Scouts Buzz: Harrison better than ever

Originally Published: October 12, 2009
By Matt Williamson | Scouts Inc.
James HarrisonGregory Shamus/Getty ImagesSteelers LB James Harrison, the defensive player of the year in 2008, might be playing even better this year.
After watching the Week 5 matchups, Scouts Inc. shares its 10 key observations:

1. Steelers LB James Harrison is locked in: Last year's defensive player of the year, LB James Harrison, might even be better in 2009 than when he won the award. Detroit LT Jeff Backus was completely overmatched against Harrison, who is unbelievably powerful in both his upper and lower body and plays with as much passion for the game as anyone in the league today. He can stun his blocker with excellent hand usage and has developed into a very well-rounded pass-rusher with technique, moves and speed. Harrison also has a great ability to cause turnovers by attacking the football and has amazing closing speed. He never stops. Whether it is called or not, I still contend that no player in the NFL gets held as often as Harrison does. While Harrison might be playing even better than last season, the same surely cannot be said for the entire Steelers defense. Adding S Troy Polamalu when he recovers from a knee injury will help a great deal, but the Steelers need more than just him to reach their dominance from a year ago.