Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/18/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 08: Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants watches from the sideline during NFL action against the San Diego Chargers at Giants Stadium on November 8, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

FN Follies

After Week 2 of the NFL season, there are 20 teams with 1-1 records.

The only thing more predictable than football parity?

The fact that there are plenty of controversies, foolishness and oddities to comment on.

Here are some of the key highlights (and low-lights) this week.

Tom Coughlin and Greg Schiano don't like each other. With five seconds left and the New York Giants about to take a knee to run out the clock in an exciting, 41-34 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Giants quarterback Eli Manning called for the "victory formation" to take a knee and end the game.

As Manning went to kneel down, the Buccaneers' defensive line bull-rushed the Giants' line, knocking Manning to the ground and resulting in a skirmish between the two teams and a post-game confrontation between head coaches Coughlin and Schiano before the ceremonial handshake at midfield.

After the game, Schiano explained his reasoning, saying, "If people watched Rutgers they would know that’s what we do at the end of a game. We’re not going to quit. That’s just the way I coach and teach our players."

Added Buccaneers' defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, "We do what we’re coached. I’ll leave it at that."

But Coughlin wouldn't have any of it, adding, "They might do that in college, but we don't do that here."

While there is no formal rule about defenders not contesting the final knell-down(s) to end a game, it does violate one of football's "unwritten" rules.

Furthermore, he's opening his players to potential physical retaliation, which also won't endear him to the league office (and their heightened sense of player safety).

Schiano may want to bring his "chopping wood" mentality of play to the NFL, but this isn't college. Money talks, and taking a shot at a two-time Super Bowl MVP making $20 million is not an ideal way to make a name for yourself.

But if it doesn't work out here, you're always welcome back at Rutgers, Greg.

Jay Cutler throws a tantrum on national TV. Yes, he's at it again. Cutler had a brutal game, throwing four interceptions and was sacked seven times in the Chicago Bears 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field last Thursday night.

During the game Cutler was seen (on national TV, mind you) yelling at left tackle J'Marcus Webb and other teammates, and later shoved Webb. This led to fellow Bear D.J. Moore ripping Cutler on Tuesday, saying that what the QB did was "unfair" to Webb.

Way to endear yourself to your teammates, Jay. And you wonder why you can't shake that "diva" label.

Josh Morgan is the goat of the week. With the Washington Redskins trailing the St. Louis Rams 31-28, rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III started driving his squad for a potential game-tying field goal with less than two minutes left in the game.

On third-and-8, RG3 completed a pass to wide receiver Josh Morgan at the 29 yard line, just shy of the first down but within range of a makeable field goal by Billy Cundiff (well, if there is such a thing for Cundiff).

Morgan took exception to the hit to the chin by the notoriously chippy Cortland Finnegan at the end of the play, and hurled the football at Finnegan's head.

A 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty later, Cundiff misses a 62-yard field goal attempt (can't fault him on that one), Redskins lose. While we give Morgan credit for later accepting responsibility, he still deserves the "goat" award. CONTROL YOUR EMOTIONS!

We all agree, replacement refs need to go. Week 2 saw the NFL pull replacement ref Brian Stropolo off the New Orleans Saints-Carolina Panthers game for being an unabashed Saints fan.

Then came more questionable calls, dragged-out decisions and multiple brawls in both the Baltimore Ravens-Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos-Atlanta Falcons games - causing both Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and ESPN's Mike Tirico to publicly ridicule the current crop of referees.

Can we just all agree that the lockout of officials and the league need to come to their senses and end this charade? We, as fans, promise not to complain about the regular officials' calls once they return. Well, at least for a few weeks.

Who is this guy in the NFL.com and NFL Network commercials? You've seen this odd, nameless pitchman every Sunday, wearing a blue suit and sporting an odd beard, standing in a wheat field promoting fantasy football and cracking lame jokes about the upcoming edition of Thursday Night Football.

He looks like a cross between Will Ferrell meets Abe Lincoln meets Willy Wonka. And it's not funny.

What is his point? Are you trying to scare us away? Does he have black-and-white pictures of Roger Goodell stashed away in a manila envelope?

Please, NFL, spare us. Pull the plug now and hire some washed-up comedian to do your ads.

Until then, enjoy Week 3. And rest in peace, Steve Sabol.



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