Steelers keep unloading on James Harrison

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Throughout the 2017 season and up until the day linebacker James Harrison signed with the Patriots, no one with the Steelers said anything on or off the record about the player’s unhappiness with his lack of game time, his desire to leave the team, and/or anything he did to try to get his release. Now that Harrison has landed with one of his former team’s top rivals, the Steelers are making known the things Harrison was doing.

Via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, a team source said that Harrison would “sleep in a recliner chair during position meetings and snore loudly while [linebackers coach] Joey Porter would teach.”

That tidbit comes from an unnamed source. Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree opted to go on the record.

According to Paul Zeise of 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, linebacker Bud Dupree said during a weekly radio spot that “Harrison would leave the stadium as soon as he found out he was inactive the past four or five weeks, often didn’t practice or attend meetings and rarely would come in the locker room.” Dupree also said Harrison “wouldn’t visit Ryan Shazier in hospital, either.”

Via Sean Gentille of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dupree confirmed that Harrison wanted out.

“It feels like he went to the Patriots just to spit in Coach Tomlin and Mr. Rooney’s face,” Dupree said. “That’s all it was to us. Like basically you spit on your teammates, you spit on us because the whole season you’ve been shown as someone different than what you were supposed to, so-called, be to us — other than a leader.”

“It is disappointing because when I came into the NFL my two idols were [Harrison] and [Porter],” Dupree said, per Zeise. “I looked up to [Harrison] and wanted to learn from him but he didn’t want to be a mentor to us, like he didn’t want T.J. [Watt] and me to be better than him.”

The team thought Watt and Dupree were better than Harrison, which resulted in Harrison not playing very much. Which apparently resulted in Harrison’s campaign to get cut.

Now that this is coming out, it’ll be interesting to see whether the Patriots scrutinize Harrison a little more carefully, and whether they decide to cut the cord at the first hint of any of the behavior that he exhibited in Pittsburgh.

Then again, that’s what the Patriots typically do. The fact that the Steelers put up with Harrison’s antics for so long is yet another example of the fundamental differences between the two organizations.

157 responses to “Steelers keep unloading on James Harrison

  1. ” Now that Harrison has landed with one of his former team’s top rivals, the Steelers are making known the things Harrison was doing”

    To be rivals, don’t both teams need to win once in a while?

  2. oh spit spit spit….get over it…he honestly has a better chance going further with new england than pittsburgh. and in ANY game situation, i would trust belichik’s decision making over tomlin’s any day of the week.

  3. Those poor, poor Steelers. They’ve been treated so terribly by JH. Such a pity. It’s quite obvious they are scared witless by him. Where was Trip Tomlin while this was all going on (under his watch)?

  4. Pats can have him. He added nothing to this team. A top 5 D with him on the sidelines, getting to watch better men than him rack up almost 50 sacks.
    Heck, he probably knows less about the Steelers D than Belicheck with all the meetings and practices he skipped.

  5. It sounds like a compost fire outta there. It sounds like players, coaches and even management are outta there for their own share of the pie. But nobody care for the other. Makes me proud to be a Ravens fan even more.

  6. “…and these are the days of our lives…”

    Reading the articles on this today has taken me back to junior high. These are grown men… Tough guys… Right???

  7. Don’t let this distract you from the fact that the packers are out of the playoffs even though their fans and GM publicly announced they would win it this year.

  8. These whiners are trying to convince themselves Harrison is irrelevant.

    Look for Harrison to get the last laugh.

  9. If a player acted like that on any team they would be fined, suspended or cut. They certainly would not be kept on the roster and paid week after week after week for months.

    Consider the sources and the circumstances then ask yourself if these comments make sense.

  10. This is all pretty simple. Harrison was an insurance policy while Watt developed. Watt was great and Harrison didn’t play. Harrison wanted to play and shot his way out of town. The Patriots are beat up and starting and playing guys from other teams’ practice squads. If Harrison can help, he’ll be a huge addition. We’ll know a lot more on Sunday how much he has left in the tank. Nantz and Romo will have plenty to talk about.

