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Captcoolhand
08-16-2008, 10:47 AM
TORONTO -- James Harrison does not seem to agree with the rest of his teammates. He is not buying the excuses that the Steelers' defense is not playing very well merely because it is the preseason and the unit is not game-planning for the opponent.
Harrison, a Pro Bowl outside linebacker and the team's Most Valuable Player last season, was upset after the 24-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills Thursday night and criticized the mindset of his defensive teammates for the way the starting unit has performed in the preseason.
So, while some of his teammates pooh-poohed the poor tackling and the two touchdowns allowed to the Bills, the third-worst scoring team in the National Football League last season, Harrison stood at his locker and warned that it is time for the defense to start performing before bad habits carry over to the regular season.
"We're going out there and treating the preseason too much like the preseason," Harrison said. "We're going out there and thinking everything is just going to come when the regular season begins and we're just out there playing snap for snap, getting our timing and not playing up to the level were capable of playing at. I don't feel that's OK."
The first-team defense was on the field for only one series against the Philadelphia Eagles and three against the Bills. But, on those four possessions, the defense has allowed a field goal and two touchdowns with scoring drives of 67, 70 and 90 yards.
The Bills made it look easy, too, rushing for 71 yards on two series and getting a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Trent Edwards to tight end Robert Royal.
"You go out there and have two teams run the length of field on us three times out of four series, hell, yeah, that's concerning," Harrison said.
And Harrison didn't want to hear that the Steelers' defense intentionally showed little of its substitution or blitz packages against the Bills, using the nickel defense on only five occasions during the first three possessions.
On the opening scoring drive, the base 3-4 defense was on the field for nine of the Bills' 10 plays.
"I feel like our base defense is enough to do what we need to do," Harrison said.
"We're just not playing up to the level we're capable of right now. Something has to change."
After the game, coach Mike Tomlin criticized the sloppy tackling and said it was one of the reasons the Steelers did not use many, if any, of its sub packages.
"When you're not tackling, you got to play basic football," Tomlin said.
The problems on defense are merely a continuation of what happened toward the end of the 2007 season, even though the Steelers finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the league in overall defense. They couldn't stop the run, they allowed too many deep passes and they had problems protecting late leads.
So far, they haven't used the preseason to correct any of the flaws.
Or, so it appears to Harrison.
"It's not just going to snap around and just come soon as September comes," Harrison said. "You got to go out there and play these preseason games like it's a real game, no matter how long you're in there. And I don't feel like we're doing that right now.
"We're going out there and getting our timing, getting our plays in and getting out. We're not playing or coming out with the same attitude we come out with in the regular season.
"You got to show something in the preseason. That's why we play the damn games." I agree, they need to come out more focus on the game and not with a 'this is preseason' mindset.
I Like seeing Harrison taking charge of the D and gettting them motivated for the start of the season.:yellowthumb:

SteelerSal
08-16-2008, 11:02 AM
Nice read, coolhand.
Great to see that Harrison is not afraid to bust his own teamates a$$ also.

They can use eleven Harrisons on the feild.

steelersgal86
08-16-2008, 11:14 AM
Nice article :yellowthumb: I agree Sal we could use more people like Harrison

Stairwayto7
08-16-2008, 11:41 AM
Nice read, coolhand.
Great to see that Harrison is not afraid to bust his own teamates a$$ also.

They can use eleven Harrisons on the feild.

Yes and no! We need everyones motor running like Harrison, but not to many players as vocal as him. I`m all for somebody speaking up, we need someone to replace Porter, but if everyone is screaming, you won`t be able to hear anybody. We need a couple people to stand up and kick some a$$e$

SteelerSal
08-16-2008, 12:05 PM
Yes and no! We need everyones motor running like Harrison, but not to many players as vocal as him. I`m all for somebody speaking up, we need someone to replace Porter, but if everyone is screaming, you won`t be able to hear anybody. We need a couple people to stand up and kick some a$$e$


Cleve, I meant Harrison's motor....not his mouth.:yellowthumb:

Stairwayto7
08-16-2008, 12:12 PM
Cleve, I meant Harrison's motor....not his mouth.:yellowthumb:

I know! I was not correcting you! I respect your opinions, alot!

DanRooney
08-16-2008, 12:25 PM
Hopefully this lights a fire under Hampton's fat *** :crossfingers:

JB 67
08-16-2008, 12:43 PM
Yeah very dissapointing,Our first team Defense should never get dominated on the line of scrimmage..I have always felt we need an upgrade on the D-line they get pushed around too much and we still are weak in the secondary ..

steelcityrockers
08-16-2008, 12:55 PM
Err...Harrison really isn't a vocal guy.

Silverback 92
08-16-2008, 01:32 PM
Every Game is Important to this Guy !!! And he dont like losing...

