NASHVILLE – Texans defensive end
In the second quarter, Smith recovered a fumble forced by
“I think I was robbed, because that would’ve been the greatest play ever in my life,” Smith said at his locker after the game, laughing before answering a question about the play. “It felt good getting in the end zone, especially when I was making those Chris Johnson-type cuts, stiff-arming, then I pull out the 4.5 (speed). It wasn’t 4.2 today. It was just 4.5.”
The Texans were on the other end of an officiating gaffe last week. Running back
Smith had that play in mind as he dashed to the end zone on Sunday, even after it was apparent that the play was blown dead.
“I thought that maybe I could use my ninja mind tricks,” he said. “That’s why I was standing in the end zone with my hands up. I was thinking, ‘Maybe I can pull a Forsett.’ If they called it a touchdown and they can’t review it, I’ll get the touchdown.”
Had the play been ruled properly and Smith scored a touchdown, it would have been the second one of his career. He previously scored against the Denver Broncos while with the Arizona Cardinals in 2006.
Judging by the one-of-a-kind “Ninja Assassin Slash of Death” celebration that Smith does every time he gets a sack, he would have had quite a spectacle in store if he had gotten the touchdown.
"I don’t know if I could’ve pulled it off; I was pretty tired, man," Smith said. "But I had one in my head.
“I can’t really explain it to you. Just go and watch the last fight scene of the (film) ‘Ninja Assassin.’ It would’ve been like that with the goal posts. Slices of precision.”
Smith also had a sack later in the second quarter that was nullified by offsetting penalties on Titans and Texans players.
“I think today was the day of robbing the Ninja,” Smith said. “The tables was turned.”