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08:01 AM ET 12.01 | While Mike Tomlin doesn't want fans to forget just how much $125,000 in fines can hurt James Harrison financially, the coach concedes his heavy hitting linebacker is in a tricky spot. Harrison might have to change his tackling technique. "Obviously he does because the league doesn't agree with him," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. That is the first time Tomlin has acknowledged that Harrison must play differently as the fines have come hot and heavy this season from the league. Harrison was asked Sunday what Tomlin told him after the penalty. "He just told me to keep playing," Harrison said.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mike Tomlin , AP Mike Tomlin , AP
December 1, 2010  08:12 AM ET

"He just told me to keep playing," Harrison said.

That's all he can do at this point.

December 1, 2010  08:16 AM ET

What else can he do? Hits that he's getting fined for are ones that aren't even being penalized in other games---See the hit on Fitzpatrick last weekend (textbook hit to the chest) and on Campbell the week before that (landing on the QB with the full weight of his body--WTF is that?!?!)

Heir Goodell needs to go before he completely ruins the game!

December 1, 2010  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Heir Goodell needs to go before he completely ruins the game!

Goodell has made a mess out of everything he has touched. He's no better commish than what the NHL has.

December 1, 2010  08:31 AM ET

Sounds to me like the NFL is building themselves a nice little slush fund to get them through the lockout.

December 1, 2010  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"He just told me to keep playing," Harrison said. That's all he can do at this point.

Actually, he was saying, "just keep 'paying'!"

December 1, 2010  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Actually, he was saying, "just keep 'paying'!"

LOL!

December 1, 2010  08:43 AM ET

this is down right crazy.....

December 1, 2010  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Goodell needs to go before he completely ruins the game!

I've been shouting that since the middle of last season. Goodell is not a football guy. He has to go before he puts a tutu on the QB and has players arrested for wrinkling it.. Dungy is the obvious replacement. Maybe Parcells, but I'm not overly impressed with his commitment to any one job.

December 1, 2010  08:56 AM ET

How can you play the game when you have to worry that some clown is going to spend the week reviewing hits and handing out arbitrary fines? The refs throw flags in real time. There has to be a consistent policy of what constitutes an illegal hit. What was just hard-hitting football last season can get you fined and suspended this year, with no real change in the rules.

That hockey game that broke out between Tennessee and Houston over the weekend should have resulted in suspensions, if you're going to review stuff after the fact like this. Instead, they make the league look bad, and get away with a slap-on-the-wrist fine.

Yeah, we need a real commissioner. Jolly Roger just isn't getting it done.

December 1, 2010  09:03 AM ET

This is totally bizarre. You have two guys get into a fist fight and they draw the same fine that Harrison got for tackling a quarterback. I looked at the replay and he didn't lead with the crown of his helmet. His head was up. It also looked to me like the ref was reaching for his flag before Harrison ever hit the guy. I'm a little disappointed with Tomlin and the Rooneys too. They should be raising holy (heck) over this.

December 1, 2010  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

This is totally bizarre. You have two guys get into a fist fight and they draw the same fine that Harrison got for tackling a quarterback. I looked at the replay and he didn't lead with the crown of his helmet. His head was up. It also looked to me like the ref was reaching for his flag before Harrison ever hit the guy. I'm a little disappointed with Tomlin and the Rooneys too. They should be raising holy (heck) over this.

not to mention the Seymore incident....(classsified the same as the andre johnson incident)

December 1, 2010  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Dungy is the obvious replacement. Maybe Parcells, but I'm not overly impressed with his commitment to any one job.

It would be an interesting change, but I'm afraid the job of Commissioner has evolved into more of a labor negotiator than an inspirational speaker.

On the other hand, someone like Tony Dungy could be the Commish, and then he could have a second-in-command pit bull type (I'm thinking someone with the tact and grace of Dick Cheney) to handle the "persuading" part.

December 1, 2010  09:14 AM ET

I can see how the league wants to protect Drew Brees ($20k fine for Harrison) but Ryan Fitzpatrick.. who cares! But seriously... I do NOT want the Steelers to be playing Tom Brady in the playoffs. Probably end up being about 5 or 6 roughing the passer flags.

December 1, 2010  09:18 AM ET

I think its a dumb rule.

December 1, 2010  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

... I do NOT want the Steelers to be playing Tom Brady in the playoffs. Probably end up being about 5 or 6 roughing the passer flags.

That could be quite an accomplishment considering the last time they played Brady didn't feel the Steelers' breath all night. Only time he hit the ground was after tripping over his own RB.

December 1, 2010  09:27 AM ET

The way Goodell is going there will be more contact in a tennis match.

December 1, 2010  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

This is totally bizarre. You have two guys get into a fist fight and they draw the same fine that Harrison got for tackling a quarterback. I looked at the replay and he didn't lead with the crown of his helmet. His head was up. It also looked to me like the ref was reaching for his flag before Harrison ever hit the guy. I'm a little disappointed with Tomlin and the Rooneys too. They should be raising holy (heck) over this.

Good point. I call conspiracy that AJ wasn't suspended because the NFL Thursday Night game on NFL Network.

As far as Harrison....he lowers his head when he hits a bit too much. Maybe the Rooney's can work in a clause in his contract to pay for all these infractions.

December 1, 2010  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Good point. I call conspiracy that AJ wasn't suspended because the NFL Thursday Night game on NFL Network. As far as Harrison....he lowers his head when he hits a bit too much. Maybe the Rooney's can work in a clause in his contract to pay for all these infractions.

And AJ was given a game ball by his HC after the game.
Now that is the guy who should be fined. How do you get tossed from a game for fighting and get a game ball?

December 1, 2010  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#20):

And AJ was given a game ball by his HC after the game.Now that is the guy who should be fined. How do you get tossed from a game for fighting and get a game ball?

Kubiak is not long for his job. Add him to the growing list of coaches to be get the axe.

 
December 1, 2010  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#20):

And AJ was given a game ball by his HC after the game.Now that is the guy who should be fined. How do you get tossed from a game for fighting and get a game ball?

Apparently back when the Pats played the Ravens...Brandon Meriweather would have been better off ripping off Todd Heap's helmet and delievering 2-3 haymakers instead of hitting him helmet to helmet. He got fined 50 k...he could have only been fined 25 k

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