"It's clear the Colt McCoy hit by James Harrison was the final brick in the wall for the NFL. Harrison was suspended for one game today -- though I disagree with the ruling; more about that later -- and the league made it clear the suspension was for the accumulation of illegal hits, not just this one.
In the NFL's statement, Harrison is tidily shot at sunrise with the facts of his history. Five illegal hits on quarterbacks in three seasons. Two additional fines for unnecessary roughness, including the hit on Mohammed Massaquoi across the middle last year. Six fines in a two-year span. And this line from the 2011 League Policies from Players: Players who were fined for violations in 2009 or 2010, and whose fines were either partially or fully upheld, will be considered second and/or repeat offenders under this policy.''
There's no question the league felt it couldn't practice business as usual with Harrison. Money was not a meaningful deterrent. It's also clear, going forward, that Mike Tomlin and Dick LeBeau have to practice a different form of coaching with Harrison. They have to stress with this great football player that if he doesn't begin aiming lower on his hits -- and on this hit, he clearly could have and should have aimed lower on McCoy -- his career is going to be constantly interrupted by fines and suspensions. He'll be miserable. The Steelers will be miserable. He simply has to change. The league's not going to.
That said, I urge you to watch the play again. If you're a defensive player and your job is to tackle the ball-carrier, who appears to be in the process of running and not passing, you have to wonder what a defensive player can do in this case. McCoy took five full strides as a runner with the ball tucked under his arm. Just before contact, he pulled the ball out and threw it. By that time, Harrison was already coiling to strike.
He should have aimed lower. We know that. But the fact is, until a split-second before Harrison knew that McCoy was going to throw the ball, he was a runner, with the protection of a running back; that means that he could have been hit in the helmet. I'm just not a big fan of suspending a guy on such a borderline play."
I dont get this; I really dont. He says it himself here that Harrison has broken the rules numerous times in the past and that the stupid oaf hits to injure. Yet he then goes on to say that he should not have been suspended? Is King a 6 strikes and you're out kinda guy? It makes no sense whatsoever to cow to Harrison's broken "intellect" and allow him to just keep playing the way he has been. They needed to make a point that this kind of act will not be tolerated any longer.