James Harrison said some things during an interview on Thursday that won’t sit well with Pittsburgh Steelers fans.
Harrison, who played his entire career with the Steelers before joining the Patriots midway through last season, says New England’s coaching is better than Pittsburgh’s. Harrison made his comments during an appearance on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.”
“The only thing that’s really opposite is that in New England, it’s more regimented, it’s more disciplined,” said Harrison. “The coaching is better, to be honest with you. The plans they put together are better. And they don’t ask their players to do anything that’s outside of the realm of what they feel their capabilities are. So when you do that, and you switch a lot of players in and out for certain things that you want to get accomplished, you get things done and that’s what they have over there.
“I wanted to hate [Tom Brady] so bad, playing against him all those years and him getting the better of us for the most part of them, I wanted to hate him … I feel like [the Steelers system] needs to be more disciplined…”
"It's more regimented. It's more disciplined. The [Patriots] coaching is better to be honest with you. The plans they put together are better."@jharrison9292 on the differences between the Patriots and Steelers pic.twitter.com/bGW2Ej7uYa
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 19, 2018
That’s a huge endorsement for New England’s coaching staff, and it further explains why the team has been so successful under Bill Belichick. Especially consider that Harrison was a tough critic too because he entered the situation viewing the Patriots as a rival, as they had been for him his entire career. That makes his remarks carry even more weight.
The 40-year-old announced his retirement from the NFL and would probably have success with a career in broadcasting or coaching. We know one thing he probably won’t be doing in retirement — watching Steelers games.