  11. And to think this all could have been avoided if Tomlin hadn’t lied to him about the playing time he’d get.

  12. matt14gg says:
    December 27, 2017 at 10:20 pm
    “…Joey Porter would teach…” is one of the funniest lines I’ve ever read.

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    Made me laugh as well. Another overrated steeler and quite frankly, could not hold harrison’s jock.

    Pitt keeps running their mouths, including draft bust, bud dupree aka jarvis jones part II.

  13. The fact that the Steelers put up with Harrison’s antics for so long is yet another example of the fundamental differences between the two organizations.
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    got that right. Snoring while a position coach speaks or not showing up at a meeting gets you gone the first time with Belichick in charge. Harrison will learn in a hurry how a real football team works.

  14. Belichick will do anything for an advantage, and I think he’s just trying to distract the team he thinks he’ll be facing in the AFC Championship game. I doubt if Harrison will even get on the field in New England. It’s sad when these old veterans don’t know when to hang em up, but it’s kinda cool that they think they can play this game forever.

  15. jman967 says:
    December 27, 2017 at 10:23 pm
    Pats can have him. He added nothing to this team. A top 5 D with him on the sidelines, getting to watch better men than him rack up almost 50 sacks.
    Heck, he probably knows less about the Steelers D than Belicheck with all the meetings and practices he skipped.

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    A top 5 d doesn’t allow 30 points per game at home over and over again.

    You will be sorely, sorely mistaken if your team makes it to conf title game.

  16. The Steelers are acting like a jilted lover. They have taken their focus off what’s in front them. Brilliant move once again by Belichick. He is always playing mind games with opponents.

  17. Look at the Pats fans thumbing themselves. He’s the next Kony Ealy kids. Remember how awesome he was and how much of a genius BB was for getting him? James is just another player his coach and teammates couldn’t tolerate.

  18. scutz1972 says:

    December 27, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Seems like the classy thing to do would be to wish him well on the next stage of his career.

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    Classy like visiting a teammate in the hospital who was paralyzed on the field?

  19. Harrison or anybody won’t last that long with BB with that kind of alleged attitude. He’ll be shipped to a bad team. It just seems like his teammates are bitter now that he signed with the Pats. You’d think they’ll have class to let things be and be quiet.Such distraction…

  20. And yet the Steelers allowed all of this alleged behavior the entire season.

    If Harrison pulls any of those stunts in New England, he’ll be cut in less than 24 hours. Believe it.

  21. No one knows if Harrison will help the Pats win, but clearly this signing has Pitt rattled and distracted. The reaction from this fragile locker room and fanbase has been well worth it.

  22. None of us are privy to what actually happened. However, IF it is true about the meetings, no team would/should tolerate that type of behavior. That said, the best thing for both sides would have been to shut up, and move on. In the long run, he may work out OK for the Patriots, or he may be cut next week. Long and short, in his prime he was a great player for the Steelers, and I can’t fault him for wanting to play, even if best best days are behind him.

  23. scutz1972 said
    “Seems like the classy thing to do would be to wish him well on the next stage of his career.”
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    It’s the Steelers we are talking about. “Class” is non-existent.

  24. “It is disappointing because when I came into the NFL my two idols were [Harrison] and [Porter],” Dupree said, per Zeise.

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    Son, you need to pick better idols.

  25. Pats are thin on d-line. He’ll probably see a lot of snaps Sunday… even if its just to see how much he has left in the tank

  26. Another funny part of this situation is when some butt hurt Steeler fan tries to show Patriots fans that Harrison made derogatory comments about the Pats. Gee thanks Sherlock, we all laughed at that ten years ago.

  27. All these Pats fans do is talk. Every post about any team bunch of crap. With all their success why so much chatter?

  28. Whine about the Bengals 24/7/365, whine about refs, headsets, former players etc. Current players whine for the ball or more snaps. Whine whine whine. The Steelers are the NFL’s GS Warriors and Lebron James combined. With a little Harbaugh sprinkled in.

  29. These comments were all made at one time by each of them, so they only made the one statement, it’s just being reported in parts so it looks like they are still talking about it, they aren’t. I watched the interviews and Pouncey’s was in the locker room and Dupree on a radio show. So it’s not continuous – there just isn’t much else to report on right now, lol.
    I think they are the only two players that have made comments. All the others posted funny comments or wished him well, if they said anything at all.

