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Mike Tomlin continues to believe James Harrison was fined for legal hit

At a time when the league is trying to get the media and the fans to understand the difference between legal and illegal hits, the NFL has to contend not only with a failure or refusal of certain elements of the media to provide clear, accurate information, but also with a head coach who remains nearly as stubborn and petulant as his linebacker who spent a day or two considering the possibility of quitting after being fined.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, continues to believe that the hit for which James Harrison received a $75,000 fine did not violate the rules.

So when Bouchette told Tomlin that defensive players on the team have confusion about the line between clean and dirty hits, Tomlin said, “There’s no confusion.  There really isn’t.  It’s a very emotional thing, but there’s no confusion.”

But there is confusion.  Tomlin thinks that the hit for which Harrison will surrender more dollars than many families make in a year was legal.  It’s only natural, then, that his players would be confused, given that the man to whom they look for guidance is telling them something that conflicts with the NFL’s interpretation.

To make matters worse, Tomlin thinks no changes need to be made to the team’s approach to hitting offensive players.

“At the end of the day, no,” Tomlin said.  “We just need to take a
conscious effort in terms of safeguarding players as much as we can and
eliminate some of the other things that have transpired here of late.”

None of this makes a bit of sense.  And if the league believes public complaints from coaches about in-game officiating calls merit a fine, Tomlin’s conscious inability to accept the league’s position on this important matter creates an even bigger problem.  It undermines the league’s safety rules, and it confuses the players, the media, and the fans.

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  1. Big mike says: Oct 21, 2010 8:58 PM

    one was legal. The other was straight dirty

  2. "Hate" says: Oct 21, 2010 9:03 PM

    Florio, regardless of how much you rant from your soapbox, you will not sway people to accept your beliefs.
    There was nuthin wrong with Harrison’s hit.

  3. Oakley Freak says: Oct 21, 2010 9:05 PM

    Tomlin meant illegal hits, or maybe he didn’t watch the game…

  4. Jackson says: Oct 21, 2010 9:05 PM

    Tomlin is wrong…period.
    Harrison speared that guy not once, but twice!
    And if that big mouth Harrison wants to retire, go ahead! Kick rocks buddy!
    No one will miss you!
    The Steelrs will replace you at linebacker, like they have all the others before you: Kevin Greene, Joey Porter, Larry Foote, etc., etc.

  5. FunkDat says: Oct 21, 2010 9:06 PM

    Geez, I guess Tomlin just doesn’t get it. He clearly needs you to explain it to him, Florio.
    *eyeroll*

  6. Clock_Is_King says: Oct 21, 2010 9:07 PM

    How many years has Tomlin played / coached compared to Mr. Florio, Mr. Goodell, and any of the other folks who still believe that Harrison’s legal hit was illegal?
    The national media is portraying Harrison as the great Satan of the NFL.
    What you guys in the national media don’t realize is that you all and the NFL front office are collectively the great Satan of the NFL.
    Smashmouth Football has been around longer than the current creampuff version that the NBA… errrr… the NFL is trying to create.
    The NBA-ization of the NFL has got to stop.
    Next time your son plays a football game or has a practice, ask him if hitting other kids ‘hurts’.
    Contact sports are supposed to hurt, and making your foe hurt worse than you hurt is part of the strategy.
    You pencil pushers and litigators need to get over yourselves, and return the game to the fans who love the physical element of the game!!!

  7. Spoonthis says: Oct 21, 2010 9:08 PM

    Face it Florio, Harrison got fined for opening his mouth. Didn’t the league say the hit on Cribbs was legal? Now, as the media does, they are talking about Harrison’s 2 illegal hits against the Browns. They are blowing things way out of proportion. Tomlin is frustrated by the fact that two weeks ago, the same hits were not finable or suspendable. Now GODell and his pencil necked geek henchman, aka Ray Anderson, are starting to enforce the rules that were put in place 3 years ago. I don’t get it. How does GODell still have a job? This is all about negative press and covering their asses after many hard hits in the NFL and a college player geting paralyzed this weekend.

  8. In & Out Burger says: Oct 21, 2010 9:10 PM

    “it confuses the players, the media, and the fans.”
    I think it just confuses you Florio. Was there a flag thrown? Than it was legal. That is what Tomlin means. It isn’t difficult to understand.

  9. Igottz5onit says: Oct 21, 2010 9:10 PM

    I get it now after watching the video. It does not matter if the offensive player literally does not try to catch the ball, if a defensive player is even close to a tackling position than if their heads clink, it’s a fine. It does make Harrison’s hit illegal no matter how asinine the rule is. I feel that this is gonna put a lot of pressure on the refs to make aggressive calls regarding this, which could effect the outcome of games.

  10. JasonW says: Oct 21, 2010 9:11 PM

    Not a steelers fan and I think it was a legal hit.

  11. Choirdrunk says: Oct 21, 2010 9:11 PM

    Even as a Ravens fan I can agree with Tomlin on this one. The hit Harrison laid out was powerful, but it wasn’t illegal. He tried to separate the WR from the ball. There was no helmet to helmet. There was no intent to injure for the sake of injury.
    The problem with the league rule, as applied, is it isn’t a rule. It’s an overreaction to a vicious weekend of football. And I think you recognize this Mike. It’s why you spent 6 paragraphs on the ramifications of a coach disagreeing with the league, and couldn’t muster a sentence explaining what the disagreement centered upon.
    Does the league want to do away with hits? Everything needs to be a form tackle? So if a defensive player makes contact before the ball is in the hands of a WR, its interference. If he hits him after he receives the ball, it’s an illegal hit. If a player gets too close to the QB, it’s roughing the passer. Best case scenario is stop the WR at the point of the catch? That is terrible football. Just throw out defenses entirely. The formation of every draft will morph into 25 offensive players in each of the first 3 rounds.
    I have faith in the stewards of the game. I think they are smart guys. I just don’t like how offensively oriented GMs with heavy passing attacks are politicking their way to NFL championships. Every major rule change in the past 5 years has helped the Colts/Pats/Saints method of play and hurt the Steelers/Jets/Ravens/49ers smash mouth football. It’s disgusting that, even in football, politicking is winning the day.

  12. djstat says: Oct 21, 2010 9:11 PM

    James Harrison is a whining punk bi@tch. He is a dirty player who escalating the situation by talking about how he try’s to hurt people. Tomlin coaches plenty of dirty players from Harrison to Hines Ward. The Steelers have had a sift schedule and the only true team they played beat them. One of these days the mothership network will realize Pittsburgh is a team made up of dirty classless players who are also criminals.

