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Blazedby92
10-01-2009, 01:49 PM
-Steelers: Stop holding Harrison
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sp...-harrison.html
By: Mike Bires -
Beaver County Times

Friday September 25, 2009 12:09 AM


PITTSBURGH — If referees wanted, they could call holding on every play in any NFL game.

And, according to Steelers inside linebacker James Farrior, the NFL turns a blind eye to countless holding infractions because “this league is about scoring points. So they’ll try to do whatever they can to put more points on the board.”

Maybe that explains why outside James Harrison is sackless after two games.

At least that’s the theory the Steelers adhere to.

Harrison averaged a sack per game as the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year. Not only hasn’t he put down a quarterback this season, he’s only had one QB hurry.

From all indications, he is no different than the menacing pass rusher he was a year ago.

So, maybe game-day officials are not calling holding penalties on the men blocking Harrison — which has been Michael Roos, the Titans’ left tackle, and Orlando Pace, the Bears’ left tackle.

Neither Roos nor Pace were penalized when they played the Steelers.

It can be argued that Harrison didn’t play well against Roos, who played in last year’s Pro Bowl, or Pace, an aging 13-year veteran who played in seven straight Pro Bowls from 1999-2005.

The Steelers disagree, especially in regards to Sunday’s 17-14 loss in Chicago.

Because he fears that the NFL will fine him for criticizing referees, Harrison chose not to directly address the officiating in the first two games. But he did say that he was probably held eight to nine times in Chicago.

Andre Frazier, a backup linebacker, counted five instances in which he believed Pace held Harrison on Sunday.

“It’s every week … James Harrison is getting held,” outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley said. “It’s not like it’s not obvious. It’s in clear view. He’s just not getting the calls.

“Here’s how I look at it. Here’s a guy who was NFL Defensive Player of the Year last year with 16 sacks, and he doesn’t have any sacks. Something’s going on. I think the league has to take a closer look at that.”

The league is doing just that because the Steelers have sent videotape to Mike Pereira, the NFL’s Vice President for Officiating, to support the case.

Harrison, Farrior and Woodley, however, don’t believe the league will instruct officials to keep a closer eye on the tackles blocking Harrison.
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JoeFlaccoSaysHi
10-01-2009, 01:51 PM
-Steelers: Stop holding Harrison
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sp...-harrison.html
By: Mike Bires -
Beaver County Times

Friday September 25, 2009 12:09 AM


PITTSBURGH — If referees wanted, they could call holding on every play in any NFL game.

And, according to Steelers inside linebacker James Farrior, the NFL turns a blind eye to countless holding infractions because “this league is about scoring points. So they’ll try to do whatever they can to put more points on the board.”

Maybe that explains why outside James Harrison is sackless after two games.

At least that’s the theory the Steelers adhere to.

Harrison averaged a sack per game as the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year. Not only hasn’t he put down a quarterback this season, he’s only had one QB hurry.

From all indications, he is no different than the menacing pass rusher he was a year ago.

So, maybe game-day officials are not calling holding penalties on the men blocking Harrison — which has been Michael Roos, the Titans’ left tackle, and Orlando Pace, the Bears’ left tackle.

Neither Roos nor Pace were penalized when they played the Steelers.

It can be argued that Harrison didn’t play well against Roos, who played in last year’s Pro Bowl, or Pace, an aging 13-year veteran who played in seven straight Pro Bowls from 1999-2005.

The Steelers disagree, especially in regards to Sunday’s 17-14 loss in Chicago.

Because he fears that the NFL will fine him for criticizing referees, Harrison chose not to directly address the officiating in the first two games. But he did say that he was probably held eight to nine times in Chicago.

Andre Frazier, a backup linebacker, counted five instances in which he believed Pace held Harrison on Sunday.

“It’s every week … James Harrison is getting held,” outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley said. “It’s not like it’s not obvious. It’s in clear view. He’s just not getting the calls.

“Here’s how I look at it. Here’s a guy who was NFL Defensive Player of the Year last year with 16 sacks, and he doesn’t have any sacks. Something’s going on. I think the league has to take a closer look at that.”

The league is doing just that because the Steelers have sent videotape to Mike Pereira, the NFL’s Vice President for Officiating, to support the case.

Harrison, Farrior and Woodley, however, don’t believe the league will instruct officials to keep a closer eye on the tackles blocking Harrison.
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He shouldn't have snubbed Obama. The man has reach!

LatrobePA
10-01-2009, 01:52 PM
He shouldn't have snubbed Obama. The man has reach!

lol damn Democrats!

