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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: May 28, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:28 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.  I can understand not head hunting and I agree that not all of Harrison's hits are clean... but these last two penalties he's drawn along with a fine on the Fitzpatricxk hit.... simply unprecendented in the many, many, many years of football.

If you get a clean shot and can plant your facemask in the QB's chest or land on him when you make the tackle, that's part of the game.  To try to take that stuff out is just ridiculous.  I'm beginning to like the NFL less this year.  If they go much further I may just quit following it altogether.



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:25 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

In the same interview, Casserly reported that Ray Anderson, NFL VP for Operations advised that penalties are not escalated unless the players have been warned as they did regarding the defenseless receivers. My question is when did the NFL issue that warning to the teams? I thought is was after the Steeler-Brown game. if that is the case, why did Harrison get such dramatically higher fines?



Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:25 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Harrison has been a bully, cheap shot artist, and dirty player for years.  I'd love to see him suspended for at least four games.


King6James92
Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:12 pm
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Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:11 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

oh, a Ravens fan... of course.  too bad harrison wasn't suspended for tonight's game, right Farva? do you not think that a one or two game suspension wouldn't be a badge of honor as well?  it's sort of like a wanted poster.  NFL's most "wanted" for criminal behavior on the gridiron.  this is stupid.  let harrison and LEWIS hit the way they hit.  looks the same to me.  check the film, their styles are incredibly similar.  goodell knows that lewis is on his way out in a few years, so he's not too concerned with him.  it's the new defense stars that are getting financially pummelled.  here's how i see it, goodell wants defenders so skittish, that the offenses will have free reign and light up the scoreboard like a pinball machine.  defense might win games, but offense puts butts in the seats and that equates to cha-ching.  and nothing beats money (including the cashola these defenses are doling out to the Goodell Sanitation Fund).



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:07 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

"Suspensions are the only way the league is going to put a stop to this."

I agree with this statement if it is applied to the referees. The officials should be held accountable and suspended if they throw flags for legal hits. They should also be punished for missing calls. Likewise, a player should be fined if a flag is not thrown. PLayers are taught all their life to play the whistle. That includes playing 100% until the whistle is blown. It als means understanding how the refs are going to call a particular game.



Since: Jul 30, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:50 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Suspensions are the only way the league is going to put a stop to this.  Fining these guys tiny fractions of their generous salaries isn't going to do much to deter players that pride themselves on these types of shots.  It wouldn't surprise me if the fine totals are a badge of honor to some of them.  When they start losing entire game checks we'll see this stop.


King6James92
Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:49 pm
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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:40 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Funny calling me a fool, having played this game I understand the difference between dirty play, and fans crying because they do not understand the game.

Pretty clear you derek did not ever play more than a video game.

Hitting Hard and hitting legally are two different things.

James Harrison hits dirty because he has too.



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:35 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

i'm no Patriots fan, but... 

Patriots coach , who stated, "Who's been wrong more than Charley Casserly since he left the Redskins? Wherever he's been, whatever he's done, his percentage is like a meteorologist...He has no relationship with this team, I'd say less than zero. He's never here, I don't know if he's ever been to a game. He's never been to a practice...at least he put his name on it and I'll put my name on it and say, like he usually is, he's 100-percent wrong."

a little slow in the casserly home this weekend. hey charley, go finish off that fresh hot cup of STFU.  let's see, i was having a discussion with a friend of mine, who is a Giants fan, and he made the remark that the Giants defense has knocked out 7 of the qbs they have faced this year.  even if that number is inflated (5,3 or 2), that is still quite a bit more damage than what harrison has done this year.  maybe the giants are a little too close to headquarters.  you know, not able to see the forest due to the trees.  goodell is a joke and so is the persecution of james harrison.  GO STEELERS! and HIT 'EM EVEN HARDER!


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