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James Harrison: “The people making the rules at the NFL are idiots”

James Harrison, Mohamed Massaquoi AP

“The Steelers rule” is a name we’ve heard a few people call the new NFL directive to fine teams for excessive helmet-to-helmet hits.

As you might expect, the Steeler most associated with such hits hasn’t taken the news well.

“I’m absolutely sure now after this last rule change that the people making the rules at the NFL are idiots,” James Harrison wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.

Harrison wasn’t the only one that was unapologetic about the team’s approach.

“Thoughts on “the steelers rule”???” linebacker Lamarr Woodley wrote.  “lol im sorry that im not sorry we hit 2 hard.”

Harrison may think the NFL is run by idiots, but he should be happy he doesn’t play in the NBA. A comment like that would probably earn a sizable fine by NBA Commissioner David Stern.

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  1. Steeler's Will says: May 25, 2011 11:27 AM

    I knew this would be on here today.

  2. clintonportisheadd says: May 25, 2011 11:27 AM

    Since it’s well acknowledged that the Rooney’s are one of the power players in the NFL it appears Harrison has just called his owners “idiots”.

    Nice move idiot!

  3. b7p19 says: May 25, 2011 11:27 AM

    Thats good stuff.

  4. jakek2 says: May 25, 2011 11:30 AM

    More rules = More TDs = More ESPN highlights = More inner city youth spending their bread money on Desean Jackson jerseys = More money in the owners pocket.

    One day, fans will wake up and start spending their money on better entertainment. Only then, will the NFL go back to how it once was.

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: May 25, 2011 11:30 AM

    We’re 5 years removed from QB’s WR’s wearing flags at this point.

    Good luck with that.

  6. deadeye says: May 25, 2011 11:30 AM

    I don’t dispute his assertion that they are idiots, I’ll simply add that they are still smarter than him.

  7. duster1982 says: May 25, 2011 11:31 AM

    Cant wait til this guy suffers a concussion.

  8. Patriot42 says: May 25, 2011 11:31 AM

    Maybe James will retire if he feels so strongly about the NFL.

  9. jmphinsfan says: May 25, 2011 11:31 AM

    that picture is awesome. and i hate james harrison.

  10. megabeast37215 says: May 25, 2011 11:31 AM

    I’m not even a Steelers fan, but I totally support the way they play football. Its the way the game was meant to be played.

  11. Mike Tomlin says: May 25, 2011 11:32 AM

    These rules are getting out of control. According to the NFL:

    “Defenseless players cannot be hit in the head or neck area with the helmet, face mask, forearm or shoulder. The definition of such players now includes those throwing a pass; attempting or completing a catch without having time to ward off or avoid contact; a runner whose forward progress has been stopped by a tackler; kickoff or punt returners while the ball is in the air; kickers or punters during a kick or a return; a quarterback during a change of possession; a player who receives a blindside block from a blocker moving toward his own end zone.”

    So who does that leave to tackle? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, thanks to all these rule changes even if/when we get a new CBA signed we still wont be getting football back. I hope the fans of every team realize how outrageous the rule changes have become since the new Commisioner was named. On top of that, he cant even guarentee a football season next year…

  12. spungy says: May 25, 2011 11:32 AM

    Please remember this when 20 years down the road the two of them have brain damage.

  13. steelergold says: May 25, 2011 11:33 AM

    Football has been a fantastic physical sport. With recent rule changes it is quickly becoming a game.

  14. mightymightylafootball says: May 25, 2011 11:34 AM

    Fines are nothing. Only suspensions will change behavior.

  15. meso0rnery says: May 25, 2011 11:34 AM

    Can I still purchase that photo from NFL.com?

  16. mikebrownmustdie says: May 25, 2011 11:36 AM

    further evidence the Steelers locker room is filled with mensa members and scholars…what a tool…

  17. angrycorgi says: May 25, 2011 11:42 AM

    “The people making the rules at the NFL are idiots”

    Says the guy who majored in “General Studies” at Kent State (and didn’t graduate). Yeah, James should be making the big decisions instead. Great idea.

  18. horsecore says: May 25, 2011 11:42 AM

    Harrison and his ilk are the same people who will be whining that the NFL did not do enough to protect them during their playing years and have suffered debilitating conditions because of it.

    The NFL is in a lose-lose situation with this.

  19. teke184 says: May 25, 2011 11:43 AM

    Harrison may be right but he’s the absolute last one who should be saying anything about it given his penchant for questionable hits.

    It’s like Roy Williams complaining about horse collar tackle rules.

  20. yzguy431 says: May 25, 2011 11:43 AM

    let them play.

  21. radrntn says: May 25, 2011 11:45 AM

    This gut is still whining….can somebody in Pittsburgh please buy this guy some kleenex, and tell him to shut up.

  22. angrycorgi says: May 25, 2011 11:46 AM

    “The Steelers rule” is a name we’ve heard a few people call the new NFL directive to fine teams for excessive helmet-to-helmet hits.

    Well, to call that the “Steelers rule” is like calling “Thou Shalt Not Kill” the “Cain rule”. I guess God was just pickin’ on poor ol’ Cain on that one.

  23. winkeroni says: May 25, 2011 11:47 AM

    I thought NFL fines were outrageous but Gregg is right the NBA fines are more outrageous. Noah was fined I think 50k for saying a bad word. I’m assuming it’s what the Brits call their cigarettes.

  24. wilddeuce03 says: May 25, 2011 11:50 AM

    Riiight, because the only way to tackle a guy coming across the middle is to blow his head up, right?! God forbid you lower your shoulder to his mid section and WRAP him up!!! Oh wait, I forgot that the big hit is what gets you on ESPN!

