Chris Boswell Accuses Bengals Of Intentionally Running Into Him

Chris Boswell kicked the game-winning field goal Monday night but even that came with controversy.  The Cincinnati Bengals went offsides, running into Boswell’s foot as he went to attempt a mock kick. Speaking with reporters today, Boswell says he thinks it was an intentional act.

“My foot smashing into his foot basically. It stung for a bit. But it didn’t affect the kick at all,” Boswell said via WTAJ’s Jamie Baker, whose video we’ll link at the bottom.

That was Bengals’ cornerback Josh Shaw getting in the way to prevent Boswell from getting his practice kick into the air. And to him, definitely intentional.

“It’s not an accident at all,” Boswell continued. “If you look over the NFL over the last two years, multiple teams have done it. Either it’s running into it, blocking the kick, doing something. Seattle did it last year against the Bills. The Ravens did it against us last year. And now Cincinnati.”

Take a look for yourself. No question Shaw sticks his foot out to block the attempt.

Boswell says it’s clear that for a player to jump offsides “that badly” there has to be intent to run into the kicker. He would be ok and make the now-38 yarder, giving Pittsburgh the win. He was named AFC Special Teams player of the week for his efforts.

Even field goals weren’t without controversy. That’s Cincy for you.

 

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  • Todd Johnson

    Lewis needs to go someone needs to get in there and change the culture of that organization because he clearly isn’t opposed to the slimy B.S. that his players continually exhibit.

  • Grant Humphrey

    Classless organization, and this another great example of it.

  • PaeperCup

    I didn’t think so at first, but a closer look I can see it now.

  • falconsaftey43

    I so hope Lewis get’s fired. I’m really tired of this type of stuff. I love physical football, but the Bengals are just ridiculous. Give me the Ravens-Steelers any day.

  • SteelersGeek4Lyfe

    That is kind of a sneaky smart way to interfere with the kick. Boswell has been perfect against them, and it was already within his range. Why not tweak his ankle a bit and see if it throws him off? Exactly the type of garbage I’d expect from the Bungholes.

  • Yeshaya

    That’s really appropriate. That game deserved to end with one last cheap shot.

  • Clutterbox

    I’ll be honest, I think all Lewis wanted to prevent a free practice kick attempt. I don’t think he intentional mean to injure Boswell.

  • AndyR34

    He is a Bunghole…of course he was trying to hurt Boswell…otherwise he would have just blocked the kick normally. In addition, why the intentional off-sides…so far in advance of the actual snap. As Boswell mentioned…other teams have done it as well.

  • capehouse

    If you watch the replay Berry holds onto the ball with both hands. That’s why it hurt Boswell’s foot. I thought Berry broke his hand.

  • SteelersGeek4Lyfe

    I love Boswell man. Goes back and makes it anyways. He’s quietly been one of the best kickers in the league the past two years. Nobody talks about him, he deserves more credit in those discussions. Especially good on clutch kicks, and I remember him making a few big tackles on kick returns too.

  • SteelersGeek4Lyfe

    That’s true too. Hadn’t noticed

  • jesse murray

    Bengals are so bush league it is comical.

  • PaeperCup

    The gif shows him remove it at the moment of kick. I’ve never watched a slow mo replay of a hold before, haha, so I can’t say whether this is normal, but Berry looks like he very much knows what he is doing.

  • PittShawnC

    We’ve been pretty spoiled at kicker. First Suisham, now Boswell.

    6 of the past 8 seasons we’ve had a kicker make 90%+ of their FG’s.

  • capehouse

    What? Berry’s right hand is in front of the ball the entire time until Boswell kicks it off. Rather violently removed from the ball. Clear as day. Not sure what you’re seeing.

  • PaeperCup

    I’m seeing Berry.. Looks like any other kick for him. That’s what I’m seeing. Like I said I never watched a slow mo hold before, but Berry doesn’t seem concerned at all.

  • treeher

    Berry’s hold had no effect on Boswell.

  • Steelerman24752

    Does anyone know why Berry kept his hand on the ball? Kinda seems like he didn’t think Boz was gonna follow thru.

  • Biggie

    First thing I said while watching the game on the offside. That guy intentionally jump offside, followed through and kicked Boswell’s foot. Should have been a personal foul after the whistle. He slowed down and kicked his foot into Boswell’s.

  • Biggie

    He hurt his foot because the defender slowed down and kicked back into his foot period.

