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James Harrison: Pouncey was Steelers’ best offensive player

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Bengals linebacker James Harrison will be facing his old team when the Steelers come to town on Monday night, but he believes his old team is significantly weakened.

According to Harrison, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week One, was the best player on Pittsburgh’s offense.

“They lost their best offensive player they had in Pouncey,” Harrison said on a conference call with the Pittsburgh media.

That may seem like a shot at Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, although Harrison isn’t the only person who feels that way. Former Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli said on Football night in America that he considers Pouncey the Steelers’ best offensive player, too.

Harrison added that he believes the Steelers will regroup and get things together and play better this week than they did last week. Harrison also said he doesn’t think he’ll have anything negative to say to any of his old teammates, adding, “I was never a talker.”

Harrison says he gave his new team “a few pointers” about how to attack the Steelers’ defense. After 11 seasons in Pittsburgh, Harrison has plenty he can share.

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47 Responses to “James Harrison: Pouncey was Steelers’ best offensive player”
  1. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 14, 2013 7:44 PM

    He is totally sticking it to the Steelers. Hilarious!

  2. hyzers says: Sep 14, 2013 7:48 PM

    That… Was… Awesome.

  3. wearethesteelers says: Sep 14, 2013 7:53 PM

    Best pro football team: Steelers
    Best pro baseball team: Pirates
    Best pro hockey team: Penguins
    Best college football, basketball, etc. team: Pitt

    The list goes on. Pittsburgh — the City of Champions — is the pinnacle of sports.

  4. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 14, 2013 7:54 PM

    He’s obviously still stinging from the break-up.

  5. yanksjetsknicks says: Sep 14, 2013 8:02 PM

    wearethesteelers says:
    Sep 14, 2013 7:53 PM
    Best pro football team: Steelers
    Best pro baseball team: Pirates
    Best pro hockey team: Penguins
    Best college football, basketball, etc. team: Pitt

    The list goes on. Pittsburgh — the City of Champions — is the pinnacle of sports.

    _________________

    This is a shame. All of the steel mills have closed causing this guy to be drunk 24/7.

  6. jsally430 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:03 PM

    besides tge Steelers and penguins Pittsburgh is hardly the city of champions c’mon man

  7. gbfb88 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:05 PM

    wearethesteelers says:
    Sep 14, 2013 7:53 PM
    Best pro football team: Steelers
    Best pro baseball team: Pirates
    Best pro hockey team: Penguins
    Best college football, basketball, etc. team: Pitt

    The list goes on. Pittsburgh — the City of Champions — is the pinnacle of sports.

    ———————————————-

    I can’t give this the amount of thumbs down it deserves, so please, thumbs down this posting of it, too.

  8. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Sep 14, 2013 8:06 PM

    GO GOLDEN FLASHES

    -Kent State student

  9. sandblastermoron says: Sep 14, 2013 8:11 PM

    My cat could probably start for that offense

  10. nfloracle says: Sep 14, 2013 8:13 PM

    The only thing better than those James Harrison quotes was watching him on Hard Knocks this season. He was great on that show.

  11. stainlesssteellegends says: Sep 14, 2013 8:13 PM

    He’s just mad cause he’s gotta see Bungles fans wearing paper bags in the stands and playing for a coach that’s got a goose egg in the win category for the playoffs.

  12. mackcarrington says: Sep 14, 2013 8:15 PM

    Did anyone bother to ask James why he took less money to play for the Bengals?

  13. biggestredmiami says: Sep 14, 2013 8:17 PM

    That is how you troll your ex-team.

  14. beerbratscheese says: Sep 14, 2013 8:19 PM

    sandblastermoron says:
    Sep 14, 2013 8:11 PM
    My cat could probably start for that offense
    ==========================

    Only because Pouncey is done for the year!

  15. nflcinbengals says: Sep 14, 2013 8:26 PM

    Lol wow!!!

  16. pitpenguinsrulez says: Sep 14, 2013 8:28 PM

    Pitt as the best College Football Team: That gave me a good laugh out loud. Eventhough season tickets are $25 for the year for us Pitt students like myself.

    I like Harrison a lot eventhough he’s a moron for taking less money to play with the Bumgals. This is just a jab at Ben because Harrison never cared for Ben.

  17. wearethesteelers says: Sep 14, 2013 8:32 PM

    The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game in over twenty years.

    We have six rings to prove it.

  18. adamsa79 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:32 PM

    wearethesteelers says:
    Sep 14, 2013 7:53 PM
    Best pro football team: Steelers
    Best pro baseball team: Pirates
    Best pro hockey team: Penguins
    Best college football, basketball, etc. team: Pitt

    The list goes on. Pittsburgh — the City of Champions — is the pinnacle of sports.

    ———————————————-
    This guy is out of his mind!!! Two huge 👎👎 get a clue!!

