Matt Slauson Has Been Fined For Tearing Brian Cushing’s ACL. Texans Fans: Has Your Bloodlust Been Satiated?
If you'll recall, Jets guard Matt Slauson ended Texans All-Pro linebacker Brian Cushing's season with this block from behind.
Cushing's anterior cruciate ligament was torn, Houston's Super Bowl hopes took a hit, and Texans fans WANTED THE HEAD OF MATT SLAUSON.
Said Houston defensive coordinator Wade Phillips:
“I probably shouldn’t say it, but I thought it was an unnecessary (hit). Whether it was legal or not . . . I think it’s just unnecessary to hit a defensive player when he can’t see you. If a guy’s coming in front and cuts me, he can see that and maybe get away from it. I think the league needs to look at something like that. He was defenseless in that case. If the guy had hit him in the head, it would have been a penalty.”
Although the block was legal -- it's called a "peel block" in coachspeak -- Slauson has been criticized for going low when Cushing had his back to him. Now, the NFL has fined Slauson $10,000, which is about .09% of his fully guaranteed $1.05 million salary.
So: was the fine enough? Has your vengeance quota been met, Houston? Or is the NFL not doing enough to protect defenseless defensive players?
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