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Men’s Journal writer defends James Harrison, blasts “idiot” quarterbacks

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Steelers linebacker James Harrison claimed his words were twisted when he was quoted by Men’s Journal as ripping some of his own teammates. But the writer whose integrity was called into question by Harrison is not upset by Harrison’s remarks — and he agrees with everything Harrison says.

Paul Solotaroff, who wrote the Men’s Journal article in question, said on ESPN Radio this morning that Harrison had to back away from some of his comments about teammates Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall to keep the peace in the Steelers’ locker room.

“We talked about 11 o’clock yesterday morning,” Solotaroff said on Thursday. “Look, James is the guy who’s got to live with Ben for the next three years. . . . So as I told James, ‘Listen, whatever you’ve got to say to mend fences is perfectly fine with me.'”

Still, Solotaroff stands by what he wrote and even hinted that Harrison said worse things about Roethlisberger than what appears in the article.

“I filled up three notebooks, I don’t know how many hours of digital tape, and I cut so much stuff from this piece,” Solotaroff said. “There is just acres of stuff James said that’s compelling and amusing and riveting. And that wasn’t the only thing he said about Ben.”

Regarding what may have been the most violent of Harrison’s hits last season, the brutal blow to Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, Solotaroff said that if you’re looking for someone to blame, blame Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.

“Massaquoi is coming across the middle and only an idiot kid quarterback is going to lead his receiver — lead his receiver! — into a zone knowing that James Harrison is lurking back there,” Solotaroff said.

Solotaroff is an unabashed fan of Harrison’s and in his radio appearance he ripped NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for cracking down on Harrison’s style of play.

“I was furious at the way James got done by Goodell last year,” Solotaroff said. “I thought making him the poster boy for this abrupt and arbitrary rule change . . . was about the most wrongheaded thing you could do, particularly since Goodell seemed bent on singling James out.”

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  1. goawayeverybody says: Jul 14, 2011 10:21 AM

    So I guess the writer agrees with James Harrison calling Goodell a f*ggot? Lovely.

  2. tundey says: Jul 14, 2011 10:22 AM

    I think by now everyone knows Harrison’s comments were not taken out of context. That was his words plain and simple. And that’s why he keeps getting fined. I bet all of NFL’s charities are happy for Harrison to keep playing and running his mouth.

  3. Southpaw says: Jul 14, 2011 10:23 AM

    You know, going to Harrison and saying “Feel free to tell Ben whatever it takes to mend fences” DOESN’T really work, if the next day you go to the press and say “I told him to feel free to lie to Ben about it and there was SOO much more he said about him”

  4. rooneyruleblues says: Jul 14, 2011 10:24 AM

    By the time this commisoner is finished he will have his fingerprints all over the game. It will have changed so much football won’t be football as we know it today.

    He will go down as the worst commish that the game has ever seen.

  5. goawayeverybody says: Jul 14, 2011 10:24 AM

    And btw, it wasn’t a rule change. There was already a rule against helmet to helmet. They are simply enforcing it now.

    Yet another Steelers apologist who has no clue what he’s talking about.

  6. TurdSandwich says: Jul 14, 2011 10:25 AM

    Solotarof should put on the pads and show his ‘football smarts’ before proclaiming anyone an idiot. What a turd..

  7. boedavis says: Jul 14, 2011 10:25 AM

    Another a$$hole that just needs to shut up. But this is America so we should be expecting his book rather soon.

  8. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jul 14, 2011 10:26 AM

    You have to love the unbiased journalism of the 21st century! Once you say you are a “fan” of someone, your interview is nothing but toilet paper.

  9. chadmurdigan says: Jul 14, 2011 10:27 AM

    Looks like Solotaroff’s adding fuel to the fire to get a raise or increase his profile in sports journalism.

  10. rayvens says: Jul 14, 2011 10:29 AM

    Still, Solotaroff stands by what he wrote and even hinted that Harrison said worse things about Roethlisberger
    ————————
    Wats worse than wat he already said??…He must of commented on Roethlistberger legal troubles.

  11. goldeelox says: Jul 14, 2011 10:31 AM

    Somebody has a cruuush.

