James Harrison getting more comfortable, but not there yet

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James Harrison nearly played more in his first game with the Patriots than he had the entire season for the Steelers.

And as he prepares for the playoffs, he said he’s getting more and more comfortable with what the Patriots expect him to do, but isn’t where he wants to be.

Via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Harrison admitted he had more work to do.

“It’s a little bit better, but it’s nowhere near where it needs to be,” Harrison said. “A little more comfortable, each day gets a little better. Each week is a little better.”

Having the bye week to process the Patriots playbook helps, as he was able to go through the basics of the defense rather than being game plan-specific. But he did pretty well when being thrown in cold.

In the regular season finale against the Jets, he played 27 snaps, and had two sacks and a forced fumble. He had only played 40 snaps for the Steelers all season, prior to his sudden release. He’s rotating among their edge rushers, but showed he’s still capable of making an impact, even if the Steelers didn’t think so.

42 responses to “James Harrison getting more comfortable, but not there yet

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    It will be telling to see how Belichick uses Harrison tomorrow. I often thought he’d be good playing on the inside and adding to the up the middle pass rush.
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  2. So Belichick and Patricia, with virtually no time, coached up Harrison to achieve more in one game than Tomlin and his staff were able to coach him up to achieve in almost a whole regular season?

    I don’t think that’s a surprise to anyone.

  3. …“It’s a little bit better, but it’s nowhere near where it needs to be,” Harrison said. “A little more comfortable, each day gets a little better. Each week is a little better.”…
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    The first thing these guys learn with the Pats is ‘Beli-speak,’ and it looks like Harrison has that down pat.

    I actually thought he might get released the same week he was picked up, but he played well against the Jets. Hopefully he has a few more games of 20-30 snaps in the tank, and hopefully the Pats will play three more games this post-season.

  4. FatBaba says:
    January 12, 2018 at 8:00 am
    How dumb are the Steelers for letting him walk?
    Tomlin is a lousy coach for sure

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    How many lousy coaches have been to 2 Super Bowls?

  5. “FatBaba says:
    January 12, 2018 at 8:00 am

    How dumb are the Steelers for letting him walk?
    Tomlin is a lousy coach for sure !”

    It is amazing how people are so clueless as to make comments like that. Tomlin has never had a losing season, he’s 22-4 in his last 26 games, he’s won the SB and he is a lock for the HOF. But he is a “lousy coach”. smh

  6. The steelers edge guys are younger, faster and better than Harrison, so I get it. The Pats were thin there. With all the injured guys back, the Pats don’t need him to do much. 10-15 snaps a game for a motivated player that thinks he was lied to, but just wants to play FB. Not a huge fan of Harrison, but in general, OK by me. Bet we hear his name a few times.

  7. How dumb are the Steelers for letting him walk?
    Tomlin is a lousy coach for sure

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    Harrison was Defensive Player Of The Year under Tomlin. He was a special teams player under Bill Cowher.

  8. James Harrison is as real as it gets. Disclaimer* I am a Vikings fan. I have admired this man for years. I still remember his pick six in superbowl 43. As a football fan, it don’t get much better than that or beastquake. That’s why I love this game. But, hats off to the patriots for taking a gamble on the HOFer. I gotta respect the Patriots organization. Say what you want about them…but atleast the whole organization, top to bottom, wants to win. Can’t say that about all NFL franchises.

  9. Harrison is needed more in Foxboro than he was in Pittsburgh. That is exactly why Pittsburgh never should have let him become available to New England. This was a bad move by Pittsburgh. They had choices. They could have kept him on their 53 man roster or even suspended him (if he really did the things they claim he did).

    The Patriots have been significantly undermanned at the linebacker position all year, especially with Hightower hurt and Van Noy missing significant time and David Harris not panning out as hoped. This is a short term rental. From a Patriots fan point of view, he’s not a mercenary like Revis who signed with NE to leverage his reputation and earn another payday. Harrison is doing this because he loves the playing the game and doing at the highest level. In time, Steelers fans should recognize this and bring him back to their fold. Hopefully, this will be a loud exclamation point on a great career of a future hall of famer.

