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SidSmythe
11-25-2012, 10:00 PM
It seems to me that at the end of the game JAMES HARRISON was playing MEAN.
He blew up a few running plays in the backfield.

It just seems like he had a Greg Lloyd moment in the 4th Quarter and decided to take matters into his own hands.

Maybe he's turning the corner and getting back to old form???

squidkid
11-25-2012, 10:04 PM
he actually looked pretty good today

Captain Lemming
11-25-2012, 10:11 PM
The Browns kinda bring out the BEAST in JH. :)

NorthCoast
11-25-2012, 10:20 PM
Sadly, the number of splash plays in a game for Harrison are on the way down rather than up. Cold hard facts of age...
This may be Harrison's last hurrah given the cap situation next season.
The Steelers need a couple of home runs in the draft next year regardless of which position it might come from.

BradshawsHairdresser
11-25-2012, 10:51 PM
Doing pretty well for a player that some of the "experts" on this board had written off for the season...

hawaiiansteel
11-25-2012, 11:04 PM
The Browns kinda bring out the BEAST in JH. :)

http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/steelers_james_harrison_slams_browns_fan.jpg

winwithd
11-25-2012, 11:09 PM
If reference to that picture of Rice with the Towel on his head, it looks like The Curse may have run out. Rice was given a major gift today with that spot of the ball on the 4th and 29.

flippy
11-26-2012, 08:56 AM
I noticed Silverback chase down a RB from behind and catch him at the other sideline. That's telling me, he's back. He's made a couple of his signature hustle plays the last 2 weeks.

My theory is Tomlin/Lebeau may have blamed his lack of backside pursuit as the reason KC was able to run right. They fixed it the following week and it seemed like Harrison has a little fire in his belly.

papillon
11-26-2012, 09:26 AM
Worrying about James Harrison's passion (fire) to play football is like worrying about whether the sun will rise in the east tomorrow. He wasn't himself the first few games back, but he's been working himself into football playing condition, basically, he's used the last 4 or 5 games as his training camp and pre-season. It's no accident that the run defense has progressed each and every week that James has returned to the field. The Steeler defense right now is playing as good as any defense in the league. The offensive coaches and players need to find a way to mitigate the mistakes and win a game or two while Ben recovers.

This upcoming week is going to be a tough game to win. The offense can not turn the ball over at all if the Steelers want to be in this game. Batch is going to have to manage the game better than this past weekend. Haley needs to try and keep the Steelers out of obvious passing situations to the best of his ability and maybe the defense can steal a win in Baltimore.

The Colts and Bengals each have games this weekend that they could lose, not counting on it, but it is a possibility.

The Steelers have squandered their two game edge in the WC race, they have to win games now or their season will end, 8-8 might be good enough this year.

Pappy

Slapstick
11-26-2012, 09:35 AM
James is starting to show me something...

I say, restructure his contract and move him inside to replace Foote...

papillon
11-26-2012, 10:19 AM
James is starting to show me something...

I say, restructure his contract and move him inside to replace Foote...

I like the restructure if he's game, if he isn't he's still one of the best OLBs in the game and he's showing it recently. Moving him inside weakens two positions in my feeble mind, by putting Worilds in full time (even though he played well yesterday, he isn't James) at OLB and James inside where he's rarely if ever played before.

Right now, he's making a case for playing at his normal high level. The past two games have been very James Harrison like in terms of disruption, plays in the running game and tracking down plays form the backside. I wouldn't rule James' playing days over just yet.

Pappy

squidkid
11-26-2012, 10:24 AM
im glad harrision decided it was time for him to get into shape, hell its only week 12

Slapstick
11-26-2012, 12:45 PM
im glad harrision decided it was time for him to get into shape, hell its only week 12

Good call. Harrison is infamous for his poor work ethic...:rolleyes:

RuthlessBurgher
11-26-2012, 01:12 PM
Good call. Harrison is infamous for his poor work ethic...:rolleyes:

Fat, lazy bastage. :lol:

I wonder how long it would take squidkid to round back into form spewing 'knowledge' on websites following back and knee surgeries.

squidkid
11-26-2012, 01:23 PM
Good call. Harrison is infamous for his poor work ethic...:rolleyes:


well he could have taken care of it right after the denver playoff chokejob but decided to wait until otas and training camp came around

RuthlessBurgher
11-26-2012, 01:44 PM
well he could have taken care of it right after the denver playoff chokejob but decided to wait until otas and training camp came around

