Clay Matthews and James Harrison are among the best pass rushing outside linebackers in the league. They’re both also pretty big dicks. One could argue that a certain amount of dickishness is necessary for the position, requiring as it does more than a small measure of sadism that delights in the excruciating pain inflicted on the opponent. But is there such a thing as too much dickishness? Clay and Deebo make a strong case for the existence of excessive dickishness.
First, Clay, speaking with Mike Silver:
“We picked the most inopportune time to play our worst ball. The fact is, [the Giants] didn’t beat us; we beat ourselves. We need to play our best ball when it counts. This year, I expect us to be right back where we should be.”
Dismissing defeat as a result solely of your actions while discounting the prowess and agency of the other team? That’s a lot of dickishness. Feels like too much. Especially when said defeat was by three scores and should have been more, were it not for a few generous calls by the officials in Green Bay’s favor. Mistakes are a constant. There is no perfect game. Part of being good is exploiting those mistakes, which is what the Giants did.
Now, James, talking to the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Asked Tuesday at Steelers training camp if it were coincidence he’s knocked out three players from the same team, Harrison paused.
“I don’t know,” he said. “Maybe they need to get [their] helmets checked.”
Harrison, who’s nursing a knee injury, was asked Tuesday if he’s surprised the Browns haven’t challenged him more for his injurious hits on their teammates.
“Challenge me, what, to a fight?” Harrison said. “What does pushing do? It gets you a 15-yard penalty. That’s stupid.”
A flippant disregard for injury is high-level dickishness. Probably too much. Even if Harrison believes the hit that led to the injuries were aboveboard, he should probably not be so abrasive as to attribute the injuries to a deficiency on the part of those who got hurt or their equipment.
C’mon guys, gotta rein in this dickishness. I’d say let’s get a handle on it, but they might object to that.