  12. austinbrownsfan says: Jul 14, 2011 10:31 AM

    Only an idiot never-played-the-game writer would play apologist for a spear-happy headhunter like Harrison.

  13. jagmania65 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:32 AM

    I’m glad that Solotaroff has so much football knowledge that he can comment on what NFL QBs should or should not do. I guess that’s why he writes for a gay men’s fitness magazine and not a sports magazine?

  14. gdeli says: Jul 14, 2011 10:35 AM

    I think the writer and harrison are the idiots. They just don’t get it. Thank goodness goodell clamped down on these brutal viscious hits. That weekend made me sick, too much! Colt is colt and to blame him soley takes away from harrison having to face the fact that he is a GOON. Ask a therapist. Harrison has anger issues. Many players play football cause they know if they did that violence on the street they would be in jail/prison.

  15. fcs34 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:37 AM

    OMG a qb led his reciever ! Led his reciever ! You just never see that in football ! Never !

    I hope this tool wiped his mouth after his in depth “interview”

  16. bereado says: Jul 14, 2011 10:37 AM

    Harrison is a complete dimwit. Listen to him talk- the guy is unbalanced and stupid. To lash out against teamates and the NFL in the manner he did: only a complete fool would do that.

    He calls Goodell a puppet and a dictator in the same interview… uhh… which is it?

    And anyone who actually heard the interview knows that their is something wrong the writer’s stance: he was FAR too defensive. He was taken to task in the interview about the real dangers of head to head contact and he responded by taking credit for breaking the concussion story.

    I question the intelligence of anyone who would agree with and support the words and actions of one of the true cansers of the NFL in Jerome Harrison.

  17. usa98j30t4 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:39 AM

    If I’m Goodell I suspend the guy for the year.

  18. tylerdurden0 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:42 AM

    I heard him this morning on the way to work. He’s one of the most pretentious sounding douches I’ve ever heard. REALLY loved hearing himself talk.

    He also claimed to have personally started the war against concussions in the NFL via an article he wrote last year.

    I’m sure it was your article that started the whole thing… not Anquan Boldin twitching in the end zone and being brought off the field on a stretcher.

  19. deeowens11 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:42 AM

    It’s sad that one can come to anticipate the comments that will appear given the topic of the article. Most of you are Lemmings! Most of you seem like you lack the ability to critically think for yourselves and formulate your own opinions. Instead, you rush and give the first emotion driven response that comes to you.

    I find it incredibly refreshing to hear from this writer and his take on James Harrison and certain rules of the NFL. Too often, we the people, accept rules and governance without questioning the validity and fairness. Here is a writer that is defending what he surely knows will be the unpopular side of the issue, and he is not backing down or off, nor is he letting James stand on an island. I applaud this writer, and while I don’t agree with everything JH had to say, had I been treated the way he was (financially) by Goodell, I’m not sure I would have reacted any differently.

  20. aldashex86 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:45 AM

    @ goawayeverybody

    I can’t stand James Harrison but, it was a rule change. Look at the Massaquoi hit and tell me when their helmets collide….because they don’t. Harrison was looking to put his forearms into Massaquoi’s chest and Massaquoi did what anyone who is about to get hit does….he tried to duck it. And by doing that he got himself smacked by 2 huge forearms with 240 lbs behind it. The hit was not helmet to helmet. But the rule change listed a blow to the head. Did Harrison strike his head…yes….purposely? No.

  21. dickroy says: Jul 14, 2011 10:46 AM

    Solotaroff seems a little whacky to me. Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Or maybe its the way it was posted.

  22. joesphkerr says: Jul 14, 2011 10:47 AM

    Of course the writer is going to defend Harrison. The more headlines like this one draw attention to the magazine, sales go up and the more money being made for all parties involve. Plus this guy has now gotten his 20 seconds of fame.

    I’m not defending anyone here, I still think Harrison is a huge waste of space, will kill the Steeler locker room, and not see the end of his contract in Pittsburgh. I see him getting traded for a 7th round pick or released.

  23. horsecore says: Jul 14, 2011 10:49 AM

    What a tool….