  25. btaggs says: May 25, 2011 11:52 AM

    “im not sorry we hit 2 hard”
    This really shows that these guys just don’t get it. This has nothing to do with “hitting too hard”. It has to do with leading with your helmet, going for the offensive player’s head, and defenseless players. Oooh, you are a really tuff guy, you can light up someone who can’t defend himself. Guess what, I know some 80 lbs middle school football players that can do that as well because it doesn’t take any talent. Also, the Steelers don’t even hit the hardest in thier division, let alone the NFL. If this was a rule about hitting too hard it would be the “Ravens Rule”.

  26. southmo says: May 25, 2011 11:52 AM

    I’d rather they have much stricter testing for performance enhancing drugs. That would cut down on the amount of force leveled by some of these hits, and they wouldn’t have to strip football of its character as much.

  27. seneca1ss says: May 25, 2011 11:52 AM

    Roger Goodell is the blind Pope being mislead by his false Gods (the NFL owners)

    You’re an idiot Commish

  28. src3346 says: May 25, 2011 11:52 AM

    Brilliant observation Harrison……..Tool!

  29. jw731 says: May 25, 2011 11:53 AM

    Why are any grown men on twitter…Complaining like 12 year old girls…..??……Deal with the work environment, and changes and move on…They act as if they are the only one who work for a living….

  30. hobartbaker says: May 25, 2011 11:53 AM

    Clearly a case of the pot calling the kettle a small round container for heating items, with an open top and no spout.

  31. berniemadoffsides says: May 25, 2011 11:53 AM

    The bottom line is there’s absolutely no need to hit a player up high. Wrap around the waist or drive your shoulder into the player’s shoulder/chest/midsection.

    Although this is easier said than done when a 270-lb linebacker is flying across the field after fighting off a 330-lb offensive lineman so he can tackle a 250-lb TE blazing across the field, the ultimate message the NFL is trying to convey is that players get acclimated to tackling lower. It’s just safer for both players.

    In my opinion the Merriweather hit on Todd Heap was the dirtiest hit of 2010. The player was wrapped up, and he literally headbutted him. These are the plays the NFL can do without.
    Go for the shoulder if you’re going high, in which case you can’t drive your body through the center of his body – you’ll decapitate someone.

  32. dirtydrynn27 says: May 25, 2011 11:55 AM

    I think its more of James Harrison being a dirty player than the league being idiots…..Better set some of that money aside for those fines idiot!!!!

  33. wcpatsfan says: May 25, 2011 11:55 AM

    “Steelers Rule” – stupid name for stupid rule – why don’t they just have a “dance off” and fans can vote who wins the game??? – then we can call it the Hines Ward rule.

  34. goawayeverybody says: May 25, 2011 11:55 AM

    James Harrison is an idiot.

  35. airraid77 says: May 25, 2011 11:57 AM

    I agree with the players and harrison in particuliar totally on this….this is once again govt so to speak trying to intervene on the individuals or elitist thinking they know better.

  36. jvibottomline says: May 25, 2011 11:57 AM

    Look in the mirror James, it will tell you exactly why you are a laborer and not an owner.

  37. fancyleague says: May 25, 2011 11:58 AM

    The only way to solve this problem is to change the offenses to stop doing things like running a receiver right into James Harrison. The offenses don’t give a flip about player safety, so why should the defenses?

  38. therevdewitt says: May 25, 2011 12:00 PM

    “Steelers rule.” Makes sense. Dirtiest team in the league. It’s not about how hard they hit, it’s about how they hit, in other words, leading with the helmet, looking to cause injuries. And that’s the key, “looking to cause injuries.” Football is a brutal, physical sport. And that’s great. But the point of these rules are so that players don’t have their lives ruined because of A-holes like Harrison out there trying to cause injuries. The job is to tackle, not send guys to the infirmary.

  39. saudishot says: May 25, 2011 12:01 PM

    “Harrison may think the NFL is run by idiots, but he should be happy he doesn’t play in the NBA. A comment like that would probably earn a sizable fine by NBA Commissioner David Stern.”

    Not in a lockout.

  40. guppies66 says: May 25, 2011 12:01 PM

    James, if you are too stupid to play by the rules, then quit.

  41. weneedlinemen42 says: May 25, 2011 12:02 PM

    I’d have no problem with defenders leaving the ground and going for head shots, if it wasn’t for the reasons why they do it.

    They do it because it can massive damage to the offensive player whilst posing minimal threat to themselves.

    The defensive player has to take a far smaller impact if he targets the head. I am all for making the game more physical and forcing defensive players to actually tackle his oppononents, rather allowing them to hit receivers in the head.

    Going across the middle should be scary for receivers, but it should be scary because someone is going to tackle them hard, reverse their momentum and drive them backwards into the ground.

    It shouldn’t be scary because defenders can run up behind and hit you in the head. No one would consider it part of the game for defensive player to punch or kick an opponent in the head. I’ve never quite seen why there is an exception made when a defensive players launching themselves in what amounts to a flying head-but.

    Still, I’m game to watch if Harrison is open to a change in the rules that allows offensive players launch themselves at the head of any defensive player between the snap and the whistle.

  42. clintonportisheadd says: May 25, 2011 12:11 PM

    saudishot says: May 25, 2011 12:01 PM

    “Harrison may think the NFL is run by idiots, but he should be happy he doesn’t play in the NBA. A comment like that would probably earn a sizable fine by NBA Commissioner David Stern.”

    Not in a lockout.

    ————————–

    You thank THAT would stop David Stern? You have not been paying attention…..

  43. weneedlinemen42 says: May 25, 2011 12:13 PM

    “Mike Tomlin says:
    May 25, 2011 11:32 AM
    These rules are getting out of control. According to the NFL:

    “Defenseless players cannot be hit in the head or neck area .”

    So who does that leave to tackle?”