  10. I bet Harrison makes at least one huge play that goes highlight reel and comes at a time when the Pats need it most. I am glad they got him right before the playoffs.
    He knows how to rise to the occasion.

  11. remembertheagenda says:

    How many lousy coaches have been to 2 Super Bowls?
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    Marv Levy a great coach too. What about Lovey Smith?

    Sometimes teams get to the SB in spite of their coaches.

  12. remembertheagenda says:
    January 12, 2018 at 8:50 am
    FatBaba says:
    January 12, 2018 at 8:00 am
    How dumb are the Steelers for letting him walk?
    Tomlin is a lousy coach for sure

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    How many lousy coaches have been to 2 Super Bowls?

    5 22 Rate This

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    How many CRAP defensive coordinators get promoted fielding the worst Pass D in the league just because a a well run team wanted to promote their dumb racist “rule” in hiring coaches?

  13. The Steelers led the league with 56 sacks. What else was he gonna do for them? Stevan Ridley gained 5 yards a carry and scored a td behind a makeshift offensive line. Does that mean the pats are dumb for letting him go? See how ridiculous that sounds.

  14. remembertheagenda says:
    January 12, 2018 at 8:50 am
    FatBaba says:
    January 12, 2018 at 8:00 am
    How dumb are the Steelers for letting him walk?
    Tomlin is a lousy coach for sure

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    How many lousy coaches have been to 2 Super Bowls?

    You mean besides Trip?

  15. remembertheagenda says:

    January 12, 2018 at 8:50 am

    FatBaba says:
    January 12, 2018 at 8:00 am
    How dumb are the Steelers for letting him walk?
    Tomlin is a lousy coach for sure

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    How many lousy coaches have been to 2 Super Bowls?
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    First super bowl win was with a team two years removed from a coach Cowher super bowl winning team. So that could be viewed as a

    yes he won in 2008…. Loss in 2010 so he is 1 & 1 in superbowls

    But is 8 & 7 in playoff games….. really a good coach…he definitely not a Hall of Fame coach.

  16. pastabelly says:
    January 12, 2018 at 9:12 am
    Harrison is needed more in Foxboro than he was in Pittsburgh. That is exactly why Pittsburgh never should have let him become available to New England. This was a bad move by Pittsburgh. They had choices. They could have kept him on their 53 man roster or even suspended him (if he really did the things they claim he did).

    The Patriots have been significantly undermanned at the linebacker position all year, especially with Hightower hurt and Van Noy missing significant time and David Harris not panning out as hoped. This is a short term rental. From a Patriots fan point of view, he’s not a mercenary like Revis who signed with NE to leverage his reputation and earn another payday. Harrison is doing this because he loves the playing the game and doing at the highest level. In time, Steelers fans should recognize this and bring him back to their fold. Hopefully, this will be a loud exclamation point on a great career of a future hall of famer.

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    The McClellin injury was huge. He will likely retire due to the concussion issue. Marquis Flowers was yet another under the radar BB move where people will ask, who is that and how does BB do it?

  17. tedmurph says:
    January 12, 2018 at 9:05 am
    The steelers edge guys are younger, faster and better than Harrison, so I get it. The Pats were thin there. With all the injured guys back, the Pats don’t need him to do much. 10-15 snaps a game for a motivated player that thinks he was lied to, but just wants to play FB. Not a huge fan of Harrison, but in general, OK by me. Bet we hear his name a few times.

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    Bud Dupree is a bust and their fans know it. The Steelers edge D sucks. Waat is a one trick pony and way too small up to top strength-wise to set the edge properly. He also has short arms. He gets engulfed by Tackles.

    You’ll see this weekend, if you haven’t seen it already.

    Note how guys like Dupree and Watt never really make plays consistently. Collecting meeaningless sacks, are just that…meaningless.

    If anything, Pitt should have held onto him, suspended him as mentioned above, with them fully knowing BB would pounce. What’s even more surprising is no other team claimed him to block him fromi going to NE.

