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steelersbabex25
01-10-2012, 01:19 AM
This is why I love Bleacher Report:


Thanks to a history littered with fines and a suspension for illegal hits, when Pittsburgh's James Harrison lit up Denver receiver Eric Decker in Sunday's Wild Card matchup, immediately some spectators cried foul. Decker immediately left the game and will reportedly miss Denver's next game with a sprained left MCL.

After reviewing the video, I simply can't agree that it was a dirty hit.

After Decker catches the ball you can see Harrison zero in on his waist. He then lowers himself and leans his shoulder in towards his upper thigh. In the process, Decker's knee collides with the Steelers' linebacker and there may have been some helmet-to-knee contact as well.

If you see the hit at full speed, it looks as if Harrison lowered his helmet directly into Decker's knee. Upon further review in slow motion, that simply isn't the case.

Harrison has been flagged and fined many times for his hits, but this one isn't something that should even be looked at. Decker was in the open field and Harrison deliberately went to tackle him below the waist, possibly to avoid going anywhere above that, and potentially risking a penalty.

At some point you have to stop waiting around for Harrison to do something dirty. Yes, his hits have been questionable in the past, but this one on Decker was clean. Receivers are exposed to getting lit up by linebackers when they go over the middle and had this been a hit from anyone but Harrison, no one would be questioning it.

Harrison made a good, clean football play, but unfortunately Decker's knee was injured in the process.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1016767-steelers-vs-broncos-was-james-harrisons-hit-on-eric-decker-a-dirty-play

Obviously I agree with the article, but I was reading some other articles and some comments on them, and people are saying that Harrison should now be suspended for THIS hit. It's mind boggling to me. Harrison gets criticized and chastised for the way that he tackles, in response to that he changes the way he plays, and people STILL want him castigated. It's not about the way he tackles anymore. People want to hate on him now simply because he's the NFL poster boy for unsportsmanlike hits, so every tackle he makes for the rest of his career will be classified as a "dirty" hit and will be forever scrutinized by the NFL and everyone who's a fan of the NFL (besides Steeler fans, of course).

I feel bad for him, really. A player who, 10 years ago, would have been considered one of the best in the league, and his talent is being down played because Sir. Goodell is on his way to changing the NFL to the NFFL.

steelchamp204
01-10-2012, 01:28 AM
Why would people want him suspended? It was a clean hit. It just shows you how much people hate on the steelers and the players. First it was Ward with the hit on Rivers. The Harrisons hit. It will never end people talking about something a steelers player has done. It will never end, but there should be nothing at all coming out of the commisioners office for that tackle.

steelersbabex25
01-10-2012, 01:32 AM
Because he "went for his knee on purpose." :rolleyes:

steelchamp204
01-10-2012, 01:34 AM
Because he "went for his knee on purpose." :rolleyes:

I knew that would be said. We were all laughing at work when the hit happened and I said where was the flag and that thats a 2 game suspension :lol:

BR7
01-10-2012, 01:44 AM
Suspend him for 8 games next season and his kid 4 weeks of school.

steelchamp204
01-10-2012, 01:54 AM
Suspend him for 8 games next season and his kid 4 weeks of school.

YYYYYEEEESSSS!!!!!!:grin1:

UKSTEELER
01-10-2012, 07:59 AM
what about the helmet to hemet hit on Wallace . . . did no one else see this?

coldrolled
01-10-2012, 08:48 AM
what about the helmet to hemet hit on Wallace . . . did no one else see this?

Lots of unseen uncalled penaltys in this game.

It was divine intervention by the NFL.. Tebow sells the nfl...

UKSTEELER
01-10-2012, 09:12 AM
Lots of unseen uncalled penaltys in this game.

It was divine intervention by the NFL.. Tebow sells the nfl...

It's a good job i'm not a Seahawk fan, I'd be peeing and moaning for the rest of my life!:yesnod:

BlitzburghRockCity
01-10-2012, 09:28 AM
Any fan who wants to complain about Harrison's hit on decker is nothing more than a whiney excuse for a fan looking for reasons to justify why their team might not win now.

The hit was perfectly legal, not even remotely close to a flag much less a fine. This is what the NFL wanted and this is what they got. You don't want players to go after the heads of ball carries; fine they'll just take out the knees and end their season. When a player is in the air like that, any defensive player will cut their legs out from underneath them if they can't make the normal tackle, they are afraid of going too high, or just want to be sure the player is down.

MattyVfromCT
01-10-2012, 09:37 AM
Sounds like some of these little boys that call themselves "football fans" yet cry about legal hits need to go back to the hospital they were born, trade in their balls and find a new game to watch like tennis, golf, sychronized swimming, cheerleading, etc........

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SteelDad
01-10-2012, 09:50 AM
It didn't help either with Nantz/Simms 'hinting' it may have been illegal. Douche bags.

