James Harrison Is Your AFC Defensive Player of the Week

The AFC Defensive Player of the Week could have gone to any number of Steelers, including Lawrence Timmons and Troy Polamalu (or, hell, the entire unit), but James Harrison officially received the honor after wreaking havoc on Vince Young and Chris Johnson last Sunday. (Deebo had 11 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.)

And while I don’t disagree with Jeff Fisher’s mustache that Harrison’s pile-driving sack of Young was probably a penalty, it wouldn’t have had any bearing on the outcome (if anything, it probably saved VY from another turnover).

One more note on Coach Flanders, who was also whinging that Troy Polamalu was offsides late in the game, here’s video proof that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about:

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UR6KXGPFIFYZSVJNCXCJNHDQJQ Bob Costas

    The Young tackle/pile-drive looks strange to me. It’s not like it was one guy who picked up Young and pile drived him. It looks to me like Kiesel and Smith are trying to tackle him from the top and Young is resisting. Then Harrison suddenly pulls out a leg and inertia takes over. It doesn’t seem to me to be the same as when that Oakland defender body slammed that Rams receiver.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, that’s what it looked like to me too. Live play, runner struggling, forward progress not completely stopped, no whistle make a hit there legal and justified. After that four strong men with four different force vectors cause strange looking movements sometimes.

  • Gretz

    Coach Flanders. I love it.

  • RoB D

    I like that Troy has added the ability to fly to his repertoire.

    I think it will pay dividends.

  • RoB D

    I like that Troy has added the ability to fly to his repertoire.

    I think it will pay dividends.