Class is spelled C-L-A-S-S now back the f##k up
Week two of the NFL season brought about one or two surprising results and let’s just say that there might indeed be some justice after-all, as the New Orleans Saints find themselves rooted at the bottom of the NFC South with an 0-2 record . Their 35-27 loss to the Carolina Panthers shows that for all of the still fomenting controversy that continues to embroil the franchise , let’s not forget there’s football to be played by this team. And as of now , there can be no excuses made for his latest defeat Drew Brees or anyone else on this team , be it from the coaching staff , led for at present by Aaron Kromer , while Joe Vitt and Sean Payton sit out their league mandated suspensions . Meanwhile , the four players embroiled in the scandal that has engulfed the franchise will be meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they seek to reach an amicable agreement on some form of punishment. No one will be entirely happy with the situation no matter what form of a compromise is reached.
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What may well have been the most eventful game of the day , might be the events that unfolded between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants at MetLife Stadium , in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Apart from being a thrilling spectacle, this game lived up to all of the expectations between these two NFC conference teams. The Giants’ front seven made sure that quarterback Eli Manning was adequately protected but at times you could clearly see that the Buccaneers’ players beyond their inexperience showed a complete lack in class, as they sought to make some exceptionally dubious and distasteful plays.If this is what Greg Schiano feels that he needs to imbue his team with , in order to make them better , then he had better take his dumb ass back to the college ranks with Rutgers and ply that trait there ! If your defense isn’t good enough, and in giving up over 600 yards of offense , as Eli Manning and the Giant’s offense simply shredded your “secondary” for 510 passing yards along with 94 rushing yards , simply indicates that the Buccaneers were not amenable to being embarrassed in-front of a national television audience. Schiano’s post-game interview and his reasons behind the last-minute actions of his players speaks highly to a coach looking to make a name for himself among his peers while not realizing those actions will have serious repercussions for his team. Tom Coughlin has made his sentiments known with regard to t
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By Greg Rosenthal of NFL.com
New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin was furious with new Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano after Tampa Bay tried to dislodge the football while Eli Manning was kneeling down to ice Sunday’s 41-34 win.
Eli Manning called it a “cheap shot.”
Several Giants called it bush-league. Schiano called it Buccaneers football.
“I don’t know if that’s not something that’s done in the National Football League,” Schiano said after the game, via the Tampa Bay Times. “What I do with our football team is we fight until they tell us game over. And there’s nothing dirty about it. There’s nothing illegal about it. If people watched Rutgers, they would know that’s what we do at the end of a game.”
Schiano started changing the culture in Tampa the minute he got there. He obsessed about keeping players’ toes on the line — literally. He got rid of players that didn’t fit in like tight end Kellen Winslow. The end of game strategy ties right into Schiano’s no holds barred approach.
“We do what we’re coached,” Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. “Leave it at that.”
It will be telling to see if Schiano changes his approach when a similar situation comes up again. His quote above indicates that he’ll hold his ground and do things a little different.
It will be even more telling when the Bucs can hold on to a massive second half lead on the road.
The game-officials once again made some questionable calls and if the fans are asked to endure this idiocy over the remainder of the season , then Roger Goodell and the league hierarchy will have a great deal of explaining to do. As the game’s highest-ranking, executive the commissioner insists that the replacement referees are performing exceptionally well. I seriously doubt that the vast majority of fans share Roger Goodell’s enthusiasm for the officials and the numerous mistakes that have been and will be made ! As the season unfolds it has become abundantly clear that the decision made by the commissioner to install the replacement referees was a sent as a message to be show across the bow of the NFLRA (referees’ union). The NFL hopes to reach an agreement with the union by week five but the impasse between the two parties, rather than converging now seems wider than ever , with the league seeking to the pain the referees’ union as the villains of the piece . It is becoming even more apparent that both parties are so far apart than any thought of a quick resolution now seems further away than ever.
