Jay Feely: “Tampa DLine Was Apologizing”October 1st, 2013
Ironically, last night Greg Schiano said he would “like people to quit complaining” about the Bucs attempting to blow up the line of scrimmage to possibly disrupt the closing-seconds victory formation of their opponents. But it seems there are complaints — from Buccaneer Men.
Today, Cardinals kick Jay Feely took exception to Schiano’s explanation that his team was hungry to engage in the unorthodox and potentially dangerous play. Feely jumped on Twitter to say members of the Bucs’ defensive line apologized to Cardinals players for doing just that Sunday.
@jayfeely – Schiano said. “And if anybody saw it, Gerald McCoy was shaking his head telling [Arizona], ‘We’re coming” Tampa DLine was apologizing
During his Monday radio show, Schiano earnestly detailed that his defensive players want to do the unorthodox and potentially dangerous play. Schiano even made the point that he wants all fans to know his Buccaneer Men are on board.
“But most importantly, you know, I want everybody to know, our players, I ask our players, ‘if we don’t want to do this, we don’t do it.’ I mean, that’s where I am. I’m not going to force guys,” Schiano said. “Because is there’s always a risk involved? Sure. I mean there’s always a risk involved when you’re hitting other people. And I’m talking about a risk for our players.
“But, you know, when your players believe it can give you an opportunity, now why do they believe? Because they’ve seen the video. They’ve seen the ball on the ground in a situation that that shouldn’t happen. So I think that they understand if done correctly, there’s a good opportunity. …”
Joe really doesn’t doubt Feely here. Joe knows a handful of Bucs players were not happy with the end-of-game tactic when it was unveiled against the Giants in New Jersey last year. It’s reasonable to think the brotherhood of the NFL doesn’t like it, even if Schiano is getting a “yes-sir” response from his team.