Raleigh Steel
01-10-2012, 10:13 AM
just heard john clayton on mike & mike talking about this. golic brought up the fact that because it was harrison will the play be reviewed. clayton then said that he doesn't expect the league to fine him but they will review it because it was james harrison, and if he is fined he's gonna complain a lot and so will the steelers. then greene and golic both said that they will lose their minds. golic said it would be a joke if he got fined. greene said that if he gets fined he might as well retire because he can't hit him high, now you can't hit him low?

madtowndrunkard
01-10-2012, 10:26 AM
Because he "went for his knee on purpose." :rolleyes:


People need to put them selves in the defenders shoes. Watch the play. The WR was running full speed across the field almost right at Harrison.

Harrrison of two years ago would have hit the guy right in the chest and probably killed him. Harrison of 2011 went low to avoid the penalty. I've played football and frankly I think most defenders would go low on a guy running right at you full speed. That's a much softer collision then shoulder to chest in that situation. Consider Harrison's fear of the league with the head shots and I think Harrison did exactly what the NFL is telling him to do.

Players have been saying this as well....if we can't hit high then we have to go for the knees. What should he have done? tried grabbing his jersey?

--- Added 1/10/2012 at 08:26 AM ---

Anyone remember that rule that says you cannot hit a QB below the knees? I think they called that Brady rule #2 ....or was it the Palmer rule? Either way Ben was hit more then once below the knees and he didn't even have the ball. It was blatantly ignored and has been all season for Big Ben. That gets ZERO protection.

LatrobePA
01-10-2012, 12:20 PM
I wish he would of broke his fn leg completely OFF just to say F U Goodell!!

BlacknGold Bleeder
01-10-2012, 12:21 PM
In no way possible should that hit be fined!! The league shouldn't even be reviewing it,it has no reason. If they are reviewing it Harrison should sue them for discrimination,being single out. The helmet to helmet on Wallace should have been a penalty and fine, if the STEELERS had done it it would be.

LatrobePA
01-10-2012, 01:10 PM
In no way possible should that hit be fined!! The league shouldn't even be reviewing it,it has no reason. If they are reviewing it Harrison should sue them for discrimination,being single out. The helmet to helmet on Wallace should have been a penalty and fine, if the STEELERS had done it it would be.

If they fine him and I was him I'd quit playing and take up knitting!

I can't even believe this is a discussion!

Pre Goodell = Steelers hard hitting scary defense.

Post Goodell = Not scary afraid to hit anyone, it's an fn JOKE!


Elway: Harrison 'had no other option' but to tackle Decker low NFL.com Wire Reports
Published: Jan. 10, 2012 at 11:22 a.m.

Whether he goes high or low, James Harrison has trouble escaping his critics, but he's found an unlikely defender in Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway.


After the Steelers linebacker tackled Eric Decker at the knees in Sunday's wild-card thriller -- resulting in a sprained knee for the Broncos wideout -- Elway pointed out that Harrison was making an effort to play according to revised NFL rules cracking down on helmet-to-helmet hits.

"The target is now lower," Elway told KSMT-FM on Monday, via USA Today. "Harrison yesterday, because of the fact that he's been fined so often, really had no other option. ... I don't think he intended to hurt Eric. But obviously because of the situations he's been in, he had to go low and stay away from the head. And it ended up costing an MCL sprain for Eric."

Harrison received a one-game suspension for his illegal helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy this season, after knocking out Browns wide receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Josh Cribbs with concussions last season -- hits that resulted in hefty fines for the All-Pro linebacker.

Decker, ruled day-to-day for Saturday's divisional playoff meeting with the New England Patriots, is a huge part of the Broncos' passing game, leading the team in receptions (44), receiving yards (612) and touchdowns (8).

MattyVfromCT
01-10-2012, 01:40 PM
Nice to see that elway has common sense. Then again he played in an era where u were actually allowed to hit and play defense. What's simms' excuse for being a douche?

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LatrobePA
01-10-2012, 01:45 PM
Simms was the shower boy, fn screwball!!

Callax
01-10-2012, 03:33 PM
the league will fine him for a LOW hit, just like they fine him for HIGH hits.... League just doesn't want him to hit anyone or anybody...

WWWAAAAA WAAAAAA he hits too hard WAAA WAAAAA

steelchamp204
01-10-2012, 03:41 PM
I just heard epsn make a twitter stat on how many times Tebow's name was mentioned right after the td in OT. I think Im done with espn now. How pathetic.

LatrobePA
01-10-2012, 03:47 PM
Why not it was an amazing play to win the game for them, he deserves credit...

steelchamp204
01-10-2012, 03:51 PM
Why not it was an amazing play to win the game for them, he deserves credit...

By doing a twitter stat? Lmfao. Idc if he gets alot of replays and stuff but its just espn is a joke any more. Twitter stats though?

LatrobePA
01-10-2012, 04:01 PM
By doing a twitter stat? Lmfao. Idc if he gets alot of replays and stuff but its just espn is a joke any more. Twitter stats though?

Oh, twitter is silly but the dude proved millions wrong...