Alex Smith criticizes Mike Mitchell for late hit

Mike Mitchell

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith didn't hold back his thoughts on a hit by Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell that drew a roughing the passer penalty in the third quarter of Pittsburgh's 19-13 win on Sunday. "I thought it was about as flagrant as it gets when it comes to a low hit on the quarterback".

Teicher noted the NFL has fined Mitchell twice for unnecessary roughness and that he could face another fine from the league resulting from Sunday's game.

"Clearly pushed in the back, and I didn't even wrap because I wasn't even trying to make contact with him", Mitchell said, according to Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Mitchell went low and hit Smith in the back of his knee after he'd thrown a pass.


Smith was immediately angry about the play, and expressed so to Mitchell.

Smith did seem to rally the troops after the hit.

While Mitchell said he's "fresh out of cares of what people that don't know me think about me", he defended the play and expressed his respect for Smith. He was penalized for roughing the passer and Smith offered his opinion of the play afterward. Alex is backpedaling into me. "I felt myself losing balance", Mitchell said. He's actually throwing it and fading away. Certainly guys falling, rushing the quarterback, I get it when it's happening from the front and guys are trying hard. "I haven't seen the play so I couldn't tell you but (I was) just fired up at the time". "It's unfortunate that it happened because it ended up kind of flipping momentum in the field in a significant way".

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