Harrison ready for Jets
In what may be bode well for the Steelers in the AFC Championship game, outside linebacker James Harrison made it clear Thursday that he is locked in on the New York Jets.
The four-time Pro Bowler did this during a contentious interview with reporters, his first and apparently only Q&A session of the week.
"This is the last interview y'all going to get for the rest of the week," Harrison said at his locker following practice. "Got me one time, so let loose."
The interview almost didn't get that far after Harrison was asked several times about the hits that got him fined a total of $100,000 this season.
"I'm tired of those questions," Harrison said. "I want to think about the Jets."
When a reporter again asked about the issue that put Harrison and his style of play in the NFL's crosshairs, he said, "Alright, I'm done."
Harrison said he would only answer Jets-related questions before resuming the interview. The 6-foot, 242-pounder later said that he had been reluctant to speak to the media at all as the Steelers prepare for their 15th appearance in the AFC title game.
"Talking to y'all is not going to help me win a game," Harrison said. "It's not going to prepare me, it's not going to do anything. It's just going to give you stories, so you run out there and write something."
Among the story lines that Harrison would not address yesterday: the opportunity to win a third Super Bowl title and how the outcome might be different this time, assuming strong safety Troy Polamalu plays Sunday.
Polamalu didn't play in the Steelers' 22-17 loss to the Jets last month because of an Achilles injury.
"It counts on our record whether Troy is in there or not," Harrison said. "They were just better. We've got to pick our game up."
Harrison, who had three sacks against the Ravens last Saturday, said the game may be decided by how successful the Jets are in running the ball against the Steelers.
The 106 rushing yards the Jets had on Dec. 19 were the most yielded by the Steelers in a game this season.
"Just roll the clock back about 30 years or something, that's the kind of game it's going to be," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "That's who we are, and that's who Pittsburgh is, and that's who Pittsburgh has always been."