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SteelCrazy
12-30-2010, 10:29 AM
First game since Steelers linebacker injured two wide receivers

By Nate Ulrich
Beacon Journal sports writer

POSTED: 04:52 p.m. EST, Dec 29, 2010

BEREA: If the Browns have their way, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison's homecoming will be spoiled when he returns to Northeast Ohio on Sunday.
Harrison, an Akron native, knocked wide receivers Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi out of the Steelers' 28-10 win over the Browns on Oct. 17 at Heinz Field. Both players left the game in the second quarter after suffering concussions at the hands or helmet of Harrison.
Now the Browns (5-10) are hoping to play the role of a spoiler against the Steelers (11-4), who can capture the AFC North title and a first-round postseason bye with a win in the regular-season finale at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Browns insist their rivalry with the Steelers is as intense as ever, and Harrison's hits have certainly added some fuel to the fire.
''You won't see it right now, but when the lights come on, you'll see a lot of pissed-off guys,'' Cribbs said Wednesday. ''We've got to practice good this week and show that we can win the football game.
''This will be our one ticket to be forgiven from our fans for the disappointing season that we had. We're gonna give it our best. They're gonna come with their best, and we're at our home, so we've gotta put [out] the best showing of the year.''
Harrison's devastating blows to Cribbs and Massaquoi, along with a few other vicious collisions throughout the league during Week 6, sparked widespread debate about the safety of players. The NFL announced it would begin cracking down on dangerous and flagrant hits by levying substantial fines and even suspensions. The league also sent videos to teams, outlining the differences between legal and illegal hits.
Just about everyone involved questioned whether professional football would be changed forever.
''I still don't think we have an answer to that,'' Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. ''I think those answers are long-term answers, particularly when you're talking about it from an initiative standpoint, in terms of what the league is trying to get done from a long-term standpoint. I think those are only going to be measured over an extended period of time and I'm talking years because what we're talking about is changing the nature in which people play and see the game of football.''
Although Harrison was not penalized for his hits against the Browns, the league fined him $75,000. In response to the controversy, Harrison said he contemplated retirement. Cribbs, who was Harrison's teammate during their days at Kent State University, defended Harrison, encouraged him not to alter his style and said he believed he was instrumental in dissuading Harrison from cutting his career short.
However, Cribbs also said he couldn't wait to hit Harrison back. When asked Wednesday if he still wants retribution, Cribbs said, ''Of course, but I'm not gonna talk about it. I'm gonna do my talking on the field.''
Some believe Harrison has adjusted his techniques since Week 6. He has accumulated $125,000 in fines for four separate infractions this season.
''He's still trying to hit people the same way he has been, but maybe he's trying to lower his target and not hit guys in the head quite as much,'' said Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who, like Harrison, recently received his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl selection. ''The NFL tried to send him a message, and it seems like he got it.''
In the aftermath of Harrison's hits, Cribbs missed two days of practice but played the next week against the New Orleans Saints. Massaquoi, though, missed one game before returning Nov. 7 against the New England Patriots.
On Wednesday, Massaquoi declined to answer questions about Harrison, but he said the rivalry between the Browns and the Steelers remains bitter. The Steelers have prevailed in 13 of the past 14 meetings, though the Browns pulled a 13-6 upset last season in Week 14.
''It's Pittsburgh. I don't know how else to put it,'' Massaquoi said. ''It's not like we're good friends. It's not like there's good blood between the two teams.''


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It's Cleveland's Super Bowl. We need to take care of business.

fezziwig
12-30-2010, 11:08 AM
I beleive I heard that teams that return kickoffs/punts for a TD have a 78% chance of winning the game.

Our special teams bother me the most about this game and injuries too.

Sugar
12-30-2010, 11:28 AM
Hopefully, we won't be tempting fate by kicking to Cribbs. If the tone is set early that we can stop Hillis (I know he's a bit banged up), hopefully we can take their biggest threats out of the game.

Mister Pittsburgh
12-30-2010, 11:44 AM
harrison hit massaquoi with his forarms to the head, not helmet.

Browns are gonna get their asses kicked.

NW Steeler
12-30-2010, 12:02 PM
harrison hit massaquoi with his forarms to the head, not helmet.

Browns are gonna get their asses kicked.


That's what I'm talking about! I want to see a 35-0 beatdown.

:brownssuck

Flasteel
12-30-2010, 12:13 PM
I beleive I heard that teams that return kickoffs/punts for a TD have a 78% chance of winning the game.

Our special teams bother me the most about this game and injuries too.

This the thing that scares me most. Any team in the NFL can beat another, given the right set of circumstances. The only way the Brownies have a chance in this game are through turnovers and mistakes in the return game. We do a pretty good job at holding on to the ball and forcing turnovers on defense. No real worries there. While our coverage units are definitely better than last year, Cribbs has a track record of killing us.

Mister Pittsburgh
12-30-2010, 12:20 PM
[quote="Mister Pittsburgh":32re210y]harrison hit massaquoi with his forarms to the head, not helmet.

Browns are gonna get their asses kicked.


That's what I'm talking about! I want to see a 35-0 beatdown.

:brownssuck[/quote:32re210y]

Here we go Steelers, Here we go WhooWhoo, Here we go Steelers, Here we go!!

:tt2

F them Browns! Cribbs and Massaquoi are gonna be lucky to make it through this game healthy! Kick their ass Deebo!

MeetJoeGreene
12-30-2010, 12:46 PM
If you think about it, one big reason we lost the Jets game was due to a return TD.

Starlifter
12-30-2010, 12:53 PM
seems pretty simple. pressure mccoy, stop hillis, don't kick to cribbs. Steelers win 24-3.

Oviedo
12-30-2010, 01:01 PM
The Browns are using this game to play for jobs next year and to do what they perceive would be ruining the Steelers play off chances. They will be motivated. This is all they have had to play for.

If we don't beat them then shame on us. It is clear what is at stake. Hopefully that means we throw every blitz in the playbook at McCoy and don't "save it for the play offs." I hope we see relentless attacking defense and no playing conservative or coaching scared.

Crash
12-30-2010, 01:14 PM
'This will be our one ticket to be forgiven from our fans for the disappointing season that we had

That logic above is why the Browns are a mess and have been since they came back.

If they go 1-15 and beat us in Cleveland thats a successful year for them.

Mister Pittsburgh
12-30-2010, 02:00 PM
I'm telling you guys, we are going to slaughter them in a laugher. Don't stress! :nono

fezziwig
12-30-2010, 02:19 PM
The Browns are not going to be a push over like many of you guys think. Just wait, the Steelers will play down to them like they always do and again, turnovers, injuries and special teams are the bullets to dodge.

Mister Pittsburgh
12-30-2010, 02:36 PM
McCoy threw for 281 yards, 221 of those yards were to their two tight ends and Hillis out of the backfield. Lebeau will correct this hole, and then we will kill them.

fezziwig
12-30-2010, 03:17 PM
Hope your right

Mister Pittsburgh
12-30-2010, 04:49 PM
Hope your right

Me too! LOL! :Cheers

Steelerphile
12-30-2010, 05:57 PM
Cribbs is averaging 21.4 yards per KO this year. He has 4 fractured toes. He is not a real threat this year like in the past. Brad Smith, the Jet KO specialist, is averaging 28.6. He is the man in the AFC this year. He already burned the Steelers but Cribbs will not follow suit.