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Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:32 pm
Baltimore and Pittsburgh did not get along during their first meeting of the season (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When people talk about the dirtiest players in the NFL, Steelers receiver Hines Ward is usually somewhere in the conversation. This might be one reason why. As is Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison -- who can’t seem to go more than a dozen games without some kind of big fine because of an illegal hit.

So, for the Steelers to accuse another team of playing dirty, it’s akin to William Henry Harrison admonishing you for not wearing a coat when it’s cold and rainy outside (what? too soon?).

But dirty is exactly how Pittsburgh believes the Ravens played last Sunday during Baltimore’s four-touchdown embarrassment of the Steelers. And they point to the Ravens offensive linemen as the main culprits.

“You can get hurt from an illegal chop block, but I guess it isn't an illegal chop block if they don't call it," nose tackle Casey Hampton said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

Added nose tackle Chris Hoke: "Some of the things they were doing were questionable rules-wise and dangerous.”

In particular, Hampton pointed at Baltimore guard Marshal Yanda as one who continuously tried to cut-block Hampton. That includes the first play of the game when Hampton said he was blatantly chopped by Yanda, which helped set up a 36-yard run by Ravens running back Ray Rice. In all, Hampton said his legs were targeted on Baltimore’s first four running plays.

"There is really nothing you can do when you are engaged and fighting with a guy and they come chopping at your legs," Hampton said. "If it keeps happening, something is going to have to happen. I can't keep getting chopped up like that when I am engaged."

Yet, the Steelers go on to admit that they have plays in their offensive arsenal in which part of the goal is to cut at an opponent’s legs. "Not to the extent that (the Ravens) did," Pittsburgh defensive end Aaron Smith said.

Obviously, cut-blocking is dangerous and somewhat cowardly. But this is not a new problem. As the Steelers say, every team does it (I remember that the Broncos offensive line for years was accused of dirty play and cut-blocks). That doesn’t make it right, obviously. But you can’t be vigorously against cut-blocking when it’s targeting you and be totally cool with it when you use it against an opponent.

Otherwise, your claims of the other team being dirty don’t make very much sense. And don’t elicit much sympathy.

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Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:47 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Steelers lost...nuff with it and get your revenge in the playoffs...nuff said

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:46 pm
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Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:38 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

The writer is clueless as usual Hampton wasn't really whining. He didn't go out of his way to say this, someone asked him and he gave his opinion. He didn't whine about it during the game or after the game and made it a point that if it happens he won't whine about it, he just said it happened. He also said that the Ravens aren't the only team that does this, he said refs everywhere just tend to let it go. 

But of course, the media is twisting this to make it seem more interesting and portraying him like he is calling the Ravens out or openly whining. 

He says it happens everywhere and refs let it go and if that happens it happens. Get over yourself CBS>

Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:28 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

This is the dumbest article that I've ever read. It is obvious to me that the writer has no idea what he's talking about. Cutting a defensive lineman on a quick slant or short pass play to get his hands down is one thing, but to have a player engaded up high w/ one player and have him cut down low by a second player is another, very/extremly dangerous. I recommend you go to you tube and look at the play in question. It is very obvious to me that you are writting about something you have no clue on!

The rule states that it is illegal for the tackles to do it, but it is ok for the guards to do it, and it needs changed. Well Mr Player-Safety-Goodell, here is your chance to protect the defensive players. What will you do?

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:27 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

When the Ratbirds make the Super Bowl again you can talk. One game and a serious a**kicking doesn't change the only scoreboard that counts. The Steelers have been to three SuperBowls and won two of them since Trent Dilfer led your team to the big game.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:21 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Gotta admit, as a Steeler fan, my first reaction is "shut up and hit him back, harder". I'm sympathetic to the injury angle, but...  com'mon man!

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:12 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

breath of fresh air man ... i see you respect the steelers as much as i respect the ravens and you are right steelers shouldn't be blaming dirty play for the loss ... take your lumps and shut the critics up next week!

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:09 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Tomlin needs to reign in these players and their twitter whining.  You got your butts kicked.. be angry but be angry and stay focused.   That display on sunday was a team that started believing their own headlines and thinking they could just show up and win.  They'll bounce back and get into a groove but man up and admit you got destroyed.  Use it for motivation next time.. instead of having no motivation at all in comparison. 

Since: Jan 27, 2011
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:02 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

With Harrison on your team, please give me a break. He's the dirtiest player in football. Stop CRYING and play ball. Steelers getting dose of their own medicine and dont like it. Wahhhhhhhh wahhhhhhh wahhhhhhh. Bunch of VAGINA'S

Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:37 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

did hines get his teeth fixed yet?  see what really happens to the dirty players (actually cowardly)?  you get decleated by Johnson.  SMILE NOW, BEEOTCH!!!

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