Oct 26, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston (99) celebrates after sacking New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (not pictured) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won 51-23. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Karma is a bitch. Just a couple of weeks after Lamarr Houston told Bears fans to “eat dirt” he ends his season with one torn ACL and just as many sacks. An MRI confirmed that Houston may be the dumbest player in the NFL. Add him to the long list of athletes who have injured themselves celebrating. If you haven’t seen the play, here it is:
What makes Houston among the dumbest is that he was celebrating a sack of the backup quarterback in mop up duty as his team trailed by 25 points. At least when Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch pulled off the same numbskull move, his team was leading against the Packers.
Houston signed a 5 year, $35 million contract including $15M in guaranteed money on Day 1 of Free Agency to bolster the Bears defensive line. The hope was that he would build on his success with the Raiders and take his game to the next level. A lot of people around here, myself included, felt like the Bears were getting a player on the rise.
While Marc Trestman and Phil Emery laud Houston’s disruptions, the bottom line in his line of work are sacks. And before Sunday against the Patriots, Houston hadn’t had any. In his post-game press conference, Marc Trestman expressed his disappointment “for” Houston before backtracking on Monday and saying he was disappointed “in” Houston for his celebration.
When Marc Trestman was introduced as the Chicago Bears coach, he said they would have a team that is “selfish and undisciplined.” It was clearly a misspeak, but it turns out to have been pretty prophetic. That’s the only way to describe Houston’s act.