In the fourth quarter, when Kansas City finally started to get moving on offense, Mitchell went low on Smith. See the play below:
That's about as dirty as it gets, Mike Mitchell. pic.twitter.com/piPXole7hS— Dan Hanzus (@DanHanzus) October 15, 2017
It should be noted the play was flagged for 15-yards in the game, and Mitchell will likely draw a fine from the league office for his actions. However, some are suggesting Mitchell didn’t intend to hit Smith the way he did.
If you notice on the play, Anthony Chickillo (No. 56) looks to push Mitchell from behind. Was it enough to have him lose his balance and go into Smith’s legs? That is a judgement call for everyone watching the play to make. No matter the reason, the hit was dangerous, and could have been a devastating hit to the starting quarterback of the Chiefs.
Here is what Smith said about the hit after the game:
“I thought (the hit) was pretty late, I mean when you get hit in the back of your knee like that I didn’t understand how that happened. Certainly guys falling, rushing the quarterback I get it when it’s happening from the front and guys trying hard. That one to me just seemed so weird to get hit that low coming from behind.”
When asked if he thought it was on purpose? “No I mean I have no idea I haven’t seen the play so I couldn’t tell you but just fired up at the time.”
With that said, watch the play again, and you be the judge. Was it a dirty hit, or not? Vote in the poll below.
Was Mike Mitchell’s hit on Alex Smith dirty?
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