Nobody is talking about the 14-point comeback the New York Giants showcased against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2 of the NFL season. The only thing we keep hearing about is the Tom Coughlin and Greg Schiano fiasco.
With the game winding down, Eli Manning and the Giants lined up in the victory formation. The snap ensued and the Bucs defensive linemen pushed through the relaxed Giants' line, trying to hold nothing back.
You either agree with one or the other. So who was right?
Coughlin and Schiano exchanged heated words after the game. The Giants' head coach was very angry at what happened, but the Bucs' head coach says he did nothing illegal. The debates have been at full force all morning on various sports media outlets.
According to The New York Times, Coughlin stated after the game:
"I don't think you do that at this level. You don't do that in this league."
The Giants' head coach believes it was an unethical play that was disrespectful to the game of football. His premise was that the game was over, but was it really?
Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano responded with this comment after the game. Via ESPN:
"I don't know if that's not something that's not done in the National Football League, but what I do with our football team is we fight until they tell us 'game over.' There's nothing dirty about it and there's nothing illegal about it."
His reason is that he coaches his team to never give up, and the game isn't over until the whistle blows. He is teaching the Buccaneers to continue fighting, no matter the adversity.
Multiple players, new and old, have chipped in on the conversation. Of course, offensive players like Eli Manning and former quarterback Dan Marino say Coughlin is right. Meanwhile, hard-nosed players like former Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce and Hall of Famer Mike Ditka believe Schiano made the right decision.
The NFL has responded through a spokesperson stating, via The New York Daily News:
"There is nothing further on the incident at the end of the game. There were no violations on the play or afterwards that would require follow up from our office."
Was it dirty? Was the game really even over?