By PAUL SCHWARTZ
It was clear from the moment Giants coach Tom Coughlin walked across the field at MetLife Stadium and angrily confronted Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano on Sept. 17 that Coughlin was steaming. Coughlin didn’t appreciate seeing the Bucs go live on the final kneel-down play of the Giants’ 41-34 victory. The surge from the Tampa Bay defense resulted in the unsuspecting Giants offensive linemen getting their knees hit by low-flying helmets and Eli Manning getting knocked to the turf.
Coughlin wagged his finger as he berated Schiano. And now, thanks to some obscenity-laced audio of the non-cordial postgame handshake, it’s obvious just how upset Coughlin was.
“What the f--k’s that all about? Trying to hurt the quarterback?” Coughlin shouted at Schiano, according to WFLA and JoeBucsFans.com from an audio transcribed by TampaBaySportsCentral.com.
After Schiano responded with something that was inaudible, Coughlin shot back “That’s bulls--t!”
Schiano then apparently tried to explain what was going down on the last play but Coughlin wasn’t having any of it.
“Going for the ball? You’re trying to hurt the quarterback,’’ Coughlin snapped.
“Baloney!” Schiano responded.
In the days that followed, Coughlin didn’t back off his contention that what Schiano did in his second NFL game was uncalled for. And Schiano didn’t back off his belief he was simply instructing his players to play to the final whistle.