Alex Smith calls Mike Mitchell hit ‘about as flagrant as it gets’
Alex Smith did not mince words bemoaning a hit by Mike Mitchell during the Kansas City Chiefs’ 19-13 loss to the Pittsbugh Steelers last Sunday, referring to what many have deemed a cheap shot to be “about as flagrant as it gets.”
The play in question occurred during a play in the third quarter. Smith had stepped up in the pocket to avoid the rush, only to have Mitchell appear to dive at the back of his knees.
That's about as dirty as it gets, Mike Mitchell. pic.twitter.com/piPXole7hS
— Dan Hanzus (@DanHanzus) October 15, 2017
Smith admitted to being “fired up” at the time of the hit, for which Mitchell was assessed a roughing the passer penalty. But stopped short of accusing Mitchell of a deliberate and purposeful dirty hit.
Now that Smith has had time to review video of the play, he’s singing a different tune.
“I felt like it was extremely late,” Smith said, via ESPN. “I felt there was nothing done there to avoid contact. It was really low from the backside. I thought it was about as flagrant as it gets when it comes to a low hit on the quarterback.”
Smith brought up the history of Mitchell, who has been fined by the NFL twice for unnecessary roughness, to bolster his claim it was a cheap shot.
“I don’t think this is a first offense, either,” Smith said of Mitchell. “I think when you start looking at … repeat offenders, I think when they get shots at quarterbacks, they’re going to take them.”
Mitchell on Monday denied the play involved a dirty hit, saying the shot to the back of Smith’s knees came as a result of him “tripping” and “being pushed.”
“I’m not a dirty player,” Mitchell insisted.
When asked if he thought the NFL would fine him for Sunday’s incident, Mitchell said, “We’ll see.”