  19. beerbratscheese says: Sep 14, 2013 8:41 PM

    wearethesteelers says:
    Sep 14, 2013 8:32 PM
    The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game in over twenty years.

    We have six rings to prove it.
    ================================

    That’s cute! The Packers have won 10 championships since the Steelers’ inception. Plus they prevented the Steelers from winning their 7th.

    Keep trying.

  20. goawayeverybody says: Sep 14, 2013 8:44 PM

    I love love love James Harrison.

  21. steelers88 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:47 PM

    Well the Penguins are good every year the Pirates are good once again I agree with him on that but with the Steelers their in a decline and well Pitt is putrid.

  22. steelers88 says: Sep 14, 2013 9:01 PM

    James Harrison is an idiot. Ben Rothlisberger is the best offensive weapon on the Steelers. Why did James Harrison take less to go the Bengals anyway?

  23. j0esixpack says: Sep 14, 2013 9:09 PM

    Any QB worth having on your team wouldn’t take offense at giving the lynch pin of his protection a proper degree of respect.

  24. bengalguy says: Sep 14, 2013 9:11 PM

    Look, y’all can talk about anything ya want for as long as ya want!!
    Lets talk about Monday night!!
    Cin-31 Pitt-13
    WHO DEY! REALITY

  25. clemenza58 says: Sep 14, 2013 9:18 PM

    How many Super Bowls has Cincinnati won?

  26. Aaron Saylor says: Sep 14, 2013 9:34 PM

    I have yet to see anyone claim that the Bengals are historically better than the Steelers, yet Steelerfan keeps pointing out they have more rings than the Bengals. Steelers fans are in for a rough season and acting like babies already.

  27. homelessmole says: Sep 14, 2013 9:42 PM

    Bungle

  28. Deb says: Sep 14, 2013 9:57 PM

    I’d think most people would have this figured out, but “wearethesteelers” isn’t a Steelers fan. He’s a troll ridiculing Steelers fans.

    As for James … he’s not trying to stick it to the Steelers by saying Pouncey is the best player on our offense. As usual, he’s saying exactly what he thinks. And he’s right. Ben is a talented quarterback, but he’s not one of the top three quarterbacks in the league. Pouncey is one of the top three centers in the league.

    Miss you, James.

  29. thetooloftools says: Sep 14, 2013 10:38 PM

    I’m actually looking forward to this. Harrison is a “punch em’ in the mouth first” guy. I don’t care who wins, just cart off bodies.

  30. edgerules says: Sep 14, 2013 10:51 PM

    While Pouncey is a good center, he shares a sad trait with Big Ben, being injury prone. I am not so sure the Packers would have won SB 45 if Pouncey were healthy. I think he got hurt, and missed games last season also.

    I think Big Ben is one of the top QBs in the NFL. Before that shoulder injury, thanks to the Chiefs, he was ranked either #1 or #2 in 3rd down conversions. He wound up #3. His TD to INT ratio was 26 TDs to only 8 INTS. That’s “elite,” as far as I am concerned.
    So what, if he’s not a fantasy QB like Manning, Brady, Rodgers?

    Anyway, as for Harrison, wasn’t he part of that 2008 Steeler Team Defense that NEARLY gave the entire Super Bowl game (despite his terrific 100 yard pick six) to the Arizona Cardinals? Wasn’t he that year’s Defensive Player of the year?

    If the Cards had won that game, it would have been the biggest defensive collapse in Super Bowl history.

    Now, who bailed that defense and Mr. Harrison out? Oh, I know. Mr. Ben Roethlisberger, who led that Game Winning Drive.

  31. steelers88 says: Sep 15, 2013 12:08 AM

    I’d rather take Big Ben than Andy Dalton any day.

  32. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 15, 2013 12:50 AM

    When your offense can’t score, I guess a center is your best player.

  33. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 15, 2013 1:41 AM

    +1 to edgerules. Harrison knows who the best player on the Steelers offense really is, he just wants to be all ornery and stuff. How many times has Ben bailed Harrison out with those late-game comeback drives, when he and his defense faded in the last few minutes? He knows.

    Speaking of fades, Harrison will go from stud to irrelevant in Cincy and become yet another ex-Steeler to disappear once he puts on another uniform.

  34. stainlessstill says: Sep 15, 2013 7:51 AM

    Thanks for the 6th ring James as Cincy looks for their first playoff win since……………LAWLS.

  35. nananatman says: Sep 15, 2013 9:04 AM

    Best Hockey Team: Boston in 4, even Iginla figured it out.

    Best Baseball Team: Currently St. Louise/Oakland(go Athletics GO!)

    I have heard Pitt is a nice place to visit though. Seriously I did here that but I was obligated to point out the statistical flaws in the “Best this…” arguement.

  36. raiderfankirk says: Sep 15, 2013 9:10 AM

    How do you not resign an animal like Harrison?

  37. lovefootball4life says: Sep 15, 2013 9:22 AM

    The center is the best offensive player? From different sources? Tough time to be a Steeler fan. No worries, folks only 20 or so days until the Penguins start their season.