  13. Kisstherings says: Oct 21, 2010 9:12 PM

    Mike – I disagree with you. Tomlin has every right to think that Harrison’s hit was not illegal, just as much as coaches from Detroit have every right to think that CJ’s catch against Chicago was legal. There certainly was no gray area in regards to Meriweather’s hit: Illegal. Most analysts agree that Robinson’s was legit. However, there is disagreement in regards to Harrisons. Neither of his hits drew penalties at the time, and if you watch the video, Harrison is coming in very fast at the time and then the receiver goes low. He definately hit in in the head, and Harrison definately has a reputation for being dirty, but if its any other player in the league that makes that hit (well….90% of the players) we aren’t talking about it now. I am not a Steeler fan. I’m a Pats fan and hate them. But I agree with Harrison and I agree with Tomlin.

  14. andyprough says: Oct 21, 2010 9:14 PM

    @Florio – no, he’s right, per the letter of the NFL rule, Harrison’s hit was legal. He did not launch – never left his feet. Did not lead with his head – he was attempting to tackle Massaquoi chest high with his shoulder. He gave Massaquoi two steps to get into a protective position. The problem here is that guys are getting fined for what the receiver did – lowering his head into the area of impact prior to the hit.
    I don’t see why nobody is asking Mangini why he would run a sideline-to-sideline crossing route 1 yard past the line of scrimmage straight into the zone covered by Harrison and Timmons? And if you watch the video, if Harrison hadn’t blasted Massaquoi, Timmons was right there and just about to level him. Why would a coach send his receiver into such a dangerous situation?

  15. Rothlestool says: Oct 21, 2010 9:16 PM

    Tomlin must be an total idot, a complete tool, or totally brainwashed (Sounds like all Pittsburgh Fans) to not be able to distinguish between a dirty and legal hit. There are special classes for him to take to help him learn.

  16. BSPN says: Oct 21, 2010 9:18 PM

    Harrison’s hits were legal.
    Go eat dirt, Florio. You’re part of the problem.

  17. luke says: Oct 21, 2010 9:19 PM

    That’s crazy. Watch all the hits for Harrison last week. They’re all the same. Not once does he try to actually tackle anyone. All he does, is launch himself at them, leading of course, with his helmet.

  18. steeltownpride says: Oct 21, 2010 9:19 PM

    Like Ed B said also which you never include in your stories is simple . I know you read it . U just didnt write it . We all know what it says right ?

  19. rdiz17 says: Oct 21, 2010 9:19 PM

    Can the NFL keep fining these guys for making a fit out of something that is not going to change? Or stuff socks in all their mouths. I don’t give a shit about what Tomlin thinks, or what Harrison thinks. The fine is set in stone.

  20. clevefan4life says: Oct 21, 2010 9:20 PM

    I wonder how he’d feel if it was Hines Ward taking that hit. And I’m not saying that cause I’m a Browns fan.

  21. Kirk says: Oct 21, 2010 9:22 PM

    Why won’t you guys write a story about what mark schlereth said on espn about this, I think he had it right this is all about Money. The NFL don’t care about players getting hurt, they care about being liable To pay for the injuries

  22. football311 says: Oct 21, 2010 9:23 PM

    Don’t agree with Mike Florio? Better be prepared to be lectured….

  23. Daytona Ken says: Oct 21, 2010 9:24 PM

    At the end of the day it is much more important for Tomlin to maintain the fear that when playing Pittsburgh an illegal hit may end your career rather than abiding by sportmanhip. What a great signal this sends to the Godell are you listening, the whole organization is laughing at you!

  24. cunn9305 says: Oct 21, 2010 9:28 PM

    He’s right … there IS no confusion … because this whole situation was a knee jerk reaction by the League to a media generated witch hunt … primarily against Harrison and, more indirectly, the Steelers. If any confusion exists it is among the NFL and their referees as most of those hits were not flagged … they were, however, advertised for sale to the public …

  25. soulaw says: Oct 21, 2010 9:28 PM

    It’s obvious that you have never played football in your life. As someone who has played at the collegiate level, it’s not always possible to predict where the other persons head will be. Football is a violent sport, and the defense is payed (in the case of the pro’s) to stop forward progress. That means leverage, which in turn means leaning forward. Your constant crusade against contact in the NFL is disheartening. I agree that some hits should be punished, but there needs to be CLEAR INTENT on the defender to inflict injury, otherwise, it’s a judgment call, which as we know, is a recipe for disaster in the NFL. I suppose you are being payed by the league for this war on public perception, and I dare say you are winning. But this could spell the end of football as we know it.

  26. BBB82 says: Oct 21, 2010 9:28 PM

    Maybe Mike Tomlin should just retire if he can’t coach football the way he knows how to coach football.

  27. www.eSteelers.com says: Oct 21, 2010 9:30 PM

    Put “Spacesuits” on everyone…that way, the head can’t be touched at all. Wow, will this story ever go away?

  28. Wick says: Oct 21, 2010 9:30 PM

    Lambertville said on October 20, 2010 10:26 AM:
    “Your coverage of this whole Harrison issue has seriously been embarassing. From selectively splicing quotes to name-calling, you’re embarassing yourself. What I find most entertaining is that, despite all his bravado, James Harrison is actually putting much more thought into this than you are. He’s exploring the nuance of hitting knees vs. upper-torsos, concussions vs. ACL tears, causing a game-altering play vs. the risk of suspension, unexpected movements by the ball carrier…. all the while you naively pretend the issue is black and white, transparent, and consistent. You’re the lawyer… he’s a brute football player, but you come off like a spiteful simpleton while he raises some real issues that will be topics of debate for a long time…”
    Well stated Lambertville – exceptionally well stated … your words resonate louder and clearer with every passing day.

  29. ArtModellsPimp says: Oct 21, 2010 9:30 PM

    Tomlin also still believes that he has the authority, granted by Satan, to “unleash Hell.”
    Open another Iron City, Mike, and just STFU…

  30. Blackn'Gold says: Oct 21, 2010 9:30 PM

    But those hits were legal, Mr. Florio. That’s why there were no flags. You overlook something that Harrison said over the weekend that he now acknowledges probably contributed to the fine.
    To paraphrase, when he said he was trying to hurt people not injure them. Perhaps, he is realizing that words are just as powerful as hits on the field. Silence on his part would have been the better option.
    Since you are trying to sensationalize this into a Florio vs. Tomlin argument. In my book, you lose every time. Let me put it another way. What have you contributed to Professional Football and what has Mike Tomlin contributed to Professional Football?
    GO STEELERS!

