NFL Handshake Debacle: Does Tom Coughlin or Greg Schiano Deserve More Blame?

Josh Zerkle@JoshZerkleChief Writer IIISeptember 17, 2012

The NFL had another handshake debacle in Week 2. No, it didn't stem from the Sunday night game, where San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz managed to politely press the flesh after their infamous midfield run-in last season

No, the second coming of, dare I say it, "HandshakeGate," happened in North Jersey, after the New York Giants had edged out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Big Blue's first win of the season. As the Giants assumed the Victory formation (essentially to run out the clock and end the game), some Buccaneers players took out some aggression on their Giants counterparts. A scuffle ensued, and the head coaches of both teams exchanged words at the 50-yard line.

Schiano, in his first year in the NFL after coming to Tampa Bay from Rutgers, was unapologetic (h/t New York Daily News):

What I do with our football team is that we fight until they tell us "Game over." There’s nothing dirty about it. There’s nothing illegal about it. We crowd the ball like a sneak defense and try to knock it loose.

So is Coughlin being overly sensitive? Or does Schiano need to learn how business is done on Sundays?

Senior NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller and I will meet at the 50 to lay blame on this latest display of soiled sportsmanship. Check out our own heated exchange in our latest video above and take your own side in the comments below. As always, thanks for watching. 

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