AZ_Steeler
08-16-2008, 01:38 PM
As long as they get their head out of their asses before Sept 7th I'm happy :D

BlitzburghNation
08-16-2008, 02:20 PM
As long as they get their head out of their asses before Sept 7th I'm happy :D

:ditto:

BlitzburghRockCity
08-16-2008, 02:43 PM
This is exactly what you want to see out of the veterans & leaders on this team. Listening to a guy like Harrison speak his mind and step up to the plate to criticize the poor performance just reminds me of how Greg Lloyd used to to it. If you aren't playing up to snuff then you need to get it fixed, plain and simple. He's a competitor and I love that about this dude; he wants to win every single time and if we suck he's not afraid to say something.

SteelerSteve
08-16-2008, 02:50 PM
I have to admit that seeing the bills running so easily on us was a little disappointing.

SteelCityPride08
08-16-2008, 02:51 PM
Hopefully this lights a fire under Hampton's fat *** :crossfingers:

:lol:

but yeah im really gald harrison is stepping up and saying stuff like that

DBR96A
08-16-2008, 05:26 PM
You know that leadership void that a lot of people have been lamenting about on the defense? I think somebody just filled it, and thankfully it's the most intimidating guy on the defense! Kick some ***, Silverback! There are plenty of asses that deserve to be kicked this time around! :helmet:

Gettysburgh_Steel
08-16-2008, 06:11 PM
I agree about the way the defense displayed themselves was somewhat"unsteeler like",But keep in mind Mr. Harrison that was not your starting defense on the field.I saw Troy on the sideline smiling and waiting to come up and help support against that run. It's good he is so explicit,so the others in the group grasp the same message,but why show all your cards at this point?

Troyisabeast_43
08-16-2008, 06:57 PM
Well as far as Troy goes I am as big a fan of his as anybody on this site but at some point he has got to get in there before the first game Sept 7th and get some live game action. For him to not even have practiced yet going on 3 weeks of being into training camp and camp breaking on Monday here in a few days is a bit ridiculous. I know a lot of people will respond to this and say Troy is a bum and overrated and should be released, and while Im not ready to go that far with that I will say this I am starting to grow very impatient with Troy always being injured and not practicing and never being on the field. At some point Troy has to get out there and play I mean how hurt could he be??

HUNT4SEVEN
08-16-2008, 10:28 PM
Hopefully this lights a fire under Hampton's fat *** :crossfingers: not only hamp, but the whole damn defense that was **** poor tackling period, thank u harrison for that outburst, i hope they do get this corrected, i'm tired of seeing teams complete 3rd an 12 or longer on us:cursin::cursin: we will not compete 4 an championship this year with defense like this.
:cursin:

Stairwayto7
08-17-2008, 12:48 AM
As long as they get their head out of their asses before Sept 7th I'm happy :D
Amen :plus1:

steelerschick1220
08-18-2008, 02:13 PM
I am glad that he spoke up. The D had a poor game the other night and they should be really upset with how they played and not brushing it off merely because it is preseason. I hope they pull their heads out of the sand and play with some intensity on Saturday night.

steelersgal86
08-18-2008, 02:18 PM
Amen :plus1:how would you know if yours is still in you're ***?

DBR96A
08-18-2008, 03:09 PM
At least this week we'll have a pretty good test to see if the run defense decided to get its **** together. Marshawn Lynch is good, but Adrian Peterson is even better.

terrible.towel43
08-19-2008, 12:46 AM
Harrison speaks the truth. He is taking charge and being a leader on this defense.

Clevelandsux
08-19-2008, 07:11 PM
Harrison is showing leadership. Much like Greg Lloyd and Jack Lambert used to.I hope he gets in those guys faces.:willybs:

facethepain
08-20-2008, 07:42 AM
ya i think he will also start to step up more and more as the leader of the d

Ambridge
08-20-2008, 09:35 AM
I don't know if Harrison speaking out is a good thing or not??
It's great for someone to step forward and take a leadership role but on the other hand where's Tomlin/Lebeau and the coaching staff at??

Then again the Steelers are only going into their 3rd pre-season game so maybe we're making mountains out of molehills....I hope so!!

SteelerSal
08-20-2008, 10:34 AM
I don't know if Harrison speaking out is a good thing or not??
It's great for someone to step forward and take a leadership role but on the other hand where's Tomlin/Lebeau and the coaching staff at??

Then again the Steelers are only going into their 3rd pre-season game so maybe we're making mountains out of molehills....I hope so!!


I think it's a good thing. I love hearing when players hold "Players Only" meetings after a string of bad play to let each other vent.
I remember reading about Brister, in a players ony meeting, yelling at his teamates and throwing chairs. It fired the team up and we upset the Oilers in the wildcard and almost beat the Bronco's in their house in the playoffs.
Alot of times when coaches speak it gets repititious and the players tend to blow it off and not take serious.IMO

DBR96A
08-20-2008, 03:42 PM
I think it's a good thing. I love hearing when players hold "Players Only" meetings after a string of bad play to let each other vent.
I remember reading about Brister, in a players ony meeting, yelling at his teamates and throwing chairs. It fired the team up and we upset the Oilers in the wildcard and almost beat the Bronco's in their house in the playoffs.
Alot of times when coaches speak it gets repititious and the players tend to blow it off and not take serious.IMO

Also, you don't necessarily have to be vocal to be a good leader. We've become so used to Bill Cowher being loud and abrasive that we've forgotten about silent leadership.