After the Pittsburgh Steelers essentially benched their all-time sack leader the past two games, Mike Tomlin decided to make a change. To use some baseball terminology, he put Harrison in the bullpen.
I may be crazy, but if the Steelers are smart, not holding my breath on that one just yet, they would use Harrison like this every week. Maybe not waiting until the fourth quarter every week, but if the situation dictates you need a polished pass rusher, who still can get the job done, in an obvious passing situation — call on the closer.
The days of Harrison being on the field for four quarters are behind him, at least we hope so, but that is okay. T.J. Watt has proven he is very capable, even as a rookie, but when he is fatigued bringing in a fresh Harrison, who can bench press a house, by the way, could be a recipe for disaster for the opposing offense.
Harrison might not be the next Mariano Rivera, in regards to closers, but he just might be the wrecking ball the team could use to put teams away. He did just that in Kansas City, and could certainly continue to do it in the future.
Peppers, 37, continues to show opposing offenses that he can still dominate games the same way he did in the early 2000s. He isn’t done climbing the all-time sacks list, either. Doleman only leads Peppers by half a sack, while Greene had 160.
Peppers racked up 150 career sacks in 240 games and averaged 9 1/2 sacks per season from 2002 to 2016. He’s been a model of consistency throughout his entire career. The Panthers used the second pick in the 2002 NFL draft to select Peppers. During his first stint with the Panthers — which lasted from 2002 to 2009 — he compiled 81 sacks and 30 forced fumbles.
Following the 2009 season, Peppers took his talents to the Chicago Bears and continued to dominate opposing offensive linemen. He racked up 37 1/2 sacks in four seasons with the Bears.