The Bucs fall to division rivals New Orleans in the Superdome - 11/6/2011
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday October 16.
Ntohing beats a win in on national TV in front of a sold out crowd!
On Tuesay, New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck added more fuel to the fire of the recent controversy surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decision to attempt to strip Eli Manning while taking a knee at the end of Sunday's matchup.
It's considered an unspoken rule in the NFL that once a team decides to take a knee, the game has already been decided.
Tuck has taken it personally and poked more holes in the defense of the decision by Bucs' head coach Greg Schiano. Schiano claims it was his team playing to the final whistle and refusing to give up. The Giants, on the other hand, have labeled it "classless" and "bush league" in the wake of the event.
Tuck questioned Schiano's motivation behind the decision by citing some other things that went down during the game.
"I'll say this: We kneeled down in the first haf, and they didn't fire off. They let us score," Tuck said, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com. "So how do you play for 60 minutes and you are letting guys score? It is a little lack of class to but ... I am one person with an opinion."
By letting the Giants' score, Schiano had hoped to score, recover an onside kick and then score again. That's a valid but far fetched strategy in its own right. Maybe even more so than the attempt to strip the ball on a final play kneel down.
Eli Manning, the Giants' quarterback who was knocked down during the play, said he told the Bucs' defenders he was planning to take a knee as the team approached the line-of-scrimmage.
"I said it. I said as I walked up, 'Hey we're taking a knee,' but obviously they were down and ready and I had a feeling they were about to fire off," Manning said, according to Dan Hanzus of NFL.com. "There's nothing I can really do about it. I have to make sure I get the snap and the only thing I'm worried about right there is securing the ball and making sure we get the win."
While the Giants' players are clearly still upset about the play, the NFL has stated that no violations occurred on the part of the Bucs' coaching staff. It's time for both parties to move on.