  31. ClevePhil says: Oct 21, 2010 9:31 PM

    The Steelers clearly said that they realized Cribbs was a big factor in their loss to the Browns last year. They also knew he would be used often in the Wildcat formations. So, rather than playing better defense against him, getting better on special teams, or working harder to defend him, they simply decided to get him out of the game. That’s not tough, hard-nosed football, that’s lazy, sissy football. If you can’t beat them, don’t work harder to be better than them, just injure a guy so you can face a rookie QB and not have to worry about the Wildcat.
    Tomlin wants to believe it’s not an illegal hit, so he and his team won’t have to work harder to defend. That’s too bad, because they probably would have won anyway, and they usually have a good enough defense to win without injuring people.
    Harrison’s intent was to do one thing, get Massaquoi and Cribbs out of the game. It’s easier to win that way. Even Harrison admits that. He makes the distinction between “hurting” someone and “injuring” them; hurting being a minor injury that you might be able to play through; injuring being a more serious, and possibly career-ending. He keeps saying he didn’t intend to “injure” anyone, but he’s more than happy to hurt them. Sorry, that’s not the way to play the game.

  32. Deb says: Oct 21, 2010 9:32 PM

    They don’t need a major overhaul–minor adjustments will suffice, and that’s what Tomlin implied. Players have long been told it’s okay to launch with their shoulders, but now they’re being told otherwise. Give Tomlin a minute to absorb before you decide he should be fined for being honest.
    I’ve now rethought my original stance. CharmCityRavens pointed out to me that Timmons had a spectacular game without blowing up anyone. If it’s usually the same players drawing those flags and others manage to play great defense without drawing them, then the offenders should be able to stop crossing the line without undermining their game.
    My only argument is that the league should begin by enforcing the ejection rule already in place rather than jumping to suspensions.

  33. PittsburghSteelerz says: Oct 21, 2010 9:35 PM

    Legal hit.
    After the second Ben incident, you’ve become a Steelers hating prick

  34. steel curtain 2k says: Oct 21, 2010 9:36 PM

    Florio I used to like your writing despite all the negative feedback you got. Now, due to your inability to see the grey in this matter, I no longer feel the same way.
    You (along with so many other clowns in the media) seem to forget that both of Harrison’s hits and Robinson’s hit on Jackson were all plays on the ball. All these cases included a defensive player trying to seperate the ball from an offensive player with the ball. They didn’t hit early or launch themselves into the helmet of the opposing player.
    Meriweather, on the other hand, hit Heap on a play where the pass was incomplete and there was no possiblity the play going on. Meriweather also launched his helmet upward into Heap’s helmet while Heap was in a defensless position (in mid-air).
    Also, both Harrison and Robinson lead their hits with their shoulder pads. Due to the high rate of speed and impact, their helmets collided with their opponent’s helmet despite not leading with the helmet.
    Last time I checked the helmet is pretty close to the shoulder pads. All of these people say, “just use the shoulder…” That is all well and good but how do you keep your head from hitting something when you try and only use your shoulder especially when you are moving as fast as the defensive players in the NFL do?
    It really bothers me that such a negative spin has been put on all of these defensive players (with the exception of Meriweather because his hit was inexcuseable) and I hope this issue is resolved the proper way.
    That includes fines and suspensions on hits that are made on plays where the ball was not in play or hits made away from the ball.
    I will end this post with a simple, thank you for reading.

  35. Sting Ray says: Oct 21, 2010 9:38 PM

    Rob Ryan isn’t going to change in Cleveland, why should Tomlin change in Pittsburgh? The league has given these no coaches no incentive at all to change, it’s the players that will get fined, not the coach who teaches or defends the illegal hits. I guess the possibility of a player suspended is supposed to motivate the coach but clearly they aren’t swayed or moved by this incentive. I guess in the coaches calculus they make more money if their player strikes fear in opposing players and they have more to lose if their players aren’t feared. They fear their players losing an edge and their team not winning, which keeps them employed. It’s all about the money.
    The league starts fining them for this kind of commentary, then they will take it seriously.

  36. nflqb says: Oct 21, 2010 9:42 PM

    The fine was for Harrison’s comments, not for the legal hit even know they are using that as the vehicle to deliver the fine. That is basically what Tomlin is saying without saying it.
    You would think a former Lawyer would have enough sense to see this.

  37. JETAMAN says: Oct 21, 2010 9:43 PM

    Go Mike Go!!!!! Take a stand! Good for You! Don’t let the NFL ruin and water down the sport even more then it already is and it’s already a pale of water. I would rather see 12 real pro football games then 18 or 30 games of this watered down crap were seeing today. I hope Wussy Roger Goodell and the Wussy over protective owners rot in hell. Of course there really is no hell so I think real football fans (who don’t believe in hell) should build a hell for Goodell and the Wussy Suits (owners) and stick them in it right now and let them rot in there until if and when they grow some balls.

  38. TylerRDunn says: Oct 21, 2010 9:43 PM

    Florio…. THE HIT WAS LEGAL.

  39. buckeye044 says: Oct 21, 2010 9:44 PM

    Both hits were legal. The WR ducked his head. I would to if I saw him coming.

  40. perm says: Oct 21, 2010 9:45 PM

    No, Florio… the *league’s position* is what “undermines the league’s safety rules, while confusing the players, the media, and the fans.”
    I’m sure the league loves you for parroting their suddenly saintly position… but it’s hypocritical. This weekend was an anomaly in that there were 4-5 big hits at one time, but stuff like this has been going on ever since football was invented.
    Harrison’s hits, while punishing, were not illegal. Meriweather’s was illegal. It was putting his helmet into another player’s helmet.
    Harrison is dumb and possibly dirty… but that doesn’t not give the league’s position any merit.

  41. Homebrewer says: Oct 21, 2010 9:48 PM

    It makes me wonder if I am the only one who sees it as massaquoi tucking his body readying for a hit and thus ducking his head! Harrison was not going after his head, Massaquoi lowered his head into the hit! Look at the play on youtube and slow it down or stop it at a second before the hit. Massaquoi was ducking down!

  42. Lott42 says: Oct 21, 2010 9:50 PM

    Give it up Mike…its just the way it is. You got a great team, don’t get caught up in the wash dude.

  43. EasyDrinkingBuschLight says: Oct 21, 2010 9:51 PM

    Many of these helmet to helmet collisions occur because the offensive player lowers his helmet as well, wears the accountability for the receiver or running back?

