Mike Ditka Defends Greg Schiano

September 18th, 2012

Sunday, Giants headmaster Tom Coughlin got all bent out of shape in what he perceived as dirty tactics by Greg Schiano trying to force a fumble when the Giants were in a victory formation.

Well, many have come to Greg Schiano’s defense, including “Da Coach.”

No person personifies what the NFL was and should be: punch your opponent in the mouth, play whistle-to-whistle, never take a play off, physical, bruising mentality than Mike Ditka.

The Hall of Fame tight end and Super Bowl-winning coach came out swinging on BSPN Radio in his defense of the first-year Bucs coach.

“I like Greg Schiano a lot, I really do,” Ditka said in his first sentence about the subject. “You have pads and a helmet on — play! Tom [Coughlin] is wrong about this, no matter what he says. He’s wrong.”

21 Responses to “Mike Ditka Defends Greg Schiano”

  1. lightningbuc Says:

    I hope the next time the Bucs are in this situation – a minute left, they’re behind, they have no timeouts left, other team has the ball – that the whole team just heads into the locker room. Then Schiano can say “Hey, everybody told us to quit so that’s what we did.”

  2. Posey99 Says:

    Schiano just started a new NFL trend, watch and see.

  3. J-VILLBUCS Says:

    He just need to come out and say ” hey my intentions were to have the center fumble the snap and are guys jump on it, not to take cheap shots or hurt anyone”

  4. kh Says:

    Ditka has spoken.

  5. NJBucsFan Says:

    Just read on roto Shipley is back. This is interesting. 3 returners in 3 wks???

  6. Oahubuc Says:

    The end.

  7. Miguel Grande Says:

    Talk show participants are told what their opinions are to be by the show’s producers to be “fair and balanced” and to create discussion.

    If Ditka was ordered to take the other side of the argument he would. The producers simply “let” him take the old school, hard line.

    Schiano is an embarrassment to the Buccaneer organization and the NFL and both will suffer for this.

  8. Macabee Says:

    yes, we resigned Shipley, but we lost Markus White to the Redskins to replace Orakpo. We valued White as Dominik made him the highest paid PS player in the NFL.

  9. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    Miguel Grande, you are so busy trying not to be wrong that you are missing the truth. Be a man, stand up and eat crow. You are wrong. Period.

    And no matter how hard you try, you will never…NEVER…never be another Thomas 2.2. So just quit. People already think you are a fool…stop opening your mouth and proving it.

  10. blackmagic00 Says:

    Miguel you are an ………… Anyway the game last night where the falcon were up by a score and took a knee, matty lice and his line were ready for the Broncos to attack. The line protected and matt took a couple steps back just in case he got clobbered. That’s how it’s done. One score is a possible disaster when you think you won and the other team wants the ball back. If the game is over before the clock hits zero because some puss coaches hate full contact when they have the lead then they should hang it up. That’s not football and if it were a rule it would be a detrimental blow to the game and everything it’s about. Man up coaches and Miguel.

  11. Buczilla Says:

    Whoa Miguel Grande, slow your roll. Schiano is an embarrassment to the Buccaneer organization and the NFL? Did you ever actually play football? I played on both the high school and college level and have spent enough time around pros to know that this is a non-issue. Different coaches handle this in their own way, but a guy trying to teach his team to fight to the final whistle? Far from an embarrassment. I thought it was more heinous the way that the Giants slid to avoid scoring a touchdown. I thought that was a wussy move in the post season last year and I still do today.

    Now if you are trying to come at this from an ethical standpoint, you tell me which was worse? Sliding to avoid scoring to run out more time or trying to rush the center in hopes that he fumbles? The real answer is probably neither since they are both within the rules of the game, but one action shows more character than the other, and in my opinion it is not flopping on a ground like a fish.

  12. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    I am glad we got Ditka’s endorsement. He made a stand, unlike Jon Gruden did on MNF. Gruden played both sides of the controversy.

  13. Miguel Grande Says:

    “Now if you are trying to come at this from an ethical standpoint, you tell me which was worse?”

    You’re almost correct, it was horrible ethics for the Buc defense to lay down.

  14. bucyea Says:

    Hey lightning, you are the sheep joe is targeting with this crap. The Ditka statement was made yesterday on ‘Mike and Mike” well over 24 hours ago. We get it already.

  15. bucyea Says:

    I’m strongly on Shiano’s side of this, I loved it, BUT, Joe’s quote, “I was afraid this was going to be more of a story than it needs to be” sounds a bit self-serving considering, even BSPN has, for the most part, let this thing go. It’s an obvious attempt to keep stirring the pot. And yes, I do come here for Buc news, BUT none of this is new, or news, for that matter. maybe it’s because he’s still surrounded by the NY media, but we all know that the more knowledgable, astute football people agree with Shiano. Let’s move on.

  16. Paul Says:

    I can’t find the clip, but he didn’t seem as supportive in front of his peers on MNF countdown.

  17. Swashbuckler21 Says:

    I’m loving Greg Shiano, quite frankly its about darn time we sacked up as a team. To all the haters out there, seriously you’re really going to fuss about playing some hard nosed football? I’m getting tired of hearing all these bozo’s crying and complaining about their ouchies and booboos. Seriously…..Its Football….. heres a straw so you can suck it up!!!! GO BUCS!!!!!!!Coach you keep on doing what your doing, its a Bucs Life Baby!!!! Finally we can get a little pride back in Tampa Bay!

  18. Buczilla Says:

    I see the problem folks, Miguel Grande was looking for the Miss Manners fan page. Maybe you thought this was a gentlemen’s game like Cricket. Well sorry, either way, you missed by a long shot… I suppose you also think fights ruin hockey, scrums tarnish rugby, and physical contact has made a mockery of boxing.

  19. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Boom….Settled! Mike Ditka IS football personified…if he says he’s OK with it, I’m good with it too and so should everybody else!

  20. Jonny 3.3 Says:

    I still do not get why Joe(s) let posters like Miguel Grande post around here. It is not that he disagrees with many here like Thomas, he obviously is a troll trying to grab attention with inflammatory posts.

  21. 1976Buc Says:

    Of course Mike Ditka agrees with Schiano.