    Well, I might be stating the obvious, but doesn’t that leave almost the entire body to tackle. It precludes the head and the neck, which in the scheme of things, is a pretty small area to avoid compared to the arms and torso.

    In height terms alone, it leaves around 80-90% of the body entirely free to tackle. It precludes hitting only the tiny fraction of the body that is most likely to result in serious injury.

    I would have thought defensive players would welcome the opportunity that the rule provides. Now that head shots are banned no one can gain an advantage from them so they can focus their pre-occupation of keeping football physical by actually tackling people, rather than knocking them unconcious with a blow to the head.

  44. manderson367 says: May 25, 2011 12:15 PM

    Bring back leather helmets and we’ll see how tough Harrison really is.

  45. ccoolahan14 says: May 25, 2011 12:15 PM

    Great, can we get another “steeler’s rule?” You know, the one where the NFL announces that they’re going to stop rigging their games/ the division? We’ll just take away their last two Super Bowl “titles” as well as basically any time they “beat” the ravens (and therefore their division “titles”). Anyone find it weird that EVERY time they are able to “beat” the ravens their is controversy about the officiating? With every time the Ravens on the short end of the calls? HMMMMM……Let’s see how the steelers react to that rule- it’s the only thing that’s keeping them in contention.

  46. footballhistorian says: May 25, 2011 12:18 PM

    The Steelers ARE a bunch of cheap shot artists (certainly not the only – Warren Sapp comes to mind)…intentional contact to an opponents head is for one of two reasons…the defender is out of position for a legal hit or he intends to cause catastrophic harm. Offensive players don’t hold the ball with their head. Listen to the experiences of many of the players from the 70’s and 80s (or 60s for that matter). They didn’t have many of the protections of today and sound it.
    The players of today (while a bunch of prima donnas) are MUCH bigger and faster than years ago and can inflict much greater levels of force…

  47. trickbunny says: May 25, 2011 12:18 PM

    airraid77 says:
    May 25, 2011 11:57 AM

    I agree with the players and harrison in particuliar totally on this….this is once again govt so to speak trying to intervene on the individuals or elitist thinking they know better.
    ————————————————–

    Another comment equating the NFL to the U.S. government? Someone is a bit obsessed…

    There’s nothing more annoying on this site than people who want to mix politics and football in every post.

  48. trickbunny says: May 25, 2011 12:19 PM

    James Harrison also said, “Waaaahhhhh!!!!!”

  49. jackbassett says: May 25, 2011 12:21 PM

    ccoolahan14 says: May 25, 2011 12:15 PM

    Great, can we get another “steeler’s rule?” You know, the one where the NFL announces that they’re going to stop rigging their games/ the division? We’ll just take away their last two Super Bowl “titles” as well as basically any time they “beat” the ravens (and therefore their division “titles”). Anyone find it weird that EVERY time they are able to “beat” the ravens their is controversy about the officiating? With every time the Ravens on the short end of the calls? HMMMMM……Let’s see how the steelers react to that rule- it’s the only thing that’s keeping them in contention.
    ___________________

    Mrs. Johnson gives you 5 minutes on the computer during 8th grade recess and this is what you decide to post????

  50. capslockkey says: May 25, 2011 12:22 PM

    Guess Harrison has to actually work on tackling players now rather than just hitting them as hard as he can in the head hoping the guy just falls over.

  51. hobartbaker says: May 25, 2011 12:24 PM

    Well, Egregious may have called them idiots, but at least he didn’t call them wife beating, child abusing, pitbull raising, gun carrying, steroid apes.

  52. jackfnburton says: May 25, 2011 12:29 PM

    Something tells me this story is FAR from over.

  53. ihateannouncers says: May 25, 2011 12:37 PM

    Isn’t that the picture that was for sale on NFL.COM until the NFL realized they shouldn’t be promoting a hit that they had just fined??

    Why can’t players just shut up??

  54. dspyank2k11 says: May 25, 2011 12:40 PM

    Hello Pot, this is Kettle.

  55. patpatriotagain says: May 25, 2011 12:41 PM

    ummm….can’t fine someone in a lockout
    research fail.

  56. sneaky1632 says: May 25, 2011 12:44 PM

    Anybody else tired of hearing this guy open his mouth, we are tired of your empty retirement threats, we are tired of your whining and the 2 year old routine, if your only talent is hurting people then I feel sorry for you. Stand in one spot and let some 320+ pound DT plow into you and then we will see you whine about that too.

  57. zoxitic says: May 25, 2011 12:44 PM

    The Goodell era has become a disaster.

  58. steelersmichele says: May 25, 2011 12:51 PM

    I remember last year how people–fans, players and coaches– were bashing Harrison for his hard hits and saying he should be fined.

    And then then players on other teams were getting fined for the same hits and opinions changed.

  59. airraid77 says: May 25, 2011 12:52 PM

    another liberal who hates that the truth is actually spoken.

  60. Deb says: May 25, 2011 12:56 PM

    Awww, fellas …

    I’m sorry I’m not sorry we hit too hard, too. But it is what it is, so please stop drawing targets on your backs.

    Can someone please hire a hitman to take out the Twitter tower?

  61. jakek2 says: May 25, 2011 12:58 PM

    Intimidation is a part of the fabric of the game. Its been that way for a 100 years and what has made football so compelling to watch. Removing intimidation with these rules will ultimately lead to less compelling games. 400 yd, 4td 0int, no rushing games are the norm now and to me have become boring. Its almost like Madden where teams might as well go for it on 4th and 10 because its likely the opposing team’s offense will go right back down the field in 3 plays. The NFL is rapidly losing this fan.

  62. mac3333 says: May 25, 2011 12:58 PM

    This is just too damn rich.

    I had a friend who played at Kent State with Harrison. Lets just say his IQ is just a shade above functional. Meaning he’s lucky that he’s good at football because it’s doubtful that he could make change for a dollar.

