Schiano says no rules broken on kneel-down play

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TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano didn’t break any NFL kneel-down rules and isn’t apologizing for his aggressive tactics of going after the New York Giants when they were lined up for the final play.

“To me it’s a clean, hard, tough, finish-the-game play,” Schiano said on Monday. “Some people disagree with that. That’s certainly what makes the world go round. Everybody has opinions. I don’t have any remorse or regret. It’s clean hard football. It was no sneak attack. We were down ready to go, and that’s how we do it all the time.”

What the first-year NFL coach did against the Giants — instructing his defensive lineman to plow into the Giants’ offensive line with Eli Manning lined up in victory formation with 5 seconds left on the clock in New York’s 41-34 victory— sparked a debate on whether the Bucs crossed the line when it comes to the league’s unspoken rules.

The NFL said the Bucs didn’t break any league rules and doesn’t plan to take any action against Schiano or the team.

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