  44. Spoonthis says: Oct 21, 2010 9:54 PM

    @Rothlestool
    A shameless plug. It sounds like your mother teaches these classes.
    @Daytona Ken
    Check the power rankings lately? No that they mean that much but it says alot. The Steelers are a hard nosed team and always have been going back 30+ years. They have an identity. Stop the run. Pound the run. Physically out play the opponent. Who is laughing at the 6 Lombardi trophy’s?
    @clevefan4life
    Hines has been in the league since 1998 and has been a target because defenders have never been used to an offensive player playing with a defensive mindset. He has taken many hits and gotten up and smiled in the face of the defender. Hines is not dirty, he is a smart player that never takes a play off. He is the best and I repeat the best blocking WR ever. He is a huge part of the Steelers run game that has been awesome for many years. He is smart enough to duck and go down when he is about to be clobbered.

  45. pacchef23 says: Oct 21, 2010 10:00 PM

    You are wrong. There were no penalties called. The league is turning into a bunch of pussies. Tomlin is right, they were legal hits. The definition states defenseless players. Neither hit was on a defenseless player. Both times they were ball carriers and not receivers. Shut your mouth.

  46. Jamson64 says: Oct 21, 2010 10:02 PM

    The hits were legal and I have heard several actual players say the same. I will take their word over some nerdy pompous jackass.

  47. Macadamia says: Oct 21, 2010 10:10 PM

    Another Stillers post? Really?
    YAWN!

  48. neckofturkey says: Oct 21, 2010 10:10 PM

    Maybe when the Steelers lose five in a row, Tomlin will unleash hell and see that they were blatant illegal hits.

  49. slickzmoney says: Oct 21, 2010 10:13 PM

    The hit on DJax was legal too this sucks flags will be flying everywhere

  50. 19giants87 says: Oct 21, 2010 10:13 PM

    The best way to remedy this would be to return to how defenses played a few years ago. Where they could defend a player outside 5 yards from scrimmage. Current rules make defenders missiles if they want to break up a pass in the NFL.

  51. if yer not first... says: Oct 21, 2010 10:15 PM

    Now Harrison’s reaction makes a little more sense-
    Nice leadership there Tomlin

  52. Art Van Delay's brother says: Oct 21, 2010 10:19 PM

    Mike Tomlin is correct there was no illegal hit just a reaction to Harrison’s comments later.
    Ron Jaworski made the best observation on the new standards today. How will the NFL watch the entire field? All the hits fined this past week were where the ball was. Is Goodell going to fine offensive linemen for blind side hits to linebackers? How about the numerous violent collisions on kick offs and punts?

  53. JohnnyUlives says: Oct 21, 2010 10:23 PM

    As the sleazy coach goes so do the players.

  54. Sljivo2 says: Oct 21, 2010 10:24 PM

    I am astonished at the volume of idiotic comments regarding the act of hitting another player with your helmet whether it is the the crown or facemask, whether the target is defenseless or not, whether they are a receiver, running back or even a defender hit by an offensive player.
    I listened in shock to Ray Anderson on the Mike and Mike show as he obfuscated the matter as you accuse others of here.
    The definition I am posting here is straight from the NFL rulebook, not a paraphrase;
    A tackler using his helmet to butt, spear, or ram an opponent.
    Any player who uses the top of his helmet unnecessarily.
    These 2 infractions are listed in the category of 15 yard penalties.
    At every level up to and including the Collegiate level it is defined as Spearing and is at least a 15 yard penalty!
    Due to the officials failure to call this egregious penalty, it was re-defined in 2007 to remove the need for the act to be intentional.
    Historically, the proper technique for tackling has involved hitting players in their midsection and wrapping them up with your arms.
    The failure to use the proper “form-tackling” technique has led to this fiasco and the numerous missed tackles witnessed every Saturday and Sunday.
    The failure to require “Professionals” to utilize a professional technique to execute their jobs is laughable.
    These rules exist to protect every player on the field and the respect for the rules should translate into respect for each other.
    The dishonor that exists in modern day athletics is atrocious and is the reason people are beginning to make other choices.
    To ignore the Spearing rule that has existed almost as long as helmets is at the very best BARBARIC!!

  55. NFLMMAfan says: Oct 21, 2010 10:26 PM

    Harrison’s hits were legal.
    BB should simply have Meriweather play without a helmet so he can learn how to tackle and wrap up.

  56. tom62215 says: Oct 21, 2010 10:30 PM

    It’s absolutely impossible for the Steelers not to physically hurt the lowly Browns. Like playing a high school team.

  57. Spoonthis says: Oct 21, 2010 10:31 PM

    @ClevePhil
    Possibly one of the dummest comments ever. Do you really think in the split second that Harrison was tackling his former college teammate (Cribbs) that his goal was to knock him out of the game? Do you really believe that with Cribbs in the game that the Clowns would have won? How can you call the Steelers Defense a sissy team? Watch much real football? I understand that you are from Ohio and the Bungals and the Clowns is what you used to watching but get a f-ing clue. Harrison’s intent is to play harder than the pansies on the other team. To hit them harder than they hit him. That is what he meant by his comments. The Browns will always suck because they have no identity. Jim Brown retired when George Washington was in office and he is the identity of the Browns. You must be proud. Now go crawl back under the rock from which you came.

  58. Ragman says: Oct 21, 2010 10:32 PM

    Gee Mike, you have such great insight. It’s clear you are a student of the game??? Tomlin doesn’t get it??? Mike be thankful you don’t have to face him or Harrison. Oh yeah, where was the outcry when the Ravens put a bounty out on injuring Hines Ward for one of their games….Just like a liberal to conveniently forget….

  59. andyprough says: Oct 21, 2010 10:42 PM

    @ClevePhil – Harrison and Cribbs were teammates at Kent State, and after the game Cribbs was hugging with Harrison and Harrison’s mom, and they were telling him how much they hoped he would be OK. Cribbs told one Ohio reporter after the game that Harrison is “his boy”, and that their relationship wouldn’t change.
    Sounds a lot more like Cribbs’ concussion was an unfortunate occurrence than the diabolically planned episode that you try to make it out to be.

  60. 6doublefive321 says: Oct 21, 2010 10:43 PM

    The hit wasn’t the issue, the outcome was. If Massaqoi gets up and staggers back to the huddle, the media is scrambling for some other hot button issue. I admire Tomlin and Harrison for not being PC and sticking to their guns. In my opinion, the media is the root of all evil and will be the death of the sport as we know it. This site and others make their living off the quantity of hits, not the quality of the info provided.
    During the MNF broadcast, the two stooges and Tirico vilified “illegal” hits and clamored for change. Not 10 minutes later, they were praising Chuck Cecil and wooing shots of him headhunting back in the day. The hypocrisy stinks to high heaven.

