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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: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:29 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

7 turnovers..a complete beat down of the steeler offense by the ravens they cry for losing son bad because of a chop block??   Gimme a break you sissies

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:17 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Im embarresed period! Talk about old and slow! players need to shut up and play. They got out played in every faze of the game. 
I understand its only week 1; but really 7 turnovers. Now their going to complain about dirty play; take it like a man, grow a pair and play the game.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:01 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

I hope the Steelers' fans, who are excellent in general, don't follow their team into this whiny Patriot-fan like style.  As a Ravens fan, I've always had great respect for the Steelers and for their generally humble and good-sportsmanship fans, but this knocks the team down a little in my eyes.

Maybe it's a result of them being embarrassed playing so badly - something I don't expect to count on in the future.  Those saying the Steelers' D has gone from being a monster to being old in one year aren't being realistic.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 10:31 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

That game was a TOTAL beat down in EVERY element/facet of the game. There wasn't one single thing that the Steelers did that gave them any advantage in this drubbing. They can only complain how it was soooo unfair.

It's called getting even. Jarrett Johnson and Ed Reed got their licks back at Hines (Look at me dance) Ward who just recently adopted the name Hines "pancaked" Ward, who is visiting a dentist this week to get his teeth reattached.

See you in November Pittsburgh!

Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: September 16, 2011 10:17 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

OMG really,the fn squeelers whine about everything.They plain and simple got their asses handed to them.They always have some excuse when they lose.They are one of the worst franchises in sports when it comes to sportsmanship.I hope they never win a game ever.I know thats not possible,but in a perfect world thats what I would hope for.

Since: Sep 5, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 10:04 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty


You don't elicit much sympathy when you are the dirtiest team in the NFL by leaps and bounds. Did they really go there? Really?

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 9:46 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

I hate to see lifetime Longhorns whining. Man up, Casey!

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 9:29 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

@ NoHipHop_BS

True, this happens a lot....but the only whiners are the Squeelers.  Team is built with whiners and chumps. 

Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 9:19 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

This kid Josh is an idiot...look at his silly comment about Harrison - he gets fined a couple tiems last year and this clown makes it sound like it happens every year.  (On top of that thise fines were all Godell BS, and every player interviewed last year said harrison is not a dirty player.) 

Please grow up and get your facts straight, and spare us from useless articles. Are you a Bungles fan?  Based on this whining I would say yes, the bitterness from never winning anything is coming through.  What value did this article add?  OK, we had some cut blocking, gee great..happens every game every week for the 40 years I haver been watching the NFL.  Yet this kid thinks its a story.  Tell you what Chad, or Josh or Biff or whatever your name is -  next time save the effort and go get a job, we could use your tax revenue.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 9:10 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Typical Steelers.  Never EVER heard a team whine SOOO much.

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