Harrison Speaks His Mind on a Defense Gone Bad

James Harrison vs Seattle

James Harrison has never been one to hold back. The Steelers defense for all but one week of the 2011 season has been downright awful, and it is starting to sound like the Warren Sapp’s of the world maybe are right – it’s a defense that looks old.

They are missing tackles, not getting turnovers (how about one in four games) and are not sacking the QB (none against Matt Schaub Sunday in Houston). Harrison spoke his mind after the loss to the Texans, and here’s some of his comments.

“Every man needs to do his job, take care of his responsibilities,” Harrison said Sunday. “It’s not the scheme, it’s not other BS; it’s each man doing his job, and, right now, every man is not doing his job, period.”

Exactly right James, and as a former defensive player of the year, it needs to start with you and Troy Polamalu. You guys need to step it up, and need to make plays. Making one huge play against the Colts isn’t enough, and if you don’t make plays this week, the Titans are going to send you to 2-3.

“People are getting beat. You have to come out there and work the man who’s in front of you, and we’re not doing that right now.”

And why is that? It may be the biggest question, and if each player doesn’t figure out how to start beating the guy in front of them, it’s going to be a long season.

“Each man needs to nut up, look at himself and get in there and take care of his responsibilities. Each play is 11 individuals; if one person doesn’t get the job done, it looks bad for the whole squad.”

Hmmm….sounds like a little finger pointing there. Maybe at fellow LB LaMarr Woodley, who over ran Arian Foster on the game-clinching TD run in the fourth quarter? Then again, you could find blame for just about every player at one point or another for a missed tackle or allowing a big play.

“Worried? No,” he said. “Concerned? Yeah. We have to get things shored up. Whether that’s changing this and changing that, I don’t know, but we have to get something done because it’s not working so far. I haven’t seen it like this, maybe a preseason game here and there, but not like this the way it’s going right now.”

Amen, couldn’t have said it better myself. Keep playing like you are, and you’ll find yourself 2-3 after Sunday.


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