  • Reezy

    Wow, that was definITely intentional. The league clearly has zero control over these types of incidents

  • treeher

    You’re not honest, you’re naive. There is no doubt that Lewis KNEW he was offsides and everyone on the field heard the whistle. Sticking his foot out is not what any player is trained to do to block a kick.

  • rystorm06

    The Bengals trying to intentionally injure people? No way, really?

  • Cinko123

    Trash coach trickles down to a dumpster fire team.

  • Reezy

    I disagree they need to keep his ass there another 10 years!!!! They’ve done a great Job of stinking up the division.. we don’t want any any improvements

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Couldn’t agree more

  • LucasY59

    starts at the top with a cheap@$$ jerk of an owner

  • Eddie Cruz

    ladies and gentlemen. This is another football tactic teams use to get an edge. Things that people dont expect to look for and mask there true intentions. Like last night, unfortunately Burfict ended up getting hurt, in the end but im pretty sure he was using being “injured” at times during the game to catch his breath. He seemed to be injured on a lot of our drives and going in and out of the game before his game ending legit injury. Small tactics like this that are not able to be penalized happen all the time. I am not at the least bit surprised. This was a desperate team that really needed to win to keep playoff hopes alive. I am not surprised they used things like this to try and win. I think most of us would do the same if were being honest.

  • taztroy43

    I told you all

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Speaking of boz has there ever been a kicker named mvp or is it even possible?

  • Reader783

    I was saying this on the comment boards the other night, this might have been the dirtiest play of the entire night. Pure intent to injure. Other plays you can say making a block, trying to dislodge the ball. This was whistle blown, 5 yards offsides, free run at the kicker PURE intent to injure to affect the outcome of the game.

    Walt Coleman’s crew was sure to call that hold when the Bengals CB fell in front of JJ Wilcox on the kick return, but kicking our kicker in the foot unabated into the backfield? Nah, who cares!

    Call it a conspiracy theory, but I’ll bet they are coached to do that. I’m pretty confident in that.

  • John A Stewart

    Un FN real

  • capehouse

    You’ve never watched a replay of slow mo before but you think it looks like every other kick you’ve seen? No lol. No holder holds the front side of the ball. Why? Because he’d block the kick lol. He probably held it that way because of the obvious offside and he didn’t want to fumble the ball or he thought Boswell wouldn’t kick it.

  • falconsaftey43

    I’d rather deal with a better team than this stuff every year. Can you just imagine being brought in there as the new coach though. Burfict and Pacman are your freaking captains! How could you ever establish control. Even if they do change coaches, it’ll be awhile till they get it together. New coach might have to cut half the team.

  • Near

    Clearly thuggery; Lewis a obvious student of Burpfuct jumped extremely early to make sure he would get a clean shot at Boz and went directly at his kicking foot the whistle had blown 3 times prior to his illegal hit! Talk about trying to end a guys career…..another thug to target next year~

  • John Noh

    Too bad about the Scooby Dooby Doo fiasco though. He cost us two games.

  • Reader783

    We had this discussion the other night, but I don’t think you can speculate anymore. Boswell literally said in this article it was the Bengal’s player kicking him that hurt his foot. It had nothing to do with Berry, I don’t know why you keep trying to deflect blame from the Bengals. This was a pure scum play.

    “My foot smashing into his foot basically. It stung for a bit. But it didn’t affect the kick at all,” Boswell said.

  • capehouse

    Do you not see Boswell kick the ball and the ball knock Berry’s Hand into the air? Berry pulls his hand back in obvious pain.

  • capehouse

    Bunch of blind people around here.

  • Ace

    I’d like to place some blame on the refs/NFL here. Is it too much to ask for a ref to place himself 3 yards behind Boz and if there is an obvious offsides, can’t he yell something at Boz so Boz just stops completely? Is this stuff really that hard? Is anyone in the league even seeing these plays and trying to come up with a solution? I doubt it. What sucks is that disaster Bills Hawks happened a year ago and they did nothing to fix it. So typical.

  • capehouse

    Cause I can see the force and impact Boswell hits the ball and Berry’s hand with as opposed to the bengals players foot. I don’t need his explanation. I have eyes.

  • Reader783

    I’ll take Boswell’s word over speculation.

  • PaeperCup

    I’ve never watched the holder, no.

    Berry treats it like any other. That’s all I’m seeing. I’m not arguing your point, but I don’t see the alarm in Berry. He’s looking straight down at the ball the whole time, hand stays without a flinch. I don’t think the intention is to keep the hand there through the kick, but I’m saying he may remove it right before the kick.