  61. Tecmo_Super_Mike says: Oct 21, 2010 10:50 PM

    I bet they hit in the UFL.

  62. seventhheaven7 says: Oct 21, 2010 10:53 PM

    I watched the game. Nothing wrong with either of the hits. Just another excuse to mess with James Harrison is all this is really about.

  63. edgy1957 says: Oct 21, 2010 10:57 PM

    Call me crazy but after say, 3 Steelers miss games because they continue to follow their coach’s lead, someone on that team is going to smarten up and if it isn’t Tomlin, my next guess is that they’re last name rhymes with Rooney. :)

  64. pftMarxist says: Oct 21, 2010 11:05 PM

    James Harrison is a traditional player, period. He did nothing wrong.

  65. edgy1957 says: Oct 21, 2010 11:06 PM

    I have to laugh at the “They lead with their shoulder pads crowd.” Are you guys blind? They led with their HELMETS and hit them with their HELMETS. If you’ve watched those hits over and over and saw them leading with their shoulder pad then you need to go and talk to the optometrists from Arkansas and tell them that you’re an SEC official.

  66. SteelHammer92 says: Oct 21, 2010 11:21 PM

    I guarantee you Tomlin’s belief is no different than any of the other head coaches in the league. The only difference is he’s the only one taking questions continuously regarding the hit.
    Besides, use some damn common sense.. How many coaches out there are going to call out their players publicly for playing aggressively? Tomlin knows there was no intent to injure by Harrison.. He’s not going to throw him under the bus just because the pencil neck writers and league officials want him to.

  67. Insomniac says: Oct 21, 2010 11:29 PM

    When they show the player safety video on what not to do, that’s going to be awkward.

  68. jayy says: Oct 21, 2010 11:42 PM

    It undermines the league’s safety rules, and it confuses the players, the media, and the fans.
    _________
    actually no it doesnt confuse the fans. its an opinion i believe ppl are allowed opinions fans or coaches. and who cares about underminin bullshit rules the league makes up..
    dont speak for fans!

  69. footballisking says: Oct 21, 2010 11:44 PM

    Florio you are dead wrong

  70. jayy says: Oct 21, 2010 11:49 PM

    florios becomin the nfl (hyprocritical) didnt i read like 4-5 posts sayin u disagree 100 percent with league and sayin hits were legal and its bullshit? now ur blowin goodell and the league… which side u takin?

  71. BigBear123 says: Oct 21, 2010 11:51 PM

    Tomlin is defending his player. Harrison got hit hard for opening his mouth.

  72. Paytonc7 says: Oct 22, 2010 12:01 AM

    Ya know what , once again I will say it… You can tell who has never played football before.. arm chair QB’s or people who have not actually played the game. The rule is rediculous and if you take a step back and stop talking out of your ass because you hate one team or another and look at what it is, the NFL is wrong. Neither of Harrisons hits were illiegal and I will bet at least 3 to 1 most of the players, former players state that it wasnt unless you are a Brown, Bengals Ravens fan. Even though I am a Steelrs fan, I dont want to see Browns Ravens or Bengals players to be suspended for a game due to this shitty ass rule. Is really stupide and I do apploud Tomlin for saying what he feels althought I am sure he too will get fined for stating his mind. None of those hits were ” dirty” other than the Merriweather hit.. the NFL is going to crap !!!

  73. Z says: Oct 22, 2010 12:04 AM

    The rule is ridiculous. To comply with it, Harrison would have had to pirouette out of the way WR on a half second notice while the WR bobbled it, run along side of him until he gained possession, wait for he WR to look both ways and then tackle him.
    Z

  74. Z says: Oct 22, 2010 12:07 AM

    goodell is taking for granted the support of loyal football fans and trying to configure the game so that they can more effectively market it to The View and Oprah fans.
    Z

  75. Z says: Oct 22, 2010 12:07 AM

    goodell is taking for granted the support of loyal football fans and trying to configure the game so that they can more effectively market it to The View and Oprah fans.
    Z

  76. REDSKINWARRIOR1112 says: Oct 22, 2010 12:14 AM

    it was a LEGAL HIT!!! ALL THESE NOT FOR REAL FANS WANT TO TURN THIS GAME “AMERICA’S REAL PAST TIME” IN TO SLOW BORING baseball!!! CMON BASEBALL IS DYING IF A NFL BLOWOUT CAN BEAT A YANKEES PLAYOFF GAME THEN YOU KNO THE NFL DESROYS THE DYING MLB!! THATS THE WAY IT SHOULD BE!! NHL AND THE NFL ARE AMERICAS BEST SPORTS BECAUSE OF THE HARD HITS!! THE NFL IS DESROYING THE GREAT ON-FIELD PRODUCT FOR WHAT A WR DODGING A HIT AND GETTING HIS HEAD KNOCKED OFF CMON THIS IS BS!! ITS FOOTBALL A MAN’S GAME IF THEY CANT TAKE THE HARD HITS WHY DO THEY PLAY????

  77. REDSKINWARRIOR1112 says: Oct 22, 2010 12:14 AM

    it was a LEGAL HIT!!! ALL THESE NOT FOR REAL FANS WANT TO TURN THIS GAME “AMERICA’S REAL PAST TIME” IN TO SLOW BORING baseball!!! CMON BASEBALL IS DYING IF A NFL BLOWOUT CAN BEAT A YANKEES PLAYOFF GAME THEN YOU KNO THE NFL DESROYS THE DYING MLB!! THATS THE WAY IT SHOULD BE!! NHL AND THE NFL ARE AMERICAS BEST SPORTS BECAUSE OF THE HARD HITS!! THE NFL IS DESROYING THE GREAT ON-FIELD PRODUCT FOR WHAT A WR DODGING A HIT AND GETTING HIS HEAD KNOCKED OFF CMON THIS IS BS!! ITS FOOTBALL A MAN’S GAME IF THEY CANT TAKE THE HARD HITS WHY DO THEY PLAY????

  78. Matt says: Oct 22, 2010 12:15 AM

    Florio say:
    None of this makes a bit of sense.
    *********************************************
    Quit taking things out of context and trying to make mountain out of a molehills. You’ll find that things start making sense a lot more quickly then. It’s amazing.

  79. Matt says: Oct 22, 2010 12:15 AM

    Florio say:
    None of this makes a bit of sense.
    *********************************************
    Quit taking things out of context and trying to make mountain out of a molehills. You’ll find that things start making sense a lot more quickly then. It’s amazing.

