Still not backing down
One week after Bucs coach Greg Schiano caused controversy by instructing his defense to try to force a fumble as Giants QB Eli Manning took a knee on the final play, Tampa Bay's rookie head coach went a step further against Dallas.
The Cowboys, leading by six points, took possession with 40 seconds left in the game after a failed onside kick attempt by the Bucs. Tampa Bay not only played aggressively on the next snap, but twice called timeout in the final 14 seconds, forcing Romo to take a knee three times.
"We need to stop being known for the kneel-down play and start being known for winning football games, tight football games,'' Schiano said.
A week ago, Giants coach Tom Coughlin fussed at Schiano as the two met at midfield for their postgame handshake. Though the Bucs' tactics were booed by the fans at Cowboys Stadium, Dallas coach Jason Garrett did not appear bothered, shaking Schiano's hand without incident.
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Ira Kaufman has long been both a great writer for The Tampa Tribune and friend to the Bucs UK and BUCPOWER.COM. He writes on all sports for the paper but during the NFL season offers his stories on not just the Buccaneers, but also the NFL in general.