Every athlete wants to play their position- However there comes times where the player has to block or run DECOY routes to get other receivers open. Qbs sometimes are unable to throw the ball deep because the offensive plan is to run or throw only short-
This happens many times in sports where a player has to SACRIFICE personal gain for the betterment of the team--
Geroy SIMON is a good example of this- To SIMON's credit he will always block and will never say anything and takes pride in blocking-- SIMON looks at it like this-- He says I am the senior leader on this team, and I will do anything to help the team win- I will lead by example- Also SIMON will never complain about not getting the ball enough- Simon is a professional player with a professional work ethic and attitude--
Harris is concerned because if he is a blocker he will not be able to be used as a running back-- This has 2 major implications-
1-As Harris would be used as a blocker he wouldnt get the carries so WALLY may decide to waive him and not give him a good contract because Harris has no production-
2-Harris's bread and butter is running the ball- How can he be expected to have a good career and get paid good money if he is a blocker?
Granted a smarter player would realize that YOU NEED TO BE PATIENT at times- Relax and be patient and your carries will come once BC gets a few good O LINEMAN-- Nothing is PERMANENT---
One thing for sure is that we need HARRIS kind of like a person needs a bandaid- When your finger is bleeding you use a BANDAID, when your O line cant block you use HARRIS to block (bandaid).
I would assume that because HARRIS is the only CANADIAN running back who didnt play university ball and took an unconventional route to the CFL, he has been praised and worshipped into local celebrity status.
HARRIS has always had his way, he has dominated the junior ranks, had instant success at the CFl level and now things are levelling out and he is facing some adversity.
Beaglehound to further add to your post, it was known that HARRIS did not have the best attitude, but to his credit he has behaved pretty good with the LIONS until now--
A player is tested and the true character is revealed in times of adversity. Adversity tests the player and tests the players resolve and coping skills.
Harris also is not the most ideal player to block because he is not strong enough to block the oncoming blitzers. A simple solution that makes sense on all fronts is this----
Bring in an import #1 running back who is over 200 lbs and has played in NCAA at a DIVISION 1 school-- Then we can have flexibility to use HARRIS like Montreal used Brandon Whittaker. Harris could get the odd carry but could be used as a receiver out of the backfield-
This solves 2 problems-- It will make teams who are blitzing think twice as HARRIS would be running out of the backfield for a screen pass. #2 it also would give us a real power runner as a legit POUND THE BALL and move the CHAINS type of running back-