It would be remiss to suggest that the New York Giants had this game entirely to themselves but as the Buccaneers sought to dominant and forceful , you simply got the feeling that their best simply would not be good enough. Josh Freeman, the young quarterback of the Buccaneers is seeking to reestablish himself as the sophomore quarterback we saw in 2010 . Unfortunately, as I alluded to earlier the Buccaneers’ defense was a step too slow and inexperienced to deal with the Giants’ offense. As the game ebbed and flowed, so too did the physicality and temperament of the match-up between these two teams . However, what may well have been a damning indictment was how during the waning moments the Buccaneers’ players began to show their frustration and complete lack of class .
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By Dan Hanzus , NFL.com
Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz don’t meet again until Sunday night, but Tom Coughlin and Greg Schiano provided a nice undercard of squabbling coaches at the Meadowlands.
Fox cameras captured Coughlin jawing at Schiano seconds after the New York Giants’ 41-34 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. According to The Star-Ledger, Coughlin was upset that Bucs defenders attempted to tackle Giants quarterback Eli Manning during a kneel-down in the final seconds.
“I don’t think you do that,” Coughlin said, according to the New York Post. “You don’t do that in this league. Not only that, you jeopardize the offensive line, you jeopardize the quarterback. Thank goodness we didn’t get anybody hurt — that I know of. A couple of linemen were late getting in.”
Manning told reporters after the game that he took “a little bit of a cheap shot” on the play, according to the Post. Wide receiver Victor Cruz made several mentions of a “cheap shot” during his time with reporters. Defensive lineman Justin Tuck said the play “won’t be forgotten.”
Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said the players were just doing as they’re instructed, and Schiano confirmed that, saying it’s something his Rutgers teams always did.
“I don’t know if that’s not something that’s done in the National Football League,” the first-year Bucs coach said, according to the Post. “What I do with our football team is that we fight until they tell us game over. And there’s nothing dirty about it, there’s nothing illegal about it. We crowd the ball like a sneak defense and try to knock it loose. …
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On the wrong end of a 41-34 loss ,with the Giants in possession of the ball and Eli Manning about to take “a knee” to end the game , the defensive unit saw fit to rush the Giants’ offensive line looking to do some physical harm. In his post-game interview sought to downplay this by simply suggesting that his players played to the “whistle” . There is as such a code of conduct to the followed , and I believe sportsmanship and having the respect for an opponent should mean something ! It would appear that does not appear to be in the playbook of the Buccaneers’ young head coach. If he and his team continues with that mindset , he could very well find out that this will all come back to bite his team in the proverbial ass ! A number of the Bucs’ players could be seen apart from looking to clear a path the Giants’ quarterback were also seen to be throwing punches at their opponent. The end of game confrontation and the “heated” exchange of words between Greg Schiano and his counterpart , Tom Coughlin may well lead to an investigation of the events during the game and the conversation between the two head coaches on-field at the end of the game.
At 1-1 within the NFC East , I am not so sure that I can take the Dallas Cowboys seriously as a legitimate contender for the Superbowl (SBXLVII) . Team owner Jerry Jones may well feel that this team is built to win this season but clearly something is awry after the events of this past Sunday . Inexplicably, head coach , Jason Garrett and his much vaunted team failed to show up as they laid what can only described as a piece of fecal matter , in being wrong end of a 27-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks . Can someone please call me when Tony Romo is of the mindset to win a meaningful game over the course of his career , much less lead with authority . There is way too much deference that has been given to a player that has yet to deliver — anything tangible to the Cowboys’ franchise .
Turnovers plagued the Cowboys during this game at Qwest Field in Seattle , Washington, and the biggest culprit was Tony Romo , with his erratic play during this match-up against the Seahawks .. Repeatedly , we’re told that Romo is a top-ten quarterback in the NFL and with due respect to Ron Jaworski , one year doesn’t career make . Statistically, 2011 was the best year yet for Cowboys’ incumbent starting quarterback but as I have suggested, the player has yet to win a meaningful game over the course of his eight-year career ! !. Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson , a rookie from this year’s NFL Draft and taken 75th overall in the third round — by the Seahawks , came into only his second professional game and simply outshone his more seasoned opponent . It could now make for one hell of season in the NFC West , if the Seattle Seahawks can ride on the coat-tails of Russell Wilson. The young rookie, has shown the poise not often associated with a first year player and in beating out his more celebrated teammate Matt Flynn, whose contract was designed him to create the premise of Flynn being seen as the seasoned veteran . However , during the preseason would suggest that it was Wilson who was ready to be the signal-caller for the team at the behest of head coach , Pete Carroll .
