Harrison 'disappointed' in Meriweather

Harrison 'disappointed' in Meriweather
October 14, 2011, 1:16 pm
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They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

Looks like you can't teach them to a young one, either.

Former Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, traded to Chicago released by the Patriots in no small part because he appeared more interested in delivering devastating hits -- frequently to the head -- than in playing effectively, is doing the same things with his new team the Bears that he did with the Pats, and may find himself benched this week.

Among those shaking his head in dismay: Former Patriot Rodney Harrison.

"I'm a little disappointed," Harrison, now an NBC football analyst, told Tom E. Curran on Thursday night's 'Quick Slants'. "I had a talk with Brandon Meriweather last year and I told him specifically, 'Brandon, you have to be careful of going out here with these dirty hits'. Helmet-to-helmet, vicious hits. We saw it last year against Todd Heap, and I don't want him to have a reputation as being a dirty player because I think it takes away from everything you try to accomplish in your career.

"However, this year he goes to the Bears and, week in and week out, I see Brandon Meriweather leading with his helmet.

"Brandon's a good friend of mine, okay? So I have to tell the truth . . . The thing that I'm afraid of, he's either going to hurt himself or hurt someone else. He has to do a better job of playing safety, making good tackles, not getting beat on the deep end, and stop trying to knock out everybody he has an opportunity to knock out."