    I don’t think he does it because of the obvious offside. One jhe doesn’t even see it, his eyes are focused ont he ball. Two, you’d think removing the ball is the preferred, better, smarter thing to do than hold it with your hand only to get it smashed by the kicker.

  • Conserv_58

    When the replay was shown of that incident during the game there was no doubt, what so ever, that Josh Shaw’s intent was to kick the ball. What made that scenario so infuriating for me was not only did Shaw not stop after the refs blew the whistle, but he had the temerity to continue to disrupt the kick. IMO, he should have been fined for that because he could have injured both the holder and the kicker simply because they were not expecting that type of reaction.

  • LucasY59

    not even sure if the last one was a legit injury there are reports he jumped up off the gurney after he was near the locker room, im thinking the only reason he didnt go back in the game was that the league wouldnt let him after they carted him off, but I will be very surprised if these “injuries” actually limit him playing in the next game

    *the arm getting trapped between his two teammates looked like it could cause injury, but he doesnt need to lay on the field like someone took out his knee, he can get up and walk off easily if its just an arm injury…and he was back in the game quickly so Im not even sure if it was actually injured

  • Chris92021

    That was bush league. I guarantee Shaw did not do that on his own. He was ordered to do that by his special teams coach with the OK from Marvin Lewis. Absolutely classless.

  • LucasY59

    plus a draft pick and some cap room

  • Reader783

    And the mental anguish

  • Charles Haines

    Intent to injure from a Bengals player? Fake news.

  • PittShawnC

    Yeah, no NFL team has more than four seasons
    So I’m gonna go out on a limb and say our kickers have won more than they lost

  • capehouse

    When you’re holding for a right footed kicker the right hand is used to spin the ball so the laces are out. It is not used to hold onto the front side of the ball and block the kick lol

  • capehouse

    Yeah I know. You said that yesterday

  • JNick

    I saw it during the game and wondered why it wasn’t flagged as well. He obvioulsl stuck his leg out to kick the ball after the play was dead for seconds.

  • capehouse

    Yeah that’s what I thought he was doing. Just trying to block/kick the ball. Not injure Boswell

  • Reader783

    I didn’t have Boswell’s word yesterday, I had my own eyes and speculation.

  • Conserv_58

    That scenario had disaster written all over it. With Boswell committed to following through on his kick his eyes are completely focused on the ball as is the holder. By Shaw deciding to kick the ball instead of reaching over to block it the likelyhood that Bos could have been injured was exponentially increased. And the NFL wonders why their ratings are tanking.

  • Froggy

    Surprisingly, yes.

  • Labrat0116

    Totally Classless Organization top to bottom.

    Lewis has no control over his players and most importantly no respect from them either.

  • Iulo

    I’m tired of these kind of plays every time PIT plays the bengals… you don’t even know on which player or at what time they will put/apply a dirty play…
    It looks like Lewis has an extraordinary imagination on this issue.
    when will be that moron Lewis fired? he is the cancer….

  • Conserv_58

    No one is saying that he intended to injure Bos, but simply by his choosing to kick the ball out from under the holder’s fingers left no doubt that the risk of injury to Bos was exponentially increased.

  • capehouse

    Yeah well I asked Boz on Twitter. See if he answers but no way did that not hurt Boz and Berry even before the Bengal player enetered the play. Boz was kicking the ball with his full force and Berry was still holding it. Look at friggin Berry’s hand flopping around and then he pulls it back in pain. Clear as day

  • Doug Andrews

    Could’ve easily been called unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

  • capehouse

    The commenter Reader783 is saying exactly that here and our convo yesterday, so…

  • Reader783

    While I think the kick hurt Boswell more, nothing changes the fact that the dude stuck his foot out to kick Boswell. It doesn’t really matter if he intended to kick the ball, block the ball or do a foot high five with Boswell, it’s a bush league play that put our kicker in jeopardy. Sometimes intent doesn’t matter.

  • Conserv_58

    I didn’t get that far down the board. My bad, but my point regarding the potential for injury stands.