  80. Coach says: Oct 22, 2010 12:15 AM

    The hits may not have been flagged, but that does not make them “legal”. Harrison is a very good football player but he leads with his head way too often. In fact he prefers to hit with his helmet. Tomlin has no business coaching if he thinks they were legal or safe.
    Most defenders would rather deliver a knockout hit, and if they miss they miss the tackle as well. What is forgotten is that the player that continually hits with his head is shortening his own career as well. Everytime he delivers a hit he is getting it himself. Imagine being like Muhammad Ali is now at age 35 or 40. That is how Harrison and others like him will end up. How about using arms to wrap a player on a hit to make sure they don’t get away? It is basic technique- shoulder pads at the numbers and wrap while trying to drive through the players numbers.
    But I guess that doesn’t make the ESPN Top Ten Plays. But it helps win games and prolongs your career.

  81. Coach says: Oct 22, 2010 12:15 AM

    The hits may not have been flagged, but that does not make them “legal”. Harrison is a very good football player but he leads with his head way too often. In fact he prefers to hit with his helmet. Tomlin has no business coaching if he thinks they were legal or safe.
    Most defenders would rather deliver a knockout hit, and if they miss they miss the tackle as well. What is forgotten is that the player that continually hits with his head is shortening his own career as well. Everytime he delivers a hit he is getting it himself. Imagine being like Muhammad Ali is now at age 35 or 40. That is how Harrison and others like him will end up. How about using arms to wrap a player on a hit to make sure they don’t get away? It is basic technique- shoulder pads at the numbers and wrap while trying to drive through the players numbers.
    But I guess that doesn’t make the ESPN Top Ten Plays. But it helps win games and prolongs your career.

  82. JackL says: Oct 22, 2010 12:18 AM

    The steelers are a team of men it has been that way since 1933, the rest of the league can take their whiny pussy fans and sit on a losing team for another 75 years, while the Steel curtain wins Championships and plays a mans game like a men. Who gives a shit what the league or Florio thinks no none listens to them, there will be blood in Miami this weekend and I hope the Steelers end someones career. The only teams complaining are the soft teams of the NFC the browns have kept their mouth shut because they know they got their ass beat by the best team in the league and it was legal. Let them play!!! peace haters it must be cold in the Steelers Shadow

  83. JackL says: Oct 22, 2010 12:18 AM

    The steelers are a team of men it has been that way since 1933, the rest of the league can take their whiny pussy fans and sit on a losing team for another 75 years, while the Steel curtain wins Championships and plays a mans game like a men. Who gives a shit what the league or Florio thinks no none listens to them, there will be blood in Miami this weekend and I hope the Steelers end someones career. The only teams complaining are the soft teams of the NFC the browns have kept their mouth shut because they know they got their ass beat by the best team in the league and it was legal. Let them play!!! peace haters it must be cold in the Steelers Shadow

  84. JackL says: Oct 22, 2010 12:30 AM

    I think every time the refs blow an obvious call they should be fined.

  85. JackL says: Oct 22, 2010 12:30 AM

    I think every time the refs blow an obvious call they should be fined.

  86. Dumb As Einstien says: Oct 22, 2010 12:34 AM

    Yes, there is confusion…the writer of this article appears to be still suffering the affects of what he smoked last night!

  87. Dumb As Einstien says: Oct 22, 2010 12:34 AM

    Yes, there is confusion…the writer of this article appears to be still suffering the affects of what he smoked last night!

  88. skinsfan703 says: Oct 22, 2010 12:40 AM

    I hate the steelers for sure, but there was nothing illegal with that hit. The new rules is clear “do not hit the other player too hard or you will get fined” The new rule sucks ass and the NFL is for pussies now. How can you fine somebody 75 k for hitting a player too hard when it is supposed to be a contact sport? Roger Goodell needs to go.

  89. skinsfan703 says: Oct 22, 2010 12:40 AM

    I hate the steelers for sure, but there was nothing illegal with that hit. The new rules is clear “do not hit the other player too hard or you will get fined” The new rule sucks ass and the NFL is for pussies now. How can you fine somebody 75 k for hitting a player too hard when it is supposed to be a contact sport? Roger Goodell needs to go.

  90. HgMeng says: Oct 22, 2010 12:53 AM

    Learn how to tackle. The one hit was helmet to helmet. The other he didn’t wrap. A football coach teaches to keep your head up, wrap, and tackle. It was an illegal hit. Period.

  91. mikedkawas says: Oct 22, 2010 1:12 AM

    Considering one of his best defenders just threatened to retire (publicly), I’m sure his head coach will defend him (publicly).

  92. LowVoltage says: Oct 22, 2010 1:32 AM

    There are quite a few morons on this site who fail to grasp that the NFL has transitioned into the most popular form of sports entertainment on television. When considered as a form of entertainment, naturally the standards are different than viewing football as a pure sport. Extreme violence is not palatable to the average family – which the NFL is trying to reach. Once the media heightens the public awareness of reckless, intentional, and dangerous concussive impact to the head, the broader American public demands that the NFL take responsibility to stop it. Wake up and realize that the NFL is trying to reach a broader audience than the hard core fan.

  93. Bubby Brister says: Oct 22, 2010 2:01 AM

    “I wonder how he’d feel if it was Hines Ward taking that hit. And I’m not saying that cause I’m a Browns fan.”
    I’ve been waiting 11 years for somebody to lay out Hines Ward like they’ve been threatening to do since day one.
    Still waiting…
    Hurry up, he’s gonna retire soon.

  94. In & Out Burger says: Oct 22, 2010 3:02 AM

    @ClevePhil
    Yeah dude, I’m sure this team is lazy, and that is why Cribbs got injured. The Steelers won 28-10 didn’t they? So unless you think Cribbs was going to score 18 points, than it wouldn’t have really mattered.

  95. dr4iz says: Oct 22, 2010 3:03 AM

    Sure, Harrison’s hit on Massaquoi was totally legal according to the delusional Steelers fans. I’m sure those same individuals would be crying for a suspension if Ray Lewis put the same hit on Mike Wallace.

  96. FMWarner says: Oct 22, 2010 3:07 AM

    I can’t believe all the shaved apes on this site who still think that opinions are invalid unless you played the game. Yeah, Tomlin played. Harrison plays. And they’re still both 100% dead wrong.
    It’s actually frightening how much people here are defending this behavior. I guess we really haven’t learned anything since the days of throwing people to the lions in the Colosseum.

