Morning Links (and Daily Thread)…

A quick daily look at what’s happening around Steelers Nation. And consider this your open thread for discussing the days events and, well, anything else that comes to mind about the Black and Gold.

– There’s a lot of things I like here. If you caught the NBC pregame show on Sunday night, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was high and mighty about how the Ravens understood the rules and had no trouble adjusting to them. Well, after two of his players were fined for violating the rules, Harbaugh complained about it. And when Mike Florio called him out on it, a member of the Ravens front office e-mailed him and complained about it. Brilliant. [Pro Football Talk]

– In other news, remember that mini-brawl during Baltimore’s extra point attempt? The Steelers think the Ravens were trying to target James Harrison. [Tribune-Review]

– Be sure to check out the recap over at One For The Other Thumb. Always a great read. [One For The Other Thumb]

– And for your random YouTube of the day: Isaac Redman will not be tackled…

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  • DC in ATL

    “… a member of the Ravens front office e-mailed him and complained about it”. Is this the same Raven front office member who complained to the league about scheduling night games in Heinz Field?

  • GlennW

    Finally, a non-inane post from Florio regarding the Steelers.

    Ironically or sadly (or both), I actually think that Harbaugh has a valid point on the nature of McClain’s hit on Miller. But so did/does James Harrison for most/all of the hits he’s been penalized and fined for. And that really is the crux of the matter– the idiocy of this latest crackdown by the league on hard but unavoidable hits. God I wish the league would just return to the days of penalizing only blatant, intentional illegal contact. They really are opening a can of worms in placing everything else under a super-slow-motion microscope, thereby changing the very nature of the game. Roger Goodell, please give us our sport back!

    • New Eric

      I agree. It’s the blatant hypocrisy of the situation that is most annoying. However, it is quite funny that Harbaugh was so sanctimonious about it before the game. No question about it though, the game has changed this year, and it’s going to be hard for them to get it back at this point. This is all on Goodell in my opinion. A serious misjudgement and lack of leadership. Pathetic.

  • http://www.agentorangerecords.blogspot.com greg

    as to that redman score: notice the nice block my #88 emmanuel sanders. that’s a huge block right there. without it, i don’t know that redman gets in. very well done.

    • Gretz

      And then Sanders followed it up on the kickoff by making the tackle inside the 20. Pretty good stretch of plays there for the rookie.

      • RoB D

        That guy just won’t allow himself to be ignored. Doesn’t he know that he’s supposed to take a year to get acclimated to the system and THEN he can show his talent?

        Stupid kid…lol…Man. was that a good pick or what? Antonio Brown coming in the same draft is just flat out crazy. I have a business friend in Michigan who was just raving about Brown after we got him. I put it down to alumni pride and didn’t think too much about it. I was very very wrong obviously.

        I think we’d all love to still have “he who should not be mentioned” on the team but the draft was very kind to us as far as that position goes.

        I guess they didn’t pick Balt/Pittsburgh for NFL Replay this week..crap. I was hoping it would qualify.

        • http://www.agentorangerecords.blogspot.com greg

          i couldn’t believe they didn’t pick it. the nfl hates us. that is all.

        • drinkingclub

          “he who should not be mentioned”

          Wallace has made me forget all about him. I don’t know about a stat comparison, but I think Wallace has come on pretty well. I do think the Steelers should have gotten more than a fifth round pick for him, though, should have got at least a third.

  • DC in ATL

    Redman made a quality run on this play, but while I watched it again it occurred to me that Big Ben deserves some credit for his one step, quick release against the six man Raven blitz. Sometimes he holds the ball too long, but not this time. By Ben getting it to Redman quickly, Ray Lewis and Jarrett Johnson were committed too far forward to get back to stop the touchdown.

    And agree on Sanders. Nice that we have another young quick wide receiver who isn’t afraid to throw a block. He’s a keeper.

    Different subject: Check out ESPN’s playoff predictor at: http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/machine

    You can pick each of the remaining games and the tool will determine the seedings for the playoffs accounting for all of the leagues tiebreakers. I keep coming up with the Steelers as the #2 seed with KC, SD or the Ravens as our likely opponent for the Divisional playoff round.

  • DC in ATL

    Redman made a quality run on this play, but while I watched it again it occurred to me that Big Ben deserves some credit for his one step, quick release against the six man Raven blitz. Sometimes he holds the ball too long, but not this time. By Ben getting it to Redman quickly, Ray Lewis and Jarrett Johnson were committed too far forward to get back to stop the touchdown.

    And agree on Sanders. Nice that we have another young quick wide receiver who isn’t afraid to throw a block. He’s a keeper.

    Different subject: Check out ESPN’s playoff predictor at: http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/machine

    You can pick each of the remaining games and the tool will determine the seedings for the playoffs accounting for all of the leagues tiebreakers. I keep coming up with the Steelers as the #2 seed with KC, SD or the Ravens as our likely opponent for the Divisional playoff round.