Has a team ever cried this much after a win where one of their players made a clear attempt to take out an opposing team's player?
Add kicker Chris Boswell to the list of Steelers who seem oblivious to the fact that they are on the team with the most egregious hit from Monday night. When JuJu Smith-Schuster lined up Vontaze Burfict, nailed him with the crown of his helmet and then proceeded to stand over the top of him, the Steelers should’ve lost all credibility on calling anything the Bengals did that night dirty. Still here we are.
Boswell is claiming that when Josh Shaw attempted to get a block on the Steelers’ game-winning kick, that he was trying to injure the Steelers kicker. The Steelers ended up snapping the ball right when Shaw was in front of the holder.
Whistles were already blowing as Shaw ran by Boswell running to kick the ball. Shaw stuck his foot back to seemingly take away the benefit of the kicker getting the free opportunity at the game winning field goal.
Admittedly, it wasn’t the most thought-out plan by Shaw. He mistimed the snap extremely badly, but he probably thought “what do I have to lose?”
Boswell has been perfect against the Bengals since joining the Steelers, and five yards probably wasn’t going to hurt that bad, which it didn’t. It is hilarious to me that any Steelers player would bring up intentionally trying to hurt a player. After all, everyone saw this play from Monday night:
Bengals special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons thought this was a ridiculous claim by Boswell.
Bengals special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons said it was ridiculous to think Josh Shaw would try to intentionally run into Steelers K Chris Boswell. Simmons said Shaw was trying to time the snap to block the kick. "We wouldn't try to hurt somebody.... https://t.co/oKm0YJm90z— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) December 6, 2017
I mean, maybe Boswell is trying to get in on this rivalry somehow. Maybe this is his way of trying to get some attention from Steelers fans or even players in the locker room. Maybe this is his big tough guy moment where he can say he is a football player because someone tried to hurt me. Maybe he wants to think he is important enough to think he is being targeted by other teams. Maybe he is just overly sensitive. In any case he should keep his mouth shut.
It is funny a Steelers kicker would say something about the Bengals attempting to injure him. It gives us a good chance to remind everyone about a certain hit the Steelers had on Kevin Huber during the Bengals Sunday night game in December of 2014.
Antonio Brown was on his way to an eventual punt return for a touchdown that would put the game out of reach, when Terence Garvin went and took out Huber with a devastating blow to the head with the crown of his helmet. Here is what it ended up looking like:
That hit broke Huber’s jaw, cracked his vertebrae and caused him to undergo surgery. By the way this hit was not flagged, and the return stood. This is what it looks like when a team purposely attempts to take out a player on the other team.
But go ahead Boswell and complain about a foot being in front of the football you kicked.