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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: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:56 am
 

League gets it right with Harrison

> The NFL isn't trying to change his game. It's trying to change its game by keeping more players on the field

Yes, I'm all for that.  So why doesn't Ben and Vick get penalties called against them when they get hit in the head?  I could point to several instances on YouTube where each are clobbered, and a flag isn't thrown, or a player isn't being fined.

I'm all for changing the rules, I have nothing against it.  But, **ALL** QB's need to be included in the this, not just the ones who wear skirts!!!  As soon as you see people fined for hitting Ben this way, you will see a lot of unrest die down in Steeler nation!






Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:35 am
 

League gets it right with Harrison

What a bunch of whiny babies, the game is getting too soft, put a dress on them, it's not like it used to be ....  Well I say good.  There are a lot of things you used to be able to do that you can't do now.  Horsecollar tackles, open hand to the earhole (the move that made Deacon Jones famous), chop blocks.  What it also is, is safer.  You may not like that, you may be like the ancient Romans who went to the Coliseum and aways put their thumb down but that's your problem.  There may be retired players that lament that the game is getting too soft but they are saying that as they move around in their walkers.   Of course 40 years ago you didn't have players that were 6'4" 260 lbs. and running 4.5 40's.  A three hundred pounder was nearly unheard of 40 years ago.  Now you have lines that average 335 lbs.  Sorry but it is just physics.  The game has to continue to change. 

See Steeler fans we get it.  The cheap shots are part of the game plan.  Make the other team think about them, get them to think about opportunities to retaliate, get their minds off the actual game.  Sorry, but the Steelers are going to have to change the game plan. 



Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:40 am
 

League gets it right with Harrison

He did not say that Harrison deserved a fine, he said that the offense merits a fine, which it does according to league rules.



Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:22 am
 

League gets it right with Harrison

Why go for the head or the knees, the torso is the largest part of the body, why can't you tackle it?

Because it won't cause you to miss time.  Riiiiiiight...



Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:50 am
 

League gets it right with Harrison

come on judge first u say he deserved a fine but not to be suspended then u say because of who he is he deserved to be suspended? make up your mind! soon u will see tackles at the knees and more acl and mcl injuries then the league will make rules about those hits then where will it end? thats why there is flag and touch football ok! qb's should stop putting themselves in this position its a contact sport enough is enough mccoy should have not put himself in that position and his team dr should have pulled him !



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:42 am
 

League gets it right with Harrison

GO FOR HIS KNEES EVERY SINGLE SNAP OF THE FOOTBALL AND I GUARANTEE YOU THAT P.O.S. WILL BE SINGING A DIFFERENT TUNE.



Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:00 am
 

League gets it right with Harrison

Bout time they sent this thug to the sidelines. One of the most overrated players in the NFL. All he can do is headhunt. We saw what his overrated a$$ was capable of in the Super Bowl last year when he had no impact and his D got carved up.



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:26 am
 

League gets it right with Harrison

Football players like Jack Tatum and Ronnie Lott wouldn't have a career in the NFL today. The NFL is becoming a glorified version of Arena football, its all about the offense, passing the football and racking up points. The way the rules are set up, its very hard to play defense with any type of hard, physical play...the intimidation factor is all but gone in the NFL. Back in the day, Wr's would be scared about going over the middle in fear of getting torn up by a saftey or a linebacker, now it's like a track meet with Db's chasing down recievers all over the place.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:21 am
 

League gets it right with Harrison

And since we're so worried about injuries, especially concussions, maybe the league should "get it right" and investigate why the Browns let McCoy back in after two plays and working on his concussed finger. No wonder he threw that pick. He was concussed and shouldn't have been in the game. But we'll let the Browns coaches and trainers off the hook by focusing on Harrison.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:18 am
 

League gets it right with Harrison

League gets it right with Harrison? Yep. Then they get it wrong with everyone else. I'm still waiting for the penalty flag to fall when Ray Ray knocked Hines out. There's no double standard though. None at all. Right Commissioner GOD-ell?


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