Late in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game against Cleveland, Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison delivered a brutal hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy that may have resulted in a concussion and could very well cost him some money. McCoy scrambled out of the pocket and ran to his left as Harrison ran over to stop him from running for a first down. Just after McCoy got a pass off, Harrison launched himself into McCoy and hit him helmet to helmet.
Harrison was flagged for a personal foul and despite laying on the ground for several minutes, McCoy returned two plays later.
Hmm.. Harrison making an illegal hit against the Browns that may have caused a concussion.
Last season, Harrison crushed two Browns players on different plays with helmet-to-helmet hits. Both players suffered concussions and did not return to the game. The NFL fined Harrison $75,000 for one the hits.
As one would expect, Harrison doesn’t believe that hit was dirty or illegal.
"From what I understand, once the quarterback leaves the pocket, he’s considered a runner," Harrison told The Plain Dealer. "All the defenseless(ness) and liberties that a quarterback has in the pocket are gone and you can tackle him just as he’s a running back. The hit wasn’t late, so I really don’t understand why it was called."
We’ll have to wait and see what Commissioner Roger Goodell thinks.
Following the Dallas Cowboys’ narrow victory over the visiting Washington Redskins on ESPN’S Monday Night Football, there were only two unanimous points being made by ESPN commentators.
First, rookie kicker Dan Bailey had a heck of a game for the home team, nailing six field goals in six attempts.
Second, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo played through significant pain during the game.
Did Romo play well? Is Chris Cooley a fullback? Were the defenses or offenses most responsible for the lack of scoring? Did Redskins coaches dial up the wrong play in a key moment?
There were varying perspectives on all of these issues. But, Romo’s fortitude was considered as straightforward and pure as Bailey’s game-winning boot from 40 yards. One can safely assume that Romo ranks among the leaders in whatever metric columnists uses to measure toughness. Conversely, his smile rating is at a career low.
ESPN columnist Rick Reilly believed that Romo shouldn’t have been so reckless considering the nature of his injuries. Having suffered a broken rib and punctured lung during the Cowboys’ Week 2 win over the San Francisco 49ers, there were doubts that Romo would play against Washington. The lung reportedly had healed, but Romo needed two pain-killing injections before the start of the game for the pain from the rib injury
“We never think long-term in this league, in this day and age. We just think day to day,” Romo told Reilly after the game. “Unless I end up in a morgue I’m gonna play,”
Reilly appeared concerned by Romo’s old school attitude. He also thought that the quarterback was largely ineffective and that he risked his availability down the line. On the other hand, Reilly’s colleague Trent Dilfer, a former NFL quarterback, was thoroughly impressed by Romo’s oratory about morgues and day-to-day living, especially as those sentiments related to another high-profile QB.
At this point, another former quarterback — one who was far more mobile and successful than Dilfer — chimed in to defend Vick. But as Steve Young began to temper Dilfer’s sarcasm, Reilly confirmed the obvious by responding, “You’re talking about Michael Vick? That didn’t happen, no.”
Dilfer wasn’t the only member of the media with a caustic take on Vick’s postgame plea for protection in line with his colleagues. FOX NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira also expressed a visceral reaction to Vick’s statements. On Tuesday, Pereira appeared on Sirius XM with Evan Cohen and Steve Phillips and cast doubts on Vick’s claims, even painting them as part of an institutionalized culture of complaint in Philadelphia.
Formerly the head of NFL officiating, Pereira admitted that hearing Vick discuss his belief that he is the victim of uncalled late hits did bring him back to his days at the league offices on Park Avenue. That connection perhaps makes his reaction a bit more understandable than Dilfer’s
Of course, both men lagged behind the New York Post when it came to kicking Vick while he was talking about being down. The tabloid splashed the headline “Whine And Cheesesteak” across it’s back page on Monday, accompanied by photoshopped image of Vick’s head on top of a baby’s body.
TBAB Comment: Just for fun … rewatch the embedded video with Trent Dilfer and Steve Young (first video) and look at their body language. These guys don’t like each other! hahahaha