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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: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:58 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

Greetings and were it me, a Youth Sports Coach and High School official, I would love to see the suspension INCREASED !!!!     "My" players watch the NFL and they see a great player as young Mr. Harrison time and time again during his Professional career hit people the wrong way which comletely undermines all that we coach !!!

And, rather than just sit at home during his suspension as young Mr. Suh and all the others who have been suspended do, maybe young Mr. Harrison should be required to attend a D-3 college "coaching clinic".....

Apparently, the NFL and the Steelers in particular ( as he plays for the Steelers ) have not been teaching him correctly ???

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:50 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

Oh please Judge, put your purse in your pocket! Harrison has cleaned up his act, this was the first time this year he was involved in this sort of hit! Stop trying to be popular with the other PC pundits on these boards, and speak the truth! GOOFDELL only has the power you and these self righteous posters give him. There is absolutly no consistancy to any of these fines! You enable this man with you senseless tirades. You enable him to rig games for the racket boys, and pocket a nice chunk of change. If you and the rest of these posters were truly honest, instead of hating you would see there is a real problem here, and it has nothing to do with Harrison! It has everything to do with GOOFDELL! How did this dweb get this job in the first place? I'm more upset with this clown rigging games then the suspension! I can't believe everyone wants to bow down to this man! Keep supporting his Nazi tactics and when they come for your team.and they will. Don't be surprised if nobody listens. You will look for allies on that day, but little surprise there will be none to be found!

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:17 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

I would be ok w/ the suspension and wouldn't feel Steelers were being targeted if there was some sort of consistancy to the league's punishments.  Please tell me how fater repeated after the play incidents Seymour has racked up over the past few years, including ejections, how he doesn't warrant a suspension.  Sorry Judge, you are wring on this one.  There are many more that deserve this suspension more than Harrision.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:55 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

Your an idiot. 

what are you ...a seahawks fan?
I would like to hunt you down and kick your a55.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:53 pm

jd...ever heard of ...

"See what you hit"   guess you never played.  ...has been taught from the beginning of the game so kids...guys DO NOT get hurt.
You start putting your head to the side and you will someday soon see a broken neck from aomeone hitting a RBs leg or a teammate coming from the other side.   .....but thats ok...that A55hole Goodell does not care about Def players.

That was not crown of head..was 'forehead' of the helmet.
and I do not think that james is able to turn his head his neck is so huge.    and is not to protect is to put a pink parasol in McCoys hand.     ..and to screw up the Steelers playoff positioning....we now have no LBs thank you very much.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:48 pm
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Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:21 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

Watch the SuperBowl again, he (Harrison) was held all evening long... they don't call it... edge rushers get up the field, O lineman put a one arm hook on them and it's allowed... it's allowed a ton...

GB scored 21 points off of turnovers... carved up???  They moved the ball, yes... but if Pitt protects the ball, they win... 3 turnovers and GB wins by 6... hardly carved up... Carved up is what GB is doing this year...

The League wants more scoring so everything is geared towards the offense... the 5 yard chuck, WRs constantly pushing off - no flags, over protection of the QB, over protection of the WR, basically legalized holding... 

If you blast someone today it's a flag... and one person talked about blocking...  the Ravens were cut blocking the sh t out of the Steelers week 1... dude was engaged in with a lineman and another O lineman would cut him... no flags... because as long as it's the Offense handing out the punishment it's o.k.

No one says a word about a running back initiating helmet to helmet hits...  they stroke a D man and it's a hard run...

Double standards... just make the field 50 yards and put 9 men on Defense already... maybe some flags...

Yesteryear is gone unfortunately... tomorrow's NFL is just a sorry substitute trying to look like the real thing...

Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:51 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

Wow, what a sorry article...  If helmet to helmet is so bad why do running backs get to "hit" the line with their heads down, crown first, ready to hit/run over whomever is in their way... league doesn't care about that one does it?  Doesn't care about the defenseless D man who's fighting off a block to make a tackle... they can get concussions... that's o.k. because the sorry NFL wants more scoring...

I think Harrison's head to head was a bad hit... but McCoy has some blame as he put himself in a comprimising position... do that, and just like in life, you get stroked...  15 yards... that's all it should be... but if a helmet rides up a body and hits a head I say forget it... that's just the nature of the beast... these dudes are running 20 - 25 miles an hour and you want them to make text book tackles... that just shows you're a pencil neck geek paid to write the sh t that Judge just wrote...

All the league is doing is ruining the game... defenders can't do anything anymore without a flag... stroke a WR, legal or not, and the laundry flies...  touch a QB... 15...  but they can hold like hell... that's all the O line does is hold...

The league is a joke now, they replay everything and still get it wrong... 

Glad I grew up watching 70's, 80's and 90's ball... this stuff is a joke...  today's Pack wouldn't get a first down against the 70's Steelers, 85 Bears, 86 Giants, 90's Cowboys Defenses... those teams were balanced...  today's teams are all one sided...  either Offense or Defense or average... or, of course, just plain sorry...

Put flags on them...  

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:39 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

It is not a matter of him holding back, it is a matter of him using the crown of his helmet like a battering ram. One of these days he is going to break his neck.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:00 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

First of all if you watched the replays of last year hits that Harrison got into trouble for they were incorrect calls.   It just so happened that weekend a number of players were knocked out.  Bad timing for Harrison.

When you replay last weeks hit on McCoy at regular spped there is no way that any good defensive player could have held up.  Then the other problem is that Harrison is so much bigger and stronger than most players he is tackling it looks way worse.

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