  30. “Harrison would “sleep in a recliner chair during position meetings and snore loudly while [linebackers coach] Joey Porter would teach.”
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    I have zero problems with that. Regardless of how much more a player makes than a coach, if the coach allows that then what’s the problem? Sure, Porter might be “just” a position but if he doesn’t feel like he has the authority to say anything then bring it Tomlin. If Tomlin doesn’t do anything then it’s on the HC.

    Anyway, truth of the matter is even IF that’s how Harrison really is during meetings, BB will definitely put Harrison in his place. If not, then he’s out the door. $50k is pocket change to kick the tires.

  31. get over yourselves steelers, the patriots aint your nemesis, you aint their rival…in order for there to be a rivalry you actually have to win some games against them…peyton manning was their true rival & he gone now

  32. contra74 says:
    December 27, 2017 at 10:30 pm
    Don’t let this distract you from the fact that the packers are out of the playoffs even though their fans and GM publicly announced they would win it this year.

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    Do you really want a guy coaching your team that isn’t saying, “We’re going to and winning the Super Bowl!” Whether or not you do it is another matter. But at the beginning of the year, ALL coaches should be saying such things.

  33. Don’t let this distract you from the fact that the packers are out of the playoffs even though their fans and GM publicly announced they would win it this year.
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    And don’t let the Vikings current success distract you from the fact that they’ve never won a championship, or even a playoff game this decade.

  34. You earn playing time today. What you did last year or last decade for the team doesn’t help them win this Sunday. This is great clickbait for the media and distraction for the teams. Insulating an organization and it’s players from this should be someones job.

  35. If this “new” Steelers defense spent as much time actually playing defense as whining, maybe the Patriots wouldn’t have scored 27 points on them a couple weeks ago.

  36. If this is all true and the player had already asked to be released twice then why was he on the team for so long. Sounds like he should have been cut a while ago.

  37. Instead of filming a new season of Hard Knocks next year HBO has decided to just replay the Steelers’ season without all the football games.

  38. This is a classic case of a player thinking he’s better than he is and a team thinking theyre better than they are. Harrison is done and the steelers are probably one of the most overrated teams every year. At the beginning of every season you see BSPN and other sports outlets making predictions and there’s plenty of dull thinkers picking the steelers, packers and cowboys and every year theyre wrong.

  39. While he was at it, he should’ve drug one of the Steelers Lombardi’s around the parking lot, ala George Costanza.

  40. Harrison will go on to make a few big plays for the Patriots in the Playoffs, maybe even against his former team, but Pittsburgh will get the last laugh when one of their greats wants to retire a Steeler and they deny him. New England will use him for whatever knowledge he took in on his former and most likely use him as a special down player. He might get a ring with the Patriots, he might not, but he for sure shoved a knife in the back of his teammates, coaches and most importantly Steelers fans.

  41. Belichick/patriots on harrison… “he used to play for the steelers, but we play the jets this week”

    -IF- they meet in the playoff’s NE has already won. So obvious.

  42. All of this will be irrelevant when SUPERBOWL MVP JOE FLACCO wins yet another one this year.

  43. The more Pittsburgh whines, the more I think Harrison is a mole – a plant – an agent of sabotage infiltrating New England from within.

  44. And with every vicious, vengeful, ignorant and drama-filled comment coming from the leaderless Steeler players against one of their own, Deebo becomes even more motivated to make them regret their adolescent behavior. Belichick is literally making Dumblin, look dumber every day. The Steelers have become a self defeating spectacle of a once glorious organization….

  45. Well, if he’s ever feeling uninspired, Harrison has Dupree, Pouncey, and Gilbert to reignite the competitive fire.

  46. Well la Dee da,
    WOW….He had some cut throat jelious team mates in Pittsburgh. Tomlin must be ashamed of himself?
    I guess the Rooney rule is showing its true colors.
    Bill Cowher would not have allowed this.
    Pittsburgh fans should also be ashamed what rich spoiled brats.