If you can rehab an injury, that's the preferred route to surgery. I suppose the doctors felt at that time that his injury could potentially subside with offseason rest and rehab (that would be the doctors' call, not James' call...the players aren't the ones reviewing the MRI's, after all). However, when it wasn't improving as expected, then they had no choice but to operate. But go ahead and continue to blame James if it makes you feel better.

phillyesq
11-26-2012, 03:02 PM
If you can rehab an injury, that's the preferred route to surgery. I suppose the doctors felt at that time that his injury could potentially subside with offseason rest and rehab (that would be the doctors' call, not James' call...the players aren't the ones reviewing the MRI's, after all). However, when it wasn't improving as expected, then they had no choice but to operate. But go ahead and continue to blame James if it makes you feel better.

Seriously. Medicine is an art that is practiced - there is a lot of science involved, but at the end of the day, there are judgement calls to be made. As Ruthless pointed out, avoiding surgery is preferable. I'm sure that James consulted with doctors and the Steelers medical staff prior to making any decisions.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
12-02-2012, 09:42 PM
Hey, AFC ... you hear that rumble sound? ... is your heartbeat getting faster and you don't quite understand why? ... palms getting sweaty, breathing faster??


THAT'S DEEBO . You know, the guy with the game winning sack/strip/fumble today. You guys are hosed now.

Just so you know!!

DukieBoy
12-02-2012, 09:46 PM
The Gladiator is just warming up for the climactic battles ahead.

BradshawsHairdresser
12-02-2012, 09:47 PM
:tt2:tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2

Djfan
12-02-2012, 09:48 PM
I love when we pick up momentum this time of year.

lloydroid
12-02-2012, 10:39 PM
JH had a sack/forced fumble today. That is the #92 we know and love. We have the #1 D to begin with; imagine what this D will be with a JH and Polamalu back in form, both former DMVPs. I think the rest of the AFC should start getting scared. This team always gets hard core through adversity and it looks like the timing couldn't be any better. Holy crap. We are going to have Ben, Troy, Harrison, Brown, DeCastro, at least 1 OT, OG, all back for the post season, it would appear. Wow. Look out.

Mister Pittsburgh
12-02-2012, 11:17 PM
Harrison was held half the plays today and still got in there to come up big. Hopefully he is coming on. Seemed like Troy looked decent when he was in there as well.

dreegking
12-03-2012, 06:28 AM
He's very close to being back. Every game he gets better. He's doing his thing now.

phillyesq
12-03-2012, 10:49 AM
Great to see another Harrison sack/fumble against the Ravens, especially with him coming off the edge.

If he starts bring pressure consistently from the edges, look out!

Oviedo
12-03-2012, 10:51 AM
Don't want to rain on the parade, but Worilds looked better than Harrison yesterday. He is one player who has constantly gotten ripped on this board who should be getting some kudos. He has been solid replacing "Weak Leg" Woodley.

phillyesq
12-03-2012, 11:09 AM
Don't want to rain on the parade, but Worilds looked better than Harrison yesterday. He is one player who has constantly gotten ripped on this board who should be getting some kudos. He has been solid replacing "Weak Leg" Woodley.

Worilds looked great as a pass rusher yesterday, but Harrison is the better run defender.

I've never been a Worilds hater - I thought he played well last year - and he seems to have really evolved as a pass rusher this year.

Oviedo
12-03-2012, 11:12 AM
Worilds looked great as a pass rusher yesterday, but Harrison is the better run defender.

I've never been a Worilds hater - I thought he played well last year - and he seems to have really evolved as a pass rusher this year.

IMO Worilds looks much better in pass coverage than Harrison and much, much better than "Weak Leg" Woodley.

fezziwig
12-03-2012, 11:18 AM
Harrison looks lie he's getting back to form and I'm impressed with Worilds too. Harrison and Worilds are just going to get better imho.

BigRob
12-03-2012, 01:17 PM
Most encouraging thing I heard from the commentators yesterday was that Worilds was in the weight room with Harrison. Worilds must be a lot smarter than people give him credit for being. If you want to become dominant....Do what James Harrison does!

fezziwig
12-03-2012, 02:51 PM
BigRob I agree with you and felt the same way when I heard the annoucer speak about Worilds and Harrison. Who better than Harrison to lead by example on how to be a linebacker that gets to the QB and can stop the run and can play the pass ?
I was a little taken back with Worilds at the start because I thought he was too good to be real when I heard all the positives about him. I hope he continues to prove me wrong.

flippy
12-03-2012, 02:54 PM
Most encouraging thing I heard from the commentators yesterday was that Worilds was in the weight room with Harrison. Worilds must be a lot smarter than people give him credit for being. If you want to become dominant....Do what James Harrison does!