  24. hobartbaker says: Jul 14, 2011 10:52 AM

    Carrying a copy of Men’s Journal will now suffice in place of the regular “Man Card” in all situations.

  25. We'reFineThere says: Jul 14, 2011 10:54 AM

    I listened to this interview and this guy was a complete jerk. If there was ever a journalist would twist words it’s probably this guy. James Harrison has no filter and a repeat offender. I don’t know who to believe. NOT GUILTY

  26. holeinone09 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:55 AM

    My bottom line: I wouldn ‘t mind it one bit if they cut Harrison for being a cancer in the lockerroom. Criticizing teammates in public instead of privately in the lockerroom is completely uncalled for. It is probably only a matter of time before more of his venom in that interview comes out.

    DIEHARD Steeler fan

  27. djstat says: Jul 14, 2011 10:57 AM

    Journalistic integrity means nothing clearly

  28. Deb says: Jul 14, 2011 10:59 AM

    No, James doe not have to live with Ben for the next three years. If he’s not happy, he can find the door. He threw a tantrum and claimed he was retiring last season. Bye.

    Colt McCoy was a rookie in his first NFL start. It’s hard to decide who’s being the bigger jerk blaming that ridiculous hit on McCoy, Harrison or Solotaroff. Both should be ashamed of themselves.

    Yes, Goodell is an idiot and has mishandled the tackling issue. That does not excuse James throwing his teammates under the bus, bad-mouthing other teams’ players, behaving like a prima donna, or posing for a photo I would never want the children in my family to connect with the Steelers.

  29. zaggs says: Jul 14, 2011 11:11 AM

    “Massaquoi is coming across the middle and only an idiot kid quarterback is going to lead his receiver — lead his receiver! — into a zone knowing that James Harrison is lurking back there,” Solotaroff said.”

    Solotaroff has also said privately that “only a idiot hooker would wear a skirt in a bar knowing Reothlisberger was in there and then complain about being raped.”

  30. dclogicatlast says: Jul 14, 2011 11:13 AM

    OMG a qb led his reciever ! Led his reciever ! You just never see that in football ! Never !

    I hope this tool wiped his mouth after his in depth “interview”

    ——————————————-

    Ha yea it is common football sense that you do NOT lead a receiver coming across the middle against a zone defense. Instead you throw to the window in the zone, while the receiver settles. You learn that in high school football.

  31. Deb says: Jul 14, 2011 11:14 AM

    @deeowens11 …

    I’ve been an outspoken critic of Goodell’s sloppy policies regarding tackling and his bizarre targeting of James–who does not have a habit of leading with his helmet. That has nothing to do with James publicly ridiculing teammates, blaming them for a Super Bowl loss when he had only one tackle, mouthing off about other players in the league, posing for an offensive photograph that is not an appropriate image for an NFL player, or using gutter language in talking about the league commissioner.

    This man is supposed to be a professional football player. When he sows the seeds of discord in the locker room or puts himself above the good of the team, he is being unprofessional and jeopardizing team harmony–and ultimately, team standing. When he deliberately represents the team using images of th*ggery, that reflects poorly on the entire organization and its fans. I appreciate when our players stand up for their principles–as Troy Polamalu did in numerous interviews last season without throwing teammates under the bus or posing with guns in hand. Harrison has decided he’s bigger than the team. I’m no lemming but I’m not hero worshipper, either. I’ve always defended James, but now he’s crossed the line. Everyone is expendable.

  32. dclogicatlast says: Jul 14, 2011 11:20 AM

    Everyone who believes that there wasn’t a rule change in the middle of last year is kidding themselves. They started calling reactionary penalties.

    Kurt Coleman’s helmet to helmet hit against Austin Collie was caused by another defender tackling Collie just before Coleman got there. How can he adjust in .001 seconds? How can that be considered a penalty?

    In fact it was such a blatant rule change/reinterpretation of the rules (whatever you want to call it) that P. Manning starting lofting balls over the middle praying for penalties.

