There were plenty of low points for the Kansas City Chiefs on the field last season. That happens when a team wins just two games.
Some would argue the worst moment in between the lines was during a Week 5 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. That’s when struggling QB Matt Cassel was laying on the field injured and some fans started to cheer.
After the game, Chiefs starting right tackle Eric Winston ripped into those fans.
“Boo him all you want. Boo me all you want. Throw me under the bus. Tell me I’m doing a bad job, say I’ve got to protect him more … but if you’re one of those people who were out there cheering, or even smiled, when he got knocked out, I just want everyone to know it’s sickening and disgusting.”
Fast forward to Sunday in Houston where the Texans were hosting the St. Louis Rams. Much maligned QB Matt Schaub went down — and stayed down — with an injury.
After the game, the Texans players were more than happy to express how displeased they were with their fans.
The man protecting Schaub’s blind side followed Winston’s lead and called it “disgusting”.
Running back Arian Foster was much more direct.
“That is just tasteless and tactless,” Foster said. “I was extremely heated at that. The fans can get emotional. That is just not how I was brought up. That is not the kind of man I am. I don’t care how you feel about a man. You don’t kick him when he is down.”
Even TJ Yates, the man replacing Schaub in the starting lineup, took the fans on head on.
“The guy is laying there on the ground holding his ankle and the fans are cheering,” Yates said. “For all the guy has done for this city and this team, for the fans to be booing him when he is hurt on the ground, straight-up disrespectful.”
LB Brian Cushing called the move “barbaric”, even though PFT notes he was joking on the sideline with teammates while the Texans were down 38-6.
The Texans won’t have to worry about the brewing trouble with their fan base next weekend. Instead they’ll just hope they can hear each other when they visit Arrowhead, the newly crowned loudest stadium in the world.