  47. Wow, didn’t realize just how much of the Steelers players heads the Patriots occupy. Why freak out about a player that apparently wasn’t good enough to play for you? All this nonsense because he went to NE? Guess they really do own you.

  48. 1. If a player is sleeping in meetings that’s on the coach for allowing it to hapoen.
    2. Sorry Bud but it’s not Harrison’s job to mentor the LB’s. It’s a nice gesture but the inly obligation Harrison has is to get himself ready to play. If that wasn’t happening then that’s on the coaches.
    3. Many football players are odd about injuries. Some guys won’t even walk into the training room let alone go visit a guy in the hospital. Since he may well have reached out to Shazier via phone / text I’ll reserve judgement on Harrison.

    Sounds to me like the Steelers tokd Harrison he’d be used more this season. When that didn’t happen Harrison asked for his release. The Steelers didn’t cut him and he became a distraction. Both parties are to blame but far more falls on the organization by allowing him to act a fool.

  49. One thing is for certain, you wouldn’t hear Patriots talk about a player that left like this. It would be “we’re on to . . . the next game”

  50. Harrison is going to have the greatest 4 games of his career in the remainder of the season. Yes, I said FOUR. Steelers should worry about the schism between Ben and Haley. Haley lost them the game against the Patriots. Hothead Haley has to GO. Ben on his own would have spiked the ball and ensured at least a tie going into OT. Glad that Tomlin is screwinging up these days as I’m a Patriots fan. Now Haley can screw up his offensive plan in the AFC Championship by worring about blitzes from a revengeful Harrison.

  51. The Steelers can either use this as a distraction and lose in the playoffs, or they can use it as motivation to beat the Patriots. That is assuming that the Steelers at some point do play the Patriots in the playoffs.

    The biggest problem that I see with the Steelers, is that they seem to be a team that runs on emotion with very little leadership. Any team that runs or leads through emotion can very easily be distracted and fail to advance as far as they should. They often make dumb on the field mistakes. Basically just another version of the 2006 Patriots/Chargers playoff game. The Chargers were more talented, but they weren’t more mature and it cost them that game.

    In 2017 the Steelers are more talented than the Patriots, but they aren’t more mature.

  52. Honesty, these stories tell more about how Tomlin runs his ship than anything else.

    What does Bud Dupree think about Antonio Brown sneaking around the corner and streaming FB live in the locker room while coach Tomlin is speaking? I’m sure he’s fine with it, because you know, he’s still on the team.

    And how anyone could look up to Joey Porter is beyond me.

  53. Wait until ben retires, then we’ll see what kind of team the yinzers have after that. Tomlin is average at best, the proof will be in the pudding next year.

  54. If the Steelers really let this guy get away with snore fests in meetings and the other thjngs they’re claiming its just another example of Tomlin’s inability to run a bigtime program properly.

  55. Did Dupree’s feelings get hurt? Yes.
    Is Dupree the “sensitive kind”? Yes.
    Do the Patriots care what Dupree thinks? No.
    Do Patriot fans care what Dupree thinks? For entertainment purposes only.
    What are the Patriots doing? Preparing to face the Jets.
    What are the Steelers doing? Handling a break-up. Badly.

  56. “December 27, 2017 at 10:18 pm
    Maybe the Patriots picked up Harrison to get a few additional details or “tells” on the Steeler’s defense.”

    Yeah Cruz Brady has such a hard time shredding that defense repeatedly.

    Maybe the Pats just want to know why they don’t cover Gronk. lol

  57. The Patriots need a pass rusher. They are trying to “kick the tires” and see if he still has enough left for however many games they end up playing from this point forward. I think that this falls on both Harrison and the Steelers. If they told him he would play more than he has, they should have talked to him and let him know that he wouldn’t when things changed. All he wanted was to be cut and given the opportunity to try elsewhere, but they didn’t. I don’t know James Harrison, but Bud Dupree may not have thought he did all those things to get cut, so he can try and play somewhere else. As for not visiting Ryan Shazier, that really isn’t Bud Dupree’s business to be talking about (IMO). Leave it to just football. You shouldn’t start talking about what the guy does or think he does on his own time.