    The NFL is a violent game and there are going to be some nasty hits. Trying to ban fast, physical play will ruin the game. Head hunting with intent to injure is a different story, but I’d say 80-90% of the “helmet to helmet” penalties last year were a joke.

  33. CKL says: Jul 14, 2011 11:28 AM

    tylerdurden0 says:
    Jul 14, 2011 10:42 AM
    I heard him this morning on the way to work. He’s one of the most pretentious sounding douches I’ve ever heard. REALLY loved hearing himself talk.

    _______________________________
    I couldn’t agree more. He reminds me of how certain commenters who post on here would sound. I won’t say who.
    The guy’s a professional writer and he uses personal insults and self promotion to make his points. That gives him a credibility factor of
    -167,882,091.

  34. granadafan says: Jul 14, 2011 11:34 AM

    Well said, Deb

  35. bullcharger says: Jul 14, 2011 11:37 AM

    Looks like Solotaroff’s adding fuel to the fire to get a raise or increase his profile in sports journalism.

    ——————————————-

    Totally agree… This whole situation has been manufactured to get Solotaroff and Harrison’s name in the media, and it’s working.

    They both knew the storm this would cause and I am sure they will both gain financially from it.

    The James Harrison reality show and clothing line will be next!

  36. friendlylittletrees says: Jul 14, 2011 11:38 AM

    Harrison is a POS…

  37. pooponurface says: Jul 14, 2011 11:39 AM

    James Harrison went to my high school where there were posters on the locker room wall talking about the dangers of hitting someone with your head.

    If he hasn’t figured it out by now, he’s not going to figure it out PERIOD.

  38. hobartbaker says: Jul 14, 2011 11:43 AM

    Men’s Journal was surprised at the blowback. They’re not used to people actually reading the articles in their mag.

    ” We just wanted to provide a little background for that picture”, offered a spokesman, “mostly the guys buy it for the pictures, and also the fact that if you rub the cover against a rock you can start a fire with it. Then the inner pages can be used to wrap the bear’s heart and the wild vegetables in to roast.”.

  39. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Jul 14, 2011 11:47 AM

    Of course, there is a method to Harrison’s “madness” here. He’s trying to bait Goodell. He wants NFL fans to think he’s being unfairly “singled out” by Goodell. But this isn’t about Goodell vs. Harrison; it’s about the NFL vs. Harrison. If Harrison is being “singled out,” then it’s because he has repeatedly violated well-documented player safety rules re: illegal hits. No player, including James Harrison, is above the rules. After the lockout ends, the Steelers—and not the League—need to discipline Harrison for his latest stunt.

  40. childressrulz says: Jul 14, 2011 11:48 AM

    The writer is siding with and supporting Harrison because he wants more verbal gold interviews to sell his little magazine. Who cares.

  41. upperdecker19 says: Jul 14, 2011 11:51 AM

    Idiot QBs > Liquored up, idiot kickers

    Regards,
    Peyton Manning

  42. axespray says: Jul 14, 2011 12:00 PM

    “James Harrison – who does not have a habit of leading with his helmet.”

    lol wut?

    Damarcus Ware/Clay Matthews/Charles Woodson/Ray Lewis/Brian Urlacher/James Farrior/Lamarr Woodley don’t lead with their helmets…
    james harrison always, ALWAYS leads with his helmet, the guy is stupid…
    when warren sapp is calling you out on your tackling, enough said…

  43. jayslang says: Jul 14, 2011 12:01 PM

    What the $%#@& is Men’s Journal??

    IS the Harrison artical sandwiched between 10 ways to get better abs and a Men’s summer fashon shoot?

    Who tries to be hard in that lame publication??

  44. selgaeinla says: Jul 14, 2011 12:02 PM

    Its amazing how many people who watch football, don’t understand basic principles. When a defense is playing a zone, a WR or TE finds an open spot, STOPS, and gets thrown the ball. Leading a WR into a zone is asking for a highlight hit. Same thing happened to Desean Jackson when he got knocked out, a young QB, Kolb and a young WR who lacked experience did the same thing and got the same result.

