James Harrison signing with Patriots

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So, this isn’t just the Patriots bringing a guy in for a visit to mess with the Steelers.

They actually want him.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Patriots are signing the veteran outside linebacker, who was released by their conference rivals Friday.

Harrison’s the oldest defensive player in the league (39), but he hasn’t done much this year. He played just 40 snaps this season for the Steelers, and wasn’t happy about the way he was used. Only 11 of those snaps have come since Week Seven.

The Patriots obviously think they can do something with him, if it’s only to mine him for information in advance of a potential AFC Championship Game rematch.

UPDATE 4:36 p.m. ET: Harrison has confirmed the news, posting a photo with Tom Brady and the caption: “Finally… A teammate that’s older than me!”

214 responses to “James Harrison signing with Patriots

  1. The Patriots doing Patriots things. I wonder who gets cut (or IR’d) to clear the roster spot?

  2. Personally don’t like either team. But i feel as though they should’ve let james finish the season. That 55th man isn’t as valuable as james I’m sorry. Hopefully he can get a few good licks in on his former team.

  3. He is 39, can’t cover pass plays anymore, and doesn’t play special teams. Those are reasons he has not seen much of the field. And the Steelers have TJ Watt. Harrison was not a cog in the Steelers this year as evident by their record.

  4. Where are all the Steelers fans that said this couldn’t possibly happen because Harrison was a Steeler for “life”, and wouldn’t think of signing with the Pat’s?

    (crickets)

  5. Great pick-up…great signing. Harrison has got a lot of fuel in his tank…I’m sure that motor will run on high speed in 2017-2018!
    The Steelers will regret letting him go.

  6. Just the Patriots being the Patriots – nothing more than them gaming the system – this is nothing more than an attempt to get information from Harrison on the Steelers – plain and simple. For anyone to think otherwise is simply delusional.

  7. love to see him when a Superbowl with them and then go into the HOF in 10 years as a Patriot.

  8. Chess vs checkers…..Greatest GM ever. Has been obvious for years. Culture, maturity, salary allocation to which positions, does matter.

    Pitt’s LBs absolutely blow, but this guy will need to be ok with only really playing on 3rd and longs.

  9. Stop with the playbook stuff. The Steelers have been doing the same thing on D for 30 yrs. Does any one think there’s any mystery to Brady and Belichick? If they can get 10/15 snaps per gm out of Harrison to help the amemic pass rush there isn’t much downside. As lomg as he doesn’t pull any steeler meathead stuff.Wow, Chris Long is really playing well for the Eagles.

  10. 4ever19 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    They will do what they do with any veteran player: Glean him for info and put him back on the street.
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    they are still going to be paying him at least 6 figures .. so what is the problem?

  11. I love Harrison, but this will have zero impact on the Pats or the Steelers in the playoffs. If anything, it will hurt the Pats because they have to cut someone who already knows the system for a diminished player who doesn’t know their system.

    Maybe I will eat my words in the playoffs, but I doubt it.

  12. Smart move by the Pats. For a few hundred grand they force Pittsburg to change all their audibles. I can see Harrison on the Pats sideline yelling out the calls.

  13. firegoodell says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:15 pm
    Just the Patriots being the Patriots – nothing more than them gaming the system – this is nothing more than an attempt to get information from Harrison on the Steelers – plain and simple. For anyone to think otherwise is simply delusional.

    Are there teams that don’t know this is perfectly legit and haven’t been doing this? I didn’t give Bil enough credit!

  14. I thought this guy was washed up at the beginning of the year and said as much. Then he payed vs KC and made some key plays. Then he never saw the field again.

    Can he help the Pats? No idea. I’m sure Bill will say what he always says “we’ll see how it goes”. Certainly if he does play it will be in a role that suits his skill set – he won’t be wandering around in pass coverage like the Steelers used him in the AFC title game.

  15. .
    It’s not as if the Patriots pass rush is setting sack records this season. They can use the help, even if it’s just a dozen plays per game. When he was on the field vs the Patriots earlier this season, he was putting serious pressure on.
    .

  16. tylawspick6 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    Chess vs checkers…..Greatest GM ever. Has been obvious for years. Culture, maturity, salary allocation to which positions, does matter.

    Pitt’s LBs absolutely blow, but this guy will need to be ok with only really playing on 3rd and longs.

    —————

    Love the way your tune changes after he’s on your team. Lol. You’re as fake as they come.

  17. 4ever19 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    They will do what they do with any veteran player: Glean him for info and put him back on the street.
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    Yeah, the Pats need info on how to beat the Steelers……Is this a joke?

    The Pats OWN the Steelers, and the only info they need is….’Let Gronk create #metoo moments for the Steeler secondary.

  18. Yeah, the Pats need info on how to beat the Steelers……Is this a joke?

    The Pats OWN the Steelers, and the only info they need is….’Let Gronk create #metoo moments for the Steeler secondary.
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    LOL, they barely beat the Steelers after injuring AB (the most productive player) in the first quarter.

  19. They’re all butt hurt over at BTSC, LOL! Claiming that the Pats offense needs intel on Pitts defense. That’s good for another LOL!

  20. firegoodell says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:15 pm
    Just the Patriots being the Patriots – nothing more than them gaming the system – this is nothing more than an attempt to get information from Harrison on the Steelers – plain and simple. For anyone to think otherwise is simply delusional.

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    Gaming the system? How? The Steelers didn’t want him anymore. 32 teams passed him up when he was on waivers. His options were pretty limited and the Pats took a flier on him. Will they get some intel from him? Sure – but name one team that doesn’t do this. The only one who is delusional here is you for thinking that there is something dark and nefarious about this.

  21. I’d be surprised if he can’t help that pass rush.
    BTW: Just what would they glean from him? How many times have they played Trip & the Steelers. I think Belichick knows them by now. They are playing very good this year. How do you glean that.

  22. dimi1919 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I guess now pats fans will drop the hgh thing

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    Nope. He used HGH along with Peyton Manning, Matthews, Peppers and Mike Neal. Goodell did help cover it up, yes.

    Doubtful anyone is using the same Chinese strain from Guyer now, though.

  23. Belichick is a master of identifying a players strengths and then utilizing those strengths. To me, this signing means is that Belichick sees enough that he wants to see more. Whether Harrison has enough left in the tank, time will tell. But if anyone can get the most mileage out of what’s left, Belichick is the guy.

  24. If Tomlin was smarter I would suspect this was a move to see Harrison infiltrate the Pats to destroy them from within. But since Tomlin is not, I bet he didn’t think the Pats signing him for the playoffs was a possibility.

  25. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    He is 39, can’t cover pass plays anymore, and doesn’t play special teams. Those are reasons he has not seen much of the field. And the Steelers have TJ Watt. Harrison was not a cog in the Steelers this year as evident by their record.

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    TJ Watt is very mediocre for a 1st rd pick. He’s awful vs the run and too small to be a 3-4 OLB like Shane Ray is. WHen you’re shoulders are that small and you can’t set the edge, swallowed up by OTs on the edge. Houston had their first 100 yd rusher yesterday for a reason. He’s no Bud Dupree, though! lol

    Pats will run all over them if they meet again.

  26. This just shows the Patriots brilliance. They are the first team ever to sign a player of a team they might play. Wonder why no one ever thought of that.

  27. snowflakejones says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:15 pm
    Hopefully Harrison gives the Pats bad info. Or maybe he just wants HGH from Brady’s trainer.
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    Or maybe somebody is just a salty snowflake

  28. Getting Blount back from the Steelers worked out well.Lets see how Harrison works out. This looks like another late season move by BB to fill a need with a veteran. Those moves usually pay off. Harrison will like his ring.

