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BlitzburghRockCity 09-29-2005 11:56 PM

Void on special teams now ?

Harrison's move has effect on special teams

By Mike Prisuta
Friday, September 30, 2005

James Harrison's promotion to starting outside linebacker in place of Clark Haggans (groin) could have a trickle-down effect on the Steelers' special teams.

Harrison, who made the final 53-man roster in 2004 mostly because he had turned himself into one of the Steelers' best performers in the kicking game, had been appearing on the punt, punt-return, kickoff and kickoff-return teams this season.

No Steelers starter had been playing on all four of those special-teams units during the first three games.

Ike Taylor, who starts at left cornerback, returns and covers kickoffs.

Tight end Jerame Tuman plays on the kickoff return and place-kicking teams.

Tight end Heath Miller, who has started the first three games along with Tuman, is on the kickoff-return, punt and place-kicking teams.

The Steelers were without another key member of their special teams, wide receiver Sean Morey (hamstring), during Sunday's 23-20 loss to New England. A 34-yard kickoff return to the New England 38-yard line preceded the Patriots' drive for the game-winning field goal in the closing seconds

clevestinks 09-30-2005 03:39 AM

Re: Void on special teams now ?
Yeah this could hurt somewhat. But Harrison really needed to get on the field on defense at somepoint. He is the next great outside lb I hope.

Prosdo 09-30-2005 04:43 AM

Re: Void on special teams now ?
This could turn into a problem. I'm not sure who they will have take his place. Just wondering how long is Morey out for?

BlitzburghRockCity 09-30-2005 02:03 PM

Re: Void on special teams now ?
We still have people like morey, Iwouma, etc, who are ST demons..its good to have people around like that. We'll adjust Im sure, but Harrison sure is a beast no matter where he plays.

RichmondVA 09-30-2005 02:54 PM

Re: Void on special teams now ?
When Porter got ejected prior to a game last year and Harrison stepped into the D and out of the special teams. I noticed a significant drop off in coverage.

BB2W 09-30-2005 04:33 PM

Re: Void on special teams now ?
What about Andre Frazier??? I would think he can run down the feild and hit someone...

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