Kubiak Speaks with NFL about Blocks Endangering Players

Houston Texans defensive tackle Travis Johnson (99) stands over a knocked-out Miami Dolphins quarterback Trent Green (10) 

After Sunday’s game Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak spoke with league officials about the legal block made by Trent Green behind the line of scrimmage. Kubiak was interested in the league’s competition committee making an action against plays behind the line of scrimmage that last for a long while which endanger players unsuited for blocks or unaware of where there opponents or their own team may be during the play.

Gary Kubiak said, “I think it’s a crazy play, and it’s a heck of a collision between two players. And, like I’ve said, they could’ve been hurt very bad. Maybe they’ll take a look at it, and maybe something will be done with those types of plays behind the line of scrimmage.”

Kubiak took a look at it after the Texans win over the Dolphins and he later spoke with league officials about the block made by Dolphins QB Trent Green which involved the severe impact of Green’s helmet to Texans DT Travis Johnson’s knee, thus flipping Johnson over to the ground. After the block, Johnson taunted Green who laid motionless, and then after the game when questioned by reporters Johnson furiously claimed that the hit “malicious.” He hoped that Green would have taken a block at his body, head or chest, but not a low block to the former first round draft pick’s knee. Johnson was penalized on the play, and it led to a Dolphins touchdown. He also was fined for the action. Johnson apologized after Kubiak said what the 3rd year player did was “inexcusable.”

The hit sent Green into a severe concussion and may take a toll on the 37-year old starting Dolphins QB’s career. Johnson said his knee never hurt like it had before Sunday. Johnson received a MRI on his bruised knee and it showed negative. He may be listed on the injury report later this week. Meanwhile, Green returned to Reliant Stadium but did not play for the rest of the game. DolphinsGab.com reports Green will be out for a week.

On the block, officials told Kubiak that it was legal. It just happened to be Green’s helmet was in the wrong place and position for the block. The league may or may not take any action on these types of plays because they may lead to extraordinary entertainment as seen in Super Bowl XL and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ behind the line of scrimmage reverse and pass play that led to a Hines Ward touchdown and pure Steelers excitement.


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