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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: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 5:52 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

I don't know what video you are watching, because the crown of his helmet clearly goes into McCoy's facemask.

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 5:43 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

Judge, I dare to ask you why does the league only put rules in place to protect Quarterbacks and Wide Recievers? Do you ever think it might be about money, and not player safety? It's a known fact that they believe scoring boosts ratings. Passing boosts scoring. Thats why its legal to take the head off a Running Back. If a Quarterback wants to tuck it away, let him get his head knocked off that's his fault. It's a fast game and things happen. James Harrison doesn't aim to injure, but it's football. Injury comes with the territory. Where was Goodell when a hit to the helmet broke Harrisons orbital bone in his eye? Please, give me an answer on that.

Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 5:35 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

i don't know all the nfl rules but i do know that harrison was fined for helmet to helmet on a running back once.  If you are sure about the rules how about a quote? 

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 5:28 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

I had to chime in so that ignorant people like you who hear something from other people and just run with it without learning the truth.  First of all, the crown of the helmet is the very top of the helmet.  The hit was facemack to facemask.  And yes you acknowlege McCoy was running toward the line of scrimage, which make him a runner and not a passer in the pocket.  And like I said and you can look it up for yourself, the rules state that helmet to helmet is legal when a player is running the ball.  So when a player is out the pocket he is live bait unless he slide and gives himself up.  And you must just started watching football because hits like this was cherished until Goodell became commisioner.  In the 50's, 60's and up until resent hit like that was normal.  Stop letting your feelings about a player interfer with you seeing the truth.

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 5:04 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

Truth B Told - Thanks for creating an account today to chime in with your ridiculous nonsense. What Harrison did was illegal, plain and simple. He knew exactly what he was doing when he launched himself at McCoy. He knew exactly where he wanted to hit him. Square in the mouth with the crown of his helmet.

McCoy was absolutely running towards the line of scrimmage, but he was still a full yard behind it and thus, still a QB with the ability to throw the ball at anytime. Which he did. If Harrison had any regard for the rules or the safety of his fellow players, he would've known this and simply went for the tackle. He didn't. He chose to target the head with his helmet and cause injury. There is the difference.

I agree that football has gone soft, but I don't agree that what Harrison did was legal. That would've been a personal foul in the 50's, 60's or 70's as well. Harrison is a dirty player that has proven consistently that he has no regard for safety and has no contrition when he injures someone.

He should've been suspended MUCH longer...

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:57 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

Look James, we gotta sit you a week because all the idiots that actually don't play the game want us to do something. So even if you are innocent. You're guilty. Ask the media out there.
Anyway, the way we see it is that Colt ran out of the pocket looking ti throw, looking to run, you don't know. Then the QB daintily throws the football as he is slightly off balance, (never good at point of impact.) and you've determined to take his head off. Oops.
When we mean take his head off, James, we really mean any other part of the body but the head. Use the shoulders next time. you'll break his ribs with the same tackle, different body lead.
McCoy's knocked out in the picture. Bad medical personnel. Motionless one minute? Hello?
One game suspension is like a one game 'injury', more like a rest.

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:54 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

You are either blind or can not count. Watch the video replay. Harrison takes maybe one, I'll call it a half step before he hits McCoy.
Yes, the hit is illegal in NFL terms, but lets not make it sound worse than it was. 

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:52 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

It's like none of you guys watch the game and only seen the hit that was made.  Colt was not a defenseless player.  According to the rules a player running with the ball is not considered defenseless and helmet to helmet is legal.  On that play McCoy was running toward the line of scrimage and decided to throw the ball at the last second, at which Harrison had already committed to make the tackle.  And when you are going that fast, you can stop  yourself in mid air.  These fouls that are call in not only this game but all year is making a mockery of the game.  Yes football is a violent sport, it has always been violent.  I played football from pee-wee league to being bless to play on the college level.  And I was always told to protect myself at all times, just like a boxer. Being fine for playing the game the way you was taught to play all you life is ludacris.  I played safety and was taught to place my head in the center of my target, you must see what you are hitting.  Now this is call being dirty.  You can't lead with a forearm or shoulder.  So tell me how do I teach my little brother the proper way of tackling these days. 

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:47 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

calling Harrison a coward makes you a little girl. Baby.

Since: Oct 31, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:36 pm

League gets it right with Harrison

To THETRUTH.... The league and NFLPA are investigating that issue.... I'm sure we'll hear about it soon, it was easier to punish Harrison, because he did it on national TV in front of the cameras.... As opposed to the concussion procedures that are done on the sidelines, it will take alittle time!

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