  29. cup1981 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    I love Harrison, but this will have zero impact on the Pats or the Steelers in the playoffs. If anything, it will hurt the Pats because they have to cut someone who already knows the system for a diminished player who doesn’t know their system.

    Maybe I will eat my words in the playoffs, but I doubt it.
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    The Pats just added 3 players from other teams that don’t know their system and let one go, LB Jonathan Freeny, that did b/c he wasn’t effective. They have been decimated with injuries on the DL and LB core. This could be insurance if Van Noy is unable to return from injury. He is one of their few LB’s that can play on the DL well and who’s been hurt for quite a few games.

  30. tedmurph says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    Stop with the playbook stuff. The Steelers have been doing the same thing on D for 30 yrs. Does any one think there’s any mystery to Brady and Belichick? If they can get 10/15 snaps per gm out of Harrison to help the amemic pass rush there isn’t much downside. As lomg as he doesn’t pull any steeler meathead stuff.Wow, Chris Long is really playing well for the Eagles.

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    Playbooks are useless to other teams, sure they show you the plays, but knowing a team’s formations and plays mean nothing without knowing the calls and when they’ll use them. And that’s where Harrison is useful for New England. Find out what adjustments they make to specific formations and adjustments. Find out what their auto checks are (meaning they always do it regardless of opponent) and what they have done for specific opponents in the past. Nothing against the rules or unethical going on here, lots of teams do it, and if Pittsburgh doesn’t make adjustments based on knowing this then they deserve to lose again.

    These things might only help them in a few situations if the teams play again, but having a slight advantage for a few plays could be the difference between winning and losing. Of course the key to beating Brady is doing two things well against him, get pressure consistently from bringing 3 or 4 and roll through various coverages keeping him off balance. If Pittsburgh tries playing too much zone or they rely on the same zone coverage in key situations, they’ll get picked apart, regardless of what Harrison may or may not tell them.

  31. dimi1919 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    tylawspick6 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    Chess vs checkers…..Greatest GM ever. Has been obvious for years. Culture, maturity, salary allocation to which positions, does matter.

    Pitt’s LBs absolutely blow, but this guy will need to be ok with only really playing on 3rd and longs.

    —————

    Love the way your tune changes after he’s on your team. Lol. You’re as fake as they come.

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    How am I changing my tune? The only thing I like about this is it messes with the Steelers.

    But, yes, Pitt’s LBs blow. You have two overrated OLBs that were drafted in Rd 1 that sent Harrison to the bench. So, that’s telling to me.

    Harrison may have some juice left, but it won’t be much. My larger point is, BB is a master at adding pieces during a season because of incredible market knowledge and roster management. He did it last year with Van Noy and Rowe, mid season. Van Noy would be your best LB right now in black and gold. lol

  32. Glad Pats go him and I do realize Dupree, Shazier and Watt all played well but Harrison could not get on the field? He made Pittsburgh’s biggest play of last year’s post season by drawing the holding penalty against Eric Fisher of KC (by this I mean he was on the field for crunch time in the post season and went directly to inactive list for most of season).

    You would assume Pittsburgh would change their calls and audibles at the line of scrimmage if they do see him and NE in the AFC championship but then again this is Pittsburgh.

  33. I picture Harrison looking like Jefferson from Fast Times At Ridgemont High looking at the other team thinking they destroyed his car, the same way he will look at Big Ben in the AFC Championship game

  34. Yeah, the Pats need info on how to beat the Steelers……Is this a joke?

    The Pats OWN the Steelers, and the only info they need is….’Let Gronk create #metoo moments for the Steeler secondary.
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    LOL, they barely beat the Steelers after injuring AB (the most productive player) in the first quarter
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    So, after the Pats, ‘barely beat’ the Steelers, did that go in the ‘W’ column, or the ‘L’ column?
    Are you pretty satisfied with a close loss?
    Also, before you whine about AB being hurt…realize that the Pats have 4 receivers out with injury, their defensive leader is on IR, and half of their offensive line starters are out with injuries.
    Just sayin’.

  35. A pissed off James Harrison? He’s the R. Lee Ermey of football … wrong move Pittsburgh …

    I would love to see him earn the MVP of the Super Bowl with a record number of sacks …

  36. This signing was as predictable as the sun rise…why do you think they let him go when “everyone just knew” he’d sign with the Pats

  37. tajuara says: December 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    “LOL, they barely beat the Steelers after injuring AB (the most productive player) in the first quarter.
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    The only way the Patricheats beat the Steelers last week was by having the officials in their pockets.

  38. tajuara says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm
    Yeah, the Pats need info on how to beat the Steelers……Is this a joke?

    The Pats OWN the Steelers, and the only info they need is….’Let Gronk create #metoo moments for the Steeler secondary.
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    LOL, they barely beat the Steelers after injuring AB (the most productive player) in the first quarter.

    When a team is 12-2 vs another team it’s safe to say they OWN them
    Even if some of the games are close.

    #tombradyownsthesteelers

  39. terripet says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Too old won’t do anything
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    Aren’t you the same guy who predicted a deep Colts playoff run this year?

  40. Hmmmm. Maybe it is the other way around…Maybe Harrison is a double agent, and the “intel” he gives the Pats could be considered an act subterfuge…

    In reality, even as a Steelers fan, I don’t really think the Patriots need to sign James Harrison to help game plan for a possible rematch.

  41. Harrison has already been on different teams. A couple years ago he was a Bengal, and was a nonfactor. Plus, the O Line for the Steelers have played against Harrison more than any other team in the league. This might wind up being more of a liability for BB than a help. Especially if Bill is after hints to Butlers disguised blitz packages. All they have find is switch it up from what it was when Harrison was playing. Misinformation is more detrimental than bad info.

  42. Harrison gets ~40 more snaps in his career and a chance to make them count and leave with another ring. Sounds like this will be fun to watch.

  43. Just in AFCCG Tom Brady is 3-0 with a 71% completion percentage for 706 yards 5 TD’s and 0 INT’s with a rating of 118. Yeah, they signed Harrison for the intel on the Steelers defense. Like they can’t pick them apart without the intel. 2 of those games happened before TB12 became the best QB in the game and in Pittsburgh. In last years AFCCG TB12 went 32 for 42 with a 76% completion percentage for 384 yards and 3 TD’s an 0 INT’s for a rating of 127.5. But this year will be different so says Steelers fans, LOL!

  44. The Pats need help getting after the QB and getting off the field on third down. Take some HGH and get in there JH.

  45. tylawspick6 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    Chess vs checkers…..Greatest GM ever. Has been obvious for years. Culture, maturity, salary allocation to which positions, does matter.

    Pitt’s LBs absolutely blow, but this guy will need to be ok with only really playing on 3rd and longs.

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    Thanks for the Troll Trivia…

  46. eddyjf says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    This just shows the Patriots brilliance. They are the first team ever to sign a player of a team they might play. Wonder why no one ever thought of that.

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    Most teams spend to the cap inn Sept. Not BB.

    So, yes, in a way, their belief in keep about 5-7 mil in “operating costs” is unique, where he makes trades and has a gazillion street signings, more than any other GM in cap era history.

    Enjoy!

    PS Your jealousy is a delight.

  47. Did someone comment “The Pats gaming the system’?

    Well, the Steelers cut him, the other 31 teams did not claim him, he now is free to sign with whom he chooses. If he wants to play football he is going to sign w/ a team with whom is in the playoffs and with whom he is familiar with them and their potential opponents.

