Matt Schaub offered “no comment” on Thursday when asked about Ndamukong Suh kicking him in the groin during the Houston Texans’ win over the Detroit Lions. During an interview with “In the Loop with Nick Wright and John Lopez” on SportsRadio 610 in Houston on Monday, he was not quite as tight-lipped.
Suh came up in conversation and one of the hosts asked Schaub if he would ever want him as a teammate.
“No,” the Texans quarterback replied according to ESPN.com. “You don’t want a player like that. The stuff that he stands for and the type of player he is, that’s not Houston Texan-worthy. That’s not what we’re about as a football team, as individuals, collectively as a group, we’re not that type of person.”
If you were wondering if Schaub thought the kick was intentional, you now have your answer. On Sunday, an NFL official reportedly told ESPN that Suh will “not be getting the benefit of the doubt” when representatives from the league get together for their weekly meeting on Monday. NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson also said that no form of discipline can be ruled out when dealing with a player who has Suh’s history.
What history? Last Thanksgiving, Suh blatantly stomped on a Packers player and was given a two-game suspension because of it. Suh was recently voted the least-liked player in the NFL for a reason, and his cheap shots on Thanksgiving in back-to-back years remind us why. I highly doubt Schaub is the only player in the league who would not want the big defensive lineman as a teammate.
Ndamukong Suh has wasted a lot of breath defending himself against assertions that he’s a dirty player, but after his actions on Thanksgiving for the second straight year, he is out of excuses.
The Detroit Lions defensive lineman had fallen over on a first-quarter pass from Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub when his foot made contact with Schaub’s manly region. Knowing that Schaub was next to him, Suh extended his leg and kicked the quarterback in the groin.
In an effort to remain fair, many people have said they are not sure if the kick was intentional, but there’s no doubt in my mind he did it intentionally. He knew exactly where Schaub was and made a kicking motion with his foot on purpose.
Schaub was ticked about the play after the game, according to Houston Chronicle reporter Tania Ganguli.
“I have no comment about that play or that player,” Schaub said.
He might not have a comment, but we do. It was a dirty play from a notoriously dirty player. And the interesting part is that Suh is making it a Thanksgiving tradition to stomp — or kick — his opponent. See Suh? This is exactly why you rank as the least-liked played in the NFL.
Matt Schaub was bloodied on a vicious hit by Broncos linebacker Joe Mays on Sunday, and he confirmed after the game that he lost a chunk of it.
“I felt fine,” Schaub said, per the Houston Chronicle. “Lost a piece of my ear.”
Mocksession grabbed the shot you see above and was all over the development as it happened. They added the caption, “So Matt Schaub is now missing part of his ear.”
We’re guessing a piece of his ear came off when his helmet was dislodged on the hit.
Mays was penalized 15 yards for roughing the passer, a play after Von Miller was flagged for the same infraction. Schaub ended up missing a play before returning. He finished 17/30 for 290 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception in Houston’s 31-25 win.
Below is a video of the play:
When the Raiders defeated the Texans in Houston on Sunday, it was no secret the end result was more than just a win. Players and coaches were no doubt mourning the loss of their late owner, Al Davis, and were able to cash in on the “win one for Al” mentality. Aside from the emotional aspect of the victory, Oakland also proved it is capable of winning an important game on the road.
Enter defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who decided to make the win a little less graceful with his comments about Matt Schaub after the game.
“Old boy choked,” Kelly said while laughing according to the Houston Chronicle via CBSSports.com’s Eye on Football blog. “All he had to do was run it in. He choked, simple as that.”
As you probably know, Kelly is referring to the final play of the game during which it aappeared Schaub had a running lane from a few yards out but he tossed the ball right into the hands of Michael Huff. That being said, defensive backs and linebackers tend to close on slow quarterbacks like Schaub pretty quickly, so it’s no guarantee he would have gotten in.
The poor throw is inexcusable, but Kelly should know better than to take credit away from his own team by ragging on the opponent. Comments like those accomplish nothing.