    So in essence Harrison calling anyone an “idiot” is a clear cut case of the pot calling the kettle black.

  63. rstbuilders says: May 25, 2011 1:02 PM

    As a Ravens fan I can appreciate hard nosed football. I admit I even love watching some of these guys just absolutely lay the wood to one another. I don’t like it so much when it happens to one of the Ravens but that is ALL part of the game. I jump in support of a good hit regardless if it is against a “defensless reciever” or not. Lets face it most people dont get into football because of the chess match that goes on it’s because of the hits! I think Goodell is a MORON from this rule change to the lockout and more, he seems to me to be running the league by the seat of his pants. 18 game season BS just give me regular football if its not broke DON’T FIX IT!

  64. cam3420 says: May 25, 2011 1:05 PM

    jus put more padding in the helmets i would love to see football played in Big Head Mode lmao

  65. billionsvsmillions says: May 25, 2011 1:08 PM

    Looks like the Steelers are just going ot have to suck it up take fines and smash more mouths. I highly doubt they will resort to the 2 hand touch and your down rule on the table next year.
    Better yet, lets just put some flags on the hips and pull em off. This game is going to hell courtesy of Goodell.

  66. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: May 25, 2011 1:08 PM

    I think the obvious answer here is “takes one to know one.” This guy is a clown.

    @steelersmichele

    Oh please, you are so full of it. Take that homer garbage elsewhere. That’s just plain blind loyalty. I defy you to find one Patriots fan who did not think Merriweather deserved the fine he got for headhunting Heap. Take off the black and gold glasses before you start claiming that the World Trade Center towers were brought down by demolition. Trying to crush a players skull is not football. No one (besides ignorant fans) wants to see that.

  67. trickbunny says: May 25, 2011 1:11 PM

    airraid77 says:
    May 25, 2011 12:52 PM

    another liberal who hates that the truth is actually spoken.
    —————————————————

    And another post from a guy who really seems to struggle to write a coherent sentence. That’s the funny thing about some people- they expect you believe they have an intelligent view, while simultaneously and repeatedly proving that they stopped paying attention to learning around 3rd grade- otherwise, airraid77, you’d be able to type a sentence in your native language.

    “I want to be taken seriously, but I’m making it obvious that I’m not very bright.” -Yeah, *that’s* a winning philosophy- right airraid?

    Btw, last I looked, there were 12 “thumbs up” and ZERO thumbs down on my post… so it looks like not too many people agree with you. *There’s* some “truth” for you.

  68. jasnite says: May 25, 2011 1:15 PM

    James “Deebo” Harrison…..You and Lamarr Woodley continue to do what you do and knock the hell out of those bastards the “Steelers Way”…..

    Steeler Nation Loves the way you guys play football…..”STEELER FOOTBALL” And for all of you haters…..Your team is NEXT to get knocked the hell out……

    BAAAMMM….

  69. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: May 25, 2011 1:15 PM

    A. The people making the rules in the NFL are, in fact, idiots.
    B. James Harrison is also, in fact, an idiot.
    C. The culture starts at the college level, in my opinion. Players stop wrapping up and tackling properly because the big hit is sexy and gets everyone pumped up. It also is less effective than actually tackling.
    D. The only way to solve this problem is to change the offenses to stop doing things like running a receiver right into James Harrison. The offenses don’t give a flip about player safety, so why should the defenses?

    is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. I sincerely hope that comment wasn’t serious.

  70. cleonslamminsalmon says: May 25, 2011 1:19 PM

    Hey Woodley, you didn’t hit ‘2’ hard in the Super Bowl.

  71. spartyfi says: May 25, 2011 1:20 PM

    Here’s the problem with keeping the game how “it’s always been played”. Today’s NFL players are truly gifted athletes…twice the size and twice the speed of the old core of players. Any logical person knows that eventually as the players get bigger and stronger and faster injuries will become a concern. Injuries to enough players and your league becomes watered down and crap entertainment. The leagues is protecting their interest and their players.

    I like the way it was played, but watch tape of these old guys. The big one’s were fat, not muscle. The LB’s were the size of today’s CB’s. I mean come on, you people need to try and think logically and look at the big picture. Comparing today’s football to 1950’s football is just ignorant because EVERYTHING about the game and the players has changed!

  72. bcgreg says: May 25, 2011 1:22 PM

    @ berniemadoffsides

    As a Pats fan, I agree that the Merriweather hit on Heap was the worst of all the highlighted head shots.

    To prove your point about doing it the right way, Merriweather lit up an opponent with one of the best, legal hits of the year in the very next game.

    The players can adjust. It can be done. It’s up to them if they care enough about the well being of their UNION brothers.

    There will still be some head to head collisions, but the league cannot fine players simply for this (ie the Collie hit in Philly where Collie ducks his head). They have to look at if the offending player is LEADING with his helmet.

  73. CKL says: May 25, 2011 1:33 PM

    Look if he is talking about this dopey thing of an offensive player being able to lower his head to protect himself and the defensive player being penalized when where he WAS aiming turns INTO a hit to the head area because of the offensive player’s actions, he has a major point. It’s stupid.

    I am 100% in favor of their trying to take launch and deliberate helmet hits (ie Meriweather’s on Heap) out of the game but players can’t react that fast in real time to alter their trajectory AFTER an offensive player reacts. Defensive players are damned if they do damned if they don’t if my interpretation of this new receiver/runner “clarification” is correct in that an offensive skill player has to have ample time to protect themselves or it’s a penalty. How on earth can this happen practically speaking? IMO any time you add MORE judgment needed by a ref on a “bang bang” play and it’s NOT reviewable it’s a disaster waiting to happen fairness wise.

  74. jpmelon says: May 25, 2011 1:39 PM

    Any alteration to the game that pisses the Steelers off this much is OK with me.

