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Old 11-30-2010, 06:01 PM   #1
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That's the total amount of fines James Harrison has gotten after receiving his fourth fine by the NFL this season.

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Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been fined $25,000 for roughing the passer in Pittsburgh's 19-16 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills

Harrison made helmet contact to the chest of Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was in a defenseless position at the time the contact was made.

Harrison, a three-time Pro Bowler, has now been fined four times by the NFL this season for hits he has made.

On Monday, Harrison lost two appeals for fines the league levied on hits delivered to Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi ($75,000) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees ($20,000).

Harrison was also fined $5,000 for a hit on Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young.

Harrison met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell following the tackle on Massaquoi, one of two Harrison delivered Oct. 17 that caused concussions to Browns players. The Massaquoi helmet-to-helmet hit helped spur the league's stricter enforcement of dangerous hits, which Goodell explained to Harrison during their Nov. 2 meeting in New York.

Despite his growing list of fines, Harrison hadn't expected to be further punished for the Fitzpatrick hit. Harrison compared it to his Nov. 21 roughing-the-passer penalty against Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell, which did not draw a fine.

"I'm not expecting a fine," Harrison said Monday. "It's the exact thing as last week. It was the same exact hit. I hit him [Fitzpatrick] the same way I did the quarterback from Oakland and I got the same flag but I didn't get a fine. ... I'm expecting the same thing on this."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Seriously, another one?
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Old 11-30-2010, 06:05 PM   #2
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The league is obviously using him as an example.
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Old 11-30-2010, 06:18 PM   #3
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I REALLY hope he ends up winning the DPOY and makes Goodell look like an idea for saying he needs to change the way he plays.
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:17 PM   #4
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I'm no fan of Harrison, but this is ridiculous. He received the same exact punishment as Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan got. Apparently, hitting a QB on a bang-bang play is on the same level as having a fist fight.
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I'm no fan of Harrison, but this is ridiculous. He received the same exact punishment as Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan got. Apparently, hitting a QB on a bang-bang play is on the same level as having a fist fight.

Exactly. Andre ripped a dudes helmet off and then wailed on his head and Cortland ripped off Andres helmet and punch him while all Harrison did was hit the QB lol. I know he's a repeat offendor but that was not a fineable play (and neither was his hit on Drew Brees).
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:39 PM   #7
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Total BS. I watch Football to see guys hit each other. Take away the physicality, and I may as well watch LaCrosse.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:03 PM   #8
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Best OLB in Football.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:46 PM   #9
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Total BS. I watch Football to see guys hit each other. Take away the physicality, and I may as well watch LaCrosse.

League just trying to protect the players safety.

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I REALLY hope he ends up winning the DPOY and makes Goodell look like an idea for saying he needs to change the way he plays.

But couldnt Harrison still win the award if he changed up how he hits? If he avoided the hits that racked up $125,000 worth of fines it wouldnt change how he has been playing this season on defense.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:59 PM   #10
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Since Harrison became a starter in 2007, he's racked up:

353 Total Tackles
44.5 Sacks
68 Tackles for Loss/No Gain
61 QB Hits
25 Forced Fumbles

DeMarcus Ware has a serious case (mostly for the sacks/qb hits) but I don't think anybody's been as rounded as Harrison or been able to change games as he can. The clearest example I can give to support that argument outside of detailing actual plays is that Harrison's 25 forced fumbles since '07 are nine more than other defensive player has caused over the time period.

Note that the numbers are severely HURT due to Harrison playing pretty much the entire second half of '09 injured. He had 8 sacks and 4 fumbles forced through the first half of last season; 2 sacks and 1 fumble forced the rest of the way. Wasn't right.

This is an OLB who registers around 100+ tackles while ranking among the leaders in sacks all the while forcing more turnovers than any other player at his position. He's getting publicity for all the Wrong Reasons when he's inarguably one of the best players in football.
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Old 12-02-2010, 02:36 PM   #11
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The league does not want to see a player end up dying on the field. The way Harrison plays, it is not out of the question to imagine him killing someone one day. He would still be a great player if he toned down his hits, and merely tried to tackle instead of kill on all of them.

