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Texans’ Antonio Smith rips “dirty player” Richie Incognito

Ryan Tannehill,  Richie Incognito,  Antonio Smith AP

Dolphins guard Richie Incognito has long had a reputation as a dirty player, and it’s not surprising to learn that with replacement officials running things, Incognito tried to take advantage.

Texans defensive lineman Antonio Smith said after Houston beat Miami 30-10 on Sunday that Incognito was attempting to injure him, and the replacement officials didn’t stop it.

“A dirty player being let to play dirty . . . Richie Incognito,” Smith said, via the Houston Chronicle. “Everything that’s illegal that can be done on the football field he does it, but mainly he was hitting people after the play, sliding down on your leg grabbing your ankle and trying to twist to break your ankle and he was doing it right in front of the referees and he was still in the game.”

Smith blamed the officials for failing to do anything about it, and he said that if he had his way, he and Incognito would have settled things with their fists.

“It’s the referees’ job to stop him from doing it because everything that I would do to stop him I would get a penalty for,” Smith said. “I told myself you’ve got to humble yourself and keep playing. There were so many times that I would have to loved to just be like hockey. Drop the helmets off, drop the gloves, go fisticuffs. We’re men. Let’s go at it.”

Incognito probably would have taken Smith up on that offer.

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40 Responses to “Texans’ Antonio Smith rips “dirty player” Richie Incognito”
  1. randomguy9999 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:16 AM

    when you are getting beat all day long like that, you get desperate and dirty…..

  2. bluebongzilla says: Sep 10, 2012 9:16 AM

    Allow the fisticuffs to commence, good sir!

  3. ezra954 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:20 AM

    He forgot to mention that he did everything but jump off the top rope when he slammed brian cushing into the ground after the interception

    Which I have no problem with its football stop crying

  4. wayne1693 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:21 AM

    There are no better commentators on the replacement refs than the players themselves, because they can see things that no one else can.

  5. dg0122 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:22 AM

    I wonder why so many Nebraska guys have such tempers?

  6. playin2x says: Sep 10, 2012 9:24 AM

    Everybody already knew this nothing new with richie

  7. dolfanatik says: Sep 10, 2012 9:25 AM

    Can’t complain too much. He did get called for holding two times. Be grateful Texans. I’m seeing holding on every play in football.

  8. brewdogg says: Sep 10, 2012 9:26 AM

    dg0122 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:22 AM

    I wonder why so many Nebraska guys have such tempers?
    ———————————————
    They’re the “Cornhuskers”.

    They’re in Nebraska.

    I’m sure you can figure it out……

  9. ravenmuscle says: Sep 10, 2012 9:28 AM

    If what Smith says is true the league will issue the appropriate fines this week. They usually don’t miss this stuff.

    I doubt if he’ll remain incognito once the league looks at the tapes.

  10. gadzod says: Sep 10, 2012 9:31 AM

    I wonder how many Antonio Smith apologists there will be, said the complete opposite in regards to Mario Williams.

  11. joetoronto says: Sep 10, 2012 9:34 AM

    Maybe Antonio should talk to the head of his union, Dee Clown Smith.

    After all, you’re all “brothers”, right?

  12. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Sep 10, 2012 9:36 AM

    70,000 people in the stands. 12 Hi-Def cameras folowing every play, and every play is replayed in super slo-mo.

    If a player dives at another player’s legs after the whistle. SOMEBODY is going to see it, even if the refs don’t.

    Sorry Antonio. But if your gameplan is to stop rushing, and try to jump to bat down balls all day, the line is going to hit you low. And based on all the batted balls, and the fact thay you won the game because of the batted balls, I’d say the Fins O-Line didn’t chop them enough.

  13. schmitty2 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:49 AM

    Incognito literally cost the Rams a few victories several years ago with personal fouls. The guy’s a turd

  14. thewizardofbs says: Sep 10, 2012 9:49 AM

    I blame Jeff Ireland, it is all his fault.

  15. abninf says: Sep 10, 2012 9:50 AM

    Football baby! I prefer the replacement refs.

  16. pskotte says: Sep 10, 2012 9:50 AM

    Thanks to Hines Ward retiring, Incognito may be the NFL’s dirtiest player.

  17. miamatt says: Sep 10, 2012 9:58 AM

    Incognito was a problem for the Rams, but he never has been for the Dolphins. In Miami, he has never been ejected, and if he has been hit with personal foul penalties they have been few and far between.

    We’ll see if the league comes out and backs Antonio Smith via fines against Incognito, but I doubt it. As far as I am concerned a reputation for being dirty is a plus for an offensive lineman, provided he doesn’t hurt his own team with stupidity. As for Smith, it sounds like you let an opposing player get inside your head, but you won the damn game so JUST SHUT UP.

  18. godofwine330 says: Sep 10, 2012 10:17 AM

    Memories of Conrad Dobler come to mind. Though I am only 35, I used to live on Steve Sabol’s ‘This is the NFL’ and have seen the “gritty”..okay, illegal way this guy played and he made 3 pro bowls doing it. He stratched, clawed and did everything he could to beat his guy. If the refs don’t call it then it ain’t a foul, and if you don’t receive that letter in the mail from 280 Park Avenue on Wednesday then it is a double victory. Maybe the regular refs would have caught the illegal shots, maybe not, but the modern day Dobler with no flags thrown is just doing his job the way he wants until someone makes him do otherwise.

