Rodney Harrison on OM&F: Mike Tomlin headset comments 'absolutely utterly ridiculous'

Ryan Hannable
September 15, 2015 - 8:27 am
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[caption id="attachment_79850" align="alignright" width="150"]Rodney HarrisonRodney Harrison[/caption] NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on Ordway, Merloni and Fauria on Tuesday to discuss the recent criticism and accusations of Bill Belichick and past Patriots teams, and to also look ahead to Week 2's matchup against the Bills. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page. Following the Patriots' 28-21 win over the Steelers in Week 1, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was irate about his team having issues with its headsets. The league investigated and found no wrongdoing by the Patriots and found it was because of a power issue due to the weather. Harrison said it was a case of another opposing coach making excuses. "Just like I said before, whenever you lose to the Patriots and Belichick you can't say, you know what, you got your asses kicked, flat out -- you always have to say, 'You know what, maybe they did something. Maybe they sabotaged the playbook. Maybe they sabotaged the headphones.' It's always something, but once again, as the record shows he's smarter than you. His players are better and no matter how many guys like Christian Fauria, Rodney Harrison, Tedy Bruschi and all the rest of those guys retire, they continue to win," Harrison said. "They continue to show up in AFC championships, they continue to win their division and everyone hates that. "I think it was absolutely utterly ridiculous that Tomlin would come out after the game -- how about trying to fix your defense? How about making sure that you cover the best tight end on the planet? Keeping things simple when you know you have a bunch of inexperienced guys on the defensive side of the ball -- how about that?" Last week there were two reports accusing the Patriots and Bill Belichick of wrongdoing back during the Super Bowl winning years in the mid-2000s. Belichick came out and said the stories that have been written are "kind of sad." Harrison said it doesn't bother him anymore because he's learned to accept people not liking the Patriots for their success. "It used to, but I've come to realize in life when you're successful, when you're winning and people can't beat you, they try to figure you out and they're going to hate," Harrison said. "They're going to hate. That's what they are going to do. They're going to always try and find a build in excuse to make them feel good. Coaches around the league, they're dumb. It's a lot of dumb coaches in the league and it's almost like, have you ever been in a class and it's always been that one smart kid that really didn't have to study, but he always got straight A's no matter and no matter how hard you studied you always got a B, that's like Bill Belichick, but the only difference is he studies, he outworks everyone. He's the smartest guy and he outworks everyone and everyone hates him because of it." Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots. On accusations of Bill Belichick, Patriots cheating: "That's the thing that is really frustrating to me, not necessarily that people think that we cheated or anything like that, it was more so how hard seeing guys like myself, [Fauria], Brady, those guys, we worked so hard. Coming in early, 6 o'clock in the morning, sacrificing being away from my family, hitting the weight room, studying film, out there on the practice field when it's below freezing, out there doing all the things necessary and being able to make those plays in the critical moment, that's really been the staple in Bill Belichick and everything that he prepared us for. When Dan Patrick asked me if I felt like he cheated, I was like, 'No, I don't feel like Bill Belichick has to cheat because he's so much smarter than everyone else and it just shows year in and year out that's why the Patriots are always champions, that's why they're always contenders.'" On combating Bills' defensive line: "I think Josh McDaniels will have a fine gameplan. I think you still have to run the ball even with Marcell Dareus, you have to kind of keep them off balance when you have a great pass rush. Some quick screens, just like the Patriots do, an occasional shot here and there, some quick outs to Gronk, things like that, some screen patterns to kind of slow that pass rush. Josh is very smart. He's very creative and has a lot of experience and the Patriots, don't forget, they do have some weapons -- [Julian] Edelman, I think he's fantastic. He and Gronk are probably my favorite players outside of Brady on that team. I think through coaching and preparing these guys, I think they will be fine." DraftKings Football season is underway and DraftKings is crowning two new millionaires this weekend! Prizes worth $10 million are up for grabs, including $2 million for first AND $1 million for second! PLAY IN THE WEEK 2 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, CLICK HERE.