Buccaneers coach, player get into sideline altercation

  • By Dan Hanzus
  • Around the League Writer
  • Updated: Dec. 16, 2012 at 02:45 p.m.

It's been a rough few weeks for the Tampa Bay Buccanners, who went from NFC underdog darling to December also-ran as fast as you can say "unlikable QB-kneel strategy."
That frustration appeared to bubble over in the second quarter of Sunday's matchup against the New Orleans Saints, when linebacker Adam Hayward got into an altercation with defensive front seven coach Bryan Cox.

FOX cameras showed Hayward stepping in front of Cox as the coach yelled toward the field. Cox used a one-arm push to dismiss Hayward, who responded by shoving Cox with two hands. Cox then turned his full attention to Hayward, putting his finger in the linebacker's face as the two jawed back and fourth. At that point, linebacker Jacob Cutrera stepped in to move Hayward away.

It was a heat-of-the-moment type situation we're sure both men will dismiss after the game. Still, it's never a good idea to put your hands on your coach, especially when that coach is Bryan Cox.