  45. fancyleague says: Jul 14, 2011 12:02 PM

    Roethlisberger needs to be called out for numerous reasons. He made a lot of progress last year working the short passing game, then threw all of that progress away (literally) in the postseason. As a student of the game, he is getting an F.

    Mendenhall just needs to shut up. Fumbling in the Super Bowl counts as 10 regular season fumbles. Bettis had the same problem. He didn’t fumble a lot, but when he did it was a doozy.

    The writer is correct about McCoy (and the Browns’ offensive coordinator). The offense runs a play where the proper defense technique is to punish the receiver severely for catching the ball in such a stupid spot, and somehow it’s the defender’s fault the Browns can’t play offense properly. If you want to stop concussions, you need to fine the people who are calling these plays that put players in bad positions.

    The offensive players and coaches don’t care about player safety, why should the defensive players and coaches?

  46. heisthejuan says: Jul 14, 2011 12:04 PM

    “I was furious at the way James got done by Goodell last year,”

    Solotaroff strikes me as one of those suburban born and bred guys who lives in NYC for a few years and suddenly thinks he’s a city guy. This quote reeks of a guy trying to convince himself he’s a tough guy.

  47. trickbunny says: Jul 14, 2011 12:07 PM

    I’d pay to see Colt MCoy smack the taste out of this whining, limp-wristed little wussyboy writer’s mouth.

  48. dangonavyboy says: Jul 14, 2011 12:17 PM

    Massaquoi is coming across the middle and only an idiot kid quarterback is going to lead his receiver — lead his receiver! — into a zone knowing that James Harrison is lurking back there,” Solotaroff said

    so wait..as a qb your not suppose to lead your wideouts….i guess we are goin to see a lot of 5-10 yard routes where wr’s run really fast then stop turn around and stand there hoping no one covers you and your qb throws you the ball..and for long passes..hey run 30 yards down field turn around and put your hands up when your ready for me to throw the ball..i gotta make sure its safe before i throw it your way..hahah..oh man i cant wait for the flag football lockout to end…

  49. smackadabassmon says: Jul 14, 2011 12:26 PM

    Someone wants their 15 minutes……

  50. raiduhdude says: Jul 14, 2011 12:30 PM

    LMAO this guy is riding Harrison’s jock soooo much. This is pathetic..what a tool.

  51. db3300 says: Jul 14, 2011 12:36 PM

    I wonder if Men’s Journal will have anything to say about one of their staff writers inserting himself into the story instead of just writing it. It’s kind of like being a referee in a sporting event. You’re not doing your job well if the announcers are calling your name more than the players’ names.

  52. footballhistorian says: Jul 14, 2011 1:08 PM

    Wow – a jerk defending a stupid jerk

  53. 1buckeye76 says: Jul 14, 2011 1:17 PM

    Yeah, that idiot colt mccoy should have known not to lead one of his receivers against bar none the biggest collection of cheap shot artists in the league.

  54. fcs34 says: Jul 14, 2011 1:25 PM

    Ha yea it is common football sense that you do NOT lead a receiver coming across the middle against a zone defense. Instead you throw to the window in the zone, while the receiver settles. You learn that in high school football.

    Thanks doctor football lol

  55. dickroy says: Jul 14, 2011 1:34 PM

    James needs to be suspended. It wouldn’t even bother me if they cut him loose. Yes he was valuable to the team, but not since he put himself above the team and bad mouthed his team mates. The gun picture is something I don’t want my 6 year old grandson to even see, as he is a little die hard Steeler fan and looks up to the players. He keeps proving how immature and classless he is.

  56. claymus1 says: Jul 14, 2011 1:36 PM

    “Men’s Journal….really?? Men don’t need no damn journal! What in the hell is wrong with people these days? Rub some dirt on it and take a stinkin’ lap!! Men’s journal? Really?

  57. enders9 says: Jul 14, 2011 1:46 PM

    “Massaquoi is coming across the middle and only an idiot kid quarterback is going to lead his receiver — lead his receiver! — into a zone knowing that James Harrison is lurking back there,” Solotaroff said.