    Did you think he would sign with the Giants?

  48. Why is it Steelers fans use the , “but this guy was injured” every time the Pats beat them? “But, but, our 3rd string long snapper was and backup RB were injured, otherwise we would have beaten youse guys.

  49. God Bless America says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    The Pats just wanted the Steelers playbook.
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    It’s been a long injury challenged season, hard to blame them for wanting the laugh

  50. Well, what was speculation an hour ago has become fact. The end result isn’t really much. The Pats got an experienced guy who is well past his prime. However he has what they need, which is a situational guy who can come off the edge 10-15 times a game and get pressure on the QB 3-5 times.

    The Pats picked about a similar over the hill LB in David Harris, and while David has reportedly been an all world teammate; his production on the field has been a disappointment. Not a liability, but not close to what he was.

    Why not cut a guy who you can resign to the PS and see what you got in Harrison. Can’t be worse than what they have.

  51. I am sure the Steelers change their audible calls weekly or at the very least when they are playing an opponent for the 2nd or 3rd time in a season…not sure how much more info they can get from him. The Pats(Brady) have carved our defense up pretty good the last few years so is he really going to tell them something they don’t already know?I see this as a desperation move by NE…they need outside edge rush help and Harrison potentially fits the bill. He should be fresh and we will see how it plays out. As a Steelers fan, I thank him for what he brought to the Burgh and wish him well in his new stop.

  52. seanytheirishman says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Apparently James wants a participation trophy!

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    He signed with the Pats, not the Colts.

    Pats don’t play to the Millennial demographic. The Colts, and all of their participation banners, show us that.

    Enjoy!

  53. Tomlin is a dope… I love James Harrison. I hate what the Steelers did to him and I hate that he signed with the Pats… I understand it though.

  54. I guess the Steelers fans want to change the rules so if the team releases a player he must retire.

  55. tylawspick6 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Most teams spend to the cap inn Sept. Not BB.
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    Come on, man. Get real.

  56. With all the past comments about Harrison and the Steelers by the same Patriot fanboys we should start a hypocrites Hall of Shame. Homers are gonna Home….what a bunch of pathetic waffling snowflakes who can’t be taken seriously….sort of reminds of the French and Italian Armies of WW II.

  57. patfanken says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Well, what was speculation an hour ago has become fact. The end result isn’t really much. The Pats got an experienced guy who is well past his prime. However he has what they need, which is a situational guy who can come off the edge 10-15 times a game and get pressure on the QB 3-5 times.

    The Pats picked about a similar over the hill LB in David Harris, and while David has reportedly been an all world teammate; his production on the field has been a disappointment. Not a liability, but not close to what he was.

    Why not cut a guy who you can resign to the PS and see what you got in Harrison. Can’t be worse than what they have.

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    LOL

    I agreed with everything you wrote, except the Pats undermanned fronts shut the door in the 4th qtr on the overrated Steelers, and then they had 5 sacks on XMas Eve, with some great play from the front.

    Eric Lee has impressed, both Flowers played very well, and Wise/Butler, as rookies play like veterans. VERY impressive.

    Add in Van Noy and Branch in 2 weeks for the postseason, and it’s howdy doody time.

    Sometimes I wonder what pats games my fellow fans watch.

    The inconsistent offense and BRADY is the problem right now. His INT rate has been skyrocketing lately.

  58. What if this is a Trojan Horse situation?

    Pittsburgh lets Harrison — a quintessential Steeler — go, knowing the Pats will pick him up. But make a secret arrangement with Harrison to undermine the Evil Empire the first chance he gets in the playoffs to keep them from even advancing to the Conference Title Game….

    What if???

  59. Lol geeze you guys act like Bill is the first person to sign a player in advance of a game. It’s a smart move to bring on a motivated player who can expect to see limited playing time against a top team that knows their playbook. Every team does this from time to time if they have the roster and cap space. Average move by a great coach.

  60. Chess vs Checkers my behind – here is some algebra!!!

    TB12 + BB = 5 SB Rings
    (Bledsoe, Vinny, Couch, Other QB) + BB = 0 SB rings

    I think what they have accomplished together makes them both the greatest of all time at QB and coach but sooner than later it ends. The end is closer than the beginning NE. Keep believing that it is the “Patriot Way” LOL! it is TB12 + BB. That is the Patriot way! That is playing chess vs checkers. That is all. When it ends ….. then you guys get to be just like every other team. So enjoy, you have had a long and historic run but the end is coming. It happens pretty quickly… 40+ year old QB takes a shot in the back, knee and the next thing you know. Jeff Garcia is your QB. If you are incredibly fortunate you get another great one but more likely than not you get Rich Gannon replaced by Jay Schroeder. You get Payton Manning replaced by Brock Osweiller. As a football fan I envy your teams success but having watched football for almost 40 years get prepared for when it ends.

  61. dumbaseinstien says:
    December 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm
    Patricheats assuredly tampered with Harrison the same way they did with Blount in 2014.
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    Because BB some how got Tomlin to release Harrison 2 weeks before the playoffs?
    He really is is his head isn’t he. Maybe he did it subliminally thru Trippy Tomlin’s headset?
    “Release Harrison, Release Harrison, Release Harrison, Release Harrison, Release Harrison”.
    Or maybe it was the warm Gatorade he snuck onto the Steelers sideline last week.

  62. Patriots were very weak and thin at DE/OLB and I think Harrison can fit a niche role there

  63. Guerrero already has his hands all over Harrison.

    Imagine what he can do with this old man, who already has a history of chasing alternative therapies (and other things) to keep him “young”….

    Harrison is a modern day Ponce De Leon!

  64. The thinnest spot on the Pat’s defense right now is “edge rusher”.

    That’s exactly what Harrison is good at.

    Why not kick the tires and see what he has left in the tank.

  65. tylawspick6 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm
    dimi1919 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    tylawspick6 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    Chess vs checkers…..Greatest GM ever. Has been obvious for years. Culture, maturity, salary allocation to which positions, does matter.

    Pitt’s LBs absolutely blow, but this guy will need to be ok with only really playing on 3rd and longs.

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    Love the way your tune changes after he’s on your team. Lol. You’re as fake as they come.

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    How am I changing my tune? The only thing I like about this is it messes with the Steelers.

    But, yes, Pitt’s LBs blow. You have two overrated OLBs that were drafted in Rd 1 that sent Harrison to the bench. So, that’s telling to me.

    Harrison may have some juice left, but it won’t be much. My larger point is, BB is a master at adding pieces during a season because of incredible market knowledge and roster management. He did it last year with Van Noy and Rowe, mid season.

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    You’re making it sound like the pats d is the 86 bears lol. The pats d is garbage. Everyone knows that. They are the beat cuz of the o the d stinks.

  66. tylawspick6 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Chess vs checkers…..Greatest GM ever. Has been obvious for years. Culture, maturity, salary allocation to which positions, does matter.

    Pitt’s LBs absolutely blow, but this guy will need to be ok with only really playing on 3rd and longs.
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    Young TJ Watt “blows” dude? Really? He’s the reason Harrison rotted on the bench.

    And I’m still waiting for you to point out that Antonio Brown didn’t even play a single half against the Patriots so the game doesn’t count. Via the “tylawspick6 missing All-Pro player” rule.

    This could be a great pickup, the Patriots D is a pretty sad bunch right now so obviously they were desperate enough to sign an ancient LB. Or it could be just that they picked up a guy past his prime and it’s a fizzle. Time will tell.