The weight room with Harrison and the buffet with Hampton. Whatever it is, he's gotten big and he's the next big thing on this defense.

Oviedo
12-03-2012, 03:13 PM
The weight room with Harrison and the buffet with Hampton. Whatever it is, he's gotten big and he's the next big thing on this defense.

Worilds on the rise, but what about Woodley. Is playing OLB and chasing in coverage causing his legs to give out and have problems? He is a big, solid muscular guy who IMO best fits as a 4-3 DE.

fezziwig
12-03-2012, 03:16 PM
They should move Woodley to the middle but as some say, he doesn't like to make the run stops. I understand you need to be smart to play the middle since your the QB of the defense. Woodley doesn't seem to have the desire to be that guy.

papillon
12-03-2012, 03:20 PM
As much as we all hate to think about it, James Harrison is closer to the end of his career than the beginning. The fact that Worilds is playing well is a good thing, because it will be him and Woodley for the next 6-7 years (hopefully) wreaking havoc on NFL football fields near you.

Pappy

flippy
12-03-2012, 03:23 PM
As much as we all hate to think about it, James Harrison is closer to the end of his career than the beginning. The fact that Worilds is playing well is a good thing, because it will be him and Woodley for the next 6-7 years (hopefully) wreaking havoc on NFL football fields near you.

Pappy

Unfortunately, they're both built to play the same position.

Oviedo
12-03-2012, 03:23 PM
As much as we all hate to think about it, James Harrison is closer to the end of his career than the beginning. The fact that Worilds is playing well is a good thing, because it will be him and Woodley for the next 6-7 years (hopefully) wreaking havoc on NFL football fields near you.

Pappy

I would still grab a pass rush specialist in the upcoming draft because I'm not sure we can rely on Woodley...and I don't mean a 2-3 year conversion project!!!!!

papillon
12-03-2012, 03:29 PM
Unfortunately, they're both built to play the same position.

That may be, but Worilds has filled in for Harrison with Woodley on the other side and I would have to think that is plan 'A' when James hangs up the uniform or maybe they go 4-3. :stirpot

Pappy

papillon
12-03-2012, 03:31 PM
I would still grab a pass rush specialist in the upcoming draft because I'm not sure we can rely on Woodley...and I don't mean a 2-3 year conversion project!!!!!

Well, I have to think safety and NT are at the top of the hit list this upcoming draft, but I'm sure if a player they covet happens to fall in their lap they'll take him like they always do when the BPA is player that they never expected to see at their draft position. I don't think there's any need to panic on a pass rushing specialist. I believe James has at least one more good year left and maybe two.

They might have to ask him to restructure, but that would be okay, if he's a candidate for such a tactic.

Pappy

Jooser
12-03-2012, 03:40 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIrHz_kcgTs

papillon
12-03-2012, 03:50 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIrHz_kcgTs

James is so 1970s football; one of my all time favorite Steelers to be sure.

Pappy

Oviedo
12-03-2012, 04:48 PM
That may be, but Worilds has filled in for Harrison with Woodley on the other side and I would have to think that is plan 'A' when James hangs up the uniform or maybe they go 4-3. :stirpot

Pappy

"4-3" Now you're talking Pappy!!!!!

Put Woodley at DE and he may actually be able to play in a few games.

papillon
12-03-2012, 05:02 PM
"4-3" Now you're talking Pappy!!!!!

Put Woodley at DE and he may actually be able to play in a few games.

What took you so long to respond? I've been waiting for you. :tt2

Pappy

RuthlessBurgher
12-03-2012, 05:11 PM
They should move Woodley to the middle but as some say, he doesn't like to make the run stops. I understand you need to be smart to play the middle since your the QB of the defense. Woodley doesn't seem to have the desire to be that guy.

Move Woodley to the middle of what? Levon Kirkland only comes around once in a lifetime.

fezziwig
12-03-2012, 05:18 PM
Kirkland was a beast in his day. I swear, had we won the 95 Super Bowl against the Cowboys, I bet Kirkland would have gotten MVP of thegame. He played that well that day.

ikestops85
12-03-2012, 05:54 PM
I would still grab a pass rush specialist in the upcoming draft because I'm not sure we can rely on Woodley...and I don't mean a 2-3 year conversion project!!!!!