    While Solotaroff is an idiot, he is partially correct with this statement. QBs do need to be aware of where they are leading their WRs. Is a short gain worth potentially leading that WR into a big hit and subsequently an injury that could keep him off the field for a couple games? No. But that doesn’t excuse making an illegal tackle.

    I love how he completely threw Harrison under the bus by announcing that he gave Harrison permission to lie to Ben and say that he “twisted” Harrison’s words. It keeps his name/article making headlines, so smart business move on his part.

  58. mswravens says: Jul 14, 2011 1:49 PM

    @Deb – as usual, excellent posts…and thanks for sparing me the need to reply to deeowens11.

    My question about this writer is this: is he a reporter or a columnist? If he’s a reporter, then report the story, don’t whitewash it, don’t tell your subject to tone it down for the good of his team, don’t hide other relevant compelling comments, yada, yada, yada, JUST REPORT THE FACTS!!! …uncolored by your obvious man crush on the subject of your article. If you are that lacking in objectivity, you have no business writing the article.

    If he’s a columnist, then he can say what he wants. It’s his opinion in an opinion piece.,,in which case, the next relevant question is “what are your qualifications?” In other words, why the H should I care what your opinions are on Harrison, Goodell, illegal hits, leading a receiver, etc…???

    All else aside, Harrison obviously has some very serious anger issues…and a very real ability to hurt people…and I hope he gets the help he needs before he “does someone wrong” and causes permanent damage!

  59. finsbooyah says: Jul 14, 2011 1:57 PM

    Deb,

    I totally agree with what you said. If it was a Dolphins player I’d feel the same way.

    Your comment carries even more weight because you’re a Steelers/Tide fan who used to love to bas McCoy.

  60. crumpledstiltskin says: Jul 14, 2011 2:08 PM

    You guys do realize that Paul Solotaroff was a huge juicer back in the day? He is probably not all there himself.

  61. dickroy says: Jul 14, 2011 2:18 PM

    @Deb

    I too agree with your comments and feel the same way. After all we have half in common.
    Steelers/Tide Fan
    Steelers/Vols Fan
    Well that used to be a rivalry!!!!

  62. steveohho says: Jul 14, 2011 2:40 PM

    Harrison doesn’t realize since the 80’s with the end of bump and run, the rule changes after the low scoring Giants/Bills Superbowl, the exponential growth in salaries for skill position players, and higher ratings for higher scoring games has and is slowly but surely turning the game into a glorified 7 on 7 drill. Goodell is simply a water carrier for the league owners which includes the guy that writes Harrison’s checks.

  63. raylewis52 says: Jul 14, 2011 3:43 PM

    Why the f would he be suspended for talking. Its a free dlaksfkasdfing country. He has a right to say what he feels. I don’t want him to get suspended and then have Steelers fans and players (cough ryan clark) bitch again if we win week 1.

  64. whatswiththehate says: Jul 14, 2011 3:46 PM

    Ben is a big boy. He will get pass it. But it’s clear our media is comprised of very thinskinned, ego driven men who seem to enjoy isolating these athletes based on their personal prejudices and biases.

  65. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 14, 2011 3:47 PM

    Deb: Believe it or not, but Harrison talks the way REAL professional football players talk. He’s not a politician who says poltically correct things; he’s a guy who talks the way he plays the game. He’s ruthless and unwavering.
    Harrison plays his position far superior than Roethlisberger plays his position, evident by Harrison’s pro bowl appearances, postseason awards and the recent NFL players Top 100 poll…
    There has never been a more polarizing figure in Pittsburgh sports history than Roethlisberger. Talk about expendable, Roethlisberger should have been shown the door a long time ago.
    I don’t know how anyone who lives in the south and out of the Pittsburgh loop could possibly understand the disruptions that Roethlisberger has caused since his arrival in 2004.
    You can believe that if Harrison is saying it, then most of his teammates are in total agreement. Harrison obviously speaks for the “silent majority.”

  66. tdk24 says: Jul 14, 2011 3:50 PM

    “rooneyruleblues says:
    Jul 14, 2011 10:24 AM
    By the time this commisoner is finished he will have his fingerprints all over the game. It will have changed so much football won’t be football as we know it today.