  67. donlogansb says:
    December 26, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    What if this is a Trojan Horse situation?

    Pittsburgh lets Harrison — a quintessential Steeler — go, knowing the Pats will pick him up.
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    Isn’t this the same quintessential Steeler that went to play for the Bengals, of all teams?

    So, the long con was for the Steelers to have this guy sit on the bench for more than half of the season, have him express his displeasure, cut him, contact every other team other than the Patriots to let him go through waivers, just on the off chance that the Patriots would pick him up, so he could somehow sabotage their playoffs?

    Yeah, that sounds reasonable.

  68. Oh man. This is classic. Why would the steelers release this guy knowing the pats need more pass rush help? I think he is there to sabbatoge the pats!

    How funny would it be for the pat-steeler champ game to come down to a Harrison sack on Big Ben?

  69. Um…to all the Patriot fans who think this is a great signing, I have one question. By pure LOGIC, is there any team in the NFL that knows Harrison’s moves BETTER than the Steelers and might, just might know how to defend them since that offensive line has practiced against him for YEARS. If anything, it will help the Steelers since their offense line will know how to scheme against him. And…wouldn’t be hilarious if he signed and plays like crap on purpose to help the Steelers beat the Patriots!! Think that is crazy….don’t you remember that Harrison was the most vocal against the Patriots in Spygate. Let’s see what happens.

  70. melikefootball says:
    December 26, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    What about the poor player that Harrison is taking the place of.

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    #92 Geneo Grissom, will go back to the PS. Couldn’t have made more sense.

  71. John Faulstich says:
    December 26, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Patriots were very weak and thin at DE/OLB and I think Harrison can fit a niche role there

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    False. McClellin was a big loss, but Flowers has filled in nicely after being acquired for a 7th rd pick in Sept. from Cincy.

    If NE wants to play some more 3-4, with Alan Branch and maybe Valentine returning for the postseason, this means a player like Trey Flowers and Eric Lee, both have been playing well, will be the 3-4 OLBs.

    But, rookies and versatile DL like Butler and Deatrich Wise, have been very good as well.

    Lots of myths running around about the Pats. Sometimes it’s necessary to do your own homework, instead of letting a lying media and homer fans who only love Brady, do the analysis for you.

  72. Harrison is going DEEP UNDERCOVER to crack the Spy Gate case wide open, once and for all.

    He has not forgotten.

    He’s a modern day Hercule Poirot!

    A 21st Century Serpico!

    Never forget!

  73. footballisthegreatestsport says:
    December 26, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Um…to all the Patriot fans who think this is a great signing, I have one question. By pure LOGIC, is there any team in the NFL that knows Harrison’s moves BETTER than the Steelers and might, just might know how to defend them since that offensive line has practiced against him for YEARS. If anything, it will help the Steelers since their offense line will know how to scheme against him. And…wouldn’t be hilarious if he signed and plays like crap on purpose to help the Steelers beat the Patriots!! Think that is crazy….don’t you remember that Harrison was the most vocal against the Patriots in Spygate. Let’s see what happens.

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    Considering Bill Cowher backed BB on Spygate with what he said, that’s pretty funny to me and pretty embarrassing for Harrison.

    As for your other comment, BB is smarter than Mike Tomlin, so Harrison won’t be on the field in situations where Tomlin could harm the Pats.

    BB will use Harrison far more strategically than Tomlin used to use him.

  74. firegoodell says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:15 pm
    Just the Patriots being the Patriots – nothing more than them gaming the system – this is nothing more than an attempt to get information from Harrison on the Steelers – plain and simple. For anyone to think otherwise is simply delusional.

    ———————
    Delusional would be thinking Belichick needs any help understanding the Pittsburgh defense.

    Here are the only outstanding unknowns for the Pittsburgh defense…
    1) Why do they keep leaving Gronk uncovered?
    2) During a 7 minute review timeout where some situational planning needs to be done because its clearly urgent that the team is organized and clear on what to do next in each scenario, what do they talk about instead?

  75. Harrison isnt going to “sabatoge” the Pats to help the Steelers. Do you guys really think anyone is going to give up their chance at another ring. Get serious.

  76. wib22 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    tylawspick6 says:
    December 25, 2017 at 11:22 pm
    roids

    —————-

    Correct. Harrison has tested positive for PEDs and was involved in Goodell’s cover up of Manning’s PED scandal with Guyer.

    Yes.

    We know this already.

  77. footballisthegreatestsport says:
    December 26, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    wouldn’t be hilarious if he signed and plays like crap on purpose to help the Steelers beat the Patriots!!
    ——————————————————————————————————————-
    Was his complaining about lack of playing time all season also part of the genius plan? If so, brilliantly played by the Steelers to act out this year long charade, then cut the guy during Xmas )and also convince all 31 other teams not to claim him on waivers) so he could land in NE to help the Steelers win. Wow. I’m exhausted just thinking about that.

  78. Pat’s have a very young D Line, so in addition to setting the edge and rushing the passer, I’ll assume BB will have him mentor edge rushers like Wise and Lee. Bill loves savvy vets he can count on to fill a role. Good signing for the playoffs.

  79. He is definitely not getting a superbowl ring now. Should of waited it out with the Steelers. Signing with a scandalous team as them. Cmon Deebo, your better then that. Just retire if thats the case.

  80. tylawspick6 stated:

    Considering Bill Cowher backed BB on Spygate with what he said, that’s pretty funny to me and pretty embarrassing for Harrison.

    As for your other comment, BB is smarter than Mike Tomlin, so Harrison won’t be on the field in situations where Tomlin could harm the Pats.

    BB will use Harrison far more strategically than Tomlin used to use him.

    Question here is not if BB is smarter than Tomlin. You missed the point. Steeler’s O-line KNOWS Harrison really well. They practiced against him for years. So….how does that help the Patriots. They know what Harrison is capable of (or what he isn’t). So, use Harrison whatever way BB needs to…the Steeler’s O-line will be ready..more ready that arguably any other player in the NFL. Simple, plain logic.

    UNLESS, Harrison takes PEDS and becomes SUPER-HARRISON and is stronger than the HULK. Wanna bet he will be drug tested BEFORE that AFC Championship game? Anyone want to take odds??

  81. LMAO all of these patriot sissies calling this the greatest signing of all time, just like they were saying when they signed Reggie Wayne. Bunch of delusional tools

  82. uglydingo says:
    December 26, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    At what point do the other team owners complain to the Commissioner that it’s not fair to compete against Bill Belichick?

    ——————-

    That’s already happened. It started in 2006 when Jets owner, Woody Johnson was “chosen” to find the new commissioner. Goodell, a former Jets employee and a Jets fan, then framed the Pats TWICE, the second time caught in a federal court doing so, just to find an excuse to steal their draft picks.

    Pats fans wonder what the next faux scandal will be, or maybe it’s too obvious at this point, that Sheriff Goebbels has the balls to execute another one of them.

  83. What if this is all part of the master plan. Harrison teaming up with the steelers to get signed by the patriots to relay info to the steelers in a revenge tactic from the patriots beating the steelers when they were cheating. The ultimate come back.

  84. I laugh when people say NE owns Pitt. What are they 1-0 at home in big games vs Big Ben and that game was at home for them. Oh and his rookie year. whippee! Nobody cares about the regular season paper champion regular season record.

  85. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    December 26, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    tylawspick6 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Chess vs checkers…..Greatest GM ever. Has been obvious for years. Culture, maturity, salary allocation to which positions, does matter.

