Tomlin Talks About Harrison, Facing Him Monday In Cincinnati

James Harrison

The Steelers will get their first look at their old friend on Monday night, as the team will see former NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison, who is now with the Bengals.

Today in a conference call with the Cincy media, Mike Tomlin was asked a couple of questions about his former LB, who of course is famous not only for his on field antics, but his vocal displeasure against commish Roger Goodell.

First Tomlin was asked if he had noticed any difference in Harrison in his play with the Bengals.

“I didn’t evaluate him from that perspective, but he does appear to be James and we all know and understand how James plays. He bring physicality to the table,” Tomlin said.

“He’s a guy that plays with great passion. He can inspire his teammates. We expect James to be James in the stadium.”

The second question was about playing Harrison, and what he thinks it will be like to see former #92 across from him and the Steelers Monday night.

“To be honest, when I step into the stadium they’re nameless gray faces to me once we get started. That’s just part of today’s NFL,” Tomlin said.

“There’s movement in this business and just about every week you’re running across a guy you’ve had a professional and personal experience with in the past.

“James is a special guy who did special things here but from that standpoint you’ve got to move on.”

Last week against the Bears in a loss Harrison was basically a non-factor, with just one tackle.

Why do I get a feeling that will change in week two?

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