    He will go down as the worst commish that the game has ever seen.”

    Goodell works for the Owners. Therefore he is the voice of the Owners. Therefore he is doing what the Owners want. Therefore it’s really the Owners’ fingerprints. Therefore Harrison should be mad at the Owners.
    Correct?

  67. yahmule says: Jul 14, 2011 3:53 PM

    “I was furious at the way James got done by Goodell last year”

    This man writes for a living?

  68. dclogicatlast says: Jul 14, 2011 3:58 PM

    @selgaeinla

    You couldn’t be more right. It’s amazing how many people scoff at the idea that McCoy was not supposed to lead his receiver on that particular play. Boggles my mind that people can watch 17 weeks of football plus playoffs for years and still not understand basic strategies.

  69. geefan1 says: Jul 14, 2011 4:47 PM

    dclogicatlast says:
    Jul 14, 2011 11:13 AM

    ——————————————-

    Ha yea it is common football sense that you do NOT lead a receiver coming across the middle against a zone defense. Instead you throw to the window in the zone, while the receiver settles. You learn that in high school football.

    ——————————————-

    You might want to go back and re-watch the tape before you accept that lame excuse. The WR catches the ball in stride and runs three steps before getting speared in the head with a helmet as he tries to turn toward up field. Had he settled into the zone, stopped and made a catch, he would have just been speared in the head a little closer to the center of the field. The problem wasn’t the throw, it was that Harrison uses a poor and illegal technique that until last season he was allowed to get away with.

  70. Soulman45 says: Jul 14, 2011 5:10 PM

    A lots of people posted on this site said he would walk it back sl be it he is doing walking back.

  71. Deb says: Jul 14, 2011 7:54 PM

    @mswravens, dickroy, and finsbooyah … thank you :)

    @bobzilla …

    You’re never going to understand me when it comes to Roethlisberger. I don’t have to like him personally to passionately argue the evidence in his case. And I can have more respect for Harrison as a player than I have for Ben, but still be vehemently opposed to James in this situation.

    It doesn’t matter if I live in Fla. or next door to the stadium, thanks to modern technology, I’m as able to keep up with the team as you are … unless you’re personally connected to Steelers personnel. And I know a few football players and how they communicate. Don’t underestimate James; he’s smarter than people give him credit for being. There is a big difference between being politically correct and demonstrating common courtesy and common sense. James isn’t a five-year-old with no filter from his brain to his mouth. He was a center attraction on media day at the Super Bowl and was very careful in what he elected to say. He knows how to buffer himself when he chooses.

    I don’t care how polarizing Roethlisberger has been in the locker room. He is the leader of the offense and if James has a problem with him, he should take it up in private. And he certainly had no business attacking Rashard publicly. Roethlisberger seems to play better the more people throw at him. But running back psyches can be delicate. I don’t want to wind up with a ground-game version of Limas Sweed because of Harrison’s big mouth. Besides, it’s not true. Mendenhall isn’t a fumbling machine. Matthews forced that fumble; otherwise Rashard’s fumble stats are great.

    I’m a very tolerant person, but throwing teammates under the bus is a big issue for me. So is the photo that went with that article. Although I knew he was innocent, I thought Ben needed that suspension to knock some sense into him and remind him that he’s not more important than the team. I think the Steelers need to sit James for at least a game for the same reason.

    And bobzilla … keep an open mind about Ben going forward. I’ve read your posts and agree with you on the performance issues. I’ve always felt he was immature and unwilling to do the work to develop his natural gifts. But people can grow up. He worked hard with that QB coach during his suspension and did take the blame for the SB loss. Cowher and Hines say they’ve seen a change. Let’s see if he keeps walking the talk.

  72. harryhodini says: Jul 15, 2011 4:22 PM

    I find it ironic that one of the reasons the players are on strike are for better health benefits for players and for retired players.

    The Harrison want to allow helmet on helmet hits, which is all the NFL is really enforcing (and to prevent spearing). The players who tackle like this do so because THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO TACKLE.

    Anyone remember Dante Wesley’s hit on Smith after he called a fair catch?

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