After surviving yesterday’s 19-16 game over the Bills, there has to be a question posted this morning, and that is the one that seems to be popping up week after week – are the officials out for the Steelers – and more so James Harrison?
Sunday there was yet another 15-yard flag on Harrison, that being in the third quarter with the Steelers up 13-0 and totally outplaying the Bills.
Harrison was flagged for roughing the passer, and more so for “leading with the crown of his helmet” on Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
“It’s not going to change the way I play,” Harrison told The Associated Press. “There was nothing wrong about the play.”
Harrison was flagged last week for roughing the quarterback against Raiders QB Jason Campbell, but the NFL didn’t fine him. A few weeks back he was flagged and fined for a hit on Drew Brees.
The flag on Harrison Sunday totally changed the tempo and feel of the game. The Bills went on to score a few plays later to cut it to 13-7, and once again, the refs seemed to take the aggressive nature a bit out of the Steelers defense.
So it needs to be asked, are the officials at this point out to get Harrison and the Steelers? Last week it was a team record in penalties, and Sunday the team was hit with 10 flags for 107 yards.
It’s getting out of hand, but it seems like it’s just going to continue. So is it time for Mike Tomlin and Dan Rooney to address the situation? Or does it matter what those two say – as the league seems to have it out for Harrison, the new “Mr.Bad Boy” of the NFL.