  58. The Steelers need to worry about the games on the field instead of running their mouths . They have the talent to win SBs but too many self inflicted distractions get in the way . Hard to win championships when your best players like Roethlisberger and Brown are more focused on themselves instead of the team .

  59. If what Dupree said is true (skipping practice, snoring during meetings, not visiting shazier) than he is trash, human garbage. He will never retire a Steeler. I never wish injury on any player but maybe this changes that.

  60. Yeah because Harrison made this decision to personally slight the Steelers…not that it was a better business move, but because he really wanted to piss everyone off in Pittsburgh. Get over yourselves already lol….

  61. “Maybe the Patriots picked up Harrison to get a few additional details or “tells” on the Steeler’s defense.”

    Okay, for the last time: the Brady/Belichick Patriots have an 11-2 record against the Steelers. They really really really do not need to bring in a player for intel purposes. They have the Steelers’ number already, and have for years.

  62. The biggest mistake here was the Steelers cutting him. Can’t cut a guy like him this late in the process. You knew what would happen.

    The Team should have suspended him for conduct detrimental to the team / breaking team rules, so no paycheck and be away from facilities, or just super moth-balled him some other way.

    Cutting him, you knew he was going to end up with the Pats. I remember you did this with LeGarrett Blount also.

  63. I mean, is it a surprise to everyone that this guy was a total POS all along? The Steelers just put up with it when he was good. Now he’s not good enough to get away with it anymore.

  64. Just when I thought I couldn’t dislike the Steeler’s and their fans more than I do, turns out I can.

  65. “The Team should have suspended him for conduct detrimental to the team…”
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    That would have required the stories they’re telling now to actually have happened. Nobody allows a player who is rarely seeing the field cause any sort of problems–they’d have disciplined him or released him long ago if anything like that was going on. That’s why these after-the-fact spin jobs are so entertaining because in their quest to dish dirt they make their own organization look like a clown show where there’s no leadership or discipline at all.

  66. These aren’t Harrisons Steelers. That’s why he doesn’t care what they say.

    His team was the Troy, Ike, Hampton, Woodley, Hines Steelers.

    These guys weren’t on the championship teams besides Ben of course, so that bond isn’t there.

  67. “a team source said that Harrison would “sleep in a recliner chair during position meetings and snore loudly while [linebackers coach] Joey Porter would teach.”

    So many things wrong with this sentence… 1st – Who puts recliners in meeting rooms? 2nd – What can Joey Porter be teaching anyone?

  68. seattlesue427 says:
    December 28, 2017 at 8:54 am
    From a dirty team to a cheating team. Neither team has any room to complain about anything

    Arent you a Seahawks fan? And you want to talk about dirty or cheating?

  69. trainwrecksryan says:
    December 28, 2017 at 9:16 am
    “Maybe the Patriots picked up Harrison to get a few additional details or “tells” on the Steeler’s defense.”

    Okay, for the last time: the Brady/Belichick Patriots have an 11-2 record against the Steelers. They really really really do not need to bring in a player for intel purposes. They have the Steelers’ number already, and have for years.

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    They dont know why Gronk keeps getting left open. And you cant say you havent wondered this yourself.

  70. seattlesue427 says:
    December 28, 2017 at 8:54 am
    From a dirty team to a cheating team. Neither team has any room to complain about anything.
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    Look who is posting that! A seahawk fan of all people!

  71. Steelers with Tomlin and management seem to constantly do STUPID things like this.It gives Pats intel and do not think Belichick does not do this whenever he can.Other teams as well.To think that Steelers would do this so close to the playoffs is mind blowing.To suggest that he was sleeping in meetingsand breaking other teams rules just shows thw weakness of Tomlin.If that were the case he should have been cut/released early in the season.Belichick would never tolerate that and will not now.Steelers have now given the Pats a huge incentive if they meet in the playoffs.STUPID.

