While it was already known that New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin didn’t appreciate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attacking Eli Manning in the waning moments of a Week 2 victory, his distaste now couldn’t be more apparent.
JP Peterson of TampaBaySportsCentral.com sought out and uploaded the video of the postgame “handshake” between Coughlin and Bucs coach Greg Schiano. The footage and transcript certainly aren’t PG, so proceed with caution.
Coughlin starts all the drama by fuming in the middle of the field, apparently upset that the Bucs threatened his fragile quarterback in the final seconds of the game.
The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach said, "What the f*** is that all about, trying to hurt the quarterback? That's bullsh**. That's bullsh**."
Coughlin then walks away without even shaking Schiano’s hand, who is now seemingly a bit peeved by Coughlin’s actions.
The former Rutgers coach told Coughlin, “Hey, Tom! Hey, Tom! We were going for the ball.”
The G-Men’s leader wasn’t having that, barking back, “Going for the ball? You were trying to hurt the quarterback.”
Schiano walked away upon hearing that, but not before getting the parting statement in.
“Bologna,” said the rookie head coach.
The on-field footage ends with a number of words muttered (all of which are bleeped out) and then cuts to Schiano and his players explaining that they go for the ball until the final whistle.
It’s highly unusual to see a team attack their opponent while in victory formation, but the Bucs head coach is trying to inspire his players and change the losing culture in Tampa.
Old-school coaches like Coughlin may not appreciate those tactics, but they are perfectly legal in the NFL. If he didn’t want his precious quarterback to risk injury that day, David Carr was ready and waiting on the bench as a backup.
Expect Schiano to pull this exact maneuver if put in a similar situation at another point this season. He’s not the type to back down from anyone and is making that abundantly clear from the beginning of his coaching tenure.
The new regime in Tampa Bay certainly isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers.