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Old 10-22-2010, 01:48 AM   #1
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Default PPG- Rooney Backs Harrison, Ward Speaks Out

normally i would place james harrison stories in one of the many other "harrison fined" threads but these will be posted in their own thread anyways, and i feel they are more pertinent than the average joe, average football player, or average analyst's
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the steelers were lockstep with the commish in the penalty levied on ben. not the case with the fine on harrison. art rooney II better watch out or the commishego might think he is taaking on his magnificance head-on-

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Not only does Steelers president Art Rooney disagree with the NFL's ruling on James Harrison's hit, but he also signaled a cautionary warning to the league that continuing to be so heavy-handed could have consequences.

Mr. Rooney, in an interview with the Post-Gazette Thursday, said the team would back Mr. Harrison in his appeal of a $75,000 fine the league issued to him Tuesday for what it claimed was an illegal high hit on Cleveland wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi.

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While not saying the word, it was obvious Mr. Rooney believed that the NFL overreacted to at least two of those plays. He says the only one that should have drawn such a fine was Mr. Meriweather's helmet-to-helmet hit on Baltimore tight end Todd Heap.

"If you look at the plays last weekend, there was only one play ... that was flagrant; and yet when the fine comes out, our guy gets the biggest fine.

"My concern going forward is how is this discipline going to be handled, and are they going to try to draw a distinction as far as suspensions between something that is flagrant and something that's just a fine. I hope that is the direction we're going in, but I don't know."

Mr. Rooney said he was speaking out of concern for the sport and not merely because one of his players was fined.

"Look, we have to be concerned with player safety. I'm in agreement, I think we're all in agreement that the helmet-to-helmet hits are something we have to find ways to take out of the game as much as we can. The other side of it is, it's still football, and guys are out there trying to make tackles. There's going to be helmet-to-helmet contact on occasion.

"I don't think that you can say every time there's one of those hits and a guy gets knocked out that a guy should be suspended for it. I just don't think we can be that black and white."


Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10295...#ixzz13A4Sd17r
long article... see link.

while some offensive players are taking the offensive players side, hines ward definitely wont be acting like that pu$$ tom brady-

Cook: 'That's football' says Steelers' Ward

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10295...d=steelers.xml

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Ward said a lot of the violent hits on pass plays across the middle could be eliminated if receivers played smarter. Harrison was able to deliver his blow to Massaquoi because the receiver came into his zone.

"You can't just run through zone coverage," Ward said. "If you run by one guy and then another guy, you have to know there's still going to be a third guy there waiting for you.

"That's why you always see me sitting down [stopping] when I see zone coverage. You're not supposed to run through zone coverage. You're supposed to find the opening and sit down."

Ward said quarterbacks -- especially young quarterbacks -- also need to have more regard for their receivers' safety. Browns rookie Colt McCoy filled in for injured veterans Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace against the Steelers and made his NFL debut.

"It's funny, I was talking to Massaquoi about quarterbacks pregame," Ward said. "I told him it's rough playing with three different quarterbacks. It's especially tough playing with a rookie. If he considers you his go-to guy, he's going to watch you run your route the whole way. That's what happened on that play when [Massaquoi] was hit. [McCoy] followed him with his eyes the whole way. James saw that and knew that pass was coming."



Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10295...#ixzz13A5RnlLa
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:03 AM   #2
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Ward said a lot of the violent hits on pass plays across the middle could be eliminated if receivers played smarter. Harrison was able to deliver his blow to Massaquoi because the receiver came into his zone.

"You can't just run through zone coverage," Ward said. "If you run by one guy and then another guy, you have to know there's still going to be a third guy there waiting for you.

"That's why you always see me sitting down [stopping] when I see zone coverage. You're not supposed to run through zone coverage. You're supposed to find the opening and sit down."
Steve Young made this same point the other day about inexperienced receivers running through zone coverage. He also blamed inexperienced QBs for throwing where they shouldn't, and said you can't regulate bad quarterback play. But of course he isn't as smart as Goodell.
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Default Re: PPG- Rooney Backs Harrison, Ward Speaks Out

That speaks volumes that an owner would speak up against the commissioner. Now, before you guys go on and say "well of course, he's the Steelers owner," remember, the Rooney's and Goodell are close and more often than not, they agree with one another. Roethlisberger's suspension is an example. I bet Goodell is regretting his power thirst.
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Hopefully our guys takes this whole moronic episode and use it as fuel
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Game on

Goodell thinks he is the league - perhaps a line finally has been crossed with regard to the arrogance of th league office

Props to AJR II for going public
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Now this was what I was waiting to hear! You know it has to speak volumes across the league when the Rooneys come out with this kind of statement. Hopefully it will cause a review of the play in question and a look at overturning the fine. Thanks for posting this, Tony.
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Goodell thinks he is the league - perhaps a line finally has been crossed with regard to the arrogance of th league office

Props to AJR II for going public
Perfectly said. Goodell needs to realize he is just one in a long line of commish in the history of the league...he needs to focus less on making money (there's already pleanty being made) and hope he isn't the one remembered for ruining football as the true american pastime.
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Visual Evidence that James Harrison's hit on Mohamed Massaquoi was legal and the NFL should repeal the fine which was levied and return his *hard-earned* $75,000.
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Rooney to be suspended next
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Steve Young made this same point the other day about inexperienced receivers running through zone coverage. He also blamed inexperienced QBs for throwing where they shouldn't, and said you can't regulate bad quarterback play. But of course he isn't as smart as Goodell.
Who's smarter than Goodell? I heard he wants to change his name to Godell.
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