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12-11-2009, 11:09 PM
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Steelers' Harrison takes blame for letdown

By Scott Brown
Saturday, December 12, 2009

Less than a week after saying his teammates needed to focus on doing their own job, Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison admittedly did not heed his own words.

As a result, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year repeatedly found himself out of position Thursday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Not coincidentally, the Browns, who entered the game last in the NFL in total offense, piled up 171 rushing yards in a 13-6 upset of the Steelers.

"We weren't gap sound, especially me," Harrison said after the Steelers allowed the most rushing yards in a game since December of 2007. "I was guilty of letting a few runs break out. I was doing things that wasn't my job to do, then I am not taking care of my job, and that is where it breaks down."

The Steelers slipped from first to third in the NFL in rushing defense (84.9 yards per game) following their first loss in Cleveland since 2000. They have given up an average of 137.3 rushing yards in their last three games.

"I think in the situation we're in, things are kind of snowballing, guys are kind of pressing and doing too much," nose tackle Casey Hampton said, "and when you try to do too much in this defense, you can mess everybody else up. I think that's been kind of happening to us."

Joshua Cribbs, Harrison's former teammate at Kent State, took advantage of several breakdowns to rush for 87 yards on just eight carries.

Cribbs, a wide receiver, burned the Steelers while taking direct snaps in the Wildcat formation. In the second quarter, he broke several tackles en route to a 37-yard run that set up a Phil Dawson field goal.

Harrison said the Steelers were ready for the Wildcat, which the Browns also had used in the teams' two previous meetings.

The two-time Pro Bowler took a large part of the blame for the Steelers' inability to contain Cribbs.

"It came down to guys really pressing and doing more than what their job is," Harrison said. "I am really the No. 1 person who was guilty of that. We really need to start to get back to fundamentals. Doing what it is what you are supposed to do."

Scott Brown can be reached at sbrown@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.

(Harrison is trying to do more than he should. It's a sign of desperation. - mesa)

12-11-2009, 11:36 PM
I don't give a shit if he was out of position a few times the bastard won us a SB with that pick six so he can have an off game against the stains and some more. He may want to take the blame but everyone and their mother knows the last 5 losses were the team as a wholes fault not any one person.

12-12-2009, 12:12 AM
i agree, its not all his fault, its the defense/offense/special teams as a whole, u lose like a team, and u win like a team

tony hipchest
12-12-2009, 12:25 AM
thats very honorable of james to fall on the sword like that, but i dont think anyone on the team can say they have played harder than him.

he plays every play as if he is the best player on the team and a league MVP. he plays as if he is still trying to earn every cent of his new contract.

12-12-2009, 12:29 AM
i have never seen harrison dog it on a play....that and the fact that he is dominant gives him a lot of leeway imo.

12-12-2009, 12:41 AM
Well, he can take the blame if he wants. But he's the one guy who has been out there kicking ass for basically this whole losing streak and holding the defense together. He can't carry the team on his back every game. And besides, giving up 13 points isn't a bad effort -- that should be good enough to win.

You want to blame someone, HOW ABOUT SCORING 6 DAMN POINTS. You don't win too many games doing that.

12-12-2009, 05:29 AM
I said it in another thread, I will say it here as well. When I turned on NFL network on Thursday )pre-game) there was a shot of a few Steelers, Harrison included, standing around the "mini furnace" like it was a campfire trying to stay warm. I just don't beleive any body was focused on the game, they looked more concerned about being cold. When I saw that I knew we were in trouble.

12-12-2009, 06:16 AM
I just love James Harrison myself. This guy is mean and he reminds me of Greg Lloyd so much. But this game in my opinion was on the offense. But then again the Browns just brought people from every where, you only have so many people that you can block with those 5 linemen, that puts pressure on the RB's to pick up the others and of course the TE's.. but Heath Miller is the Only Blocking TE we have obviously. I did see several that didnt get their jobs done. I heard a guy on Sirius Radio yesterday saying that he never got to see a play of the game but could just about tell ya everytime in every different situation the Steelers were in what group of players would be on the field on those plays, I never thought of it that way much til I heard his call in. The Steelers have about three packages on offense and thats it, its time to put more in there Bruce.

Galax Steeler
12-12-2009, 06:19 AM
I have to agree it was not all Harrisons fault they were let downs all the way across the defense. I am sure they will get it fixed and be ready to kick some butt before the end of the season.

12-12-2009, 06:25 AM
I don't think there is a guy on that team who plays with more passion or works harder than James Harrison. That is all.

12-12-2009, 07:15 AM
I don't think there is a guy on that team who plays with more passion or works harder than James Harrison. That is all.

What she said.

And I bet he's footing the bill for a good lawyer for his mother. :chuckle:

12-12-2009, 12:11 PM
James Harrison is allowed to make mistakes. Right now IMO he is the only defensive player that plays hard every single down! I do agree with Harrison though in that the entire defense needs to get back to basic defensive football. Something needs to happen to get out of this bad football funk.