I think it’s safe to say that James Harrison is not a fan of Mike Tomlin.
The former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, who ended his career with the team on a bad note, disagrees with the Steelers GM comments about Ben Roethlisberger having the authority to call out anybody whenever he pleases.
During an interview on the NFL Network — Harrison said the Steelers current drama could’ve been avoided if Mike Tomlin had been doing his job.
“I start off at this same thing with [Mike] Tomlin. The head guy has to be the one that takes charge,” Harrison said. “I believe it’s fault on, even with my situation, it’s fault on me. It’s fault on Tomlin. It’s fault on the team. It’s got to this point because Tomlin has allowed a certain amount of things to go on and rather players take advantage of that or step beyond that, it’s got to a point where it’s so far out that now he can’t reign it back in so to speak. And with that being the case it’s Tomlin. It could be some blame on A.B. [Antonio Brown] It could be some blame on Ben. It can go around.”
Harrison has had his own issues with the Steelers head coach in the past, as he tried to get released in 2017 which dragged on throughout most of the season until it finally happened.
“For me, Ben being the unquestioned leader, I have no problem with that situation other than the fact that no one is beyond unquestioned,” Harrison said. “That’s a big statement. If I’m in that locker room, I just got put under ’52 kids.’ I’m feeling some sort of way. Even if I didn’t feel that type of way before, like even if there wasn’t a rift on the radar. Now I’m like ‘Is that how they really view me up top?’
“And I think this is what Antonio [Brown] may have said where he said he felt like Ben had an owner’s mentality. And you have the G.M. that’s saying this and that’s how guys may feel, even though that may not be the case. As far as when I was there that’s not how I felt. I communicated with Ben just like I did any other player. We agree or disagree and so on and so forth.”
Harrison understands why the GM is backing his QB, but thinks he got “a little overzealous with it.”
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