Here’s a shocker: James Harrison isn’t a fan of the new rules regarding a defenseless player. Harrison took to WordPress to sound off on the issue. Harrison’s main complaint isn’t in the rules themselves (although he’s not a fan), but the enforcement of these rules.
The decision to call a penalty or impose a fine is seemingly, at least some of the time, dependent upon the uniform and the player.Â After my meeting this past fall with Roger Goodell, Ray Anderson, and Merton Hanks and some others, who I now have absolutely no respect for (to keep it PG), I definitely believe there is no equality in their enforcement of these rules.
These rules are targeting hard hitting players and defenses i.e. STEELERS.Â I guess the NFL needed a poster child for their campaign.
The quarterback rule clarification (Rule 12, Section 2, Article 13) is a great change.Â But thatâ€™s just saying â€œHey Steelers..by the wayâ€¦Benâ€™s nose getting broken last year really did not deserve a penalty.â€
I may be biased, but I think he has a point. I’ve complained about the issue in the past. I think the biggest offense was McClain’s hit on Miller. At that point in the season the league had made it abundantly clear that vicious hits (intentional and unintentional) against a defenseless receiver would be flagged. So how in the world was that hit not flagged?
Like it or not, Harrison is going to have to adjust his style of play. These rules are here to stay and there’s more at stake than money coming out of his wallet. That being said, it will be interesting to see if these new rules will be called both ways.