  97. shaunypoo says: Oct 22, 2010 6:45 AM

    In & Out Burger says:
    October 21, 2010 9:10 PM
    “it confuses the players, the media, and the fans.”
    I think it just confuses you Florio. Was there a flag thrown? Than it was legal. That is what Tomlin means. It isn’t difficult to understand.
    I have never seen a foul occur that didn’t have a flag thrown. *eyeroll*

  98. emmac13 says: Oct 22, 2010 6:51 AM

    Tomlin sucks. Cowher was and is 10 times the coach.

  99. Underdog says: Oct 22, 2010 6:53 AM

    What I think is most laughable is all of the people on here that keep claiming the hits were legal because ‘he didn’t launch himself’. The fact is, if you go watch videos of both hits, you can see him put his head down and lead with it – both times. The NFL never calls that, but it’s called spearing, and it’s illegal. The second hit was doubly illegal because, yes, he did leave his feet as well. Go find the picture. You see Harrison in the air, head first and Massaquoi halfway to the ground.
    Either way, his claim that was ‘the only way he knows how to play’ should frighten anyone who is being coached by whoever coached him. You’re taught from day 1 – see what you hit, hit what you see. People have shunned this in favor of the big hit trying to get on ESPN, etc. See what it did for that kid at Rutgers? I feel bad for that kid, but if you watch the video, right before he gets a clean shot at the returner, he puts his head down trying to blow the guy up and look what happens. Every kid who wants to play football should watch that video to show you exactly what not to do.

  100. Underdog says: Oct 22, 2010 6:53 AM

    What I think is most laughable is all of the people on here that keep claiming the hits were legal because ‘he didn’t launch himself’. The fact is, if you go watch videos of both hits, you can see him put his head down and lead with it – both times. The NFL never calls that, but it’s called spearing, and it’s illegal. The second hit was doubly illegal because, yes, he did leave his feet as well. Go find the picture. You see Harrison in the air, head first and Massaquoi halfway to the ground.
    Either way, his claim that was ‘the only way he knows how to play’ should frighten anyone who is being coached by whoever coached him. You’re taught from day 1 – see what you hit, hit what you see. People have shunned this in favor of the big hit trying to get on ESPN, etc. See what it did for that kid at Rutgers? I feel bad for that kid, but if you watch the video, right before he gets a clean shot at the returner, he puts his head down trying to blow the guy up and look what happens. Every kid who wants to play football should watch that video to show you exactly what not to do.

  101. phillyfinsfan says: Oct 22, 2010 7:04 AM

    I’ve watched one of Harrison’s hit over and over and he lowered his helmet and led into the receiver to try and seperate him from the ball. That is probably what he’s been taught to do since high school. The league wants more tackling instead of hitting in those situations so that players can remain on the field and be able to play longer. The debate goes on.

  102. phillyfinsfan says: Oct 22, 2010 7:04 AM

    I’ve watched one of Harrison’s hit over and over and he lowered his helmet and led into the receiver to try and seperate him from the ball. That is probably what he’s been taught to do since high school. The league wants more tackling instead of hitting in those situations so that players can remain on the field and be able to play longer. The debate goes on.

  103. Rothlestool says: Oct 22, 2010 8:54 AM

    @Spoonthis. It sounds like you have flunked a few of those classes.

  104. Rothlestool says: Oct 22, 2010 8:54 AM

    @Spoonthis. It sounds like you have flunked a few of those classes.

  105. Ytsejamer1 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:16 AM

    I personally thought Harrison’s hits were both dirty…he went for the guys head in both cases, leading with his helmet. The penalized play was I think worse, because the Browns player was lowering himself lower and Harrison was already launching himself to a spot…and again, was leading with his helmet. The cribbs shot I thought was worse…because the guy was getting tackled and Harrison comes in and leads with the helmet and shoulder to Cribbs’ head. IN both cases, there was no intent of wrapping up or tackling. It was just a matter of a thug going for a kill-shot. Maybe I didn’t see it enough from different camera views, but that’s how I saw the hits.
    Tomlin knows where his bread is buttered…and its his defense and the attitude of guys like Ryan Clark, James Harrison, etc.. Of course he’s going to want to keep the status quo and support them. But he shouldn’t blow sunshine talking about his guys tackling guys legally. He coached Antoine Winfield in Minnesota…I tell you what…THAT guy knows how to tackle. He wraps guys up and dumps them on the ground safely. He’s a machine. That’s how to tackle…not running around trying to hurt guys that come to your area.

  106. Ytsejamer1 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:16 AM

    I personally thought Harrison’s hits were both dirty…he went for the guys head in both cases, leading with his helmet. The penalized play was I think worse, because the Browns player was lowering himself lower and Harrison was already launching himself to a spot…and again, was leading with his helmet. The cribbs shot I thought was worse…because the guy was getting tackled and Harrison comes in and leads with the helmet and shoulder to Cribbs’ head. IN both cases, there was no intent of wrapping up or tackling. It was just a matter of a thug going for a kill-shot. Maybe I didn’t see it enough from different camera views, but that’s how I saw the hits.
    Tomlin knows where his bread is buttered…and its his defense and the attitude of guys like Ryan Clark, James Harrison, etc.. Of course he’s going to want to keep the status quo and support them. But he shouldn’t blow sunshine talking about his guys tackling guys legally. He coached Antoine Winfield in Minnesota…I tell you what…THAT guy knows how to tackle. He wraps guys up and dumps them on the ground safely. He’s a machine. That’s how to tackle…not running around trying to hurt guys that come to your area.

  107. Spoonthis says: Oct 22, 2010 9:39 AM

    @FMWarner
    Please go to the top of the page and click on “Pro Badminton Talk”. There is less contact involved in that sport and it is probably more your speed.

  108. Spoonthis says: Oct 22, 2010 9:39 AM

    @FMWarner
    Please go to the top of the page and click on “Pro Badminton Talk”. There is less contact involved in that sport and it is probably more your speed.

  109. 1stand20 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:53 AM

    It’s easy for all of these people to say “All these people who don’t have to go play the game can’t tell these guys how to hit.” It’s even easier to be macho when you’re not the one putting your health and well-being on the line to have guys like Harrison try to end your career with illegal hits.
    Plain and simple, he launched himself at Massaquoi. Watch the replay. He leads with his head AND both forearms. Not only that, he lands 3 yards away after flying through the air. He’s been fined before but apparently he thinks he’s above discipline. Then let him sit. Go retire. There’s hundreds of other defensive players in the league who can play the game cleanly – they do it every week.
    I know the Steelers fans will find some way to distinguish it, but watch Ray Lewis’s hit on Keller that’s in the video the league sent around as an example of a clean hit. THAT is how players are taught to tackle from the first practice they ever attend. It’s clean, it’s punishing, and it’s effective. And Keller got up and was able to continue playing because Lewis was able to do it without putting his crown on Keller’s jaw. Tomlin has to defend his players. I understand that. But he has an obligation to coach his players to play the right way, and if hasn’t learned it yet, he will when 92 is in street clothes.

