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    -Steelers: Stop holding Harrison
    http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sp...-harrison.html
    By: Mike Bires -
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Blazedby92 View Post
    -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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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeFlaccoSaysHi View Post
    He shouldn't have snubbed Obama. The man has reach!
    lol damn Democrats!
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    That's why the Bears won, now I get it LOL
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    maybe if we didn't send video to the NFL bitching about no calls on harrison, they wouldn't turn a blind eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blazedby92 View Post
    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by LatrobePA View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeFlaccoSaysHi View Post
    Are you suggesting that Obama is forcing superbowl socialism on the NFL??? You better be careful...someone might call you a racist.
    Yep!
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yinzer View Post
    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

    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 !

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