James Harrison says Bill Belichick is a better coach than Mike Tomlin

Patriots outside linebacker James Harrison, wearing Danny Amendola’s jersey, answered questions during Super Bowl week. –Mark Humphrey/ AP Photo

Three months after announcing his retirement, five-time Pro Bowler James Harrison is still making noise. Appearing on Undisputed on Fox 1 Sports, Harrison, the former Steeler and Patriot, said Patriots coach Bill Belichick is a better coach than Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, and Harrison said the biggest difference was discipline.

Harrison didn’t leave the Steelers on ideal terms. Pittsburgh’s all-time sacks leader played 9½ seasons for Tomlin before joining the Patriots in December last season. Despite the short time in New England, the differences between the franchises were evident to Harrison.

“It’s more regimented. It’s more disciplined,’’ said Harrison. “The [Patriots] coaching is better, to be honest with you. The plans they put together are better.


“I feel like [Tomlin] needs to be more disciplined . . . [In] some of the things they do coaching wise and some of the situations in time management and calling of defenses.’’

Harrison also talked about instances in which the Pittsburgh coaching staff called defensive schemes that created confusion on the field.

“You get situations that don’t look good,’’ said Harrison.

Harrison also said he had to get over his dislike for Tom Brady. Brady and the Patriots had won the last five regular and postseason games against the Steelers, who haven’t beaten Brady since 2011.

“I wanted to hate him so bad. Playing against him all those years, and him getting the better of us for the most part. I wanted to hate him,’’ said Harrison.

Daily observance of Brady’s locker-room behavior changed his mind.

“He treats everyone the same, whether you’ve been there 10 years or 10 days. He’s a great guy. He’s the ultimate teammate.’’