HOUSTON – The play everyone is talking about from Sunday’s Texans loss to Seattle is Matt Schaub’s interception that tied the game.
However, there was another one which came in overtime which had a big impact on the outcome and that has several Texans, including head coach Gary Kubiak, a little upset.
During the Seahawks game-winning drive, Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson was called for unnecessary roughness on a tackle. The referee said Jackson picked up and threw Seattle WR Doug Baldwin to the turf after the whistle had blown.
It is an obscure NFL rule, and one that Kubiak doesn’t agree with.
“I understand the rule about picking somebody up and putting them on their head. I understand that. I didn’t see the play that way,” Kubiak said on Monday. “Obviously, the League’s got the call on that. So we’ll see what they come back and say to us. As a player, you’ve got to try and keep yourself totally out of that situation, but you’ve got to tackle a guy too.”
It was a 15-yard penalty and it helped set up the Seahawks game winning field goal. Jackson was asked about the call afterwards and wasn’t too happy about either.
“I was just as surprised as y’all were. I mean I am not sure what I did wrong. I really can’t comment on it to be honest with you because I don’t know what the flag was for,” Jackson said. “I was playing until the whistle and tackling the guy. If I don’t tackle, he scores. It’s plain and simple. We were playing in overtime. With that situation in a game, you’ve got to tackle.”
Jackson, who has been fined this season already, didn’t want to elaborate much more on how he really felt.
“If I say anything negative about the rules, then I will have another big package,” Jackson said. “The rules are the rules they make them and we have to abide by them.”
“You’ve got to get him down,” Kubiak said. “Like I said, I don’t agree with it, but that’s not my call, that’s the league and we’ll see how they respond to our questions.”