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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: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2010 3:10 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Why would Goodell suspend him?...he wouldn't have anyone to fine anymore.



Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2010 3:09 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Lambert has the call
"put skirts on the QB's"
now the Comish has his panties in a wad




Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:55 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Casserly...PLEASE....now you've gone and done it. All the Steeler fans will be waving their "Alack Alas Woe Is Me" banners. Let the whining begin about how the refs pick on the Steelers.



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:50 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

amateur raider fan, that is.




Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:49 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

hey amateur,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kztnbhUcJo&NR=1&feature=
fvwp

ask ocho cinco!


King6James92
Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:46 pm
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Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:45 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

God in the picture in the upper right you can tell his helmet is no where near his head.
Harrison pissed off the commish cause he told him to stick his fines up his ass and the commish
is taking it out on him.

Goodell in wrong and the NFL is worse off this year because of it.

Hell the refs dont even know what is legal or illegal.



Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:40 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Wow.  It's a good thing guys like Ronnie Lott, Jack Lambert, Dick Butkus, etc. didn't have to play under these ridiculous rules. 
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Leading with your helmet wasn't really much of an issue in times past as you stood an incredobly good chance of hurting yourself if you did that.  Harrison for as much as he complains does lead with his helmet.  I don't know if he was taught to tackle that way or not, but if he keeps using that same technique to tackle, he is going to end up suspended.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:37 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

I am far from being a Steelers fan (Go Cowboys), but football was meant to be played hard and all out.  I agree with the helmet to helmet contact fine when the helmet is tucked (head dropped).  Everyone who has played football should understand that tackles are made with the head up.  It isn't just because of injury for the opposing player, but injury to yourself (see paralyzation).  But alot of these calls being made are ridiculous.  Late hit calls just because the QB managed to dump off the ball a split second before getting hit?  Helmets hitting when it is clear that there was no intent to use the helmet to make the tackle?  When are they going to start putting flags on the QB?   I think most of Harrison's hits were clean ... hard, but clean.   You can't penalize that.  If I were Harrison, I would intentionally pull up on every play, reach down and pat the QB on the ass or pull the towel from the QB's pants and hold it up, just like flag football.  Make a mockery of the rules.   Wonder if the NFL would fine him then ..... $50K for failing to make a tackle? 



Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:34 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

All the fines Harrison received for the hits were legitimate fines.  Watch the replays - he routinely leads with the helmet (using it as a weapon).  You're supposed to see what you hit - unless he has eyes in the top of his helmet, he can't see a thing but his own feet.
Hitting with the helmet is dangerous, both for the hitter and the hittee, and should be punished.

Ray Lewis always hits with his shoulders and chest and his powerful hits are perfectly legal.


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