Greg Schiano Makes Rookie Mistake with Sketchy Call, and More NFC South News

Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterSeptember 17, 2012

photo courtesy of Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News
photo courtesy of Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News

New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano is taking a bunch of heat for the final play of Sunday's game against the New York Giants where his defense took a shot at Giants quarterback Eli Manning in the victory formation.

In his post-game press conference, Schiano said his defense tried to crowd the ball in an attempt to  sneak through and knock the football loose from Manning who was trying to kneel down to end the game.

Manning went toppling over backwards and tempers flared on the field between the players. When the coaches met at midfield, tempers flared there as well.

Schiano deserves all the heat he's getting.

After the game Schiano said that's the way he coached at Rutgers—he coached his guys to play until the final whistle.

"I don't know if that's not something that's done in the National Football League," said Schiano. "But what I do with out football team is they fight until it's game over. There's nothing dirty about it, there's nothing illegal about it."

Manning, in his press conference, begged to differ, according to the New York Daily News.

“That was a first. You know, obviously, I think it’s a little bit of a cheap shot,” Manning said. “We’re taking a knee, we’re in a friendly way, they are firing off and that’s a way to get someone hurt.”

Since Schiano took over the helm in Tampa Bay, he's made very few mistakes, if any at all. His knack for player motivation is top notch, as is his eye for player evaluation. His eye for right and wrong, dirty or clean, seems to be a bit skewed.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin set the rookie head coach straight after the two exchanged words on the field in a few moments of heated debate. After the league-mandated cooling off period, Coughlin let Schiano know the answer to the question of whether or not sneaking into the backfield by force during the victory formation was acceptable.

“I don’t think you do that at this level,” Coughlin said.


Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution discusses many of the hot topics for Monday night's game against Denver.

The Falcons are preparing for a big-time bout with Peyton Manning on Monday Night Football. [Fox Sports South]


Carolina Panthers

Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer thinks Cam Newton made the Panthers look like a playoff team on Sunday.

Only one unit was given the grade of a "C" from the Charlotte Observer, and that was the linebacker corps. Every other unit was given either an "A" or a "B."


New Orleans Saints

Zach Strief said "nothing is good enough" in regard to the Saints' two losses to start the season. [Times-Picayune]

The Saints gave up six plays of 25 yards or more to Carolina on Sunday, which this Times-Picayune article cites as one of the reasons for the loss.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay defense allowed 604 yards of total offense from the Giants and was a non-factor in the second half Sunday. [The Tampa Tribune]

The Pewter Report goes back and examines its five keys to the game against New York and grades the results for the Buccaneers.