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12-01-2010, 06:02 AM
Harrison needs to change his game
Wednesday, December 01, 2010 01:00 AM
Written by Bob Smizik

As has been stated here before, the NFL hasn’t done much of a job of clarifying what is becoming a major issue of the 2010 season.

What constitutes an illegal hit?

Fans, media, players and, yes, game officials don’t seem to fully grasp what is legal and what is not.

It’s understandable there would be some confusion with what has been a mid-season change in the way plays are called. But the level of confusion that exists speaks poorly toward how the NFL has handled this.

The latest incident that is raising anger in Pittsburgh is the $25,000 fine leveled against Steelers linebacker James Harrison for his hit Sunday on Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Of all the people most confused by the rules, Harrison would appear to be the leader. He doesn’t seem to have the slightest grasp on what the league is trying to do. He has now been fined $125,000 for four hits, some of which were not flagged.

Yet he continues to play the same game he always has at a time when the league has made it abundantly clear that is no longer acceptable.

On Sunday, the referee didn’t dally a second in calling the penalty as the crown of Harrison’s helmet crashed into Fitzpatrick’s upper chest and neck area.

The two CBS announcers on the game immediately identified the hit as illegal.

There didn’t seem to be too much doubt in anyone’s mind -- except Harrison's. He’s just going to continue to play the way he has.

There is belief held by some fans, which is absolutely ridiculous, that the league is out to get the Steelers. If that were true, it would be some sort of crime. And as we know from all the TV detective shows, a crime usually is the result of a motive.

What is the league’s motive in going after the Steelers? Why would it want to deliberately do damage to one of its flagship franchises? Why would it want to destroy its credibility, along with the integrity of the game, by trying to deliberately do damage to any franchise?

As for Harrison, there is a motive. The league is fining him because it wants him to change his game. They believe his style of play is dangerous. Whether he agrees with that or not is beside the point. The NFL has made it clear it is not backing down on this issue.

No other Steelers are being hit with almost weekly fines. Virtually every defensive player on the team has escaped being fined.

That indicates that the league is not out to get the Steelers. It indicates that James Harrison needs to alter the way he plays the game.

12-01-2010, 02:45 PM
I watched the Steelers give up 10 points a game for 5 weeks, and it would have been less if not for the garbage time TDs at the end of the games. 4 of those games were without their QB. After week 5 when the hail of fines and horsecrap started, the Steelers defense started to suck. Coincidence?

12-01-2010, 02:50 PM
According to the rest of the league it is...:doh:

12-01-2010, 03:02 PM
It will soon be only touch football and if you touch too hard you will receive a 25k fine.