  38. bengalsmofo says: Sep 15, 2013 9:29 AM

    Steelers, congrats on your six NFL championships! Quite an accomplishment. Seriously. Perhaps if you keep up the good work, you might be able to catch the Bears and the Packers.

    Regarding those six rings, I hope they’ll be in pads and suited up on Monday. Otherwise, well, they’ll be pretty irrelevant.

  39. steelcurtainn says: Sep 15, 2013 11:00 AM

    Harrison is obviously talking about the steelers offensive line. He’s right, Pouncey is there best player on the line. We haven’t got to see a whole lot of DeCastro who looks to be pretty good himself. Harrison was just stating the obvious that Pouncey will be missed this year. Velasco will eventually come in and doing a nice job once he gets the playbook down.

  40. barbasol11111111 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:40 AM

    Don’t be hurt, steelers fans.

    Ask any GM if they would rather have a young, all world center, or a solid, but aging and oft hurt qb.

  41. Deb says: Sep 15, 2013 1:02 PM

    @edgerules …

    Don’t like to get into the “elite” argument because the word lacks any real meaning. And I’m not influenced by stats. Personally, I believe Roethisberger is one of the most naturally gifted quarterbacks in the league and could be among the top two. But he lacks discipline in his preparation. He’s too wedded to the idea of winging it.

    I was encouraged by his decision to work with a QB coach during his suspension and it paid off that season. But he had a horrible Super Bowl and has backslid since. Yes, he started off well last season, but when he returned from the injury, he abandoned the disciplined approach for his old wing-and-a-prayer style. Ben believes the secret to his success is spontenaity and that too much prep will kill it. That’s what’s kept him from reaching his full potential.

  42. ydousuk says: Sep 15, 2013 5:48 PM

    Deb says: Sep 15, 2013 1:02 PM

    @edgerules …

    Don’t like to get into the “elite” argument because the word lacks any real meaning. And I’m not influenced by stats. Personally, I believe Roethisberger is one of the most naturally gifted quarterbacks in the league and could be among the top two. But he lacks discipline in his preparation.

    _____________________________________

    He also lacks discipline in his private life……………

  43. mmmpierogi says: Sep 15, 2013 11:10 PM

    raiderfankirk says: Sep 15, 2013 9:10 AM

    How do you not resign an animal like Harrison?

    ***********************************************************************

    Harrison had his chance to resign. Instead, he tried to work out a deal with Baltimore who told him to hit the bricks after they got Dumervil. Harrison then came back to Pittsburgh, but the money that he would have gotten was already allocated, so he went to Cincy to play for less than what he’d have gotten in Pittsburgh. Idiot move by his agent.

  44. bftigers724 says: Sep 16, 2013 12:32 AM

    wearethesteelers says:
    Sep 14, 2013 7:53 PM
    Best pro football team: Steelers
    Best pro baseball team: Pirates
    Best pro hockey team: Penguins
    Best college football, basketball, etc. team: Pitt

    The list goes on. Pittsburgh — the City of Champions — is the pinnacle of sports.
    —————————————————

    I live and am from Pittsburgh.

    I have lived in other parts of the country.

    Because I have lived in other parts of the country, I received something called an “Education”.

    (That thing that all those Asians get at CMU)

    It is people like you that make me hate living here. You’re all a bunch of idiots. You make me hate being a Pittsburgh fan. You are the reason the sports media here is so bad. You can’t focus on more than one subject. You’ll get confused. You’re an idiot.

  45. snation74 says: Sep 16, 2013 8:02 AM

    I may not agree with Harrison opinion on who the Steelers best offensive player is, but this guy balled out for the Steelers and help get us two more rings. He pretty much gave the Steelers back there defensive identity. Made perfect since to let him go sadly I bet he wished he didn’t listen to his agent cause know that I do and he needs all the money he can especially at this point in his career. Say what you want about him personally and his play on the field but the guy is a professional and if you saw the Sunday conversation on espn he was a class act. Best of luck to him and the rest of his career, I bet he retires as a Steelers any takers?

  46. steel2372 says: Sep 16, 2013 12:43 PM

    You will always be a Steeler in my mind James. We miss you. Keeping ball!

  47. zonex74 says: Sep 16, 2013 5:22 PM

    raiderfankirk

    We didn’t resign him becuz he wanted to go elsewhere. We asked him 2 take a pay cut and structured the contract to where he could make up the cut in signing bonus and incentives if he got certain stats. Being 35, coming off yet another injury filled yr, & a tight cap, it seemed fair.

    But on principle of being asked to take the cut, he left and went to Cincy for what ended up being even less than what the pay cut was.

    I miss having him and would never wish bad or ill will because he gave us his best yrs. But with already documented knee and back issues that cause him to miss games every yr, it was hard to justify paying him 7mil + a yr at his age.

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