He may be good. He may be intense. He may be intimidating. But he's also now a douche. And possibly emo. Says James Harrison in this article:
I'm going to sit down and have a serious conversation with my coach tomorrow and see if I can actually play by NFL rules and still be effective," Harrison said. "If not, I may have to give up playing football.
Oh Jesus Christ. There is literally no tackle or defensive play that a player ever made by launching with their helmet as part of the tackle that could not also have been made without launching their helmet. But let us know how that conversation goes. Douche.
Now I think the NFL enforces all these rules poorly and ambiguously. For example, watch the video in that article and you will see that all the "analysts" agree Harrison's helmet-to-helmet knock out of Cribbs fits within the rules...yet those types of intentional helmet-to-helmet shots have the most potential to permanently injure a player and it seemed no less dirty to me than the Massaquoi hit. So they need to make the rules a little clearer and then do the best to enforce them even though there will always be a gray area.
And I'm also aware Harrison clearly has no intention of retiring. But still. What a douchey thing to say. He somehow managed to go from being terrifying to being Jimmy Clausen.
Again, all this tough talk rings hollow to me coming from players who hit with intent to hurt without fear of having anyone do the same to them. As mentioned earlier, until the NFL figures all this out, I think offenses should retaliate with some of their own tactics. Design plays that give the offense a chance to lay blind crackblocks on the tough guys who hit them with impunity. Fuck it, teach them to lead with their helmet and then just call it "toughness". Maybe these defenders will start to understand what bitches they all sound like.