James Harrison on Tom Brady: Any QB can be rattled if you hit him

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Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison knows his primary job on Sunday will be hitting Tom Brady.

Harrison was asked today whether Brady can be rattled and he answered, “I believe anybody can be rattled if you get hit enough.”

In Harrison’s view, beating Brady is all about getting pressure on him.

“You can put pressure on any quarterback, to make him uncomfortable — if a quarterback is sitting back there without pressure he’s going to do a good job of spreading the ball around and getting it to his receivers,” Harrison said.

If Harrison fails at rattling Brady, he knows the Patriots’ offense can put a lot of points on the board.

“He gets the ball where it needs to go, his receivers do a good job of catching the ball and getting yards after the catch, his line does a good job of holding up and blocking well and they run the ball pretty decent too,” Harrison said.

And so Harrison will try to hit Brady enough that the Patriots’ offense can’t do all the things it does very well.

71 responses to “James Harrison on Tom Brady: Any QB can be rattled if you hit him

  1. Von Miller rattled Bradys cage in last years playoff game. So yes he can be rattled….however the Steelers don’t have the linebackers to do it……Pats 34-16

  2. Very much looking forward to this matchup. Stack 8 in the box to stop Bell, B Ben torches you over the top. Belichik will have to make stopping Bell priority #1 which should make for an explosive afternoon in the passing game.

    Brady will get his on the other side. I see it 33-34 NE

  3. Gotta love Deebo, a professional giving a quality opponent their props. His comments are the flip side of what Brady had to say about Pittsburgh, no bulletin board material from either of them. This isn’t exactly Harrison’s first rodeo, he gave the media their sound bite without saying anything. Of course any QB can be rattled if they get hit enough, that’s kind of the point of hitting them.

  4. I know history says otherwise but I got this feeling the Steelers will prevail on Sunday…

  5. true. I’ve seen brady rattled before and really got off his game. big ben seems to handle the rattling better. it’s going to be a great game.

  6. True statement but incomplete. QBs differ in what rattles them, whether they get the play off before being hit, how often they are hit etc. In Brady’s case he has a pretty high “hit before play completion” threshold before getting rattled. And he reads defences better than most and executes plays faster than most to ensure that he doesn’t get hit often before executing the play. And lots of other skill sets to minimize getting hit. And if he does get rattled, it doesn’t often affect him for the rest of the game. He’s got this inner Zen thing or something that allows him to compose himself and compete right to the last second if necessary.
    So yeah, he can be rattled. Its just harder to rattle him than other QBs and you can’t count on it lasting very long. So you better be in good shape if you plan on rattling him for the whole game cause he is in good shape and you’ll have to keep at it the entire game.
    Go Patriots

  7. We in Southern California without cable will not be able to watch game as CBS 2 has not been broadcasting for a week.
    The Mt Wilson transmitter is down. Sorry James Harrison.

  8. Greg Lloyd approves this message. Years ago, the Fins were coming into Pittsburgh. Marino was complaining that the Steelers hit late. Greg Lloyd was on WDVE and his response, “I’m going to hit him late just to see if he cries.”

  9. “I believe anybody can be rattled if you get hit enough.”
    -Harrison

    Patriots fan here but he’s right. It’s not calling Brady out, it’s the truth. Tom just needs to do what he usually does against a Mike Tomlin led team and win.

  10. theimmaculatedeception says:
    Jan 20, 2017 8:37 PM
    Very much looking forward to this matchup. Stack 8 in the box to stop Bell, B Ben torches you over the top. Belichik will have to make stopping Bell priority #1 which should make for an explosive afternoon in the passing game.

    Brady will get his on the other side. I see it 33-34 NE
    ________________________________________
    Actually, it’s just the opposite. Belichick will take Brown out of the game. Like the Bills, they let Thurman Thomas run wild, but stopped the Bills high powered pass game.

  11. Good luck Steelers and may you find a way to defeat the cheating Billacheat and his boys.

    Keep your playbooks well guarded and don’t allow any video cameras pointed at you.

  12. We saw Brady get happy feet and rush his throws against the Giants in their first Super Bowl. He made throws that were too early even when nobody was about to hit him.

  13. My question is, if not now, when for the Steelers? Ben Big has never beaten Brady in the playoffs, if not this Sunday, will he ever? The odds would say sooner or later the Steelers are due. Le’Veon Bell has to go off….still, all NFL fans are united in their unity against the Patsies….as a Bronco fan, I say ‘Go Steelers!”

    Steelers 27
    Patriots 25

  14. Exactly. Houston rattled him so much,he threw a bunch of floaters that were caught because houston ‘s deb’s never made a play on the ball. You have to get the ball out of his hands.

  15. Mr. Gastineau not only was a football player, her retired to take up a career as a professional boxer. Maybe even Steroids? His career was all about hard hits leading with the helmet. He’s not a good example of a football player with head injuries.

    Tommy B is absolutely the best QB to even play the game. The Steelers only hope is to get in his face all day and score 30+.

