After reviewing the tape of his hit on Alex Smith, Moise Fokou still wasn't certain that he should have been flagged for a key 15-yard penalty that helped cost the Titans Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Fokou, whose hit on Smith nullified what would have been a fourth-down punting situation and led to the go-ahead TD drive, said the decision lies entirely with the judgment of the officials.
“It's on them. Sometimes they call it, and sometimes they don't. You can see it left and right. It happens to every team in the league,” Fokou said. “He was a runner going forward. He was a quarterback. It's just kind of one of those bad situations.”
Fokou said that if he is faced with the same situation again, he probably would handle it a little bit different.
“I still would probably come with the same method, but I probably would extend my arms instead of trying to lay out. I don't know how to stop myself in mid-air when I leave my feet and I'm still in bounds,” he said. “In that aspect, I would probably chase him all the way through and make sure you don't do anything intentionally to try and push him out of bounds or something.”
Coach Mike Munchak still had issue with the hit as well and said he hopes the NFL looks at it in the off-season to revamp their thinking.
“I thought he had a guy that was trying to make a play on both sides. They had a guy, the quarterback, trying to get a first down. Moise (Fokou) tried to make a great play for the defense, which I thought he did. It was kind of a race to the cone, it’s almost like a race to pylon for the first touchdown there,” Munchak said. “That’s something you hope the league looks at next year and how to adjust that when the quarterback’s out of the pocket. I’m all for protection for the quarterback and all that obviously, but that’s hard on the defense at that point in the game on a third down when that’s so critical getting the stop there. We thought the contact came before he got out of bounds. But, again, they’re deciding to protect the quarterback at all costs, so in that case, that hurt us.”
Munchak indicated that most of the players who suffered injuries in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs should not miss too much time.
Defensive end Derrick Morgan had an MRI on his shoulder as he did not finish the game. Likewise, linebackers Zaviar Gooden (hamstring) and Patrick Bailey (hamstring) did not return after being injured either. Zach Brown (knee) did return to the game, but Munchak said the Titans might have to add a linebacker to the practice squad to help out this week in preparing for the Seattle Seahawks.
Munchak added that running back Shonn Greene (knee) and defensive tackle Sammie Hill (ankle) could get back on the practice field this week. Both have been out since week two.
Quarterback Jake Locker will be out this week as he rehabs his strained hip. Locker most likely will be out until after the bye week.