  75. djrando7 says: May 25, 2011 1:39 PM

    POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK

  76. snnyjcbs says: May 25, 2011 1:45 PM

    I love this Harrison, he is the real deal. He is right as you have a bunch of old men with one leg in the grave and pot bellies changing the game and many say ruining the game of Football for all time.

    To bad more players were not like this guy, they would kick that whack they had running the Union to the curb and sit down and hammer out a deal with the owners. That Smith dude does not want a deal, he wants the Courts to change the game of Football as it has went down for years.

    When you have a game today that after every play you have all the players on the field running around looking for a Flag something is wrong. I love the Lockout as it is force weening me from the game that I have grown to almost despise because of all the changes and Ref’s becoming huge parts of who wins on a whim.

    No renewal of any of my Families Season Tickets this year and told Direct TV and Sunday Ticket to go take a Flying , NFL Network Game Rewind?, stick it, Gear the same. Wow I never really looked at just how much money we waisted every year on a game we like less each year because of the changes. Heading to Cabo with this years cash saved, the NFL and the owners and PUNKS they have changing all the rules can stick it.

  77. darthvincent says: May 25, 2011 1:45 PM

    1st off James should have said that the owners making the rules are “coming off looking like idiots”.

    2nd off, James should have said that the NFL Owners are hypocrites because there’s nothing in the new rules to stop the NFL Marketing Dept. from making money off all these big illegal hits.

    Then I could have been in 100% agreement with him.

  78. vahawker says: May 25, 2011 1:50 PM

    seneca1ss says: May 25, 2011 11:52 AM

    Roger Goodell is the blind Pope being mislead by his false Gods (the NFL owners)

    You’re an idiot Commish
    *********************************************

    You know that Commish doesn’t make the rules, right?

    And as far as being mislead goes….DeMoron Smith(’nuff said)

  79. tdk24 says: May 25, 2011 1:56 PM

    Hey Woodley, there’s a difference between hitting hard and hitting illegally. And no, i’m not talking about hitting on under age girls.

  80. airraid77 says: May 25, 2011 1:56 PM

    trickbunny,
    enough said…..

  81. cincyalldaway says: May 25, 2011 2:02 PM

    Guys, nobody cares how hard a player hits another player. They are only trying to change the way some of them, James Harrison in particular, hit. They could care less if you hit a guy in the mid-section and knock him 10 yards backwards! It’s when retards, such as James Harrison, continually hit players in the ear hole of their helmet with their own helmet while launching themselves like a human missile! It’s not rocket science, just comon sense. Which James clearly has none because he can’t seem to stop! And it’s not that he can’t, he chooses not to, bottom line! I swear this guy is stupid, he could have stared in the movie “Of Mice and Men” without acting! Just simply being his own dumbazz self!

    Duhhh, yeah coach, I wanna tend dem rabbits…I’ll kill dem damn cats! He’s a Freakin Retard!! I can only hope he save his money, because if not he’ll be in a soup line by the 3rd month of retirement! Just another welfare bum walking the streets of the Burg!

  82. kyleortonsarm says: May 25, 2011 2:10 PM

    And the pot calls the kettle black. Harrison it’s not legal to do any of the kinds of hits you do, against other players and against your girlfriend.

  83. shadowrider2005 says: May 25, 2011 2:20 PM

    Hey Harrison,

    If you actually tackled like you were taught in Pop Warner instead of hitting with the intent to injure then you wouldn’t have to worry about rules like these being made. Idiot!

  84. fancyleague says: May 25, 2011 2:21 PM

    hineswardcriesafterfumbling needs to go back to watching badminton or checkers. He certainly doesn’t react well to seeing the Steelers beat his team every time.

  85. rpiotr01 says: May 25, 2011 2:24 PM

    These two are just cheesed because Clifton and Bulaga held them without a sniff in the super bowl.

  86. gdeli says: May 25, 2011 2:27 PM

    you’re an idiot for raking up 100 grand in fines. violent moron. what do you say to that tough guy?

  87. radrhatr says: May 25, 2011 2:27 PM

    Some people actually have more inside their head than rocks, Harrison!

  88. radrhatr says: May 25, 2011 2:28 PM

    Harrison thinks a “Wonderlic” is what he got for $30.00, at the strip club last night.

  89. nagihcimwolves50 says: May 25, 2011 2:35 PM

    This is easy.
    #1 No going for the head by diving forward with the crown of your helmet. In the picture they have with Massaqoui, Harrison went low and somehow the reciever ended up low too and he hit his head. Not Harrison’s responsibility to aim low, then see the reciever is low too, then redirect to hit him somewhere else.
    #2 If NFL is serious about player’s safety and concussions then mouth pieces should be mandatory because they decrease the likely hood of a concussion durastically, yet NFL does not require them.
    #3 Leading with the facemask when tackling in the player’s gut is allowed. That is the form tackle everyone was taught when they were 7 growing up playing. Any tackle with the crown of the helmet should not be allowed.
    #4 For everyone complaining about how would the defense like it if the offense could crack people well the only WR who does in Hines Ward so until you tell your WR to grow a pair and hit someone but until then I don’t think any of the defenders would be scared.
    #5 One rule the NFL did get right was them changing the rule about hitting a QB’s helmet now has to be forceful and malacious instead of the grazing that drew 15 yard penalties before.

    In conclusion, NFL management is full of idiots, not one owner will care if they pay $100,000 worth of fines for All Pro players, already pay them millions of dollars what is an extra 100 g’s, and James Harrison does want to punish people for playing against him which is how every football player in America is taught how to play. If you don’t want to watch players with bad intentions, watch soccer so you can see the flops and sissies play fake football.

  90. Deb says: May 25, 2011 2:41 PM

    @tdk24 ….

