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League gets it right with Harrison

Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:07 am
Edited on: December 13, 2011 11:56 am
 
Let's hear it for the NFL. It did the right and necessary thing by suspending Pittsburgh's James Harrison on Tuesday.

Harrison's hit on Colt McCoy didn't merit a suspension. It warranted a fine. But Harrison's series of incidents -- the fact that he's a multiple offender with illegal hits -- did qualify him for suspension, now more than ever.

Look, the NFL is trying to address head injuries and made it clear it will not tolerate blows to the helmet. So it fines players who do it, and sometimes they get the message, and sometimes they do not.

Harrison clearly did not. So that means the NFL must try something else to get his attention.

It just did.

Pittsburgh fans might see this as part of a grand conspiracy and their hard-hitting Steelers' defense, but they're wrong. Harrison and the Steelers have been warned again and again. And again and again they refuse to listen. That put the NFL in a position of having to respond -- basically, having to make it clear it means what it says -- so it just upped the punishment, and I'm all for it.

Maybe it works. Maybe it doesn't. But it had to be done.

I don't care what it means to Pittsburgh's playoff chances or chances of winning a division. I care what it means to the next guy James Harrison was going to clobber. Harrison didn't, and maybe he should have. The NFL warned him and notified him this was possible.

Harrison didn't listen. Instead, he dared the league to respond. So it did.

The NFL isn't trying to change his game. It's trying to change its game by keeping more players on the field, and what's so wrong with that? Nothing, that's what.











Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:14 pm
 

League gets it right with Harrison

Clark Judge....what a moron!





Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:54 pm
 

League gets it right with Harrison

Clark Judge is a pansy who's only attribute to get his position is to bl%$ his bosses.

His intelligence about sports is a joke...he's a boytoy for his exec's



Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:51 pm
 

League gets it right with Harrison

Harrison's hit was helmet-to-helmet, but he didnt lauch himself leading with his helmet, intentionally. McCoy was in a running position outside the pocket. Harrison attacked like he would against a running back. Therefore th NFL got it wrong. A fine? Yes. A suspension? Give me a break. This is football. helmet to helmet hits are unavoidable to some degree. When a player launches and leads with the helmet, then yes it is avoidable. In most cases, at the speed in which this game is played, it is often unavoidable. If helmet to helmet hits are completely avoidable, then why play with helmets? If the NFL is too blind to realize this, then maybe they should should take off the pads and pass out belts and flags! 




Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:59 pm
 

League gets it right with Harrison

I've read a few pages of the older comments and it seems that quite a few of you posters have just reacted to the suspension, without possibly going to Youtube and seeing the hit again.  Harrison (who I like) popped McCoy with a helmet to helmet hit, like in a movie where the "hero" (lol) smacks his forehead to the bad guys forehead!!  POP!!  Whips his head foward.
The thing is with Harrison, is that after all the fines, and now suspension, he's spouting off about how each "hard "hit was clean.  He talks too much and brings attention to himself.  If he'd just accept the medicine, it's quite possible he might have just been fined, if he has been "clean" for 16 games.  Just shut up, man!



Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:11 pm
 

League gets it right with Harrison

Gee - the concussion would not have happened in the first place if Harrison wasn't a dirty player.



Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:08 pm
 

League gets it right with Harrison

Harrison says he can't/won't change.  Well - he can expect more and longer suspensions.



Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:25 pm
 

League gets it right with Harrison

I think in all sports, if a player knocks a player out of a game with an illegal act he should miss a similar number of games. Harrison should have been suspended because of multiple infractions and if McCoy is unable to play on Sunday then Harrison should sit out an additional game. 



Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:14 am
 

League gets it right with Harrison

If McCoy hadnt lowered his head, then Harrisons face mask wouldnt have bumped into him. He didnt use his helmet. Good text book tackle.

Lordy.....after all this discussion, you didn't even watch the video, did you? Watch it again in slow motion and please point out WHERE McCoy "lowered his head"?

Harrison's face mask didn't "bump him".....it was a deliberate crown-to-facemask hit.

Man, people need to research BEFORE leaving ridiculous comments.





Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:22 pm
 

League gets it right with Harrison

Hope Harrison wins the appeal. If not then he will be back for the next game. It was a good hit, done the right way. He stopped the quarterback, plain and simple. It was very close as to whether or not it was legal. If McCoy hadnt lowered his head, then Harrisons face mask wouldnt have bumped into him. He didnt use his helmet. Good text book tackle. Good grief, pretty soon you wont be allowed to touch the quarterback and they will be given little flags to pull out. Football is a rough sport and should remain so. Good hit harrison! LOL!!!!



Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:50 pm
 

League gets it right with Harrison

Glad he got suspended. I'm also glad it was only one game. Next time, make it a multiple-game suspension.

Regardless, Harrison is a fierce player. He is tough enough without having to resort to using his helmet to intentionally decapitate someone. That's like a great boxer having to resort to rabbit punches and groin shots to take down his opponent.

If you cannot play the game within the rules and use skill and technique to take down a runner, then you're not a good player. Good players rely on skill and power, not cheap headshots.

I hated it when Brandon Merriweather would intentionally lead with his helmet and I hate it when others do it as well. It's no different than taking a baseball bat to someone's head to make a tackle.

Playing the game like a man doesn't mean like a caveman. Real men can lay a lick cleanly without trying to kill their opponent.


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