    Pitt’s LBs absolutely blow, but this guy will need to be ok with only really playing on 3rd and longs.
    ————–

    Young TJ Watt “blows” dude? Really? He’s the reason Harrison rotted on the bench.

    And I’m still waiting for you to point out that Antonio Brown didn’t even play a single half against the Patriots so the game doesn’t count. Via the “tylawspick6 missing All-Pro player” rule.

    This could be a great pickup, the Patriots D is a pretty sad bunch right now so obviously they were desperate enough to sign an ancient LB. Or it could be just that they picked up a guy past his prime and it’s a fizzle. Time will tell.

    ———————

    Well, he’s pretty crappy as a run defender. Way too small to play 3-4 OLB. Shane Ray Part II.

    Can you explain how he is a good 1st rd pick if he has multiple flaws?

  86. Typical Patriot thing. Sign any potential future opponent’s released player and get as much info out of him regarding his former team; then cut him at the earliest chance. I doubt he sees much more playing time with the Patriots than he was seeing with the Steelers. JH should know this.

  87. Can you explain how he is a good 1st rd pick if he has multiple flaws?

    Dude don’t be so obtuse…. he helped the Steelers beat the Cheats until they got help from the refs…..the person with flaws is you…as we all have witnessed.

  88. The Pats need a guy who can put pressure on the QB. I would LOVE to see James Harrison put Roethlisberger on his keister a few times. Okay,more than a few…

  89. NFL office and other owners all know that Brady and Belichick will only retire after they get one more Super Bowl.

    So the owners and Roger are standing back and trying to make sure it happens this year.

    That’s why there have been so many non-calls going New England’s way.

    The NFL WANTS NE to win…. to get rid of them.

    You’ll only have to deal with the two-headed Orthros of BB and TB for four more games!

    Then everyone can win….

    That is, until the three-headed monster of Shanahan, Lynch, and Garoppolo goes on its dynastic run on the other side of the country!

    And BB will sit back on his boat off the cost of New England, sip a Sam Summer, and quietly chuckle….

  90. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 26, 2017 at 6:05 pm
    Can you explain how he is a good 1st rd pick if he has multiple flaws?

    Dude don’t be so obtuse…. he helped the Steelers beat the Cheats until they got help from the refs…..the person with flaws is you…as we all have witnessed.
    ————-+
    That game was gifted to the Patriots I agree, but not by the refs. Tomlin gifted it to them. And yeah, sometimes his decisions and leadership is so bad I wonder if its intentional.

  91. mark4steelers says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:44 pm
    tajuara says: December 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    “LOL, they barely beat the Steelers after injuring AB (the most productive player) in the first quarter.
    _________________________________________________________________________________________

    The only way the Patricheats beat the Steelers last week was by having the officials in their pockets.

    ———–

    So why did Brady beat them 10 other times including twice last year?

  92. RE: “I love Harrison, but this will have zero impact on the Pats or the Steelers ..for a diminished player who doesn’t know their system. Maybe I will eat my words, but I doubt it.”

    ALL of you are missing…
    As a former 20yr steroid user I can tell you he is likely on HGH and is already in GREAT shape right NOW. He is PERFECT to take a cycle of anabolics (steroids that would make him Leaner & add BURST in 3-4 weeks – absolutely PERFECT to get him ready for the Pats Championship game vs Steelers. *He didnt need much; already a good smart clutch DRIVEN player – already in great shape, AND the game is in very COLD weather. Thats POWER guile experience to win at the line–speed is equalized.

    Considering NFL testing, he likely was NOT on anything but HGH …*But NOW, playing out the playoffs as a RETIRING player — by the time the test results come back AND are contested (was the sample handled right?) and THEN appealed via NFLPA…

    SUPERBOWL be long past..

    and James RETIRED (having avcaenged the Steeler dis…)

  93. uglydingo says:
    December 26, 2017 at 5:47 pm
    At what point do the other team owners complain to the Commissioner that it’s not fair to compete against Bill Belichick?

    ————-
    Oh dude, that started years ago.

  94. Word is out that the Steelers were getting upset with Harrison who was constantly complaining about time. He’s not going to be a starter in New England, but he could do what Chris Long did last year, which is to get pressure on the quarterback on passing downs. He’ll be an upgrade from Trevor Reilly. It’s a decent pick up that hopefully will last for four games.

  95. thermanmerman99 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 5:56 pm
    LMAO all of these patriot sissies calling this the greatest signing of all time, just like they were saying when they signed Reggie Wayne. Bunch of delusional tools

    ———————
    Nitpick all you want on individual moves, the botton line is a 16 year run of dynasty unmatched by anything in the NFL ever.

  96. steelcurtainn says:
    December 26, 2017 at 6:01 pm
    I laugh when people say NE owns Pitt. What are they 1-0 at home in big games vs Big Ben and that game was at home for them. Oh and his rookie year. whippee! Nobody cares about the regular season paper champion regular season record.

    ———-

    Brady us 11-2 vs the Steelers…..Is call that owned

  97. So why did Brady beat them 10 other times including twice last year?

    Hey even Goofy, Dopey, Sleepy, And Grumpy know no one is talking about anything but this year….stop embarrassing yourself .

  98. steelchampions says:
    December 26, 2017 at 6:03 pm
    Typical Patriot thing. Sign any potential future opponent’s released player and get as much info out of him regarding his former team; then cut him at the earliest chance. I doubt he sees much more playing time with the Patriots than he was seeing with the Steelers. JH should know this.

    ——————-
    As soon as he divulges why they keep leaving Gronk uncovered he is gone.

  99. tajuara says: December 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    “LOL, they barely beat the Steelers after injuring AB (the most productive player) in the first quarter.

    _____________________

    The Steelers had several chances to put that game away,but instead they gift-wrapped it and gave it away to the Patriots. They had about 7-8 minutes to decide which plays to run while the Jesse James play (no catch) was being reviewed. They came back onto the field unprepared,completely panicked, and mismanaged the clock. All of that ending with the end-zone pick. Whose fault is it? They don’t need AB to win. That is a lame excuse. They just flat-out blew it.

  100. As a Steelers fan, I saw this weeks ago when Harrison said he would not be back. Harrison wanted the chance to play for a playoff team and the Steelers granted it like morons. I thank Harrison for his years of service and actually wish him well. Besides, we all assume that the Patriots will play the Steelers again but that is not a lock. If they do, Villanueva better study up for third downs.

  101. The real question is: will the Patriots test Harrison (and by inference, the Steelers) for PEDs, HGHs, and the full variety and spectrum of plain old steroids?

    If there is proof, will the Patriots release the results before or after the season. Ahh, the implications are FUN!!!

  102. mark4steelers says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    ……

    The only way the Patricheats beat the Steelers last week was by having the officials in their pockets

    ————————
    As a general rule, most of the time the ball hits the ground, it is not considered a catch. Watch the replay and invest in a rule book.

  103. The Steelers had several chances to put that game away,but instead they gift-wrapped it and gave it away to the Patriots. They had about 7-8 minutes to decide which plays to run while the Jesse James play (no catch) was being reviewed. They came back onto the field unprepared,completely panicked, and mismanaged the clock. All of that ending with the end-zone pick. Whose fault is it? They don’t need AB to win. That is a lame excuse. They just flat-out blew it.

    The refs blew it……what happened after doesn’t matter because they scored. Ignoring the blown call means you expect all calls to go you way and to be any other way is wrong….sounds like a teen age girl….

