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Jay Feely says Buccaneers defensive line apologized for rushing victory formation

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers roll from one controversy into another.

Al Messerschmidt

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are infamous for rushing the victory under Greg Schiano. Where other teams tend to treat it as sacrosanct (though not every player does), the Buccaneers try to force a fumble on the snap. We've seen several coaches get angry about it, and Bruce Arians was no exception after his Arizona Cardinals saw their victory formation rushed.

Schiano defends the rushing by saying that it has created fumbles in the past (in college), and noted on his weekly radio show that the players have a choice to participate. He even noted that Gerald McCoy was telling the Cardinals that they were coming. Arizona kicker Jay Feely has a slightly different take on that.

That's pretty bad, if so, but at this point it wouldn't surprise me, either.

I don't even mind rushing the victory formation. You have a chance to win, and I think trying to get that win is a legitimate move. It may not fit with NFL etiquette, and it may piss off other players and coaches, but in the end you're out there to win a game.

The issue to me isn't rushing the victory formation. It's that we have yet another small bit of controversy in the most ludicrous month Tampa Bay football has ever seen -- and that's saying something.

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