  110. 1stand20 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:53 AM

    It’s easy for all of these people to say “All these people who don’t have to go play the game can’t tell these guys how to hit.” It’s even easier to be macho when you’re not the one putting your health and well-being on the line to have guys like Harrison try to end your career with illegal hits.
    Plain and simple, he launched himself at Massaquoi. Watch the replay. He leads with his head AND both forearms. Not only that, he lands 3 yards away after flying through the air. He’s been fined before but apparently he thinks he’s above discipline. Then let him sit. Go retire. There’s hundreds of other defensive players in the league who can play the game cleanly – they do it every week.
    I know the Steelers fans will find some way to distinguish it, but watch Ray Lewis’s hit on Keller that’s in the video the league sent around as an example of a clean hit. THAT is how players are taught to tackle from the first practice they ever attend. It’s clean, it’s punishing, and it’s effective. And Keller got up and was able to continue playing because Lewis was able to do it without putting his crown on Keller’s jaw. Tomlin has to defend his players. I understand that. But he has an obligation to coach his players to play the right way, and if hasn’t learned it yet, he will when 92 is in street clothes.

  111. roboninja says: Oct 22, 2010 10:40 AM

    Florio, did you ever even consider that the position that is wrong is here is the one espoused by Goodell and yourself? No. It must be all these fans, media, coaches, players, owners, etc. Cannot be that you two are wrong.
    Hell, the video the NFL sent around showed Dunta Robinson’s hit as illegal, when it clearly is not. Of course there is confusion. When the official declarations make no sense, it confuses people.

  112. roboninja says: Oct 22, 2010 10:40 AM

    Florio, did you ever even consider that the position that is wrong is here is the one espoused by Goodell and yourself? No. It must be all these fans, media, coaches, players, owners, etc. Cannot be that you two are wrong.
    Hell, the video the NFL sent around showed Dunta Robinson’s hit as illegal, when it clearly is not. Of course there is confusion. When the official declarations make no sense, it confuses people.

  113. Rafterman says: Oct 22, 2010 11:15 AM

    I want to personally thank the league office for handing us our 7th. Lombardi before Thanksgiving!
    God-dell has succeeded in unleashing HELL!

  114. Rafterman says: Oct 22, 2010 11:15 AM

    I want to personally thank the league office for handing us our 7th. Lombardi before Thanksgiving!
    God-dell has succeeded in unleashing HELL!

  115. edgy1957 says: Oct 22, 2010 12:23 PM

    What amazes me are all the ones who are claiming that these guys led with their shoulders and not their heads. Are you guys blind or what? They lowered their heads and hit this guys with their HELMETS. How many replays do you guys need to see in order for that to be proven wrong? One person that I talked about was taking your word for it BUT they changed their stance once they actually saw the video that showed that they were using their helmet as a weapon. You can say that the offensive players ducked, which is fine BUT the defensive players WERE leading with their HELMETS so they were going for the kill shot.

  116. edgy1957 says: Oct 22, 2010 12:23 PM

    What amazes me are all the ones who are claiming that these guys led with their shoulders and not their heads. Are you guys blind or what? They lowered their heads and hit this guys with their HELMETS. How many replays do you guys need to see in order for that to be proven wrong? One person that I talked about was taking your word for it BUT they changed their stance once they actually saw the video that showed that they were using their helmet as a weapon. You can say that the offensive players ducked, which is fine BUT the defensive players WERE leading with their HELMETS so they were going for the kill shot.

  117. CincyAllDaWay says: Oct 22, 2010 1:08 PM

    Tomlin’s a pimp!! Who cares what he thinks…..

  118. CincyAllDaWay says: Oct 22, 2010 1:08 PM

    Tomlin’s a pimp!! Who cares what he thinks…..

  119. Spoonthis says: Oct 22, 2010 4:08 PM

    @CincyAllDaWay
    Your mom working for him? Oh no he didn’t. Oh yes I did.

  120. Spoonthis says: Oct 22, 2010 4:08 PM

    @CincyAllDaWay
    Your mom working for him? Oh no he didn’t. Oh yes I did.

  121. Johnny Chico says: Oct 22, 2010 5:59 PM

    I’m a Raiders fan that can’t stand the Steelers and it was a legal hit. He didn’t hit him, nor intend to hit him, with his helmet. Stop confusing the issue. The other fines were justified.

  122. Johnny Chico says: Oct 22, 2010 5:59 PM

    I’m a Raiders fan that can’t stand the Steelers and it was a legal hit. He didn’t hit him, nor intend to hit him, with his helmet. Stop confusing the issue. The other fines were justified.

  123. Mike Valentine says: Oct 22, 2010 6:34 PM

    Mike Florio is wrong. Mike Tomlin’s comments supporting Harrison’s hit is not causing “confusion” on the team. Tomlin is “publicaly” supporting his player. What he says publicaly has nothing to do with what Tomlin is saying in the locker room. There is no way that Tomlin, Lebeau & company haven’t adequately addressed what the NFL views as legal or illegal, what can be penalized and what can not be, or what will be fined and what won’t be fined this week. Whether or not Tomlin and the Steelers believe that the Harrison fine was justifiable or not has nothing to do with the fact they do not want it to happen again. They took time, researched the rule and the leagues new emphasis on it and pounded this into the heads of everyone on their defense. There is now way that there is still confusion.

  124. Mike Valentine says: Oct 22, 2010 6:34 PM

    Mike Florio is wrong. Mike Tomlin’s comments supporting Harrison’s hit is not causing “confusion” on the team. Tomlin is “publicaly” supporting his player. What he says publicaly has nothing to do with what Tomlin is saying in the locker room. There is no way that Tomlin, Lebeau & company haven’t adequately addressed what the NFL views as legal or illegal, what can be penalized and what can not be, or what will be fined and what won’t be fined this week. Whether or not Tomlin and the Steelers believe that the Harrison fine was justifiable or not has nothing to do with the fact they do not want it to happen again. They took time, researched the rule and the leagues new emphasis on it and pounded this into the heads of everyone on their defense. There is now way that there is still confusion.

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