Texans’ Antonio Smith rips “dirty player” Richie Incognito


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.

40 responses to “Texans’ Antonio Smith rips “dirty player” Richie Incognito

  1. 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

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

  3. 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……

  4. 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.

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

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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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