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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
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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 6, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2010 3:58 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

I've said it before and I'll say it again.  Harrison is a cheap shot artist and the NFL is very definitely watching every move he makes.  It makes no sense how this guy gets fined and other helmet to helmet shots go unpunished, I will admit that.  However, Harrison has been head hunting since the day he left Kent St.  Guys that make mistakes and lead with their head may get a pass, but Harrison will not.  
Nice year off the field for pittsburgh.



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 3:55 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

He hasn't been flagged for a cheap shot all year long....

You are just in denial



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 3:41 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

""Pittsburgh didn't play the Jets in week one, they play each other in week 15. The Steelers played the Falcons in week one."

Truth hurts: the post you were replying to was about Baltinore's linebacker who some claim does not make helmet to helmet hits. Links have been posted showing number 52 from the Ravens hitting ochoconco in the head - and the post was talking about Ravens vs Jets and number 52's head shots whicher were not penalized nor were fined.





Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2010 3:31 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Pittsburgh didn't play the Jets in week one, they play each other in week 15. The Steelers played the Falcons in week one.


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Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2010 3:28 pm
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Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 3:26 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Yeah, sure they are. I saw at least two tackles last week wher ehe led with the head. Hell, the fumble he caused against the Jets in week one was illegal under these rules. Lewis gets a pass though...because he's Ray Ray. Hell, if Goodell had been commish when Ray had his little foray into Atlanta, he'd have had NO career....supended for life. Suck on that for a while.



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 3:22 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.




Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 3:20 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Who cares? If he's gonna get suspended I hope he gets the suspension for breaking Flacco in half. I want somebody to explain the inconsistency in fines/punishments this year. I mean, how close is Seymour to being suspended? For non-football related activities(fighting) to boot.



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 3:20 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

If Harrison gets suspended for a personal foul on a legal hit I am going to be upset.


Queen you will be upset if he gets suspended for a personal foul on a cheap shot hit. Kind of like how you jave been upset all along.




Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2010 3:20 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Look you guys, before I start I'll admit that I am a Steelers fan and that, as a result, maybe I'm looking for reasons to defend Harrison BUT I don't believe you can objectively overlook the following:

1.) When was the last time a player was fined for an illegal hit on Special Teams or after an interception away from the play?  The camera rarely finds all 22 men on such plays.  If you have ever been to a game you know that players are getting "blown up," legally and illegally, all the time on plays such as these.  The point is the league isn't actually concerned with player's safety-its concerned with "saving face" making it look like they care.  The only plays that are currently receiving fines right now are the ones that the network cameras pick up.
2.) The fight between Johnson and Colbertson was a joke.  I think it was Mark Schlereth on ESPN that said something to the fact that if he knew back when he was playing that he could pay $25,000 to absolutely start brawling with someone on the field that was on his nerves he would have taken that opportunity at least a couple of times in his career-and he's right (rare that he is, but he is absolutely correct here).  Nice precedent NFL, nice.
3.) Someone earlier posted that Harrison is "big and fast."  Correct on 1 of 2 counts.  Harrison is fast (more quick actually) BUT Harrison is NOT big.  He's barely 6 feet tall.  This is why he can get so much leverage and get under and through guys (also why he isn't terrible in coverage in the middle either-he isn't too big and lumbering).  This also, I believe, has created a chip on his shoulder.  Harrison wasn't a big time draft pick-he was cut a number of times before getting his big shot.  He has found an identity that has made him a ton of money in the league.  This identity is of a fearsome hard nosed player that would run through walls to help his team succeed.  Now the league is telling him to completely change his philosophy at some whim.  This, however, leads me to...

Harrison does need to GROW UP a little bit.  I don't completely agree with his pouting about the "new rules" regarding hitting.  I've already said why I think the hitting rules and their implementation are kind of ridiculous BUT even so there are some things that Harrison needs to realize:
In the real world if the CEO of your company tells you that you need to change you either change OR YOU FIND a new job (either voluntarily or forcefully).  Lets say that you sell erasers for a living.  All of your life you have learned the ins and outs of selling erasers and have become tremendously successful at it.  If the next day you go into work your boss tells you to sell pencils instead you better start selling pencils pretty quick or there are likely going to be measures made to get you to cooperate.

Basically, what I'm saying, is that Goodell has the right to change his company's (he, in essence, is the CEO of the NFL right now) practices if he feels it necessary.  Right now I just don't think he is doing it fairly or uniformly; he is just window dressing for the sake of window dressing rather than really attempting to address any real issues.  It just so happens for Harrison's sake that this window dressing includes tarnishing his image and wallet a bit.

---Ed


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