  • Steelerfan4lifeinAZ

    I honestly wish the NFL was able to move teams from different conferences like how College Football does it. This is ridiculous that we have to go through this twice a year with these ” idiots ” and have to worry about injuries or players getting suspended because we are trying to protect our players

  • LucasY59

    1st thing a new coach would need to do is get rid or the dirty players

    …I dont even know how a bad coach can keep players that completely lost the team a playoff game, based on their idiocracy and actions (but that happened 2 yrs ago, and they re-signed/extended them instead?) part of it is also the owner and thats why I have no hope of a new coach changing things

  • LucasY59

    would need to change the owner as well then, he’s just as much the problem as Marvin

  • Ace

    As silly as it sounds, they almost need protectors bookended for the kicker in the event of a play like this happeneing. There’s a logical solution out there, good luck with the NFL trying to find it.

  • Conserv_58

    Diti Kukamonga reported that when they brought the gurney inside they continued to monitor Burfict outside of the locker room for five minutes and once they released the restraining straps Burfict got up off of the gurney and told the medical staff, “I told ya’s I was alright.”

    As for his arm getting trapped between his teammates, that didn’t cause the initial injury because he had already left the field once because he was having trouble with that arm. As for Burfict laying on the field after JuJu laid him out, that was all an act. As JuJu was being pushed away from standing over Burfict, (by David DeCastro) Burfict reached up and grabbed his leg. Once JuJu was clear of Burfict, Burfict sat up with a dejected look on his face. He then decided to milk the refs and the home crowd for sympathy points by laying down.

  • Conserv_58

    Imagine what the coaching staff and players are thinking when it bengals week.

  • Conserv_58

    Skippy left Sheets towel dispensers trembling in fear.

  • AndyR34

    +1

  • AndyR34

    Please include yourself. I don’t think you are wrong about Berry holding the ball…why would you do different hearing the whistle blow. That said it defies common sense to think that the light grip that Berry had on the ball would hurt Boswell’s foot…and I agree about Berry’s reaction. But it also defies common sense AND visual inspection to think that Biggie is wrong. You can only maintain that stance because of some ‘need’ to “win” a discussion.

  • steelmann58

    Punk team being coached by a punk this whole team is a bunch of jokers and loser

  • Matt Rippin

    Holy crap: when I first saw this headline, I thought that it was petty and that Boswell should stay quiet. But now that I see the replay, it’s pretty clear he’s onto something. Can you think of an honest reason that Shaw would flail his heel out like that? I can’t.

  • AndyR34

    I’m with you until the last phrase. That’s just wong…and statements like that do a disservice to Steeler Nation. You make the whole fan base look like the thugs the Bungholes are.

  • Conserv_58

    What I see: As Bos kicks the ball Berry’s right hand momentarily hits the top of Shaw’s foot. I can’t be completely sure if his right hand reaction is the result of that or not. It certainly is quite unorthodox for Berry to place his right hand over the front of the ball during the kick because most holders use their outside hand to spin the ball in order to move the laces toward the goal post and then get it out of the way right before impact.

    What I think happened in that situation was Berry heard the whistle, realized what was happening and decided to go through the motions anyways because he knew Bos was already committed to kicking the ball. I’m guessing he was able to sense Shaw coming and decided to put his right hand over the outside of the ball to prevent Shaw from knocking it away.

  • AndyR34

    I don’t think Shaw was trying to kick the ball…his foot was way too high for that.

  • Conserv_58

    Yes. He flailed his right foot out like that because it was his intent to knock the ball out from under Berry’s fingers.

  • Conserv_58

    On the contrary, I think he made a half hearted and lame attempt to do so because he heard the whistle and knew that he was busted. Furthermore, it was patently stupid for him to stick his foot anywhere near the ball anyways.

  • AndyR34

    Oh…I’ve read all that you think…you are just wrong, IMO.

  • Conserv_58

    The Bos man has ice in his veins. He never gets rattled.

  • Conserv_58

    I say the same about you.

  • 2winz

    he plays in the same division as Justin Tucker. hard to compete with him, but Boswell has been clutch for us this year

  • Matt Rippin

    Okay, I’ll consider it. But why then isn’t he attacking the ball with his hands and chest like he’s trying to block a kick? If he’s on his feet at that point, he obviously realizes the play is dead.

  • JNick

    I don’t think he was trying to injure him, but that’s well after the whistle and trying to make contact with the kicker.
    To me that should have been flagged. Completely unnecessary and uncalled for. Not to mention he jumped offsides and just continued after the whistle. Thats like if a player jumped offsides and it was whistled dead and he just decides to jump up and smack the ball out of a QB hands, when he’s miming a throw.