  18. I love how the Tomlin supporters keep pointing to “never having a losing season” is somehow the definition of “success” in the NFL! The man was handed a SB team. Since then he BARELY won one thanks to spectacular play by players he inherited. Since then, NADA! Under his tenure, they routinely lose to sub .500 teams, he can’t manage a clock, can’t make in-game adjustments, can’t beat the Pats, and has had a consistently bad secondary – the very reason he was praised and cited as for making him a head coach. He completely dissed James Harrison by promising him playing time, then reneging on that pledge every single time all year long. Now, he releases him, and he gives the Pats a well rested, highly motivated, veteran pass rusher. Smooth move Tomlin. Who ties your shoes?

  19. dimi1919 says:
    January 12, 2018 at 9:22 am
    The Steelers led the league with 56 sacks. What else was he gonna do for them? Stevan Ridley gained 5 yards a carry and scored a td behind a makeshift offensive line. Does that mean the pats are dumb for letting him go? See how ridiculous that sounds.

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    Yes, but their D sucks, allowing about 30 points a week at home on D. So, please tell us what good is “leading the league in sacks” if your D sucks?

    If your team has a good offense and good run game, yet your D sucks? That meeans your D REALLY sucks allowing that many points at home every week.

    Did you watch Cleveland dust that D in Week 17? LOL. Cleveland!

  20. tylawspick6 says:
    January 12, 2018 at 9:22 am

    remembertheagenda says:
    January 12, 2018 at 8:50 am
    FatBaba says:
    January 12, 2018 at 8:00 am
    How dumb are the Steelers for letting him walk?
    Tomlin is a lousy coach for sure

    ____________

    How many lousy coaches have been to 2 Super Bowls?

    5 22 Rate This

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    How many CRAP defensive coordinators get promoted fielding the worst Pass D in the league just because a a well run team wanted to promote their dumb racist “rule” in hiring coaches?

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    Only someone with no common sense will think the Rooney rule is racist. The rule stipulates teams need to stop doing business the good ol boy way and actually interview minority coaches. After all, Brown and Black players are the majority of players in the NFL but some how were woefully under represented in coaching and head coaching ranks.

    2nd, why don’t you go see how that Vikings D did against the run. With the 2 big DT’s team realized they couldn’t run on the Vikings and they passed the ball on them. Now, why don’t you look at Tomlin’s record as a first time head coach. No Modern day, first year NFL coach has been as successful as he has in a division that has on many occasions sent 3 teams to the playoffs unlike the Pats who play in one of the worst division not just in the AFC but in the NFL. Even the lousy Browns have made the playoffs in the dreaded time the Bills finally made it back. Your team is continuously spotted 6 games every year and when they aren’t, the pats have been surrounded contentiously by cheating scandals.

    No team or coach is perfect but for you folks you keep trying to act like Tomlin is a avg or below avg coach tells you everything you need to know, you are the racist one and every coach, white or black or brown would kill for the record Tomlin has continued to display day in and out in the NFL. Now, you can continue to whine as he continues to be successful in his job an dopes like you take time out of your day to whine about a millionaire. lol

  21. Give it a rest p-6 will ya. McClellin gave them nothing last yr. HLangi and all the other players you deem great are not. Not every guy on the roster is a HOFer. That’s how steeler fans think.

  22. steelcurtainn says:
    January 12, 2018 at 9:28 am
    Traitor. Guarantee you he does nothing for the playoffs but take up space. Steelers upgraded the pats downgraded.
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    Then why are you angry at him for the move?

  23. 6ball says:
    January 12, 2018 at 8:05 am
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    It will be telling to see how Belichick uses Harrison tomorrow. I often thought he’d be good playing on the inside and adding to the up the middle pass rush.
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    Not sure about that. Weakside 3-4 work as per usual. We may see some designed, delayed stunts, sure, but it will be edge setting all night.

    Could get real ugly for Tenn.

  24. Totally forgot Harrison is on the team. Well rested, fresh, and angry James Harrison is going to be out there tomorrow on the Patriots D line. Fantastic!

  25. tedmurph says:
    January 12, 2018 at 9:43 am
    Give it a rest p-6 will ya. McClellin gave them nothing last yr. HLangi and all the other players you deem great are not. Not every guy on the roster is a HOFer. That’s how steeler fans think.

