By MARK CANNIZZARO
One night’s sleep later, Tom Coughlin still woke up this morning steamed at Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano for ordering his players to bust up the Giants’ end-game kneel-down “victory formation’’ on the last play of the Giants’ 41-34 win Sunday.
When informed of the obvious Monday -- the NFL’s confirmation that neither Schiano’s order nor the execution of the low bull-rush of the unsuspecting Giants’ offensive line was illegal -- Coughlin said, “That’s up to the NFL. I said what I said and I believe it to be accurate with regard to the number of years I’ve been in this league. I’ve said my piece about it.’’
Coughlin, of course, said his piece to Schiano when he ripped into the former Rutgers coach and NFL rookie head coach when they met on the field after the game.
Coughlin actually ends every Thursday practice with the victory formation as a message to his players that “this is where we want to be at the end of games.’’
“It was going to be a knee and (the Buccaneers) pushed off,’’ Giants running back Andre Brown, who was on the field for the play, said Monday.
“I didn’t expect that. They shot so low under (center David) Baas and (left guard Kevin) Boothe and (right guard Chris) Snee’s knees. It was a crazy situation.’’