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fordfixer
01-17-2009, 02:08 AM
Harris: Steelers' Harrison has Ravens' attention

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 07569.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_607569.html)

The Baltimore Ravens added an extra offensive tackle on Steelers linebacker James Harrison's side when the teams played in December.

That's a heck of a compliment for an opponent whom Baltimore defensive lineman Trevor Pryce claimed wouldn't be heard from. This after Harrison had racked up nine tackles, 3 1/2 sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception against the Ravens on Monday Night Football last season.

Pryce was wrong. Boy, was he wrong.

Harrison became the star attraction on the Steelers' top-ranked defense this season. He had a franchise-record 16 sacks during the regular season despite double- and triple-teams and the more-than-occasional hold.

He wasn't drafted out of Kent State. He was cut four times, including once by the Ravens. He's been disrespected by opponents such as Pryce. Yet, he's now the reigning NFL defensive player of the year.

That's Harrison telling his critics to stick their doubts where the sun doesn't shine?

"Actually, stuff like that motivates me. It makes me want to prove somebody wrong," said Harrison, who starts in the biggest game of his life against the Ravens on Sunday night in the AFC Championship Game at Heinz Field. "When I hear what somebody tells me I can't do, it drives me to want to do it even more to prove them wrong."

Harrison's numbers in two home games against Baltimore since becoming a starter in 2007 are staggering: 19 tackles, six sacks for 55 yards in losses, one interception, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Harrison's big plays in those two home games have directly led to five touchdowns.

In the Steelers' 23-20 overtime win against Baltimore on Sept. 29, Harrison's sack of quarterback Joe Flacco resulted in a fumble and LaMarr Woodley's 7-yard touchdown return for a 17-13 lead in the third quarter.

Harrison's presence makes his teammmates better, if only because of the extra blocking attention tilted his way. He was held somewhat in check with four tackles and a sack last week against San Diego in the divisional playoffs. So what was the result? Woodley crashes in from the left side for two big sacks, three tackles for losses and three quarterback hurries.

Baltimore's players have since come to their senses regarding Harrison's playing ability. Ravens tackle Willie Anderson, a 13-year veteran, compared Harrison's forceful playing style to former Steelers linebacker Greg Lloyd, whom Anderson faced while with the Cincinnati Bengals.

"I don't really pattern myself after anybody," Harrison said. "I go out there and try things that I may have seen somebody else do and see how it fits into my game. If I feel like I can do it, well, then I'll keep it. If not, then I'll throw it away."

Given how Harrison has taken the league by storm, more linebackers have been patterning their games after him, rather than the other way around.

Djfan
01-17-2009, 02:26 AM
Harrison's numbers in two home games against Baltimore since becoming a starter in 2007 are staggering: 19 tackles, six sacks for 55 yards in losses, one interception, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Harrison's big plays in those two home games have directly led to five touchdowns.

Other guys dream of this in a season!

flippy
01-17-2009, 06:33 AM
I hope Harrison gets doubled cause Woodley looks fresh and healthy on the other side.

I love that Baltimore cut Deebo......hahah

Chachi
01-17-2009, 09:37 AM
Not much you can do when The Woodley Mammouth™ (The Woodley & Harrison Duo) comes stomping down your lane every play.

An animal like that surely gets your undivided attention.

Acero
01-17-2009, 10:19 AM
Harrison's presence makes his teammmates better, if only because of the extra blocking attention tilted his way. He was HELD ON ALMOST EVERY SINGLE PLAY BY CHARGERS LINEMEN last week against San Diego in the divisional playoffs.

There... fixed that "typo".

stlrz d
01-17-2009, 11:27 AM
Woodley said there's a good reason Flacco hasn't fumbled or been sacked yet in the playoffs...he hasn't played the Pittsburgh Steelers!

Yes Sir!!! :tt2

RuthlessBurgher
01-17-2009, 03:42 PM
Harrison's numbers in two home games against Baltimore since becoming a starter in 2007 are staggering: 19 tackles, six sacks for 55 yards in losses, one interception, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Harrison's big plays in those two home games have directly led to five touchdowns.

Other guys dream of this in a season!

I look forward to him keeping pace with those numbers from his first two home starts against the Ravens by getting 10 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and either an interception or fumble recovery in his third home start against the Ravens. :tt2 :Steel :tt1