  • Conserv_58

    Marvin has been leading that team for fourteen years now and has never won a playoff game. Most other NFL teams wouldn’t think of keeping a head coach around that long with his record of underachieving. Fifteen years is usually the magic number when teams decide to part ways with a long term head coach, especially whether it be due to not winning or that the players are no longer buying into that coach’s system. I’m not so sure that Marvin is going to escape the ax this time around. Then again we’re talking about one of two dysfunctional Ohio teams.

  • Conserv_58

    IMO, the fact that he realizes the play is obviously dead is why he chose to stay on his feet and make that ill advised right foot stab at the ball instead of attacking the ball with his chest and hands.

  • capehouse

    Yeah totally agree. Berry just protected the ball and Boz kicked it anyway. That had to hurt them both.

  • capehouse

    Well I wouldn’t keep talking about it if I didn’t want to be right. C’mon. Captain obvious.

  • Ed Smith

    I saw this during the game and said to a family member that that was intentional- the defender CLEARLY adjusts his foot to jam into Boswell’s. It is obviously a penalty and the defender knows the kick will be redone. So WHY would he do that? Only one logical explanation – intention to hurt the kicker so the next attempt fails due to the injury of the kicking foot.
    This trend, as Boswell points out, needs to STOP – there needs to be a rule change (unobstructed run at a kicker during an offside results in immediate whistle/stoppage of play. ANY contact, no matter how minor, with the kicker (or holder) results in a 15-yd unsportsmanlike penalty and (possible) ejection from the game.

  • taztroy43

    I’m glad Boswell called it out!

  • Ed Smith

    Swap out Indy for Cincy. Only 90 miles apart… I live in Cincy.

  • NinjaMountie

    Wow, didn’t even notice this or consider it when it happened. Seeing this in slomo makes me think that Bos may just be correct. Dang….the Bengals are truly a dirty franchise top to bottom.

  • capehouse

    I wouldn’t say it’s bush league. I really don’t think he meant to do anything bad. Was he wrong. Yeah sure. Should it have been flagged. Sure. Dirty play. Not in my opinion.

  • Dan

    I’m sure Coach Lewis will have a perfectly reasonable explanation for it.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Would I be biased if I say that looked intentional as hell?

  • Mrs Bighead

    That’s dangerous play. Start fining that Roger

  • Orlysteel

    Yeah, he allows the enabler to enable, they are the scum of the NFL.

  • Orlysteel

    We own them everybody knows who’s dey.

  • Orlysteel

    Send over to James Thrasher Roger.

  • AndyR34

    Well, of course…that need to win vs. having an adult conversation. Oh, and BTW, the gratuitous insult is both childish and pathetic.

  • L Garou

    Marvin Lewis doesn’t just need fired, he also needs caned..

  • HondoCogburn

    To quote Chuck, “They are the criminal element in football”

  • capehouse

    Captain Obvious is childish and pathetic? Oh geez, you go be adult. Don’t judge others for the way they want to be. Have a good life, Andy.

  • treeher

    Please re-read my post. I said that BERRY’s hold had no effect on BOSWELL.

  • Conserv_58

    Meeting the mad bomber, Danny Green should not be considered a badge of honor. That SOB murdered a lot of people during the seventies in cold blood in Cleveland using car bombs. He was reported to have set off thirty-eight car bombs. He was also a top FBI informant in Cleveland and that connection gave him a sense of invincibility.

  • capehouse

    Not sure what you’re talking about.

  • capehouse

    Berry held the ball with 2 hands on the 1st attempt. 2nd attempt Berry spun the ball laces out like he should and got his right hand out of the way. What exactly are you referring to by saying Berry had no effect. Instead of turning your caps on try explaining your thoughts in detail.

  • treeher

    Yes you do. Others have commented as well. There’s no way in hell that Berry’s hand on the ball hurt Bos in any way. I don’t need to explain that obvious fact in detail.

  • capehouse

    Well guess you don’t understand physics then.

  • HondoCogburn

    Never said it was a badge of honor, just said I met him and he gave me $20 and some very good advice, I didn’t even know who he was till years later, that was my father’s life not mine. The real Mafia is filled with psychos and scumbags, not Vito Coroleones, they’d cut their own mothers throat for $10.00

  • HondoCogburn

    I disagree, as a stillers fan give him a life time contract.

  • L Garou

    OK they can keep him but he still needs caned..

  • HondoCogburn

    I’m OK with that.

  • treeher

    You’re an idiot. Alex, block this troll.

  • capehouse

    I’ll block you? How about that?