It no longer makes any sense , to continue to lambast the Dallas Cowboys, as their record over the past ten years speaks volumes as to the ineptitude shown by the franchise in that time. Suffice to say, a pot of gold and a leprechaun still might not be enough for an under-achieving and what amounts to being a highly overpaid — roster , albeit that they remain the NFL’s most valuable franchise . Jerry Jones may well love to make money but I would surmise, he would love to make even far more money with his club being anointed Superbowl champions, and with the Lombardi Trophy sitting in the midst of a trophy case festooned with the other 5 titles won by the NFL franchise, since their inception.
Quarterbacks coming out of USC (Trojans) should get their SAG cards (Screen Actors’ Guild) , as their performances this weekend bordered on being more dramatic , rather than being athletic. Mark Sanchez, Carson Palmer and Matt Cassel have proven to me , all that glitters is not necessarily gold . The trios of quarterbacks’ respective teams were defeated, as the New York Jets fell 27-10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers , the Oakland Raiders were their usual lackluster selves in being upended 35-13 0 by the Miami Dolphins . And does anyone actually believe that the Kansas City Chiefs are a real threat to anyone after their humiliation at the hands of the Buffalo Bills in losing 35-17 ? I think it is pretty safe to say the hype that has justified USC Trojans’ quarterbacks is only valid, when applicable at the college level , yet within the NFL beyond Sanchez’s two successive incursions in the postseason , the returns have been meager amongst the aforementioned players at the position . . Hype is one , yet there has been nothing tangible from the trio to suggest that they’re capable of leading their respective teams to where they desire to be.
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Of the results in week two , which do you believe was the most surprising of all ? Which team has been the most impressive in the two weeks of football that we have been exposed to ? Last but not least , are you of the belief that the behavior of the Buccaneers’ players was a premeditated act in the dying moment of the game when the result itself (41-34) was beyond doubt ? Do leave a comment as you see fit , and as always thanks for the continued support as it is greatly appreciated !
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(1) New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees (9) reaches the ball over the goal line for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. The Panthers won 35-27 . AP Photo/Bob Leverone…
(2)New Orleans Saints acting head coach Aaron Kromer looks on during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. AP Photo/Bob Leverone …
(3) New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks to pass as teammates Sean Locklear (75) and Kevin Boothe (77) block during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. Manning threw for 510 yards, second most for a Giants quarterback, and Andre Brown’s 2-yard run with 31 seconds left lifted New York to a wild 41-34 victory Sunday over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A AP Photo/Bill Kostroun …..
(4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) celebrates with Erik Lorig (41) after rushing for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. AP Photo/Julio Cortez …..
(5) Giants’ head Tom Coughlin , left , is seen here with his counterpart Greg Schiano after the Buccaneers’ loss 41-34 in an NFC —-game on Sunday 16th September , 2012 at MetLife Stadium , East Rutherford , New Jersey . The heightened animus between the two coaches had more to do with the behavior the Buccaneers’ defensive players in the waning moments of the game. AP Photo / Todd Andrews … ….
(6) Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) hands the ball to running back Darren McFadden (20) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in Miami. The Dolphins would go on to defeat the Raiders 35-13 . AP Photo/Lynne Sladky …
(7) Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (22) celebrates a second touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in Miami. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee ….
(8) Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) talks with New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) after an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. The Steelers won 27-10 . AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar …..
(9) Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel throws during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. Buffalo defeated their AFC opponents the Kansas City Chiefs 35-17 . AP Photo/Bill Wippert ……
(10) Buffalo Bills’ C.J. Spiller (28) runs against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. AP Photo/Bill Wippert ……
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