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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

Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:34 am

League gets it right with Harrison

You may want to cover flag football, but most of us don't want to wacth it. The league is ruining a great game and will realize it only too late.

Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:32 am

League gets it right with Harrison

They got this sooo wrong. You say he hasn't got the message? Then why has he not been fined or penalizd since his incident in week 10 of last year. That's 16 games, a full season without one helmet to helmet hit. I think he got the message and he did change his game. Now he is lumped in with Suh and Haynesworth as the only players suspended for on-field incidents, you think Harrison making a football play warrants the same penalt as though two? You sir are crazy. Richard Seymour punched someone again, just another fine, but Harrison makes a perfect tackle and gets penalized on a play and that deserves a suspension. And by the way, he wasn't penalized for helmet to helmet, it  was for roughing the passer, which is basically he hit the QB to hard, who was running the ball at the time, now he's gonna miss a very important game for playing football, not maliciously, just tackled a little too hard. You're a joke to think he deserves a suspension.

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:31 am

League gets it right with Harrison

Just because McCoy is a little puny QB and Harrison is a huge LB this looked a lot worse that it was.  Wanna play football, make sure you can handle it.  NFL is now a *ussy filled league...starting with Godell.

Since: Feb 20, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:22 am

League gets it right with Harrison

The reality is that the league in fact got it wrong. McCoy was a runner when Harrison launched himself at him. Even upon throwing the ball, McCoy did so with his non-throwing hand. If you want to punish someone, punish Clark for giving the TE for the Browns a concussion. Not Harrison, who's hit was legal

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