    Oh give me a flipping break! A 20-year-old woman is not an underage girl–especially not when she’s advertising herself to every man in three nightclubs as “down to f***.” And Lamarr Woodley wasn’t hitting on her. Neither was Ben, by the way. From all witness accounts, she was hitting on him, in graphic language, all night.

    Grow up, you stupid dork :roll:

  91. Deb says: May 25, 2011 2:43 PM

    jpmelon says:

    Any alteration to the game that pisses the Steelers off this much is OK with me.

    ————————————————-
    Truest comment posted. Most of these morons don’t care about any impact on the game. They only care about pissing off the Steelers.

  92. dietrich43 says: May 25, 2011 2:48 PM

    Maybe if the QBs would put the ball lower, so the WR didn’t have to extend and get exposed, the hits wouldn’t be so viscous. Maybe if WRs would stop running across the middle of a zone and find a soft spot and slow down, they wouldn’t get clobbered.

    Complaining about the defense beating up the skill position players is covering up for some sloppy and bad QB and WR play.

    If the League wants to protect players, then protect the defense too. No chop blocks, inside the box or not. Don’t let RBs lead with the crown of their helmet.

    The NFL doesn’t care about all the players, just the star QBs and WRs and these changes are simply to encourage scoring.

  93. Steeler's Will says: May 25, 2011 2:54 PM

    jpmelon says:
    May 25, 2011 1:39 PM
    Any alteration to the game that pisses the Steelers off this much is OK with me.
    ——————
    It may piss him off on Twitter and Facebook, but don’t get your hopes up that it will be a terrible distraction during the season. Despite being watched like a hawk he still had a very good statistical season, including 3 sacks on Joey Sacco in the playoffs.

  94. Steeler's Will says: May 25, 2011 3:00 PM

    cincyalldaway says:
    May 25, 2011 2:02 PM
    Guys, nobody cares how hard a player hits another player….

    —————–
    I remember you! You ran your keyboard all last summer talking about how bad the Steelers were gonna suck, but you were mysteriously missing from PFT after it became obvious your bungles blew their wad the season before. Welcome back!

  95. originalsteelcurtain says: May 25, 2011 3:10 PM

    Lot’s of dumb comments here as usual…Steeler-haters are so jealous!

    Thanks to Czar Goodell the game is changing. For better or worse, the NFL I’ve learned to love for 4 decades is gradually becoming the NPFL. Fantasy Football Geeks will love Goodell’s footprint on the new NPFL…me not so much.

  96. jakek2 says: May 25, 2011 3:44 PM

    I hate the Steelers but Harrison is right (albeit in his own inarticulate way).

    You want safety??? Install grass fields.

  97. therevdewitt says: May 25, 2011 3:52 PM

    For all 27 of y’all who have thus far hit the thumbs down on my comment above, I assume you are Steelers fans and don’t like me calling the Steelers the dirtiest team in the league. But honestly, name another team that’s dirtier. Name one, with a straight face. You call it, “Steeler football.” The rest of us recognize it as dirty play.

  98. raiderinpa says: May 25, 2011 3:55 PM

    Its not hard to understand, Jimmy… DONT lead with your head, eliminate the helmet to helmet hits and your fines will cease! Most IDIOTS would understand that, except Jimmy!

    The way we were taught to tackle: put your head on their hip and drive thru with your shoulder…. and it worked like a charm. Who taught Jimmy to put his helmet on the other guy’s helmet to make a tackle? Maybe his old coach is the real idiot?… but I doubt it… Keep on whining Jimmy…

  99. halftermguv says: May 25, 2011 4:10 PM

    Look Steelers haters, college players aspiring to reach the NFL know what gets the eye of scouts and that’s big hits. It makes the evening’s highlights and has been encouraged at the college and pro level for the last fifty years.

    Players see the Pro Football HOF stuffed full of big hitters. Ronny Lott, Dick Butkus and Lawrence Taylor are lionized for this behavior.

  100. goawayeverybody says: May 25, 2011 4:11 PM

    Why is it that the Steelers have always needed massive intervention from the officials to win games? Do they truly suck that badly???

  101. Deb says: May 25, 2011 4:17 PM

    @raiderinpa …

    Where in PA? I’d pay good money to watch you tell “Jimmy” to stop whining. Yeah, you’re a big talker … as an anonymous guy on the Internet. :lol:

  102. jackbassett says: May 25, 2011 4:18 PM

    therevdewitt says: May 25, 2011 3:52 PM

    For all 27 of y’all who have thus far hit the thumbs down on my comment above, I assume you are Steelers fans and don’t like me calling the Steelers the dirtiest team in the league. But honestly, name another team that’s dirtier. Name one, with a straight face. You call it, “Steeler football.” The rest of us recognize it as dirty play.

    __________________
    No, most of us are just unemployed and live in our Mom’s basement. Thumbs down gives us a sense of empowerment in an otherwise meaningless existence. Signed, Steeler Fan From Connoquenessing

  103. CKL says: May 25, 2011 4:59 PM

    jakek2 says: May 25, 2011 3:44 PM

    You want safety??? Install grass fields.
    __________________________________
    When Astroturf was the only other option I would agree. But Heinz field, which is grass, is pretty well known for being one of the worst fields in the NFL and I think even some Steeler players think it’s pretty bad. Pats lost a few players partly due to that field in 05 (Law & Light).

    OTOH, The Colts complained to the league a few times about the Pats grass field in Gillette and the Pats finally had to give up on it since it was too expensive to try to maintain and they went to Field Turf in 06. Kraft really wanted to keep a grass field but it just wasn’t able to be maintained well enough and he sunk big, big bucks into trying. I think the climate is a big factor in what field is better.

  104. tdk24 says: May 25, 2011 5:05 PM

    “Deb says:
    May 25, 2011 2:41 PM
    @tdk24 ….