  19. Patskrieg dot com says: Sep 10, 2012 10:27 AM

    During the Pats/Titans game a Titans lineman grabbed Donta Hightower well after the whistle and drove him about 10 yards before Hightower turned and dumped him. I don’t even think it drew a whistle from the officials.

    I’m all for telling players to suck it up and play, but the replacement refs are going to need to set a precedent and set it quick or this type of play is only going to escalate.

  20. thraiderskin says: Sep 10, 2012 10:28 AM

    I wouldn’t mess with Incognito… something isn’t right with that guy. He isn’t all there and some of his actions in the past prove he doesn’t care.

  21. smackingfools says: Sep 10, 2012 10:44 AM

    As soon as that ball got tipped he turned around and was headed or Cushing. It don’t even look like he knew where the ball was going. Haha. Looked like he just wanted to nail Cushing.

  22. t16rich says: Sep 10, 2012 11:07 AM

    Too bad this wasn’t like hockey. A good fist fight usually gets the cheap players to stop what they are doing. Tough guys in hockey aren’t the real goons. They are just the mediators who control cheap shot artists.

  23. mojosmagic says: Sep 10, 2012 11:10 AM

    It is real simple to deal with but takes a coordinated effort. One lineman engages and stands up Icognito while another rolls into his knees with all their weight. End of story.

  24. noahbird says: Sep 10, 2012 11:18 AM

    Quit with the “he played dirty cause they were losing.” He plays all out win or lose and it’s football, so quit crying.

  25. billgatesbarber says: Sep 10, 2012 11:21 AM

    This clearly sounds like an attempt to injure case so why doesn’t the Ginger Hammer suspend him too?

  26. drainbameged says: Sep 10, 2012 11:24 AM

    Incognito is my favorite player hands down… Big, strong, mean, and absolutely batshiz crazy. Somebody tell Smith this is football not pillow fighting.

  27. bsizemore68 says: Sep 10, 2012 11:35 AM

    I think the Dolphins could use a few more Richies on the right side of there line, he is a well like member of the fish family ( shark ) and I hope he keeps playing just as he did yesterday.Bill

  28. christopher525 says: Sep 10, 2012 11:36 AM

    Considering he was called out for dirty play on draft day, in his college highlights, and has continued since day one, is this really a surprise?

  29. jimmyjohns121 says: Sep 10, 2012 11:59 AM

    Watch the Johnathon Joseph interception and you can see Incognito laying on top of Smith on the ground with Smith fighting to get his legs free because his ankles were getting twisted.

  30. johnnybfitt says: Sep 10, 2012 12:16 PM

    Incognito is a scumbag he was exposed in his short role in hard knocks , Dwight Stephenson was the standard in the league and RI couldn’t carry his jock

  31. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:22 PM

    Homer? who is homer? my name is Guy Incognito.

  32. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Sep 10, 2012 12:26 PM

    I can see it now…while Smith is taking off his helmet, Incongnito kicks him swiftly in the nads.

  33. mrcogburn says: Sep 10, 2012 12:36 PM

    The pancaking of Cushing was priceless. That’s part of the draw of the game.

  34. xcerebus1 says: Sep 10, 2012 1:11 PM

    If I was the league front office I’d tell him to take it up with his union. They’ll fine him, maybe suspend him if it warrants it and the union will appeal it or make some stupid comment. The Saints saga showed how involved the union wants to be with player safety versus NFL ‘civil rights’, let them deal with it.

  35. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 10, 2012 1:27 PM

    All is fair in love and football!

  36. cantonbound13 says: Sep 10, 2012 1:43 PM

    When you don’t have much talent surrounding you it is understandable that guys will cheat.

  37. nowillrepeat says: Sep 10, 2012 1:57 PM

    Bounty!!!!

    Everything that was describe in this article is exactly what goodell has accused the saints of committing.

    I demand a suspension of everybody in the dolphins organization.

  38. dolphincritic says: Sep 10, 2012 8:52 PM

    At least we are the best at something!

  39. goodolebaghead says: Sep 11, 2012 1:08 AM

    This kind of play is totally acceptable, as long as an ex-employee of the organization with an axe to grind doesn’t tell Goodell there was money involved.

  40. acanderson21 says: Sep 14, 2012 12:42 AM

    People hate when they see there bully on their favorite team getting manhandled by a BEAR. Don’t steall the bears berries and he will leave you dingles alone!!
    Dont want violent hit dont try to hit tackle/sack Tannehill or intercept the ball when he becomes the defender or just find him and run other direction equals you not making highlight reel for NFL greatest hits!!Smith would never want what he said the hockey thing!! Come on now Richie is 6′ 4 360lbs and benches 600 lbs and squats 900 lbs plus. By the way he trains in the off-season with UFC mma fighters(Jay Glaser). So strong fast big and well trained in martial arts.. Recipe for disaster for a hockey fight Mr.Smith!! By the way name or show me one play in the last 3 years since he has been with the Dolphins where he has cheap shot anyone!! He is tough and wants to win and has great fun personality.
    Here is the thing there are 31 other teams that want all of their 53 players to play exactly like my man Richie. He is not going to pat your little butt out there and tell you did good job during a game. By the way this is football not dancing with the stars.

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