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Eli Manning ends up on his backside as he attempts to kneel down at the end of the Giants win over the Bucs Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
If the Cowboys are leading the Buccaneers by a touchdown on Sunday and Tony Romo gets laid out trying to take a knee on the final play of the game, you wonât hear any cries of foul play from Jerry Jones.
The Dallas Cowboys owner told the Dallas Morning News Tuesday that he thinks the kneel-down to end a game should be outlawed because itâs âa wasted play for our fans.â
âI donât like it,â Jones said of the kneel-down when discussing the way the Giantsâ 41-34 win over the Buccaneers, the Cowboysâ next opponent, ended on Sunday. With the Giants up by a touchdown, Eli Manning took the ball from center and was knocked onto his keister while trying to take a knee after Tampa Bayâs defensive line rushed an unsuspecting Giants o-line.
âLamar Hunt tried several times to introduce a rule to have it voted on that you couldnât kneel down, you had to run a play,â the 69-year-old Cowboys owner said. âUnless you were going to try to advance the ball, then you got a penalty and the time didnât run off the clock. Itâs not a good play.â
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Giants coach Tom Coughlin gave Bucs rookie coach Greg Schiano an earful when they met at midfield following the game, scolding the former Rutgers coach for violating an unwritten rule.
âYou donât do that in this league,â Coughlin, who was clearly furious, said after the game. âYou jeopardize the offensive line, you jeopardize the quarterback. Thank goodness we didnât get anybody hurt â" that I know of.â
âI donât know if thatâs not something thatâs done in the National Football League,ââ an unapologetic Schiano said. âWhat I do with our football team is that we fight until they tell us âGame over.â Thereâs nothing dirty about it. Thereâs nothing illegal about it. We crowd the ball like a sneak defense and try to knock it loose.â
The NFL seemed to agree with Schiano, saying Monday that his Bucs didnât violate any NFL rules by rushing the Giants on what has become a routine play to run out the clock in NFL games.
âIf people watched Rutgers they would know thatâs what we do at the end of a game,â Schiano added. âWeâre not going to quit. Thatâs just the way I coach and teach our players.â
Giants players â" including their anything-but-controversial quarterback Eli Manning â" clearly disagreed with Schiano, calling the play a âcheap shotâ and âbush league.â But Jones doesnât seem to have a problem with what the play means to the players â" heâs concerned about the fans.
âIâve always thought (the kneel-down was) a wasted play for our fans,â he said.
What probably had the Giants even more chapped was the fact that Manning says he told the Bucs as he walked up to the line of scrimmage that he was taking a knee.
"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 told Mike Francesa on WFAN Tuesday. "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."