I saw the hit that the Steelers James Harrison put on the Browns Colt McCoy and immediately I was angered.
My first thought was, "He did it again!".
My anger is oddly not directed towards the hit as it was my thinking about what will happen, and did happen, in the coming days.
I pictured Harrison playing the victim and vowing not to change and former NFL players and coaches who are now 'experts' defending him.
Let me start off by saying I have coached football since 1990 at the high school level. My coaching reflects the people who coached me and those I have coached with for all of those years.
Never, have any those coaches dictated to players that they lead from their head, yet, as you watch ESPN this week, we see former Steeler Jerome Bettis relay the conversation he had where Harrison stated he was not going to change the way he played.
"If he changed he would not be going 100% and he himself would be injured," Bettis said on Sportscenter.
First off, rule changes are a part of every work place. Whether we like it or not, we adapt or we fail. Failure to change your ways on a football team hurts the team as well as himself.
I personally don't care about whether Harrison is willing to give up $73,000 dollars, but as a coach, I do care that he is willing to hurt his team by being pig headed.
He is one of the most powerful, explosive defensive players in the NFL, and he is more than willing to risk not just being suspended a game, but his own lively hood.
Leading with your head will cause not only injury to the person you tackle but also yourself.
Changing the way you tackle does not make you play less than 100%, that is just a cop-out. It's an excuse and an elitist remark.
Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are two the best linebackers of this ERA. I can't say they never lead with their head on every tackle, but when you YouTube their highlights, you see a number of perfect, form tackles that use to shoulder to drive through the body of the runner that leads to the runner being driven into the ground.
Former Eagle and NFL head coach Herman Edwards, while towing the party line in saying that if you do this, you will be penalized, goes even further to drive me up a wall.
"You can't change in one year what you have been taught all of your life," Edwards said on ESPN.
Really? Is that what you say as a head coach? Maybe that is why he is no longer in the coaching ranks.
He defended the hit by claiming that McCoy, a quarterback, had become a runner and that he also ducked just before the hit. McCoy, was scrambling in the pocket, never crossed the line of scrimmage, and had just thrown the ball.
Edwards said it was a hit to the breast plate. What is this guy watching?
Harrison took two steps and elevated, making contact with McCoy's head. There was no blow to the breast-plate.
Look, stop defending the guy. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin clearly stated in support of the rules, and the NFL, that he hit him illegally.
Whether you agree with the rules and the penalties is irrelevant. The Bottom line is the rules are the rules. You need to adapt to be successful.
If Harrison is not going to worry about and not change his game, then let the penalties arise. Harrison is quoted saying that 'If I get suspend, I get suspended."
Great, Suspend him.