  104. The ball may have hit the ground but James made a football move before and his hand was under the ball and there was no 100% proof to overturn the call. In the field of play, the ball is allowed to hit the ground if it does not aid the catch. James already had it with knee down and football move. The rule is gray. In any event, that was not what lost the game. The idiotic in bound pass that ensued is what lost the game.

  105. mark4steelers says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    The only way the Patricheats beat the Steelers last week was by having the officials in their pockets
    ——————————————————————————————————————–
    Steelers first TD of the game, multiple lineman illegally downfield, refs throw the flag against the Steelers and then . . .pick it up. BS non-call in the Steelers favor. If the goal was to favor the Patriots in the game the refs had a funny way of showing it. And if that play is called correctly there is no drama in the 4th quarter and Jesse James drop doesn’t mean squat.

    Either way NE wins, as usual.

  106. Not a big fan of James Harrison. Pats love to sign aging ex-pro-bowlers (BB is a football history freak) and yeah, they are thin on the outside. But I didn’t really think they’d pull the trigger on this transaction (or that Harrison would respond to their queries, but then again, he was a Bengal for a while).

    Sometimes these moves work out, but I could have done without this. If they hadn’t made this signing and the Steelers were subsequently to have beaten the Pats in the playoffs, I certainly wouldn’t be weeping “But they coulda had James Harrison!”

    That said, I hope he works out, gets some snaps, makes some plays.

  107. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 26, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Hey even Goofy, Dopey, Sleepy, And Grumpy know no one is talking about anything but this year….stop embarrassing yourself .
    ——————————————————————————————————————————
    OK – let’s talk about this year: Patriots 1-0, in Pitt no less. Looking at #1 seed. And just took one of your favorite Steelers who is thrilled to be playing with the GOAT and exacting some revenge for being lied to by Tomlin about playing time. And Merry Christmas to you!

  108. Harrison’s tale is same old song. Guy starts to lose his edge or creates a problem and then has a fall out with the coaches. He becomes a hard case and a bad attitude for the team. He has to go.

    New team that is a dynasty picks him up. He suddenly has renewed hope and a new attitude. If the Steelers U& New England meet Harrison could be the difference maker.

    Got to love the Brady/Harrison pic. Finally a teammate older than me.

  109. Veteran player motivated to play who still can impact a game in certain roles, but can’t do everything. Patriots thrive on these guys and finding schemes that take the strengths and avoid the weaknesses.

    Pretty obvious signing that was going to help give each side what they wanted with little risk.

  110. Glad the Steelers rested him up for the Pats so he should be nice and fresh like when they picked Blount back up. Don’t like getting damaged goods for the Playoffs.

  111. dimi1919 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    Chess vs checkers…..Greatest GM ever. Has been obvious for years. Culture, maturity, salary allocation to which positions, does matter.

    Pitt’s LBs absolutely blow, but this guy will need to be ok with only really playing on 3rd and longs.

    —————

    Love the way your tune changes after he’s on your team. Lol. You’re as fake as they come.
    ________
    Just TyNosePick being TyNosePick.
    The quintessential of a Patsie* fan.

  112. Hats off to the 100’s of people who predicted this minutes after Harrison was released. 👋🏻

  113. How’s it going Mr. Harrison ? ” Great , I just switched to GIECO ” Now after a man showed up after I opened my bathroom medicine cabinet , I bought a ” MY PILLOW ” , now I’m getting a great nights sleep . Thank you Patriots .

  114. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 26, 2017 at 6:26 pm
    So why did Brady beat them 10 other times including twice last year?

    Hey even Goofy, Dopey, Sleepy, And Grumpy know no one is talking about anything but this year….stop embarrassing yourself .

    really? then you should tell him that game was in Pitt, not Foxboro. You call us homers yet you stick up for a “Steelers fan” that obviously doesnt know the team very well. I mean what real Steelers fan would argue the Pats kinda own them and not just “this year”?

  115. Nitpick all you want on individual moves, the botton line is a 16 year run of dynasty unmatched by anything in the NFL ever.
    ___________________________________________________________________________
    Nothing will ever match the 4 superbowls in 6 years the steelers conquered unless you count before superbowls counted.

  116. Hey Foolish Drooler…you might want to contact your email provider. Been watching your posts for the past week+…since about 7:30pm on the night of the 17th. Seems as though some pseudo intellectual has hacked into your account…

  117. Steelers first TD of the game, multiple lineman illegally downfield, refs throw the flag against the Steelers and then . . .pick it up. BS non-call in the Steelers favor. If the goal was to favor the Patriots in the game the refs had a funny way of showing it. And if that play is called correctly there is no drama in the 4th quarter and Jesse James drop doesn’t mean squat.

    Either way NE wins, as usual.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________
    Guess you forgot to see the blatant hold call on Sean Davis during burkheads td in the first…. Shouldn’t have been a score. With that there is no drama in the 4th, the game is changed and the Steelers win.

  118. Let’s dispense with the narrative that the Steelers got robbed. They were set up a perfectly in this game. The NFL had sent the Patriots on the road for five out of six games, and they also sent them on the road for a Monday night game the week before this game, to make sure the Patriots had a short week of preparation before having to head back out on the road to Pittsburgh. Had not Tom Brady thrown an ill-advised pass,and Ghost not missed a PAT, it was essentially a tie game. Let’s not cry about Antonio Brown’s injury. The Patriots roster has been pretty thin of late and there was a lot of illness circulating the team from all those road games. What basically happened is the Patriots were behind by 8 points in the 4th quarter and they shut the Steelers down, while putting 11 straight points on the board including a two-point conversion. The game was basically one and everybody knew it. The pass to Juju was a dump off that was designed for him to go out of bounds so they could try another play. Somehow he made it 69 yards. The Steelers were more shocked than anyone else that they were in a position to try to win it. They failed miserably at managing the final moments of the game, in the Patriots were better. So throughout the fourth quarter when the game was on the line, with the exception of the juju play, the Patriots were better. They were the better team when it mattered most. I grow weary of hearing after these Patriots victories how somehow the Steelers were a victim of some sort. While everybody seems to know that when a receiver chooses to go to the ground while making a catch that he has to survive that impact as he crosses the goal lone as opposed to a runner crossing the goal line, for some reason that logic is suspended for the Steelers and their fan base, as well as talking heads like the guy writing these blog posts. Color me not surprised. We hear it every year. It’s a great source for more empty platitudes.

  119. He’s gonna need to take a long, hot shower to wash off the stench of the Rooney crime family. In all seriousness, they’ve caused a lot more premature deaths than Aaron Hernandez ever did. He must feel like he’s died and gone to heaven. Welcome to the City of Champions James.

  120. “TJ Watt is very mediocre for a 1st rd pick.”

    Tylawspick6 stick to analysing pee wee football, TJ Watt is in the running for defensive rookie of the year by ESPN and other respected analysts to have a true knowledge of gauging football talent.

  121. steelcurtainn says:
    December 26, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Nothing will ever match the 4**** superbowls in 6 years the steelers conquered unless you count before superbowls counted.
    ——————

    Fixed it for you.

  122. truths4all says:
    December 26, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    The real question is: will the Patriots test Harrison (and by inference, the Steelers) for PEDs, HGHs, and the full variety and spectrum of plain old steroids?
    ———————–

    Hey, all I read is that Harrison has never failed a drug test. You know, just like Lance Armstrong.

  123. steelercrazy says:
    December 26, 2017 at 7:26 pm
    “TJ Watt is very mediocre for a 1st rd pick.”