  16. just saw a show on football life mean joe greene. holy crap, back in the 70s, fist punches to the gut and head, and nary a flag.. nowadays u graze a helmet in the heat of battle and its 15 yards for sure.

  17. As luck would have it, the NFL won’t start testing for whatever’s in Hulk Harrison’s fountain of youth until he’s long since retired…

  18. Rodgers was blasted by Heath at the end of the Dallas game on a play where he should have fumbled and set Dallas up for the game winning FG.

    Rattled he was not. after he held on to the ball with his giant hands, he calmly called a timeout, ran the next play by throwing a perfect pass that was dropped by Jared Cook (Dallas guy may have got a hand in there but it looked very catchable), got a stick and drew a play in the sand for 3rd and 20 where he rolled to his left and fired a 36 yard sideline strike to the same player that dropped the pass on the previous play with 3 seconds left in FG range to set up a Packers win.

  19. I liked the “$300,000 in acupuncture and body upkeep annually” misnomer.

    Was meant to read “$30,000 of undetectable steeoids.” Go get him, Mr. Harrison, rooting for you everywhere.

  20. orangecrush21 says: Jan 20, 2017 8:36 PM

    Von Miller rattled Bradys cage in last years playoff game. So yes he can be rattled….however the Steelers don’t have the linebackers to do it……Pats 34-16

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    Pretty sure the Steelers are #1 in the league since week 10 in sacks. Just sayin

  21. “his line holds” says it all.
    He folds up like a cheap suit if you breathe on him. Get in his face and he’s crumble to the ground.

  22. True words.

    People always say this about Brady.

    It is true about anyone.

    But Brady does not get enough credit for standing tall with lazer down field focus as the pocket crumbles around him.

  23. Let’s hear announcers gush about his physical condition some more and leave out the obvious… a 38 year old being bigger and stronger than ever after basically being forced out years ago.

    Guy is juiced to the gills. But so is 75% of the league. Just stop telling me what a marvel this guy is.

  24. Yes Miller got to Brady last year and had him rattled for much of the game. But don’t forget, even after taking a ton of hits, hurries and knock downs, Brady still drove the team down the field at the end and was a failed 2-point conversion from tying the AFCC game. You may rattle him, but you will not take him out of the game.

    That said, I am less concerned about the NE offense then I am about the Pats D. I think they take away the receivers and force the ball to the ground with Bell and Ben. Hold them to field goals, ala KC, and it is good night Irene.

  25. “Pretty sure the Steelers are #1 in the league since week 10 in sacks. Just sayin”

    And take a look at that cupcake schedule! Giants and Ravens are good, but the Bengals, Colts, Bills and Browns (twice!) all have dreadful pass protection. The Browns have the worst pass protection in the NFL by far, and the Steelers got them twice.

    OTOH, the Steelers did play the Pats early in the season and got zero sacks.

  26. Brady cannot handle a pass rush at all. He’s just in a system that allows him to dump the ball quickly.

  27. I’m surprised they even let Brady play… to hear the unhinged hoo haa being posted here.

    oh, … and you’re right! youz geniuses are the first to figure out that an effective pass rush is… effective.

    tautology

  28. Rattling Brady is not enough. As BB would say, why don’t you go ask Houston.

    The Patriots was predicted to win 16 points vs Houston and they won by 18. But the Patriots were not happy because they played really bad. I don’t think they will commit the same blunder against the Steelers whom they respect a lot.

  29. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Jan 21, 2017 11:05 AM
    Yes, but no QB whines to the refs about getting hit like Tom Brady.


    Probably b/c after 3 1/4s of getting slammed 5 seconds after the ball is gone with no flags he gets a little po’d

  30. I love the way James Harrison plays. Deebo has been a beast for us. I think he has a sack in each of the last 6 games or something like that. If Dupree can provide some pressure and maybe some CB blitz as well. Should be a great game. I agree the key to stopping Brady is provide pressure. I also think one to this game is RB Bell. If he can run the ball successful and Steelers are able to mix it up alittle and Bell rolls out for catches in the flats this game could get interesting fast. Big Ben passing to Bell has cooled down in last few games. I look for it to come back tomorrow. Go Steelers !

  31. It’s pretty funny to hear Steelers fans criticize another QB’s toughness. Meanwhile, anytime Roethlisberger hits the ground, it’s like he needs major surgery. Even soccer players are embarrassed by his overacting.

  32. There will be at least 10 holding calls not called as there is holding on almost every NFL passing play during 1st to 3d down. Both sides will get the benefit.

  33. Wow James, did you think that up all by yourself. Who would have thought that hitting a QB makes their job harder. I’m sure defenses around the league are writting that down to change their defense. Lol.
    But seriously, I am an Eagle’s fan but the Stiller’s are my AFC team ( because Franco Harris and Irving Fryar went to my high school) but I was born in Boston and I’m a fan of the GOAT Brady. Going to be a great game. I’m picking the upset Steelers 31 Patriots 27

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