That’s until the head coach of his Week 3 opponent, Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers, threw out this dandy little quote on Tuesday. You respect those contributions. T.J.
“Is [Harrison] dropping [on the depth chart] or are other guys ascending?” “If we want to be one of the elite groups, we have to get in that game”.
When I spoke with outside linebackers coach Joey Porter in training camp, he said at some point they would need to see Harrison on the field to make sure he still could play. Chickillo being that hot hand.
“We’re just going to continue to do what we’ve been doing and know that if we do and stay committed, that the splash plays are going to come”, Tomlin said.
Speaking to reporters including Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk about his seldom use of Harrison, Tomlin bared that his decision to start Chickillo in the Vikings game was just his form of rewarding the third-year linebacker for a great job against Cleveland when Chickillo recorded two sacks.
“There will be a time in the season where we’ll call on his services, and he’ll deliver and he’ll deliver in a big way”. Much like he did in the latter part of 2016.
Even though the Steelers made it clear before the season that Harrison would be the backup to Watt, it was still surprising to see Harrison get completely benched.
Back in September 2014, it was Glennon who led a lowly Buccaneers team into Pittsburgh and pulled an upset of the touted Steelers. At 39, he’s no longer the dominant force he once was, but he’s still capable. Pittsburgh is looking to move one step ahead of a season ago, where they lost in the AFC title game. Last season, he finished with 53 total tackles and five sacks.
“That’s fine. I’m not anxious about it, man”, Harrison said in August, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Harrison did not log a snap Sunday.
My theory is that because Harrison isn’t good at all in coverage and that’s not exactly Dupree’s cup of tea, either, they didn’t want to put them both on the field together.