Manning, Coughlin Complain About Schiano; Bucs Eclipse Their 2011 Best Single-Game Score


Giants QB Eli Manning and head coach Tom Coughlin aren’t happy about Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano calling defensive plays against their victory formation kneel-downs in the 41-34 comeback Giants win at MetLife Stadium. The Buccaneers, betraying the “unwritten rules” of the NFL, hit Eli and pushed the offensive line into him on kneel-down plays. Despite these plays being legal and being consistent with how hard Schiano wants his guys playing, Coughlin swore at Schiano after the game.

“I don’t think you do that in this league,” Coughlin uttered in his post-game press conference.

Manning’s statement: “That was a first. 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. That’s a way to get someone hurt.”

Schiano: “We fight until they tell us ‘game over.’ There’s nothing dirty about it. There’s [nothing] illegal about it.”

“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.

“If people watched Rutgers, they would know that’s what we did at the end of the game. We’re not going to quit. That’s the way I coach and teach our players.”

“I don’t know if that’s something not done in the National Football League.”

The Buccaneers allowed 10 points week 1 at home against Carolina (tied for best with the Texans who gave up 10 at home to Miami), and gave up 41 this week on the road, the worst in the NFL.

The 34 points they scored, however, was 8 more than they scored in any game in 2011.

The 510 passing yards by Eli Manning (3 TD, 3 INT) is the most in a regular season NFL game since January 1st, when Lions QB Matthew Stafford threw 36/59 for 520 yards and 2 TDs (and a 103.8 rating) at Lambeau Field vs. the Packers.

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