Ron Jaworski Says Tom Coughlin Should Apologize to Greg Schiano
I usually enjoy Jaws on ESPN but he is dead wrong in this case. Jaworski uses as the basis of his argument the Miracle at the Meadowlands in 1978 where Herm Edwards recovered a fumble on the last play of the game to score a TD and give the Eagles the win.
The problem with that scenario and yesterdays bush league call by Schiano and the Bucs is that they were completely different situations. The only similarities are that it occurred at the end of the game.
In 1978 the Giants actually ran an offensive play, they did not set up in the kneel down formation like they did yesterday vs Tampa Bay. The Giants QB at that time was Joe Pisarcik, the ball was fumbled during a handoff to Larry Csonka, it was a huge mistake which cost the Giants the game.
On Sunday week 2 of the 2012 season it was a given that Manning would take a knee, but Bucs coach Greg Schiano must have had a lapse and forgotten he was in the NFL not at Rutgers. He instructed his defensive players to go in hard at Manning. His excuse after the game was that his teams play hard until the last snap. It's a dumb excuse or reason, how many times has such action worked in the NFL? NEVER!
It seemed more as if his ego got in the way and he instructed his players to do something to send a message to other teams and the NFL. Karma has a way of biting you in the ass and I wouldn't be surprised if a head coach somewhere is putting this in his memory bank. Former players and coaches seem divided on this, some say it's part of the game. Even former Giants LB Antonio Pierce defended Schiano's decision which I find even more ridiculous. Former coach Mike Ditka did the same.
It's easy for them to say it's OK cause they are no longer playing or coaching but I guarantee you that if they were on the field their reactions would have been different. Both Ditka and Pierce were fiery competitors and they would have been livid if another team would have disrespected them that way. Merril Hoge on ESPN seems to be one of the few who still understands how it's supposed to be played.
I for one appreciate coach Tom Coughlin standing up for his QB Eli Manning and his offensive players. A dumb season ending injury can occur especially when the Bucs defensive players were under cutting Giants lineman at the knees. It's dangerous, irresponsible and it was a bush league call by Greg Schiano and Ron Jaworski should apologize to Tom Coughlin for even suggesting such a ridiculous thing.