Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Additional thoughts on James Harrison
By James Walker
Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison provided plenty of material Wednesday. So as we continue to dissect his bashing of various targets, here are some additional thoughts:
- Steelers safety Ryan Clark on Wednesday mostly deflected Harrison's comments via Twitter by saying, "Locker room stuff gets handle in the locker room not twitter." Clark also said the Steelers' players know Harrison speaks his mind, no matter the topic.
- NFC North colleague Kevin Seifert astutely pointed out that Harrison had just one tackle in Pittsburgh's Super Bowl XLV loss to the Green Bay Packers. Harrison wasn’t a factor in the game, but he criticized both running back Rashard Mendenhall and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Vote here if you think that’s justified or out of bounds.
- Harrison's comments that the New England Patriots were stealing the Steelers' signals in a 2004 playoff game are interesting. It's well-documented that the Patriots, and particularly quarterback Tom Brady, have been dominant against the Steelers post-Spygate. That most recently includes a 39-26 thrashing of the Steelers last season at Heinz Field. With Brady under center, the Patriots are 3-0 against the Steelers since the playoff game in 2004.