    Tylawspick6 stick to analysing pee wee football, TJ Watt is in the running for defensive rookie of the year by ESPN and other respected analysts to have a true knowledge of gauging football talent.

    0 1 Rate This

    ————-

    You just proved my point. The media loves the steelers, especially bspn, and they ignore facts and reality.

    BUd dupree sucks. Watt is wildly overrated because he is terrible at setting the edge. Kyke van noy is better than tj watt. Simple fact.

    Heck, eric lee plays a better all around 3-4 olb than watt.

  124. We think Harrison is a good compliment to the nutritional and training program that we are implementing with our players–not mention any other insights Harrison can provide about the steelers.

    Best regards,

    Tom’s personal nutritionist

  125. stucats says:
    December 26, 2017 at 7:27 pm
    The Pats make me vomit, i pray to God that someone beats them, even the Stoolers.

    Translation- the team I root for isn’t very good so I’m extremely jealous

  126. mmack66 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:14 pm
    Hope he makes it longer than the other Harrison they brought in.

    Doubting he plays longer than Rodney Harrison who gave the Pats 5 years and got two SB rings for bis trouble.

  127. teelcurtainn says:
    December 26, 2017 at 6:01 pm
    I laugh when people say NE owns Pitt. What are they 1-0 at home in big games vs Big Ben and that game was at home for them. Oh and his rookie year. whippee! Nobody cares about the regular season paper champion regular season record.

    Okay then how about 3-0 vs the Steelers in the AFCCG and 2 of those were in Pittsburgh

    Now go to bed

  128. He’s washed up. Steelers wouldn’t cut him knowing he’d go to Baltimore or NE if he was any good. But he’s still better than anyone else on this historically bad NE defense. Matt Patricia will be coaching high school next year.

  129. mmack66 says:

    December 26, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    truths4all says:
    December 26, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    The real question is: will the Patriots test Harrison (and by inference, the Steelers) for PEDs, HGHs, and the full variety and spectrum of plain old steroids?
    ———————–

    Hey, all I read is that Harrison has never failed a drug test. You know, just like Lance Armstrong.

    —–

    You mean like Mike Webster, Kevin Greene, Greg Lloyd, Joey Porter, etc.?

  130. Keith Dawson Engineering Technician at Kansas City Public Works
    As a Steelers fan of course I’m upset. Not for him going to NE but the way he was being treated before they cut him. Out the remaining olbs chickilo creates the best ppressure and doesn’t even start. Watt is hitting that rookie wall and his name is why he is getting more snaps. I watched him get tossed around last night. Where my team is stupid for letting JH go is he can collapse the pocket, something you gotta do to get Brady off of his spot and now they’re teammates, smdh. Dumb move to end the regular season. Hopefully they overcome it. Go Steelers!

    ^^^^^that is a steelers fan analysis on tj watt.

  131. Steeler fans all think this signing had to do with beating their team if they met in the AFCCG, a big if. This had to do with the Pats shoring up a weak spot in their defense for the playoffs. Everything in Pittsburgh may revolve around beating the Pats but in New England it’s about beating everyone on their schedule, no matter who it is. And they usually do!

  132. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    December 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm
    He’s washed up. Steelers wouldn’t cut him knowing he’d go to Baltimore or NE if he was any good. But he’s still better than anyone else on this historically bad NE defense. Matt Patricia will be coaching high school next year.

    6th in PA is historically bad now? They give up .4 more points per game than the Steelers.

  133. Anyone saying he is “too old” is discounting years of experience. He will recognize plays younger players would not. He knows how to use leverage. He is motivated and has his health. Belichick will use him effectively.

  134. Not minimizing ABs injury in their clash a couple weeks ago but shortly after Burkhead scored after steaming them he left for the game as well, not to mention Hogan was not active for the game….and I know Steeler fans are familiar with Chris’ work eh?!?!

  135. steelcurtainn says:
    December 26, 2017 at 7:20 pm
    Nitpick all you want on individual moves, the botton line is a 16 year run of dynasty unmatched by anything in the NFL ever.
    ___________________________________________________________________________
    Nothing will ever match the 4 superbowls in 6 years the steelers conquered unless you count before superbowls counted.
    =
    Unless you prefer 5 in 15 years with a couple generations of players represented over basically one team for a few years. Your legacy is pretty condensed. Pats have been leading the pack or at least higher in the mix than those Steelers were over a similar period of years with wins at either end and 2 near misses in the middle.
    The current Steeler wins are further removed but hey, you still got 6. If NE wins #6 we can argue whose 6 is more impressive. For Pats fans, it’s all upside. Not so much in PA, unless they get #7 this year. All in all, pretty exciting finish to a season, wouldn’t ya’ say?

  136. steelcurtainn says:
    December 26, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Guess you forgot to see the blatant hold call on Sean Davis during burkheads td in the first…. Shouldn’t have been a score. With that there is no drama in the 4th, the game is changed and the Steelers win.
    ———————————————————————————————————————–
    LOL. OK chief. Sure – go through the game film with a microscope until you can find that illusive Stealer victory in there, somewhere.

  137. The steelers needed the roster spot for another one of their meatheads coming back from a 4 game PED suspension they deemed more valuable than Harrison. They knew full well that he’d probably clear waivers and end up with another contender, since he probably won’t play next year. Didn’t seem to bother them, so we’ll see what happens.

  138. Bad move on the Steelers part, personally believe that Harrison should have been used to neutralize the physicality of Grozny in the first 5 yards from the line of scrimmage.

    Sean Spence should have been let go to make room for Gilbert.

  139. Nothing will ever match the 4 superbowls in 6 years the steelers conquered unless you count before superbowls counted.
    —-
    Before Super Bowls counted the Steelers were the dregs of the league. They had 8 winning seasons in 40 years. Basically they were the Bungles.

    Once the cheating started (and Bradshaw is on record admitting it and basically apologizing for it), they became great and won 4 titles.

    Gee. Funny how that works!

  140. Imagine Harrison stepping back into the path of one of those Steeler receivers running a drag route within five yards of the line of scrimmage?

    Imagine Harrison plowing into Le’veon Bell waiting on a screen pass within five yards of the line of scrimmage?

    Imagine Harrison on a stunt coming up the middle at Big Ben?

    Tell us again that Harrison can’t make a difference.

  141. evilhoodyshoody says:
    December 26, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    6th in PA is historically bad now? They give up .4 more points per game than the Steelers.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Ok Homer Simpson, let’s cherry pick stats.

    NE Total Def: 29th
    Passing Def: 29th
    Rushing Def: 26th

    And all that with every ref in the league in their pockets. Awful. Terrible coaching, no talent. Their defense is the Kardashians of the NFL, just riding off the name and nothing else.

  142. Pats sign a bit player.

    America weeps and tosses themselves into the pit of misery.

    Dilly Dilly.

  143. @crush22

    Allen and Dorsett have helped the Pats win many games this season. They may even help the Pats win another Super Bowl.

    Who knows, James Harrison may end up on the same duck boat as Allen and Dorsett in another Super Bowl Pats parade. If that happens, Pats fans will be cheering.

    Right now all is good, we Pats fans are hoping for better.

    In case you are wondering, Allen and Dorsett do not miss participation trophies.

    Jacoby does miss being with a winning organization.

