Jets coach Rex Ryan: Nothing dirty about block that ended Brian Cushing’s season
New York Jets guard Matt Slauson is being called out by players like Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews for using a chop block on Houston Texas linebacker Brian Cushing that tore Cushing’s ACL and ended his season.
Slauson’s coach Rex Ryan said there was nothing dirty about the block, which occurred in the second quarter of the Texans’ 23-17 victory over the Jets Monday night.
“I would never question our guys as far as trying to injure someone or try and do something not in the confinement of the rules,” Ryan said on ESPN radio Tuesday. “I would have to say I would definitely question (the flack Slauson is getting), I never saw anything specifically (when) I was just watching our game tape. I’ll say this — we got rolled up a few times in our game, and sometimes in this game you gotta be fortunate to avoid some injury.”
Texans coach Gary Kubiak declined to say if the hit was illegal and said that’s something for the NFL to decide.
“That’s in the league’s hands,” Kubiak said Wednesday. “It doesn’t change the fact that we’re sitting here today having to deal with losing a heck of a player.”