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    Wow. Did you even watch the Pats championship season last year? They created a new rule over Shea McClellin, and BB loves the guy as a chess piece, and the fasstest, most athletic LB we have had maybe since Roman Phifer.

  26. thefan08 says:
    January 12, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Now, why don’t you look at Tomlin’s record as a first time head coach. No Modern day, first year NFL coach has been as successful as he has in a division that has on many occasions sent 3 teams to the playoffs unlike the Pats who play in one of the worst division not just in the AFC but in the NFL. Even the lousy Browns have made the playoffs in the dreaded time the Bills finally made it back. Your team is continuously spotted 6 games every year and when they aren’t, the pats have been surrounded contentiously by cheating scandals.

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    Why so salty?
    If the AFC East is so weak, how come the Pats have essentially the same winning % outside of the division (76.2%) as inside the division (77.9%) since 2001?
    Against the AFC North the Pats have a winning record of 81.8%.

  27. Anyone else get the feeling that this guy is acting under cover and his loyalties still lie with the Steelers but collecting a few extra checks from the Patriots?

  28. thefan08 says:
    January 12, 2018 at 9:42 am
    …the Pats who play in one of the worst division not just in the AFC but in the NFL… Your team is continuously spotted 6 games every year
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    (yawn) Nothing shows up a neophyte more than the ‘weak’ division argument. Over the past decade the AFCE has been the winningest division in the league. Since divisional realignment the Steelers have swept the charmin soft AFCN 3 times, the Pats have swept the AFCE twice. Belichick/Brady’s in division win % is .792 but against the AFCN it’s .833 and that’s in spite of only playing the division winner in 2 of every 3 years. Imagine the whining if the Pats were stomping the AFCN Sisters of the Poor twice a season every year.

  29. McClellin made 1 big play last yr. He jumped over the line to block a FG.So did JCollins. How’s he doing? McCkellen is a 1rst rnd bust that was worth taking a shot on. Nothing more. Gone next yr.

  30. How dumb are the Steelers for letting him walk?
    Tomlin is a lousy coach for sure.

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    Well I wouldn’t go that far, but 11 players out of 22 were starters in the SBXL and SBXLIII. Also only 3 players were not on the rooster for Cowher from the starters for
    Tomlin. So yes we can say that Tomlin won with Cowher’s team.
    But for sure he didn’t became the most winningest coach in Steelers history (0.659) with Cowher’s players only.
    So give respect where is due.

  31. If the Patriots and Steelers win this week, and they both need to execute to win, I can picture Harrison lined up at tight end at the goal line in tight formation, a fake handoff, and Brady hitting him for a touchdown.

  32. tedmurph says:
    January 12, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    McClellin made 1 big play last yr. He jumped over the line to block a FG.So did JCollins. How’s he doing? McCkellen is a 1rst rnd bust that was worth taking a shot on. Nothing more. Gone next yr.
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    That’s silly- he’s been out all year. He has tremendous upside for us when/if healthy with a little coaching and has played very well on Special teams which is BIG with Bellichick.

  33. tedmurph says:
    January 12, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    McCkellen is a 1rst rnd bust that was worth taking a shot on. Nothing more. Gone next yr.

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    He was a bust as a 19th pick in the 1st round pick by the Bears.
    But he has enough talent to earn a roster spot with the Patriots if he can stay healthy. Not a bust as a backup linebacker.

  34. You guys drink too much koolaid. Upside? He was drafted in 2012. He is what he is. JAG. I’m as big a Pats fan as there is, but McClellen is no more valuable than KEaly was. I can’t remember any play he made, other then the FG block. The lack of objectivity almost makes me hate other Pats fans as much of the rest of the country. Shea McClellen? Seriously?

  35. I remember Ridley being removed from a game by BB. Bill had Ridley standing on the sideline for the rest of the game holding a football. Ridley’s problem has always been his fumbling. I’d be willing to bet he will give up the ball at some critical point in a game. This time of year such a fumble can ruin a teams season.

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