brian Cox had the hardest hit of any of the Buccaneers today. SUIT HIM UP!

  12. skinsfantom says: Dec 16, 2012 8:41 PM


  13. boobsmcgoo says: Dec 16, 2012 9:06 PM

    Bryan Cox is a coach? Hilarious.

  14. purpblooded says: Dec 16, 2012 9:17 PM

    What was the deal with Brian Cox during his playing days? I know he made headlines for some indescretion. Was he kinda like Suh?

  15. eatitfanboy says: Dec 16, 2012 10:05 PM


    Because they were down by more than one score. The Bucs have never attempted to force a fumble on the victory formation unless they could tie or win the game if they recovered.

  16. ghjjf says: Dec 16, 2012 10:14 PM

    Is he happy about the on field shoving match, where the aints has their way with them?

  17. drexelvol says: Dec 16, 2012 10:32 PM

    That was hardly a shoving match.

  18. thelastpieceofcheese says: Dec 17, 2012 7:29 PM

    Cheap shots during the victory formation have brought more teams running up the score on the bucs.

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