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Rooney thinks the NFL targeting the Steelers

Posted on: December 3, 2010 11:28 am
 
J. Harrison has racked up $125,000 in fines this year due to illegal hits (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With the $125,000 in fines Steelers LB James Harrison has racked up this season, Pittsburgh owner Art Rooney II thinks there might be something to the idea that his squad is being scrutinized by the league with extra-sensitive eyes.
 
He’s also worried the Steelers might stop playing as aggressively on defense because of the threat of fines for big-time hits.

So, is Pittsburgh being targeted?

"It certainly looks that way," Rooney told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Not that we're expecting much sympathy from other teams, but I think some of this will be part of the discussion after the season is over. Hopefully we'll all have our chances to express our opinions and at that point have a better understanding of where the owners in the league stand on some of this.

"I think we're sympathetic to the idea that we need to focus on player safety and particularly on helmet-to-helmet hits. The other side of it is it's still a football game, and I think we've got to be realistic about how the rules can be changed and what we expect of the defensive players in particular."

From the story:

Ray Anderson, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, told the Tribune-Review yesterday that the league is not singling out Harrison.

Anderson did put the onus on Harrison to play within NFL rules. He added if the Steelers' sacks leader continues to run afoul of them that it could see him suspended.

"At the end of the day we have an important responsibility, and if that means at some point we have to remove a player from the field to get the message clearly in his mind and to protect players that he's violating, we will do so," said Anderson, whose office reviews every play from a given week and decides if any warrant fines. "But we hope that doesn't come to pass."

Harrison said earlier this week that he won't change his style of play and "will let the chips fall where they may."

Look, I have some sympathy for Harrison, because the NFL saw fit to change its rules in the middle of the season and because everybody is still confused about what is and what is not a legal hit.

But the fact of the matter is that these rulings are not going to change (this season, at least). So, if Harrison isn’t going to adjust his style of play, he can expect the NFL to keep taking his money.

He can decry the fact he’s been targeted – and you’re crazy if you don’t think officials are keeping an extra eye on him at all times (that’s what happens when you develop a reputation like this) – but if other players can tweak their styles to avoid the potential for badly injuring players, it’s not impossible for Harrison to do the same.

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Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2010 1:04 pm
 

Rooney thinks the NFL targeting the Steelers

This post is hilarious! I hardly know where to begin. 1). "Steelers are being targeted because they have the worst dirty, cheap shot artists"  Aggressive, hard hitting play is not dirty or cheap, it's FOOTBALL!  2). "J Harrison on created this mess when he went live and stated he purposely tries to hurt people."  There's not a linebacker or defensive back in the NFL who doesn't want it to hurt when he hits a receiver or running back coming through his territory. They want the offensive player to remember and think twice before doing it again.  It's called intimidation, and it's the primary weapon every defender has.  3). "found him guilty of reckless behavior on the football field."  In case you didn't know, just strapping on pads and stepping onto a football field is reckless behavoir. Large people will knock you down, and it will HURT.  4) "Dirty, cheating cheap shot player. Hope he gets suspended soon."  So you're what... maybe 12 years old?  Or maybe a girl? Coming from pansy liberal New England I would guess it could be either... or both! Either way, go watch soccer.  Leave the real games to those who properly appreciate them.



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:26 pm
 

Rooney thinks the NFL targeting the Steelers

Even if Harrison were to "change his style", it would change nothing. The extra eye on him means border-line calls are going to continue to be flagged on Harrison and not on other players. Unjustified or not, it's the reality.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:25 pm
 

Rooney thinks the NFL targeting the Steelers

Yes the Steelers are being targeted because they have the worst dirty, cheap shot artists J Harrison. J Harrison on created this mess when he went live and stated he purposely tries to hurt people. Opened his big mouth. Now he cry babies cause they started to look into it and found him guilty of reckless behavior on the football field. Hitting helmet to helmet. Dirty, cheating cheap shot player. Hope he gets suspended soon.


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