2011 NFL Combine: Nick Fairley Defends Rough Play in the Media
Nick Fairley Already Has A Mean Reputation, Now He is Trying To Soften It
Fairley grabbed a page out of James Harrison's playbook on Sunday, saying allegations he is a dirty player are unwarranted, and that he plays the game "the way it is supposed to be played."
Fairley has been accused of playing a little too rough in the past, but he hasn't risen to the level of a Harrison or Albert Haynesworth yet.
But the day is young, give him a chance.
The jury will remain out on Fairley for at least a year or two, but Fairley should be doing everything he can to not emulate the playing style of a Harrison or Haynesworth because their kind of dirty play is not tolerated in the NFL anymore.
Whether or not a fan agrees with that stance is irrelevant because the argument has been lost. Fairley needs to look out not only for himself, but for his teammates. Fairley will not be helping his future team if he decapitates a running back on a Wildcat option and gets suspended for two games.
Harrison and Haynesworth play dirty, I don't care what they try and say afterward. That is their choice and it is what it is. If Fairley does not want the extra scrutiny on every play like Harrison brought on himself this past season, then he will do everything he can to not take any more pages out of the Harrison playbook.
The media response card was the only prudent one to play. The rest of the deck is full of losers.
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