Posted by Josh Katzowitz
We’ve chronicled how much Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton absolutely HATES the Texans. He told us that in the lead-up to Houston’s win last Sunday, and he said it again after the Jaguars loss was complete. It’s because, he said, the Texans are dirty.
"It was just the dirty stuff they were doing,” Knighton said. “I don't want to get into specifics; I just don't like them. … I'm not going to get into names or anything like that, but we play them again.”
Jacksonville defensive end Jeremy Mincey also accused the Texans of stepping on his head when he lay on the ground.
All of which led Houston coach Gary Kubiak to say: Yeah? And so what?
“It doesn't bother me," Kubiak said Monday, via the Houston Chronicle. "We're going to put 46 guys out there and play as hard as we can play. Other than that, I've got no comment on it."
This is the second-straight week, a Texans opponent has accused them of dirty play, but when Tennessee defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks complained about Houston offensive linemen Eric Winston and Wade Smith, Marks also said their cut-blocks were legal.
PFT has a good explanation of what constitutes a legal cut block from an illegal cut blog: “Cut blocks are legal. It’s even legal for an offensive lineman on a running play to engage a defensive lineman and then have a second offensive lineman come in and hit the defensive lineman low. It only becomes illegal if the two offensive players engaged in the high-low blocks weren’t lined up next to each other on the offensive line. So it’s legal with a center and a guard, but illegal with a center and a tackle.”
Future Texans opponents should expect the same kind of stunts from the Texans. Namely, plenty of (legal) cut blocking.
“It's just part of what we do," Kubiak said. "We think to be good at running the football, you've got to do the little things in the run game, especially on the back side that create space for your players.
"It's just something that we think is important to being successful.”
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