"I don't know, but it's starting to look like it's OK to cheat, it's OK to fight, but if you hit somebody too hard we're going to fine you a whole bunch more than the other two. Maybe it's because I play for the (Ravens), who knows?"
And then there's this from Richard Seymour:
"The league doesn't care about us anyway. We just go out there and play. If they want to take our money, it's almost like you're guilty 'til proven innocent."
Or what about Jared Allen's offering about the NFL and the league office?
"I wouldn't give the NFL any power over me to make me angry or hurt my feelings. I am not going to let them ruin my day but it is frustrating in the sense that we want to play ball and want to play the way we have been taught."
Or this from Al Davis, when asked whether the NFL has targeted his team over the years:
"It certainly looks that way," Davis said.
Sounds like a big bunch of no-good, whining, underachieving losers, doesn't it?
Don't you want to scream at them to just shut up and play the game?
Well, those quotes really didn't come from Lewis, Seymour, Allen, or Davis. Those were made by your former NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison; the leader of your wideouts, Hines Ward; your hard-hitting and talkative safety Ryan Clark; and the owner of your Pittsburgh Steelers.
Now what do you think of the comments?
It sounds like whining when the words are attributed to other players, but when it comes to the Steelers, it is the players and organization finally standing up for what they feel is right.
Sorry, but it doesn't work that way.
What transpired in the Steelers' locker room Wednesday was not whining as much as it was a big "please feel sorry for me" gathering.
Face it, but unless you bleed Black and Gold, you're not feeling sorry for the Steelers these days.
Instead, the Steelers are now viewed as a team with a sense of entitlement, that at the first sign of opposition from – in this case the league – they stand on their soap box and complain about how they have been wronged.
The masses don't want to hear how bad the team with six Lombardis has it, nor about the unfairness with which they've been treated, nor about how they're targeted by the commissioner, whom your owner almost single-handedly put into power in the first place.
Now, everything Harrison, Ward, Clark and Rooney said over the past couple days is spot-on, but that doesn't mean it needs to be heard by everyone.
I'm all for players talking openly to the media, and I often encourage it, but it's almost never a good idea. It gives life to something that would otherwise dissipate quickly. It puts more scrutiny on the subject. Every time Harrison makes a hit now, we are going to critique the technique and attempt to determine whether any part of the helmet and/or crown of the helmet and/or facemask was used.
Coming out as a united front may have sounded good in the meeting room on Tuesday. But it should've stayed in the meeting room.
What Harrison, Ward, Clark and Rooney need to focus on is how to better the team in order to make a run at the playoffs. They need to focus on how to improve the offensive line better; how to protect Roethlisberger; how to stop the short passing game; getting healthy; and for goodness sakes they need to find a way to cut down on the penalties.
Call me crazy but I think the odds are much greater that the Steelers lose a December football game because of an excess of penalties than whether or not James Harrison gets fined again. That's where the Steelers' focus needs to be right now and going forward.
Here's hoping that we've heard the last of the complaints and let's start talking about how much of a scumbag Bill Belichick is rather than how the officials have it out for the Steelers.