    Oh give me a flipping break! A 20-year-old woman is not an underage girl–especially not when she’s advertising herself to every man in three nightclubs as “down to f***.” And Lamarr Woodley wasn’t hitting on her. Neither was Ben, by the way. From all witness accounts, she was hitting on him, in graphic language, all night.

    Grow up, you stupid dork”

    Whoa whoa whoa there Deb. I was not insinuating anything about some night club incident. What kind of person do you think i am? I was insinuating that he is half illiterate.

  105. somesome says: May 25, 2011 5:05 PM

    there were 40 players with the same or more number of tackles as Harrison last year. Yes, he is only 40st in tackling … only maybe 4 or 5 other players ahead of him got fined, nobody got fined $100K.

    Ray Lewis is still the hardest tackler in the NFL. Perfect form every time. Player is wrapped up and goes down … sensational? Not as much as blowing up a player … does he get fined? Sure, once or twice a season but not a $100K.

  106. Deb says: May 25, 2011 5:55 PM

    @therevdewitt …

    Please, please tell me that’s not a “rev” in your name in a religious sense. If it is, you need further study in the area of not bearing false witness.

    A team isn’t dirty because it’s known for having a hard-hitting defense. And it certainly isn’t dirty because it’s been consistently successful, has beaten your team, or is a divisional rival. In other words, just because you and other little brats on PFT don’t like the Steelers doesn’t make them dirty. I don’t like the Patriots, but that doesn’t make them dirty nor does it mean they didn’t earn their championships. Get out the stats books and start looking for substantive evidence of dirty play by a majority of Steelers players as compared to the rest of the league. You won’t find it.

    Like all teams, the Steelers have had their share of overly aggressive players, loudmouths, and jackasses. But if you check around the league, you’ll find the Steelers owners, coaches, and players overall are well-respected. When Harrison was catching all those flags last year, players weren’t saying, “Yay, the league is getting that dirty Harrison.” Players for the Ravens–our chief rivals–came out publicly saying Harrison was getting screwed. Does that sound like they think he’s a dirty player? Just as many players around the league have cheered Ward’s aggressiveness and toughness as have whined about his cheap shots. He’s controversial because he hits back–something wideouts aren’t supposed to do.

    To answer your question, as far as I know, players around the league made more complaints about Fisher’s Titans than any other team.

  107. pizzon says: May 25, 2011 6:26 PM

    instead of imposing ridiculous rules that take away from the game why doesnt the NFL spend some of that 9 billion to find safer and better equipement instead of trying to micromanage a game should be played naturally instead by robots. hasnt Roger Goodell been running his mouth for the last month about he careas about player safety and how important the fans enjoyment is. he need s to understand that high scoring games with no defense are NOT what fans want to see thats what he wants.

  108. sagnam says: May 25, 2011 7:03 PM

    Give Harrison a leather helmet without a facemask and see if he changes is approach to tackling. I guarantee he wouldn’t lead with his head if he were that defenseless.

    Players think their helmet makes them invincible.

  109. steelerskicktheravens says: May 25, 2011 9:27 PM

    to all the haters;
    defensive player of the year can say whatever the hell he wants to..besides its the truth beside when ngata punches roethlisberger and mcclain gives a concussion to miller.

  110. goldsteel says: May 25, 2011 9:28 PM

    James Harrison is quite correct. Roger Goodell and his legion of over paid vice presidents are making a concerted effort to “sanitize” the way professional football is played. The most amazing aspect to all this is that Roger Goodell would not be the commissioner without the ardent support of Art Rooney II who currently runs the Pittsburgh Steelers organization.

    Roger Goodell’s job is to look good in front of the public, spout endless banal business platitudes and make asinine decisions. Goodell is all about appearance. That’s why there is no rule requiring the players to wear the most protective helmets. As long as the cameras catch a big hit and the subsequent hand wringing fine than all is well.

  111. sigma1932 says: May 26, 2011 2:32 AM

    For all those expressing that intimidation and violence is part of the sport, yes it is. So how about we bring back crack-backs (where one player’s sole responsibility for that play is to run full speed down the line of scrimmage, and blind-side the DE or OLB), chop blocks (where one player engages a defender, and then a second player intentionally takes out his legs), and we remove all holding and “illegal-hands-to-the-face” penalties (let the O-line yank the D-line and LB’s straight to the ground by their facemasks– ake the defenders fight for that sack/tackle-for-loss). Does that work for ya?

    That said, it’s one thing to be afraid of going across the middle because you’re gonna get cut in half and drop the ball, while getting slammed to the ground (I was a slot receiver, so I know), it’s another to be worried about having your career cut short because of some bone-headed, no-talent, douche-bag wearing a black and gold uniform is aiming the top of his helmet at your ear-hole.

    Honestly, it doesn’t take much effort to make a ONE-EIGHTH turn and still deliver a de-cleating hit. Being a packer fan, I watched Atari Bigby do it dozens of times (most of them breaking up a catch in the process) before they let him go due struggles with injuries… Steve Atwater, Ty Law, and John Lynch come to mind as big-hitters as well, and IIRC, they never had any controversy around them– and yes, there were helmet-to-helmet hit rules in play when they were on the field. Plus, what about the dozens of other awesome LEGAL hits that inevitably thrill us every year… all of this with no controversy over helmet-to-helmet hits, so why is it so hard for little Jimmy H, especially when he’s supposed to be Defensive MVP?

    At the end of the day, I don’t think the NFL would suffer much without Little Jimmy H, and if the media wouldn’t be over-blowing the whole situation, no one would care.

    Hmm… I wonder how Little Jimmy’s tune would change if someone slapped his helmet on him, had him lean over to the side in a prone position, then had a 250lb physical freak of nature crack him over the head as hard as he could right next to the ear-hole with a 12-lb. sledgehammer. I’d laugh my ass off when this pea-brained slob couldn’t get up.

