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Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Posted on: December 5, 2010 12:30 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2010 2:00 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

We mentioned yesterday that the NFL claims they're not targeting James Harrison for personal fouls and/or illegal hits. People, judging by the comments, didn't really agree. (Or maybe they hate bully analogies.)

Well, expect the conspiracy chatter to heat up even more if Harrison picks up another personal foul penalty during this week's game -- CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported on The NFL Today that Harrison is one flagrant foul away from picking up a suspension from the league.

"First of all, I can tell you if [the Week 12 hit on Ryan Fitzpatrick] were helmet-to-helmet, I guarantee you he'd be suspended and not playing this weekend," Casserly said. "Next, this is a correct call, because when you hit with the forehead to the quarterback after he's released and is defenseless and therefore should be fined.

"Another flagrant foul and this guy is going to be suspended. He's also in the position as Roy Williams, who got suspended for horsecollar tackles -- multiple penalties eventually add up to a suspension. He's close to that right now."



Harrison obviously walks a fine line in terms of making some aggressive hits; it's why he's been fined $125,000 this year.

And if anyone were a candidate for the NFL's first illegal hit suspension since they ramped up the fines this year, it's the Steelers linebacker.

People shouldn't necessarily be okay with the fact that Harrison could be suspended if he picks up a 15-yard flag this week for hitting a defenseless player, but they (meaning fans and the Steelers) should at least be prepared. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2010 5:21 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Who the hell is this guy? Has he ever played football? It sure doesn't seem like it. He seems more like a Goodell puppet. Every ex-player has been on Harrison's side. Dan Marino even said that hit on Fitzpatrick was a good hit and I'm sure Marino would side with a QB before a linebacker.

"Defenseless player" is a stupid term. Don't put yourself in a defenseless position if you aren't willing to take a hit for it. If you see James Harrison running at you and you're a QB you can do 2 things: 1) Tuck the ball, protect yourself, and take the sack or 2) Get rid of the ball and take a hit. If you're a receiver and you're QB leads you into a "defenseless position" you can do 2 things: 1) don't go after the ball, walk away, and say I'm not going to take that hit or 2) Lay out, try to make a play, and take a hit.

I would understand the flag and fine if he hit him in the head, but he hit him in the freakin CHEST. If you can't take a hit to the chest, then don't play the game. Headshots are dangerous and I understand wanting to get rid of them, but some of these plays Harrison has been flagged and fined for are ridiculous. One for "landing on the QB with all of his weight" and one for hitting a QB in the chest. It's a joke. I'm sick of businessmen, politicians, and media determining how the game is played.

They are going to lose this fan if they don't let the defensive players hit.




Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2010 5:17 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

The Steelers making the Super Bowl, that's rich. The Steelers are lucky that their division for the most part sucks. If they were in the AFC East or even the South they would be a 500 team. The Patriots exposed them as fake contenders. Even Indy gave New England a better game than Pittsburgh. At least it was a contest instead of a trip to the woodshed. You can take your terrible towels and wipe with them. I'm just waiting for someone on the Ravens to knock Roethlisberger flat on his backside. Maybe he'll hear some ringing. As far James Harrison goes, he's one of the more dirty NFL players and about like Cortland Finnegan. Never know, maybe we'll see another Andre Johnson style beatdown with someone going after Harrison that or a good chop block. Not the classiest move but at least it would take him out and anyone that hits with the helmet needs to be taken out. 
But that's the Steelers the past few years, dirty. At least their teams way back were very good and could actually play the game unlike the latest group of punks. Looking forward to the Ravens giving them all they got and then some. Not to mention I really hate Baltimore too but I hate the Steelers more.



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 5:07 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

If he gets suspended, can he appeal it and continue to play like the Williams brothers in Minnesota?

Yes and No. Yes he can apeal it and no he cant keep playing like the Vikings players. The vikings players had a Local and Federal judge involved. Harrison will not have the oppurtunity to get there support. lol



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 4:43 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

If he gets suspended, can he appeal it and continue to play like the Williams brothers in Minnesota?




Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 4:30 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Of course Harrison will get another phantom illegal hit this week.

Never seen him get flagged for anything phantom as of yet. But I do see you are a conspiracy theorist. The Las Vegas betting coalition now that made me laugh.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2010 4:21 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Don't say we didn't warn you.

Of course Harrison will get another phantom illegal hit this week.  It will set the stage for his suspension and that will assist in setting the stage for the Steelers to miss the SB.  Having said that, this is only one of the things that the moronic God-dell desires...he wants the Eagles out as well so as not to have two QB's who have stigmas that still linger.  I have my doubts this is really a moral issue; bet money on the fact that God-dell is involved in some Las Vegas betting coalition.  The added bonus would be to help his cohort Kraft and his Cheating Patriots.



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 4:19 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

It is amazing how someone who has been a dirty cheap shot artist for his entire career was the defensive player of the year in 2008.

I dont think he is or has been a dirty cheap shot player now others may argue that point. But what is clear is that in 2008 and last year the NFL was not making these hits a point of interest. Harrison by his own words says he is not going to change and stuck his tounge out and gave Goodel the one finger salute. To Harrisons words he has not changed and neither has the leagues point. Now people on here act like Harrison is the only person getting this fine. He is not several players have been fined for what he has been fined for. Its just that most of the players that have been fined have adjusted. Harrison refuses to change, so if he gets suspended for a game he will have nobody to blame but himself.



Since: Oct 24, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2010 4:07 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

It is amazing how someone who has been a dirty cheap shot artist for his entire career was the defensive player of the year in 2008.



Since: Oct 24, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2010 4:07 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

It is amazing how someone who has been a dirty cheap shot artist for his entire career was the defensive player of the year in 2008.



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 3:58 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Anyone in here who thinks the fines have been handed out fairly this year is a moron. Plain and simple.


Anyone in here who thinks that Harrison has not deserved every fine awarded to him this year is a moron. Plain and simple.




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