Blazedby92
10-01-2009, 01:53 PM
That's why the Bears won, now I get it LOL

yinzer
10-01-2009, 01:57 PM
maybe if we didn't send video to the NFL bitching about no calls on harrison, they wouldn't turn a blind eye.

LatrobePA
10-01-2009, 01:57 PM
That's why the Bears won, now I get it LOL

Now you see.

Being silly, the refs feel we have 6 trophies, give another team a chance! That's why the no calls, has to be! lol

JoeFlaccoSaysHi
10-01-2009, 02:02 PM
Now you see.

Being silly, the refs feel we have 6 trophies, give another team a chance! That's why the no calls, has to be! lol

Are you suggesting that Obama is forcing superbowl socialism on the NFL??? You better be careful...someone might call you a racist.:lol:

LatrobePA
10-01-2009, 02:22 PM
Are you suggesting that Obama is forcing superbowl socialism on the NFL??? You better be careful...someone might call you a racist.:lol:

Yep! :banana:

yinzer
10-01-2009, 02:22 PM
harrison is held often plus i think he was battling the end of a flu virus this past sunday. no excuses though. he was held last year too and managed to wreak havoc.

Ironman
10-01-2009, 02:43 PM
no excuses though. he was held last year too and managed to wreak havoc.

Yessir. He is probably the most held OLB in the league. Right up there with Joey Porter, Terrell Suggs, DeMarcus Ware, and Shaun Phillips. I think Woodley is held a lot as well, but not nearly as much as the "silverback".

Last year was just as bad as this year in terms of holding, but Harrison overcame that adversity. I'm not sure what he's got to do this year, but I hope he figures it out before Sunday's game :crossfingers:

1 sack thru 3 games is just not going to do it. Woodley's performance has been atrocious. Last year, these 2 warriors helped each other by complimenting each others' attacks. If the opposing team paid too much attention to Harrison, Woodley would wreak havoc. If they paid too much attention to Woodley, Harrison would wreak havoc. If the offense paid equal attention to both, well.. they both wreaked havoc - I want to see more of that :stirpot:!

BlitzburghRockCity
10-01-2009, 04:38 PM
This has been happening for the last 3 years here everyone, it's nothing new for Harrison. He got held as much as last year as the year before and now this year. Last year he powered his way to the QB week after week but this year after 3 games the sack total is way down. Is it holding, is it Harrison not having that drive like he had before, is the defense in general, it could be lots of things but the fact that Harrison gets held every play is nothing new and he knows it's coming virtually every play. The refs won't call it no matter how much fans complain about it and obviously no matter how much the team complains about it so there's not much else that can be done.

HUNT4SEVEN
10-01-2009, 05:00 PM
Get use to it! we been dealing with this for 3 years! :yesnod: the no holding calls did not stop us from beating the Bears or the Butt Holes:nono: WE STOPPED ourselves by not executing on Offense an Defense for four quarters!:yesnod:

Ironman
10-01-2009, 06:06 PM
Get use to it! we been dealing with this for 3 years! :yesnod: the no holding calls did not stop us from beating the Bears or the Butt Holes:nono: WE STOPPED ourselves by not executing on Offense an Defense for four quarters!:yesnod:

True, but we have not been pressuring the QB whatsoever. We did a mere okay job in Chicago, but a horrendous job in Cincy. In the season opener, Kerry Collins had all day, and from what I can tell so far, the Chargers have a very capable O-line. The Bengals have a horrible O-line, and they pushed our asses around. The Titans have a good o-line, and did the same. The Bears have an aging, and experienced line, but they are descent at best.

The Steelers need to hit that QB regardless of how our offense plays. If we can't play smash mouth football offensively, we NEED to play smash mouth defensively.

lloydfan4life
10-01-2009, 08:14 PM
Last year was just as bad as this year in terms of holding, but Harrison overcame that adversity.

:yesnod:

The refs have nothing to do with how we've been playing. :cope:

James is going to turn it back on this week against the Chargers. :yellowthumb:

scott0326
10-02-2009, 01:18 AM
I don't want to use this as an excuse. But, seriously. Harrison is getting held almost every single play. Its ridiculous.

LatrobePA
10-02-2009, 09:47 AM
:yesnod:James is going to turn it back on this week against the Chargers. :yellowthumb:



He better, him and Wood need to have a solid day if we stand a chance!

JoeFlaccoSaysHi
10-02-2009, 10:13 AM
I don't want to use this as an excuse. But, seriously. Harrison is getting held almost every single play. Its ridiculous.

I'd rise above this one. I doubt there is an NFL wide conspiracy against Harrison.