    I’d SO buy a ticket to see that!

    Then again, he might already have so much brain damage that it wouldn’t make a differnce… wait, nevermind… have to have a brain to have brain-damage… My bad there.

  112. Steeler's Will says: May 26, 2011 8:49 AM

    Your players all have the option of taking themselves out of the game if they don’t wanna get hit by the bad guys. And seriously? None of you have any experience to be able to talk on this topic. Flexing your muscles about your Pop Warner days, or bragging that you could’ve been all-state if only coach would’ve put you in the game may get you laid once in a while, but it doesn’t make you an authority on NFL tackling.

  113. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: May 26, 2011 9:16 AM

    fancyleague says:
    May 25, 2011 2:21 PM
    hineswardcriesafterfumbling needs to go back to watching badminton or checkers. He certainly doesn’t react well to seeing the Steelers beat his team every time.
    ——————————-
    I need to go back to watching badminton or checkers because you’re suggesting offensive players stop running at defenders? I guess the running back should either find a giant hole or just run out of bounds. After all, he clearly doesn’t care about his own safety if he’s running into a hole occupied by Harrison, Lewis, etc. Fine receivers that run shallow routes over the middle because clearly, they’re asking Harrison to spear them.

    Fancyleague, pull the string out. This is tackle football. If you’d prefer to watch flag football, have fun.

  114. raiderinpa says: May 26, 2011 10:11 AM

    @ Deb:

    I live in Philipsburg, PA and there isnt a man on this earth that I would be afraid to voice my opinions to… get over yourself and defending your not-so-perfect Queer-lers!!…

    Loudmouths like you are the main reason so many people absolutely detest your beloved team! Especially those of us who have had to put up with it for 40+ years…

  115. pigeonpea says: May 26, 2011 11:00 AM

    I am no fan of the Steelers, but I will say the “Steeler’s Rule” may just kill the NFL for me. I thought this was a man’s game, not some pseudo-lingerie league where players are punished for actually playing the game.

    No hits + no cap + no draft = a bloody waste of time. Great job you are doing there, Roger!

  116. Deb says: May 26, 2011 11:23 AM

    @raiderinpa …

    You need to look at the beam in your own eye instead of the splinter in mine. Yes, I’m defending my team on our threads from rivals who’ve come onto a story about one of our players and behaved disrespectfully. I have never gone onto a thread about the Raiders, Ravens, Bengals, Browns, Pats, or any other NFL team and bad-mouthed the team, coaches, or players. When I’ve gone to the Raiders threads, I’ve posted respectful comments about Al Davis, your team, its history, and your players. I defended Coach Cable when he was being unfairly targeted by the media. I’ve defended the Pats about Spygate and Ray Lewis about his past legal issues. And I congratulate teams when they beat us. I don’t behave like a junior-high kid the way you do, coming onto a rival’s board and making obnoxious “Jimmy” comments.

    I’m not the person who was being the “loudmouth” obnoxious fan here, raiderinpa, you were. I was simply defending my team. If you don’t want Steelers fans to defend their team, I’d suggest you not come onto their threads, getting in their faces, being obnoxious and disrespectful. Try to act like a good sport and an adult like I do when I visit your threads and those of our other rivals.

  117. Deb says: May 26, 2011 12:55 PM

    @tdk24 …

    ROFL … oops :oops:

    In the words of the great Emily Litella, “nevermind” ;)

  118. raiderinpa says: May 26, 2011 1:17 PM

    @ Deb:

    disrespectful and obnoxious? Im not disrespecting Mr. Harrison, Im simply stating the fact that if he doesnt like the fines for illegal hits, maybe he shouldnt tackle helmet to helmet like he is supposed to… Not a hard concept to grasp… for most…

  119. chapnastier says: May 26, 2011 1:38 PM

    His blog is genius actually. He is a lot smarter than what the media makes him out to be. I suggest following him on twitter too.

  120. Deb says: May 26, 2011 2:24 PM

    @raiderinpa …

    His name is James. All that “Jimmy” stuff was belittling … and you know it. He’s also a bright guy with interesting views and a great deadpan sense of humor. Like a lot of people, he sometimes lets his passions get the better of him and speaks up when he’d be wiser to keep quiet–as he often does on NFL rules issues. I don’t have a problem with players challenging the league, but you have to know when to stop for your own good.

    If you’ll look at the film, you’ll see some of the hits for which James was fined were illegal, but some were not. Some involved helmet hits, and some did not. My issue with all this is the inconsistency.

    First, I agree with James that fining is ridiculous. If the goal is to change player behavior, then the hits need to be flagged during games when the penalties could have an impact on the outcome. It doesn’t help the Browns if James knocks Massaquoi out of the game and is fined later–especially if his fine is subsequently reduced.

    Second, the officials need to know what they’re supposed to be flagging and do it consistently. You don’t fine James for wrapping up Drew Brees, then let the Ravens’ McClain walk away after launching at and nearly decapitating Heath Miller or ignore Ngata’s deliberate blow to Roethlisberger’s face. That’s one of the many reasons I want the NFL to switch to booth review. And objective official not involved in the action should be checking each play on film. If the NCAA can do it, the NFL can.

    I don’t have a problem with our guys getting flagged, but it needs to be for legitimate hits. Others on our team deserved more scrutiny than James.

  121. axespray says: May 27, 2011 4:31 AM

    So if someone (like Corey Williams) has a problem jumping offsides, then complains about getting a penalty everytime he does, and threatens to retire cause he doesn’t know how to “adjust to the complex rules”, will idiots defend him with the whole “That’s oldschool football!” line?

  122. tampabucks05 says: May 30, 2011 10:57 PM

    So, are the people tweeting about 9/11.

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