  72. bradygirl12 says:

    December 28, 2017 at 8:04 am

    I wonder if any of Harrison’s ex-teammates would have the guts to trash-talk him to his face?
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    That is the BEST part of all of this. While he was on the roster, these players could have aired their grievances man to man. Instead, they sat silently in the corner, cuz they didn’t have the sack to address it with him, and waited for when he was 500 miles away, then they decided to speak

  73. seattlesue427 says:

    December 28, 2017 at 8:54 am

    From a dirty team to a cheating team. Neither team has any room to complain about anything.
    __________________________

    Uh, would you have preferred he went to a dirty, cheating team? One with a One-Year Dynasty behind them? Say, I dunno, the Seahawks?

  74. The fact that all these Steelers are whining to the media shows Tomlin’s lack of discipline of his locker room. If the Pats and Steelers meet in AFCCG, Tomlin’s Steelers will provide ample bulletin board quotes and then whine like the crybabies they are all off-season if they happen to lose.

  75. savethenflfirerogergoodell says:
    December 28, 2017 at 7:55 am

    rivals???

    hows that exactly?

    LMAO
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    Remember who broke your 26 game winning streak or whatever it was. Remember that the Pats and/or Steelers have accounted for most of the AFC Championship appearances over the last 12-15 years. Don’t be shallow.

  76. 12-3 haters. 12-3.

    It’s amazing how much space the Steelers have secured in a lot of your guys minds.

    But winning 6 Super Bowls can do that.
    Best thing is, with 4 of them coming over 40 years ago, makes me wonder what’s taken you all so long to catch up? 🙂

  77. steeelfann0155 says:
    December 28, 2017 at 10:19 am
    savethenflfirerogergoodell says:
    December 28, 2017 at 7:55 am

    rivals???

    hows that exactly?

    LMAO
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    Remember who broke your 26 game winning streak or whatever it was. Remember that the Pats and/or Steelers have accounted for most of the AFC Championship appearances over the last 12-15 years. Don’t be shallow.

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    Yeah but when the Patriots celebrate something like they won a Superbowl, its because they actually won the Superbowl.

    And as an added bonus they only celebrate it for a few weeks (except Belichick, he only goes a few minutes), then they forget all about it and start prepping for game one of the following season.

  78. Yeah still not much of a rivalry.

    AFC championship appearances since 2001

    Patriots – 11 times, 7 wins (3 against the Steelers)
    Steelers – 6 times, 2 wins (0 against the Patriots)

  79. I don’t think the fans of the team who just got fleeced by San Francisco should be bragging about how Belichick plays chess while everyone else plays checkers. Was watching Jimmy G tear it up part of the master plan too?

  80. atlantablewa28to3lead says:
    December 28, 2017 at 9:37 am
    If Cleveland or Cincinnati were smart, they would have claimed him off of waivers just for spite…oh wait it’s the Bungles and the Frowns, never mind.

    How in the world would that have been more spiteful then letting this play out like it has?

  81. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    December 28, 2017 at 11:10 am
    I don’t think the fans of the team who just got fleeced by San Francisco should be bragging about how Belichick plays chess while everyone else plays checkers. Was watching Jimmy G tear it up part of the master plan too?

    What makes you think you have the capacity to understand BB’s plans? You may as well go argue that Hawking isn’t very good at physics.

  82. onemorethentherest says:
    December 28, 2017 at 10:35 am
    12-3 haters. 12-3.

    It’s amazing how much space the Steelers have secured in a lot of your guys minds.

    But winning 6 Super Bowls can do that.
    Best thing is, with 4 of them coming over 40 years ago, makes me wonder what’s taken you all so long to catch up?

    One group of guys who were great for a short while a long time ago? What took so long to get #5?

  83. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    December 28, 2017 at 11:10 am
    I don’t think the fans of the team who just got fleeced by San Francisco should be bragging about how Belichick plays chess while everyone else plays checkers. Was watching Jimmy G tear it up part of the master plan too?

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    Do you always rate the results of a trade after the main player has played only 5 games, four of them against bad competition? Do you know the Pats couldn’t have paid both Jimmy G. and Brady next year and still fielded a competitive team?
    Do you know who the Patriots are going to draft with the second-rounder they got for Jimmy G.?
    Do you know anything about football?

