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Old 10-21-2010, 10:47 PM   #1
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Default Browns' center criticizes Harrison's tactics

Browns' center criticizes Harrison's tactics
Thursday, October 21, 2010
By Tom Withers, The Associated Press
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10294/1097061-100.stm

BEREA, Ohio -- Browns center Alex Mack says Steelers linebacker James Harrison led with his helmet on more than just the two plays that sidelined two of his Cleveland teammates with concussions.

Mack said Harrison, who was fined $75,000 for his hard hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and knocked out Joshua Cribbs on a running play, speared running back Peyton Hillis when he was on the ground.

"The helmet-to-helmet with Cribbs is a little more innocent, to some extent," Mack said Thursday. "You're still leading with your head. It's a dumb move no matter what you do. If you watch the game film, [Harrison] was doing that to everyone on every play. People would be on the ground and he would try to spear them. There's a play on film where Peyton Hillis is tackled and he comes up and spears him. It's like you're being cheap, you're being dirty."

Mack said he is pleased with the media attention being given to the helmet-to-helmet hits and believes the league should do all it can to protect and educate players.

"A lot of the arguments right now are people are taught from Pee Wee football that this is how you play," Mack said. "Well, we need to change that. You can't be breaking your head. There are better ways to tackle. We're taught you're not supposed to spear with the top of your head."

Shortly before his hit on Massaquoi, Harrison blasted Cribbs, who ran the ball out of the wildcat formation. Neither Cribbs nor Massaquoi has practiced this week. Harrison returned to practice on Thursday, one day after he threatened to retire because of the league's crackdown on dangerous hits.

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Old 10-21-2010, 11:31 PM   #2
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Default Re: Browns' center criticizes Harrison's tactics

Maybe the Browns should look into better ways to train or protect their players. The Steelers weren't the only team to injure the Browns this year. They had at least 7 starters injured coming INTO the Steeler game (and it's early in the season). http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d...rotective-boot Just a thought.
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Old 10-22-2010, 06:42 AM   #3
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Default Re: Browns' center criticizes Harrison's tactics

they have countless guys on IR every year.. and their medical facility is a breeding ground for staph. you assume it's bad luck when the injuries happen.. but when the same thing happens every season, you start to wonder if they know what the hell they are doing over there.
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Well when your team can't seem to win, then you try to change the game. Maybe the Browns would be the best flag football team in the league :siss ies:
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:19 AM   #5
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Alex who? Dude should pipe down before his reputation is ruined. Oh, wait.......
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Old 10-22-2010, 11:49 AM   #6
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Default Re: Browns' center criticizes Harrison's tactics

I used to wish we would have drafted him....Now with Pouncey...and Mack's stupid comments....he landed in the right place....The Clowns.
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:30 PM   #7
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What a bunch of wussies!
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It would be appropriately ironic if the Browns encountered the first suspension for a violation of the "new rules of play" they are so enthusiastically support.
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Harrison's hits didnt stop them from losing the game....
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Default Re: Browns' center criticizes Harrison's tactics

I don't recall Harrison actually "spearing" anyone with his head, which is a tackle made illegal back in the 70's.
It would be called if he did that to anyone no doubt. But hit a player as he is going down is just a way of saying "you aren't running on this defense"

You don't allow a big bruising fullback like Hillis to run and put his head down and attack the defense. You hit him back with your head down and show him who's boss. I think Hillis should be fined the next time he puts his head down to attack a defender. Not saying he should be fined, but the NFL should do it to show it doesn't favor offense over defense. And if you watch any Mike Alstott highlight, you'll see defenders are more defensless against a 250-260 pound running back than a reciever is against a defender.
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