Rob Turner Fined For Peel-Back Block On J.J. Watt

Rob Turner, before the music died. - Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

After losing Brian Cushing last year, Texans fans are particularly sensitive to the issue of peel-back blocks. They may find some sense of justice in the news that the Titans' Rob Turner got fined for his conduct last Sunday. Turner also decided the fine was a good reason to question J.J. Watt's integrity.

After word of Kareem Jackson and Bernard Pollard's fines for their hits during the Texans-Titans game filtered out a couple of days ago, Texans fans turned their attention to Rob Turner. For Turner, you see, clearly engaged in precisely the kind of peel-black block against J.J. Watt that is now illegal, thanks in part to Matt Slauson taking Brian Cushing out with such a block last season.

Turner confirmed that he was in fact fined an unknown sum by the league for his peel-block block on Watt. Then he called J.J. Watt a liar. Zuh?

"I am a hard-nosed guy and that gets misconstrued sometimes," Turner said. "I know J.J. was saying all sorts of stuff to the media down there about him (telling me he has) a family to feed and stuff like that, but all that wasn’t true and he’s full of it for saying it. That was a lie about him talking to me."

"Whether you call it an apology or whether you call it a professional courtesy, I was trying to say, ‘Hey I wasn’t going after you like that, and you can see that on film,’ " Turner said. "And it bothered me he made a big stink about it.

"For the record, he wouldn’t even look at me, and I don’t have a problem if you put that in print. In fact, I’d encourage you to put that in print and he’s full of it by saying that."

Not smart, Mr. Turner. You don't want to see J.J. when he's angry.

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