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Old 12-02-2010, 03:24 PM   #12
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I couldnt believe when I read that Tomlin said that the $125,000 fine was unfair because Harrison has to take care of two kids. This fine is the equivalent to like 1/28th of Harrisons salary. If you cant afford to take care of your kids because you lost 1/28th of your multi million dollar salary, you are a complete failure at life. What happens when Harrison puts some wide reciever in a wheel chair for the rest of his life? How is that guy going to take care of his kids?

Harrison and the Steelers can go fvck themselves in my opinion.
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When has James Harrison ever put someone in a wheelchair for life? His play isn't so wildly dangerous that he is a threat to do this every game. He had 2 bad hits against the Browns and other than that his play has been completely fine and within the rules. Goodell is just power tripping again and wants to make an example out of him.

And, yeah, Tomlin's comment was stupid but nobody is immune to a dumb soundbite and I think he is just trying to express his support for his player and his lack of respect for Goodell's rulings.
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Ray Anderson, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, fielded questions from readers during an NFL.com chat Friday, responding to a wide range of queries about a season in which "helmet-to-helmet hit" has become a household term.

Anderson was asked how much forethought the league office gave to the "heavy-handed" fines dished out in the middle of the season, and if the scenario was playing out as he expected.


"We would take issue with the term 'heavy handed,'" Anderson said. "Rather we view it as holding players to a higher standard of accountability for complying with safety rules. This emphasis didn't begin midseason but was reiterated many times beginning last February -- particularly rules related to protecting against illegal helmet-to-helmet and other hits against defenseless players."

Anderson, whom readers peppered with questions about James Harrison, was asked why the Pittsburgh Steelers' Pro Bowl linebacker was fined $75,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, while Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson was fined $25,000 for throwing multiple punches at Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan.

"Harrison's fine was a result in part of being a repeat offender," Anderson said. "Therefore, the $75,000 was an escalation due to prior violations. Regarding the fight fines, that's a separate and distinct category from illegal hits to defenseless players. They are simply treated differently, and the players involved in the fight were handled accordingly."

Harrison has been fined a total of $125,000 for four separate violations of the league's policy on illegal hits, fueling criticism from Steelers players that the league is targeting the team. Anderson bolstered his statements from earlier in the week, when he called the notion of targeting Pittsburgh "misguided" and "untrue."

"Neither the Steelers, nor any other team, is singled out for special treatment one way or the other," Anderson said. "In fact, through Week 12, the Steelers have averaged 6.5 penalties per game, including accepted penalties, declined penalties and offsetting fouls, which ties them with three other teams for 10th most in the NFL. (One-third) of the teams have been penalized as much or more than the Steelers."


With talk of the NFL expanding its regular season, Anderson was asked if there was a mixed message in trumpeting player safety while adding two games.

"We know few people like the preseason and we know the fans don't like it," Anderson said. "So, as we consider going to 18 regular-season games while maintaining the 20-game structure, we are undertaking a comprehensive review of all matters that impact player safety. This includes, for example, increased number of players on gameday and practice rosters; limiting the number of offseason and training camp days; establishing limits on the number of practices that can be held in helmets and with contact; and staggering reporting days based on NFL experience, so veterans and those with the most game experience would practice less than rookies and younger players.

"We have no higher priority than player safety," Anderson added. "That is why, for decades, we have made rule changes to advance player safety while maintaining the excitement and physicality of the game. Part of our emphasis is on players playing within the rules and coaches coaching to the rules, including returning to tackling fundamentals."

Anderson also discussed the performance of NFL officials when asked why they aren't fined for their mistakes in the same manner that players are -- or, if they are fined, why it's not publicly disclosed.

"Every single play of every single game is reviewed and graded by the officiating VP and his supervisors," Anderson said. "Every crew and every individual official are graded for every call they make and every call they miss. They are ultimately ranked by position and by crew, and those rankings determine postseason eligibility, postseason assignments, bonus pool eligibility and job retention. Just like the players, if the officials do not perform at the highest level, they will not be retained."

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We take issue with the term 'heavy handed'?

Please gtfo with that.
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