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Greg Schiano: "I'd Call Kneel-Down Play Again"

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of the most hated teams int he NFL this week for violating the golden rule of giving up when the offense says you should. But Greg Schiano isn’t backing down, even if the New York Giants won’t shut about about their love affair with Greg Schiano and his decision.

Furthermore, not only did Schiano not apologize for the play, he indicated that he would have run it again — on the very next play. Talking with the NFL Network today, Schiano said he contemplated taking a timeout right after Eli Manning’s kneel-down, but felt that his players would have been in danger of retaliation from the Giants.

“I did (think about taking a timeout),” Schiano said. “But I also saw what was going on out there. And I guess my judgment was to not call it because I didn’t want anybody to get ejected, anybody to get penalized, fined. I said, you know what? Better let this go. Because I’ve done it.”

The usually quiet Schiano said he was sick of the ‘unwritten rule’ excuse that the Giants have been lauding and says their rule violated his rule.

“Well, I know one unwritten rule: We gotta win,” Schiano said. “And if we still have a chance to win, we’re playing to win.”

The Giants, however, can’t get rid of their rager for the Bucs and that last play on Sunday. But as the usually ant-Buccaneers writer Mike Florio pointed out in a column yesterday, the NFL shouldn’t be looking into the kneel-down from Tampa’s perspective, they should be investigating the Giants openly stating they endorse retaliation against the Buccaneers.

I don’t need to point put the ugly hypocrisy of the league when it comes to player safety — just look at the locked out refs. But their hypocrisy deepens with their ignoring of the Giants threats against the Buccaneers. After a summer that saw Roger Goodell go on a power trip over the Bounty-gate scandal, here we have an instance of players publicly saying you better watch your back.

I’d complain about it and get on a little soap box and cry my eyes out over this, but that’s something a lesser team does. If the Giants retaliate in an illegal way, we’ll discuss it. As of right now, they’re on the crying end of a very legal stick the Buccaneers surprised them with.

And Greg Schiano would happily break the ‘unwritten rule’ again, even if it rubs people the wrong way. Forgive me, I forgot this was tennis.

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