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December 13, 2011, 01:15 PM
I feel this is fair. Harrison must find a way to avoid the helmet to helmet hits. Other players do not get these hits with the same regularity therefore one can conclude that the issue lies with his technique in tackling.
December 13, 2011  01:16 PM ET
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...the issue lies with his technique in tackling.

And temper.

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December 13, 2011  01:30 PM ET

There must be an element of "teaching him a lesson" from the league. Not saying it is right but at the same time when my "boss" tells me to do something and tells me the rules well I better damn well do it. I think this is one of those times. We will see ultimately who is the boss.

December 13, 2011  01:32 PM ET
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Yeah, I was going to say control. Because he's a discipline and technique guy, and this loss of control has to be...something else, I guess.

Temper and controlling it!

December 13, 2011  01:33 PM ET
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We will see ultimately who is the boss.

Tony Danza?

December 13, 2011  01:36 PM ET

The NTSB just banned cell phone and texting while driving.

This is breaking news at CNN.

I need a drink.

December 13, 2011  01:37 PM ET

1 game is what i was expecting. It would be nice if he could appeal the suspension and play against SF. Missing the next game (Rams at home) would be a better outcome for the Steelers.

December 13, 2011  01:38 PM ET
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Tony Danza?

Funny!

December 13, 2011  01:38 PM ET
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1 game is what i was expecting. It would be nice if he could appeal the suspension and play against SF. Missing the next game (Rams at home) would be a better outcome for the Steelers.

Would make for a better game, precursor to the SuperBowl?

December 13, 2011  01:40 PM ET
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Probably. I admit to a certain bias, but it sure seemed deliberate to me. I thought he'd get a hefty fine and that if he'd hit McCoy in the pocket, a suspension would be in order.

In slow motion, it looked deliberate, but in real time we're talking a few seconds. How do you stop yourself as a 280 lb linebacker when you are already starting to tackle? And with his height compared to McCoy, how does he possibly avoid the helmet to helmet short of dropping to his knees (which would probably be fined for going for his legs).

I'm not defending Harrison, but I just don't understand how any player can just stop themselves mid tackle when the opposing player chucks the ball or drops his head or starts to slide or whatever. I just wouldn't want to be a defensive player in today's NFL.

December 13, 2011  01:40 PM ET

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I for one have seen enough people getting hit in the head, the game does not need this.

December 13, 2011  02:24 PM ET
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In slow motion, it looked deliberate, but in real time we're talking a few seconds. How do you stop yourself as a 280 lb linebacker when you are already starting to tackle? And with his height compared to McCoy, how does he possibly avoid the helmet to helmet short of dropping to his knees (which would probably be fined for going for his legs).I'm not defending Harrison, but I just don't understand how any player can just stop themselves mid tackle when the opposing player chucks the ball or drops his head or starts to slide or whatever. I just wouldn't want to be a defensive player in today's NFL.

LIHI,
just like the QB can "flinch" in that short time span the Defender can adjust his body to avoid the helmet to helmet contact. Everytime? Heck no, but it is avoidable. London Fletcher's hit on Brady clearly showed how he elected to get his arm inside and bent to deliver a blow to the mid-section and create distance between himself and the Helmet of the QB ( he was flagged but remember it was Brady). Even Dan Dierdork thought it was a good attempt at NOT hitting the QB in the head. I'm sorry but I don't buy the "it is so fast that it's avoidable"....yes it is fast and it does create a problem but just like they are in control at those speeds to do incredible things like tip balls, make interceptions and great tackle it works both ways they also have control to NOT break the rules in most cases.

December 13, 2011  02:28 PM ET
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LIHI,just like the QB can "flinch" in that short time span the Defender can adjust his body to avoid the helmet to helmet contact. Everytime? Heck no, but it is avoidable. London Fletcher's hit on Brady clearly showed how he elected to get his arm inside and bent to deliver a blow to the mid-section and create distance between himself and the Helmet of the QB ( he was flagged but remember it was Brady). Even Dan Dierdork thought it was a good attempt at NOT hitting the QB in the head. I'm sorry but I don't buy the "it is so fast that it's avoidable"....yes it is fast and it does create a problem but just like they are in control at those speeds to do incredible things like tip balls, make interceptions and great tackle it works both ways they also have control to NOT break the rules in most cases.

Like I said, I'm not defending Harrison. And I'll admit, I've never played a down of tackle football in my life, so really what the hell do I know?

It just seems to me, that it would be difficult to adjust that quickly.

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December 13, 2011  02:39 PM ET

I'm assuming the 1 day suspension is without pay, so I guess that's fair. The problem is that Harrison doesn't think he did anything wrong. I thought he got called for roughing the passer, but I thought it should have been for a helmet-to-helmet hit, after all he did duck his head and use his helmet as a weapon...

December 13, 2011  02:56 PM ET
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Like I said, I'm not defending Harrison. And I'll admit, I've never played a down of tackle football in my life, so really what the hell do I know?It just seems to me, that it would be difficult to adjust that quickly.

LIHI
sorry if I came across like I was lecturing. Not trying to take a position against you or be argumentative. Just my opinion and that won't buy much in most cases.....has little value

Cheers +40

December 13, 2011  03:01 PM ET
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on subjectI for one have seen enough people getting hit in the head, the game does not need this.

I agree with you.

December 13, 2011  03:07 PM ET
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LIHIsorry if I came across like I was lecturing. Not trying to take a position against you or be argumentative. Just my opinion and that won't buy much in most cases.....has little valueCheers +40

Hey - I didn't take it that way at all, so no worries! I just truly wonder how difficult it would be to make that last minute adjustment. And since I've never played, I'll never really understand whether it's easier than I think it is.

 
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