  84. onemorethentherest says:
    December 28, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Best thing is, with 4 of them coming over 40 years ago, makes me wonder what’s taken you all so long to catch up? 🙂
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    History from over 40 years ago is the best thing about the Steelers, because they haven’t amounted to much in the past 40.

    Makes me wonder why the Steelers have been so awful these past 40 years, although we know Tomlin is the reason for much of the misery that has Steeler fans drooling on about the Patriots success.

  85. None of us are privy to what actually happened. However, IF it is true about the meetings, no team would/should tolerate that type of behavior. Also, if true, it just shows how stupid Tomlin is for not correcting the issue or cutting him a lot sooner. Further, no player (Dupree, in this instance) should be out commenting on internal team moves/activities. This is just another example of why Tomlin needs to go…he can’t control these guys In the long run, JH may work out for the Patriots, or he may be cut next week. In any case, JH, in his prime, was a great player for the Steelers, and I can’t fault him for wanting to play, even if best best days are behind him.

  86. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    December 28, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I don’t think the fans of the team who just got fleeced by San Francisco should be bragging about how Belichick plays chess while everyone else plays checkers. Was watching Jimmy G tear it up part of the master plan too?
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    Jimmy is a FA at the end of the year. The 49ers could have had him for nothing if they waited 6 months, and for much less, because right now they are going to have to pay a guy with 5-6 games under his belt 25 mil a year for 4-5 years.

  87. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    December 28, 2017 at 11:10 am
    I don’t think the fans of the team who just got fleeced by San Francisco should be bragging about how Belichick plays chess while everyone else plays checkers. Was watching Jimmy G tear it up part of the master plan too?

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    Absolutely. Because everything they got from SF was more than they were going to get if they did not do the trade. The only unexpected thing in all this is how long Brady is lasting. The Patriots had a plan to replace him (and to your point it was a really good one) that they turned out to not need. So rather than throw it away for nothing they turned it into a second round pick. So no matter how well JG does the Patriots are still coming out ahead of if they had not done that trade. How much ahead depends on who they draft with that pick and how well they do.

  88. onemorethentherest says:
    December 28, 2017 at 10:35 am
    12-3 haters. 12-3.

    It’s amazing how much space the Steelers have secured in a lot of your guys minds.

    But winning 6 Super Bowls can do that.
    Best thing is, with 4 of them coming over 40 years ago, makes me wonder what’s taken you all so long to catch up? 🙂

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    I think the article got misread. Its about how the Steelers are freaking out, not the Patriots.

  89. So, when the Steelers cut Harrison, they’re a classless, cruel organization that viciously kicked one of their greatest players to the curb one week before the playoffs. It was a senseless, horrific act and the media demanded to know how the Steelers could justify such rotten behavior.

    When they reveal the insubordinate conduct leading up to the decision, they’re “piling on” and they “keep unloading” on Harrison.

    Got it. Thanks.

  90. Do the Steelers think they are playing the Pats in the AFCCG this week? Worry about the Browns, then worry about the Jags, THEN worry about the Pats.

  91. cbass59 says:
    December 28, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Harrison going to NE is the same as Roger Clemons leaving Boston for the Yankees.
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    How are those 2 things the same? Clemens left Boston (after his 2 worst back to back years) for Toronto, roided up for a couple of years then went to NY.

  92. hullofaplayer says:
    December 28, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I dont think Harrison has much left in the tank,so after its all done , i doubt he will have much impact on how the Patriots do in the playoffs.
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    Maybe not, but since the Steelers can’t get over Harrison leaving, it will have an impact if they meet the Patriots in the playoffs, due to the Steelers obvious lack of mental fortitude.

  93. jgnovelist says:
    December 28, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    So, when the Steelers cut Harrison, they’re a classless, cruel organization that viciously kicked one of their greatest players to the curb one week before the playoffs. It was a senseless, horrific act and the media demanded to know how the Steelers could justify such rotten behavior.

    When they reveal the insubordinate conduct leading up to the decision, they’re “piling on” and they “keep unloading” on Harrison.

    Got it. Thanks.
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    The only takeaway from it all is that it confirms how poorly run and undisciplined the Steelers organization is. Not that it is really surprising to anyone.

