WATCH: Tom Coughlin has contentious hand-shake with Greg Schiano
With the Giants making a furious fourth-quarter comeback, an obviously frustrated Buccaneers squad took a shot at Eli Manning in the last-minute kneel-down. That led to a contentious post game handshake between Giants coach Tom Coughlin and Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano in which Coughlin was seen yelling at Schiano.
With the Giants making a furious fourth-quarter comeback that allowed the Super Bowl champions to avoid an 0-2 start to their season, an obviously frustrated Buccaneers squad took a shot at Eli Manning in the last-minute kneel-down.
That led to a contentious post game handshake between Giants coach Tom Coughlin and Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano in which Coughlin was seen yelling at Schiano for more than 15 seconds.
While some of the attention this week was focused on the meeting between Lions coach Jim Schwartz and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh one year after their apocalyptic postgame meeting, we didn’t expect a hot-headed showdown between a two-time Super Bowl winner and a first-time NFL head coach.
Coughlin explained later that he was upset because his players told him that the orders to hit Manning on the kneel-down came directly from Schiano. In his postgame presser, Manning also said he took "a little bit of a cheap shot."
That would explain why Coughlin approached Schiano pointing to his right and jawing at him. Coughlin walked away from Schiano, but then returned and shook Schiano’s hand. Then, Coughlin proceeded to blast Schiano with more angry words.
As you can see right here:
Said Schiano in his postgame news conference (via the Tampa Bay Times):
“I don’t know if that’s not something that’s done in the National Football League," Schiano said. "What I do with our football team is that we fight until they tell us game over. And 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. There’s nothing…if people watched Rutgers, they would know that’s what we do at the end of a game. 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."
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