Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/18/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws a pass during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium on August 29, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was furious at Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano on a cheap shot at trying to get the ball back during a kneel down in last Sunday’s match up. Tampa went low on the Giants offensive linemen in an attempt to put a hit on quarterback Eli Manning. In NFL circles, there is a code for conduct. You don’t smack the back of a losing coach in celebration (Jim Harbaugh), or run up the score (Bill Belichick), or try to force a fumble when a team is about to close out the game on a kneel down. Coughlin is as old school as it gets, so he knows the unspoken rules of engagement. However, hot shot newbie Schiano wants to start a new set of rules: “Guard your grill at all times,” Coughlin barked at the first year head coach. Manning talked about the situation on WFAN in New York with Mike Francesa:

“I guess certain teams you might say ‘hey watch out for a cheap shot.’ That’s what we call it. A lot of teams will ask in those situations ‘are you taking a knee’ and I will tell them ‘hey we’re taking a knee so we’re not firing off.’ We don’t tell our lineman to fire off and hit them on that last play. (Host: So there is an acknowledgment usually at the end of the game, was there that yesterday?) I said it. I said as I walked up, ‘hey we’re taking a knee’ but obviously they were down and ready and had a feeling they were about to fire off. 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.”

“I think its one thing to come off a little bit and another thing to have everybody right there diving in at the offensive linemen’s legs. Just a possibility of getting someone hurt and on a play where we’re taking a knee to end the game and people are coming, firing in and trying to get a cheap shot and trying to possibly hurt somebody.”

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