Texans coach not happy with Allen

November 4th, 2008 – 8:22 AM by Judd Zulgad

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak said on his weekly radio show that the Texans would turn three plays from Sunday’s game into the NFL because he questioned the hits by the Vikings. Houston quarterback Matt Schaub had to leave the game at halftime and Monday it was revealed he could miss a month because of an injury to his medial collateral ligament suffered when he was hit in the knee by Vikings defensive end Jared Allen in the second quarter.

Kubiak, appearing Monday on Sports Radio 610 in Houston, said “yes” when one of the hosts asked him if he felt Allen made some inappropriate dives at the quarterback’s knees. ”Obviously it’s illegal to go low on the quarterback and we have three plays that we’re going to turn into the league and we’ll wait to hear back,” Kubiak said. “But he definitely was down there low and Matt took some tough shots.”

Kubiak said Schaub took a “pretty good shot” on the first third down the Texans faced in the first quarter. Schaub had a 10-yard completion on that play to tight end Owen Daniels before getting hit by Allen. In the second quarter, Schaub got off a 17-yard pass to Daniels but got hit at the end of that play as well. It appeared Allen and defensive tackle Kevin Williams were in on what Kubiak called “a high-low hit,” after which Schaub “really struggled to get up.”

Schaub was replaced by Sage Rosenfels after the opening half and from the sound of things probably should have left the game sooner. It will be interesting to see if Allen, or any other Viking, is fined for hits on Schaub. The NFL usually announces fines on Friday.

Allen did not escape from the game without injury either. He has a sprained shoulder and Vikings coach Brad Childress said Monday it’s not certain Allen will be able to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.


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