  144. I love Deebo and wish there was a way he could have stayed with the Steelers, but this is pretty interesting. There are only a couple logical reasons the Patsies signed him. Either NE is really in terrible shape defensively that they felt the need to sign a 39 year old player that could not see the field for the Steelers, or NE was so afraid of losing to the Steelers AGAIN (yes, the Steelers “officially” lost the Christmas Eve game but everyone that watched that game knows the Steelers won it except for the refs giving the game to the Patsies; but it showed that the Steelers can beat the Patsies) that they felt they had to sign a player in an attempt to get some inside information. I find this all very amusing that the Steelers are clearly in Belicheat’s head lol. Steelers going to the Super Bowl this year.

  145. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 26, 2017 at 6:46 pm
    The Steelers had several chances to put that game away,but instead they gift-wrapped it and gave it away to the Patriots. They had about 7-8 minutes to decide which plays to run while the Jesse James play (no catch) was being reviewed. They came back onto the field unprepared,completely panicked, and mismanaged the clock. All of that ending with the end-zone pick. Whose fault is it? They don’t need AB to win. That is a lame excuse. They just flat-out blew it.

    The refs blew it……what happened after doesn’t matter because they scored. Ignoring the blown call means you expect all calls to go you way and to be any other way is wrong….sounds like a teen age girl….

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    The call was actually correct, I think you forget that. Maddening, but correct. The rule book needs work because we all agree it should have had that classified as a TD, but the officialing did its job correctly on that play.

    As far as nitpicking calls you sound like you are talking about only having certain ones being reversed because if you pick up all questionable calls that play doesnt matter, it actually probably doesnt happen. The Patriots would have started victory formation a minute or so earlier is all.

    The Steelers lost that game by leaving Gronk open not once, not twice, but thrice. And this was after losing a previous game because they left Gronk uncovered. Talk about slow learners. And then even after the play, having no plan in place was the most ridiculous coaching seen in years.

    Harping on the refs is a cop out, just dont want to face that the team did not do their collective jobs well enough while the opponent did. The Steelers lost that game them selves they were robbed of nothing.

  146. steelcurtainn says:
    December 26, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Nothing will ever match the 4**** superbowls in 6 years the steelers conquered
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    3 in 4 years is harder to accomplish than 4 in 6. 75% win clip vs 66.67%.

    And the Steelers did it before free agency with basically the exact same team in place. Patriots had massive roster turnover.

    Funny to think that all of this Steeler legacy we hear so much about was crammed into a 6 year period nearly 40 years ago. Do you remember what you were doing 40 years ago? My goodness that is ancient history.

  147. deedub1639 says:

    December 26, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Chess vs Checkers my behind – here is some algebra!!!

    TB12 + BB = 5 SB Rings
    (Bledsoe, Vinny, Couch, Other QB) + BB = 0 SB rings

    I think what they have accomplished together makes them both the greatest of all time at QB and coach but sooner than later it ends. The end is closer than the beginning NE. Keep believing that it is the “Patriot Way” LOL! it is TB12 + BB. That is the Patriot way! That is playing chess vs checkers. That is all. When it ends ….. then you guys get to be just like every other team. So enjoy, you have had a long and historic run but the end is coming. It happens pretty quickly… 40+ year old QB takes a shot in the back, knee and the next thing you know. Jeff Garcia is your QB. If you are incredibly fortunate you get another great one but more likely than not you get Rich Gannon replaced by Jay Schroeder. You get Payton Manning replaced by Brock Osweiller. As a football fan I envy your teams success but having watched football for almost 40 years get prepared for when it ends.

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    Sure, but don’t leave out Belichick’s success with the Giants (2 rings as a defensive coach). His defensive gameplan against the potent Bills offense in the 1990 SB was archived by the Pro Football HOF. If Brady leaves before BB does and a high quality QB isn’t there, you can bet BB will invest in a good defense to move them forward.

  148. Pats fanboys are funny. They laugh when the Steelers pick up Ridley and then act like Harrison is a stolen secret weapon. The man should be in strongest man competitions, but he can’t run anymore. If the Pats play him, it is because they are desperate to find an LB.

  149. steelcurtainn says:

    December 26, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Steelers first TD of the game, multiple lineman illegally downfield, refs throw the flag against the Steelers and then . . .pick it up. BS non-call in the Steelers favor. If the goal was to favor the Patriots in the game the refs had a funny way of showing it. And if that play is called correctly there is no drama in the 4th quarter and Jesse James drop doesn’t mean squat.

    Either way NE wins, as usual.
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    Guess you forgot to see the blatant hold call on Sean Davis during burkheads td in the first…. Shouldn’t have been a score. With that there is no drama in the 4th, the game is changed and the Steelers win.

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    If you call that one on the Burkhead TD, then you have to call all the times Gronk was held after 5yds. DeCastro was illegally downfield and James still dropped the pass. Pats still win the game.

  150. lanman11 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 7:25 pm
    “Somehow he made it 69 yards. The Steelers were more shocked than anyone else that they were in a position to try to win it.”
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    Plays happen or they don’t happen because of the individuals on the field. Those I can live with. For the better part of a good long while, the Patriots have made those plays. Hats off to them. When a game is decided in New York, no matter which way it goes, it always makes me sick.

  151. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:

    December 26, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    evilhoodyshoody says:
    December 26, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Ok Homer Simpson, let’s cherry pick stats.

    NE Total Def: 29th
    Passing Def: 29th
    Rushing Def: 26th

    And all that with every ref in the league in their pockets. Awful. Terrible coaching, no talent. Their defense is the Kardashians of the NFL, just riding off the name and nothing else

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    Pats have two of the better corners in the league and one of the best safeties. Front 7 is patched together without Hightower obviously. Your stats are right, but nothing else in your post adds up. Points allowed is a better indicator of success and Pats had just as many bad or non-calls against them this year as for them.

  152. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    December 26, 2017 at 11:41 pm
    evilhoodyshoody says:
    December 26, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    6th in PA is historically bad now? They give up .4 more points per game than the Steelers.

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    Ok Homer Simpson, let’s cherry pick stats.

    NE Total Def: 29th
    Passing Def: 29th
    Rushing Def: 26th

    And all that with every ref in the league in their pockets. Awful. Terrible coaching, no talent. Their defense is the Kardashians of the NFL, just riding off the name and nothing else
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    oh my bad, I didnt know the team with the most yards wins now. That might explain the ratings drop!

  153. Patriots fans homerism 101:

    Patriots sign a player: “OMG We are so wicked smaht!! Belichick is the GOAT”

    Any other team signs the same player “Desperate, washed up, overpaid for player”

    #PatriotsFansHypocrisy

  154. Love Yahoo sports power rankings as shown below, so true.

    1. Patriots (12-3; last week No. 1): Nothing can stop the trio of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and Al Riveron.

  155. Ok Homer Simpson, let’s cherry pick stats.

    NE Total Def: 29th
    Passing Def: 29th
    Rushing Def: 26th

    And all that with every ref in the league in their pockets. Awful. Terrible coaching, no talent. Their defense is the Kardashians of the NFL, just riding off the name and nothing else.
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    Dude, you are a genius. But you do realize that Points Against is what matters. Pats are 7th at 290 points (19.3 ppg) and the Steelers are 5th at 284 (18.9 ppg). Wow 0.4 points per game less then the Kardashians (LOL), Steel Curtain baby.

    And yes Brady has owned the Steelers for his entire career and will continue to do it. This last game was as close as a game has been in years. Steelers actually tried to do something different agaisnt Brady, it worked early not late and if they meet later in the playoffs, it will more than likely end up the same way.

  156. According to the Patriots homers, every player at every position is the GOAT.
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    Pats fans just love their football, that’s all.
    And us Pats fans are very humble too. We know we don’t rule the world…….just the NFL. LOL.

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