Nathan Buckley speaks with Jarrod Witts during the game. Photo: Pat Scala
"There should be more of it," said Essendon coach Mark Thompson, although he may have been joking.
Reflecting on last weekend's incident in which Collingwood AFL coach Nathan Buckley tugged the jumper and yelled at ruckman Jarrod Witts on the bench during the third quarter of his side's loss to Hawthorn at the MCG, Thompson said he had probably done the same thing at some stage.
A two-time premiership mentor at Geelong before becoming Essendon's senior coach in 2014, Thompson says footy is an emotional game.
"I probably have. A little bit," Thompson told FoxFooty's AFL 360 program on Monday night.
"I don't think there's anything wrong with it. It's an emotional game.
"Some players sometimes need a bit of a jolt."
Sydney's 2005 premiership coach Paul Roos, now in his first season at Melbourne, said he was also guilty of going too far with players.
But not in a physical sense.
"All credit to Bucks too. He sends a tweet out after the game and said he was probably a bit overt today," Roos told the program.
"So no harm, no foul. Move on.
"It's a good talking point and it's good to have a couple of coaches talking about and explaining the situation.
"But I thought Bucks handled it well at the end of the day and probably was pretty calculated when he did it."
Witts responded by kicking two goals in the last quarter.
Roos recalled his own clash with Sydney player Ben Mathews, who's now an assistant coach at Melbourne.
"I gave him a spray after the game," Roos said.
"And I said to the players on the Monday that's just uncalled for. Benny was one of our most professional players.
"He was underdone.
"He had a bad game. I singled him out.
"I was really not happy. I apologised to him and apologised to the team.
"That's basically what Bucks is doing as well."
Hawthorn great Jason Dunstall said it didn't look good.
"I don't think it's ideal," Dunstall told FoxFooty's On The Couch program.
"Bucks probably thinks in hindsight `gee I wish I hadn't done that so openly'.
"We're placing a lot of faith in the player just to cop it. Because if he does anything other than cop it, it becomes a huge story."