Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said the shot to the back of the knee he took from Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell was “about as flagrant as it gets.”
“I felt like it was extremely late,” Smith said after getting a chance to see the video of the hit. “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.”
Mitchell was penalized for roughing the passer for hitting Smith after he threw a pass late in the third quarter of Sunday’s 19-13 Steelers victory. Smith was immediately got and began yelling at Mitchell, as he appeared to be very angry about the hit.
After the game Sunday, Smith said that while he was “fired up” after Mitchell’s hit, he wasn’t able to say whether he thought it was intentional because he hadn’t yet viewed the video of the play.
Mitchell could be fined for his hit on Smith. He has been fined twice in the past by the NFL for unnecessary roughness.
“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.”
On Monday, Mitchell said, “I’m not a dirty player,” explaining that he tripped and then was shoved into Smith by a teammate.
“The video shows what it shows. I wasn’t trying to take Alex Smith’s knees out,” Mitchell said. “I went up to him and told him that. … It’s just one of those things you don’t want to see in the football game.”