The New York Giants are still bent about the Bucs.
Eli Manning didn't like getting hit as he attempted to run out the clock by taking a knee. The Giants quarterback told WFAN-AM in New York on Monday there is protocol in the NFL that teams follow.
"A lot of teams will ask in those situations, 'Are you taking a knee?' and I will tell them 'Hey, we're taking a knee. We're not firing off," said Manning. "We don't tell our lineman to fire off and hit them on that last play."
Manning said the Tampa Bay Buccaneers knew that the Giants were taking knee by lining up in a victory formation.
"I said it. I said as I walked up, 'Hey, we're taking a knee,' but obviously they were down and ready and had a feeling they were about to fire off," he said. "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."
Giant Guard Chris Snee is looking forward to seeing the Bucs down the road, whenever that is. He promises that his team will be ready for the Bucs, and he told the New York Daily News there will be a price to pay.
"We'll just tighten up and just be ready for them to fire off," said Snee. "I wouldn't change my reaction in any way. If a guy dives at my knees, my knee is going into the back of his head. That's what happened in the game, and that's what will happen going forward."
Many Giants players said they don't believe in what Bucs head coach Greg Schiano asked his team to do, and Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck said he would have refused to do it.
Even after a day to think about it, Schiano is sticking with his style. It's a play in his book that he used while a Rutgers.
"We've caused a fumble four times in the last five years with that play, and it's something that we practice," said Schiano. "To me it's a clean, hard, tough, finish-the-game play. Some people disagree with that, and that's certainly what makes the world go 'round; everyone has opinions. I don't have any remorse or regret."
"It's clean, hard football," said Schiano. "We made - it was no sneak attack, we were down ready to go, and that's how we do it all the time. If you study any tape of us, that's how we do it."
Schiano-gate continues to be debated around the country. Whether is right or wrong, one person that's tired of talking about is the man behind the call.
"That's the second time I've talked about it, and we're going to move on to other stuff," said Schiano. "That's not going to be the topic of conversation because we have a football game that we should have won, and we didn't. That's what I'm most frustrated with now. That's where my attention is. We've turned our attention toward the Cowboys after evaluating ourselves, but we got a big, tall order in front of us now."
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