Blog Entry

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.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:50 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:46 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Hey Pittburgh....c'mon man. Surprised

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:44 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

A CHOP block and a CUT block are two different blocks.  A CHOP block is a personal foul and 15 yard penalty.  A CUT block is perfectly legal.  A CHOP block is when a lineman engages a defensive player high, and another offensive player takes out his knees.  It is illegal because this is a perfect way to tear the ligaments in the defensive players knees and is the dirtiest play in football.  There is a small chance the defender will see the 2nd lineman coming in low and be able to protect his knees, Even if he does see him, he can't shed the first block and hurdle the CHOP block at the same time.  Essentially, it is impossible to not be knocked out of the play, and likely that you will get injured if you try to resist it.  Hence, it is illegal.  A CUT block is a single player blocking you below the waist.  It is slightly dirty, not illegal, and part of football.  A defensive player has a chance to hurdle or run through a CUT block, meaning he can beat it, and is much less likely to get injured.  How these "analysts" and writers get their jobs is beyond me. 

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:43 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Oh yea and be thankful that you don't have Mike Brown as your owner...

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:42 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Steelers admit everyone cut blocks including them... so then why complain??? oh thats right they lost... and it definitely wasnt because of the chop blocks. Its one thing to lose but then cry afoul cause you got ripped... pathetic. looks like the losing steelers had a superbowl hangover. 

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:42 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

The Steelers just need to take their azz kickin like a man, and man up this week. Simple.

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:41 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

I don't believe the Ravens are Dirty players no more than I believe the Steelers are. I just believe the Ravens where due to kick the crap out of my beloved Steelers. I just hope our players can get that beat down out of their system and beat down the Seahawks and get on with the rest of the season. I believe Coach Tomlin is that good of a coach to get us over it, and move on. We have to play 15 more games plus one more against the Ravens. So I already had that game down as a loss anyway but just never figured the Ravens would destroy us the way they did. So come on Steelers get over it and move on. You have way to many fans to worry about one game that yes we got destroyed and looked really bad doing it but WE ALL BELIEVE IN THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS!!

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:38 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Of course the raven are Dirty .. Their best defensive player is. Convicted criminal in ray lewis

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:28 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Kemo The assain.  Pitts use to be a class team.  Now cheap shots are the norm.  Add up the fines for cheap shots.. who wins?  Or is the Pitts just being picked on?  The fans arent much better.

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:17 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Steelers-Ravens exchange after the 28 pt beat down:
BTW, how about that classless move by the Steelers during the 2008 AFC Championship game when the PA guy played "Down on the Corner, Out in the Street" by Creedence Cleawater Revival when Willis McGahee was knocked out cold?

The conversation after the game between real men weighing than 200 lbs:

  • Steelers:  You Ravens are dirty players.
  • Ravens:  You Steelers are dirty players.
  • S: No we are not! You're dirty!
  • R: No you are!
  • S:  I'm gonna call Roger and tell him how dirty you guys play!
  • R:  I'm gonna call Roger and tell him how dirty you guys play!
  • S:  Screw you Ravens!  You suck!
  • R:  Scoreboard Us 35, Losers 7!  Suck on that!
  • S:  Ben Roethlisberger is 120-0 against you guys until today!  Nyah, nyah nyah!
  • R:  Bye now.  See you in November.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or