Well if he is a pass rushing specialist we wouldn't need to convert him now would we? We could do something like SF did with Aldon Smith and only put him in on passing downs until he gets comfortable with the defense as a whole or we could just use Woodley in that role.

hawaiiansteel
12-08-2012, 02:32 AM
Steelers' Harrison starting to look like old self again

December 8, 2012
By Ray Fittipaldo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Steelers linebacker James Harrison said he is not 100 percent healthy, but the knee is feeling better each week.

James Harrison made what is arguably the greatest play in Super Bowl history when he intercepted a Kurt Warner pass and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown as time in the second quarter expired in Super Bowl XLIII. If that is the play for which Harrison will be remembered most, it's not exactly an accurate depiction of his career.

While Harrison has always been an effective pass defender and owns five career interceptions, his signature way of creating turnovers has always been the strip-sack.

Harrison was up to his old tricks in the Steelers' 23-20 victory Sunday against the Ravens. Early in the fourth quarter, with the Steelers trailing by seven, Harrison came from behind and knocked the ball from Joe Flacco. Ziggy Hood recovered at the Baltimore 27, and the offense capitalized by scoring the tying touchdown on the ensuing drive.

It was the 27th time in his career that he forced a fumble, but his first this season.

It was vintage Harrison, and his teammates noticed.

"He's looking like James Harrison of old," linebacker Larry Foote said. "Every time he gets a sack coming around the corner, you see him strip the ball. Especially nowadays when you can't even hit the quarterback, you might as well try to take the ball from him instead of blasting him."

The Steelers have struggled this season creating turnovers. Harrison's forced fumble was just the team's 12th takeaway. With a healthier Harrison and the return of ball-hawking safety Troy Polamalu, the defense is hoping to generate more turnovers.

When it comes to the art of the strip-sack, Harrison has an elementary approach: "Swing as hard as you can at his arm," he said. "It's a simple thing. You just have to think to do it when you get there."

Harrison was in position to make that play because he is getting healthier. He missed the first three games of the season after arthroscopic knee surgery kept him from taking part in training camp.

Harrison and team doctors originally believed the injury would not require surgery when it was diagnosed in the spring, but when it did not heal through rehabilitation, the decision was made to remove some pieces of meniscus through surgery.

Harrison said he is not 100 percent healthy, but the knee is feeling better each week.

"It still hurts," Harrison said after practice Friday. "I come in to practice each week and try to work my way to get back to where I felt . I don't expect to be at 100 percent, but as long I keep getting a little bit better each Sunday, then that's fine."

The evidence says Harrison is getting better on the field, too. He had one sack in his first six games back, but has recorded one in each of the past three contests.

Sunday against the Chargers, Harrison can achieve something he has never done in his 11-year career: a sack in four consecutive games.

Harrison has 62 career sacks and in the past three weeks passed Keith Willis and Joey Porter for fourth place on the all-time sacks list in franchise history. He needs four more to tie Hall of Famer Joe Greene for third place.

"Some time ago, James turned the corner with his football conditioning," said defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. "He's been getting better every week. But I think he's playing at a very, very high level right now."

The sacks and turnovers are easy to pick out by the casual observer, but Foote said Harrison's impact on the running game might be more impressive. The run defense was not up to its usual standards early in the season, but it is now fifth in the league in rushing yards allowed.

"The last couple of weeks, he's pushing guys back more and more," Foote said. "You're starting to see teams not even running to his side. That left side is getting a lot of runs. That has a lot to do with him. He always dents the line of scrimmage in."

[B]NOTES -- Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley will miss his third consecutive game against the Chargers with an ankle injury. Offensive lineman Mike Adams (ankle) and cornerback Ike Taylor (ankle) also will not play. ... Backup quarterback Byron Leftwich (ribs) is questionable. ... Receiver Antonio Brown (ankle), punter Drew Butler (illness), safety Ryan Clark (hip), offensive lineman Willie Colon (knee), receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ribs), running back Will Johnson (concussion), safety Troy Polamalu (not injury related), quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder), receiver Emmanuel Sanders (shoulder) and receiver Mike Wallace (knee) all are listed as probable.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/steelers-harrison-starting-to-look-like-old-self-again-665440/#ixzz2ER2ctw82

steelfin
12-08-2012, 04:23 AM
James is so 1970s football; one of my all time favorite Steelers to be sure.

Pappy

I agree.... I just can't believe how so many have given up on him so quickly...