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10:53 AM ET 10.23 | Josh Cribbs on Friday defended Steelers linebacker James Harrison for his vicious style of play and the fact he tries to knock players out of games. In fact, he may have helped talk Harrison -- his good friend and fellow former Kent State Golden Flash -- out of retiring this week by urging him to continue playing his bone-rattling brand of football. "He plays to knock people out," said Cribbs, who will return to action Sunday in New Orleans after Harrison's helmet- to-helmet hit knocked him out of the game against the Steelers last week with a concussion. "Wouldn't you want a linebacker like that on your team? Honestly, a guy that you know is going to try to knock the key players out of the game?"

Cleveland Plain Dealer

James Harrison, Mohamed Massaquoi, Diamond Images/Getty Images James Harrison, Mohamed Massaquoi, Diamond Images/Getty Images
October 23, 2010  10:59 AM ET

The only hit I had a huge issue with last week was Meriweather's shot on Heap.

October 23, 2010  11:10 AM ET

I think everyone needs to stop talking about helmet-to-helmet like it's just great, smashmouth football. It's not. It's a cheap shot that unnecessarily risks the other player's career and even his life. If they don't crack down on it, and if we have too many more Sundays like the last one, someone isn't going to get up someday. You can be a great hitter in the NFL without resorting to that. A fighter can knock an opponent out of competition with a low-driving uppercut to the nuts, too, but nobody says "I respect him for his win at all costs style of fighting".

And say, Otis... there's something different about you this morning. I can't quite put my finger on it, but... something... Did you lose weight? No, that isn't it...

Congrats, man. Hey, if your Cowboys have to be this bad, at least the Rangers are taking the sting away, yes?

October 23, 2010  11:28 AM ET

that was old school AFC Central football - Browns-Steelers

October 23, 2010  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The only hit I had a huge issue with last week was Meriweather's shot on Heap.

The only hit I had an issue with was Marcus Thames' hit in the 8th in the first game to keep the Rangers from a sweep.

October 23, 2010  11:49 AM ET

There's no reason for players to lead with their heads. As often as not, they end up hurting themselves in addition to whomever they're hitting.

October 23, 2010  12:02 PM ET

NFL better watch out. I don't tune in to see flag football, and I think that's the case with most people. People want to see all out effort; people want to see the hits. If defensive players are afraid of putting people on the ground, ratings are going to drop.

October 23, 2010  12:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

There's no reason for players to lead with their heads. As often as not, they end up hurting themselves in addition to whomever they're hitting.

No one teaches form tackling anymore, WWJ.

My grandson hit a kid the other night - leading with the helmet. Knocked them both loopy. The coaches were all encouraging him. His dad and I just looked at each other and shook our heads.

October 23, 2010  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

...Congrats, man. Hey, if your Cowboys have to be this bad, at least the Rangers are taking the sting away, yes?

The Rangers have the entire area joyous (except my wife)... It's a great day today!

But the Cowboys rule here. Lose to the Giants on Monday night (which I think happens) and the media will tear them apart.

October 23, 2010  12:19 PM ET

Stink and Marcellus Wiley broke this down really well on ESPN this week... and alot of helmet to helmets are not intentional but alot happen because the opposing player moves in the last miliseconds before contact, so some are unavoidable. Granted sometimes players do go helmet first on purpose but I say that pretty rare because they are endangering themselves just as much. Now Harrison he had every right to be angry both of his hits were legal and not helmet to helmet. You can't tell these guys to go half-speed out there, but seriously it looks like that where this may be headed.

October 23, 2010  01:28 PM ET

Harrison is just another loud mouthed, sheet talking monkey!

October 23, 2010  04:48 PM ET

"I think everyone needs to stop talking about helmet-to-helmet like it's just great, smashmouth football."

But, as is readily apparent from watching the replay, and even from looking at the photo shown in this article, Harrison's hit on Massequoi was NOT helmet to helmet. If the helmets touched at all, it's because Massequoi turned into Harrison, not the other way around. Massequoi is at fault for running a crossing route, then trying to plow through zone coverage, then ducking and turning his helmet into Harrison. Massequoi is the one who should be fined, if anyone.

October 23, 2010  05:44 PM ET

Yes Cribbs lets hear you defend the hit 20 yrs from now when your shaking like Ali.

October 23, 2010  05:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Yes Cribbs lets hear you defend the hit 20 yrs from now when your shaking like Ali.

I actually didnt have an issue with Cribbs hit but the massaqui hit was cheap head hunting.

October 23, 2010  05:57 PM ET

Cribbs is not only the best player on the team; this comment shows class. He gives respect to his opponent instead of piling on.

The Massaquoi shot was cheap. Harrison should be suspended for it. Stay tuned - Harrison will take another cheap shot soon and will be suspended. Both he and Hines Ward are dirty players. Now the NFL is actually signaling they might do something about it.

October 23, 2010  06:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

NFL better watch out. I don't tune in to see flag football, and I think that's the case with most people. People want to see all out effort; people want to see the hits. If defensive players are afraid of putting people on the ground, ratings are going to drop.

Yes a word of warning, the NFL better watch out, Fan???s enjoy gladiators in this violet sport, their gonna strip them of helmets, shoulder pads and you???ll see either rugby or flag football, all carefully choreographic gone by the book. When this happens you???ll see attendance fall, it won???t be as exciting has before. Be hold the future of the NFL.

October 23, 2010  06:44 PM ET

You play ... to win ... the game.

October 23, 2010  06:45 PM ET

Rugby players have to tackle below the shoulders and it is still pretty intense. Why football players can't learn to do the same, I don't know. And I don't buy that adage of you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

October 23, 2010  07:06 PM ET

Harrisons hit wasnt even that crazy, wait to you see what he does to the Dolphins hahahahahahahaha....Fish Bait

October 23, 2010  07:09 PM ET

Why is this being posted today? He said this days ago.

 
October 23, 2010  07:11 PM ET

I find it really hard to hear people criticize players for helmet to helmet hits that have a) never played the game beyond high school b) have not played in a decade plus...the game is faster than ever. You have half a second before impact on a tackle and the runner can drop his head or move his body...a lot of things can happen. I was always taught to put my helmet on the ball on a tackle...and ball carriers are always taught to protect the ball. This causes them to drop their shoulders which causes the head to drop on the ball carrier...helmet to helmet. Goodell (who couldnt even make it through a D3 league in college) and all the rest of the critics should shut up. The players know what they are talking about...

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