Antonio Smith Says Sorry for Cursing Out Coach

Seems that new Texan Antonio Smith had better watch his mouth.

One reason the Texans hired assistant head coach/defensive line Bill Kollar is to push buttons that light fires under his players. During a pass-rush drill against the offensive linemen, Kollar got on defensive end Antonio Smith, who responded with a string of curse words and had to be restrained from going after his coach.

The incident was witnessed by fans who were watching the one-on-one drills. “Those are things that happen all the time in football,” Smith said. “I was in the wrong and apologized. We just butted heads. It was just a system overload. It gets out of hand. Once it’s over, you shake each other’s hands. It never gets to be a big thing. “I was really disappointed. Because of the image we’re trying to bring, that’s not a good thing for the kids to see. Seeing a person lose his composure like that is not something that should be displayed on the field.” …

Smith, who left the Arizona Cardinals after last season to sign with the Texans, says Kollar brings up the loss to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLIII to push him. “He had a heck of a year for the Cardinals,” Kollar said. “Had he gotten a sack on a certain third-and-8 (on Pittsburgh’s winning touchdown pass), he would have had a championship ring.”


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