  94. Prediction: The Steelers score a TD against Cleveland, JuJu and his merry band of dolts celebrate by mimicking Harrison snoozing in his recliner.

  95. Greenlargo says:
    December 28, 2017 at 12:16 pm
    onemorethentherest says:
    December 28, 2017 at 10:35 am
    12-3 haters. 12-3.

    It’s amazing how much space the Steelers have secured in a lot of your guys minds.

    But winning 6 Super Bowls can do that.
    Best thing is, with 4 of them coming over 40 years ago, makes me wonder what’s taken you all so long to catch up? 🙂

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    I think the article got misread. Its about how the Steelers are freaking out, not the Patriots.

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    Where did I mention the word Patriots? Lol

  96. I guess it’s safe to say that Harrison thought he could get away with
    his behavior. For years there has been rumors that he and Joey Porter
    ran the locker room. It is interesting that Porter would put up with such behavior.
    I guess Tomlin did too. Is this a sign of change in the overall organization
    of the Steelers? Dan Rooney is gone and his son is a nice guy but not a leader.
    The Steelers were always a first class operation who put their reputation before
    value of a player. Remember Dan Rooney sent a Super Bowl mvp packing for
    a 5th round pick. That sent a messge. We will see.

  97. Harrison and the Steelers have quite a history together. Not surprised that they abruptly cut him, again. Patriots got themselves a monster for the post season. I only wish Veach and the Chiefs had inked him instead. When the stage is large, the guy has always been a load to handle.

  98. mmack66 says:
    December 28, 2017 at 12:40 pm
    hullofaplayer says:
    December 28, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I dont think Harrison has much left in the tank,so after its all done , i doubt he will have much impact on how the Patriots do in the playoffs.
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    Maybe not, but since the Steelers can’t get over Harrison leaving, it will have an impact if they meet the Patriots in the playoffs, due to the Steelers obvious lack of mental fortitude.
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    I’m not a fan of either team, but I think that if the Harrison signing gives either team extra motivation, it would be the Steelers.

    The Patriots clearly signed Harrison to get any intel they could from him and also to get in the heads of the Steelers. But I don’t think that will happen because it sounds like Harrison was a “cancer” all year in that locker room. A lot of players probably wanted to see him cut earlier. I think, if anything, this motivates the Steelers.

  99. I cannot believe anybody thinks that ANY organization, no matter how dysfunctional, would allow “snoring” during a meeting. The things people will believe….

  100. As a Boston sports fan I can understand that some fans are deeplyt troubled by this. As was the case when various former Sox players signed with the Yanks (Clemens, Boggs, Ellsbury to name a few.) Maybe Pats fans have to think back to Parcells leaving for the Jets and getting Curtis Martin to understand that point of view. The facts seem to be he was told one thing and then it did not prove accurate. if we can believe what he said he asked to be traded or let go and the requests were denied. Most players would have kept it cool and gone about their business \but he chose to behave poorly to get released. That happens sometimes and does not reflect well on the player. Signing with the Pats must be painfull for Steelers fans but the players should understand the business side of this.

    At the end of the day he was a talented player and may very well be more talented at 39 than some of the players the Pats have on their roster, we will have to wait and see.

  101. guinsrule2 says:

    December 27, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Nice to finally have a Patriot player who says the Patriots cheat…

    James Harrison has had choice words about the Patriots in the past
    http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2017/12/26/james-harrison-patriots-signing-pittsburgh-steelers-spygate-deflategate-roger-goodell-nfl-commissioner/stories/201712260126
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    Would have more impact if he’d played for the Patriots at the time. Since he didn’t, it’s just another example of the Steelers whining and making excuses for being beaten like a drum by the Patriots.
    So, big whoop. Happy New Year. Keep your crying, I mean terrible towel, handy, you’re going to need it.

  102. Dave Singerman says:

    December 29, 2017 at 6:58 am

    I cannot believe anybody thinks that ANY organization, no matter how dysfunctional, would allow “snoring” during a meeting. The things people will believe….
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    Brett Favre got traded from the Falcons for snoring (hungover). lol

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