Posted December 01, 2013

Mike Tomlin’s sideline move reportedly could cost Steelers a fine and draft pick

AFC North, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers
Steelers' coach Mike Tomlin wasn't flagged for interfering with Jacoby Jones, but he could face punishment from the league. (Rob Carr/Getty Images

Mike Tomlin wasn’t flagged for interfering with Jacoby Jones, but he may face punishment. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Whether or not the NFL believes Mike Tomlin’s claim that he did not intend to interfere with Jacoby Jones’ kick return, the league may hand down substantial punishments to the Steelers organization for the incident. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that Pittsburgh may have to forfeit a draft pick and is “likely” to face “stiff financial penalties”.

Jones appeared headed to the end zone for a touchdown when he cut back off the sideline to avoid Tomlin, who for some reason was standing on the edge of the field of play. Pittsburgh’s Cortez Allen then tackled Jones and the Ravens had to settle for a field goal on the ensuing possession.

“I always watch the returns on the Jumbotron to provide a better perspective,” Tomlin said after Pittsburgh’s 22-20 loss, “and I obviously lost my placement.”
The Ravens were not quite convinced by that explanation.

“I took some flak kind of joking around at the Super Bowl saying that I was going to run out onto the field and tackle somebody if this guy breaks it,” Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said, referencing San Francisco’s Super Bowl-ending attempt to score on a punt return. “I caught some flak for that. That’s exactly what he just did. He was looking at the big screen the whole entire time. He knew where he was. He knew where Jacoby was. He pulled my move.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh jokingly asked in his press conference if Tomlin had been credited for a tackle on the play. And Jones recalled: “As soon as I hit the hole, I started to run down the sideline, and I looked at him and [thought], ‘Is he gonna move?’”

(NBC)

(NBC)

According to La Canfora, the draft pick Pittsburgh may have to cede because of Tomlin’s actions would be of the late-round variety. La Canfora also pointed out that former Jets assistant Sal Alosi was fined $100,000 for a similar play in 2010, though Alosi actually made contact with and tripped Miami coverage man Nolan Carroll during a play.

104 comments
glenn16
glenn16

Gamesmanship sometimes nets a win.  But the perpetrator of a con usually has to do all kind of "splainin' about how it was an accident..."  Especially in modern times with instant replay from so many different camera directions. This oldude remembers the Steelers of Terry Bradshaw when they were the best...and they were kickin' my Oilers' butts every year...never by much...but always enough...always just enough.  And the Steelers of Bobby Layne before he moved to Detroit...I do not remember Layne's bunch being champs...but every one of 'em was a tough so and so. Layne was one of  pro football's premier "gamesters". He drew defensive lineman offside so much it actually gave his offensive line an edge. Layne, who was a real character, was a bit of a gamesman himself. Do not see many hard drinkin' pro footballers any more...if they are around, the league must work pretty hard to conceal it. Never been to Pittsburgh...it is still on "my need to visit" list...even today. Yeah...I am gonna find some of Earl Campbell's teeth close to their end zones...both end zones.  Do not remember him getting into either of the end zones there...prolly did...but it was not a regular occasion. Lambert, Ham and company usually did every thing they could to dismember him with every tackle. Respect to the Steelers. They are still the champs in my book.

IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

Jason LaCanfora is about as credible as my old, demented  uncle.  Tomlin gets fined, but loss of a draft pick, get real.

wino69
wino69

Tomlin is a punk.  He should have been run over from behind.  

ForzaForm
ForzaForm

Hats off to Mike Tomlin.  This is no different than the holding that o-lineman get away with or the contact that corners make that could be called but isn't.  Pushing the boundaries to benefit your team is part of every professional sport.  The people who came to Tomlin's defense the most were the Ravens.  Quote Terrell Suggs:  "This is Steelers-Ravens.  If you ain't cheating, you aint playing to win." Should he have been penalized?  Yep.  Was he?  Nope, he got away with it and helped his team in the process.  Nice move from a REAL football coach.

NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

Chef was in the wrong, totally guilty of a purposeful act, but Rooney is too connected - I don't see the league taking a pick away.

MontyStanford
MontyStanford

Is football becoming WWE with its tag team wrestling fiasco's. One guy pummeling the opponent while the other guy distracts the ref.

NEsports27
NEsports27

He's actually lucky the Ravens won; if this stunt had decided the game he'd be in even bigger trouble.

I just can't believe this happened.  Of all the coaches in the league, Mike Tomlin is one of the last guys I'd expect to pull cheap nonsense like this.  I've always respected him and thought of him as one of the league's best head coaches, can't believe he actually did something so blatantly stupid

DonnieGoodson
DonnieGoodson

Take the pick.  It'll just be one less draft bust we have to endure.

Hotbite
Hotbite

As a Steelers fan, I am truly disgusted by Tomlin's antics. Physically interfering with a game is beyond excuse. He should be fined heavily and suspended at least 1 game. He's actually fortunate the Ravens won, otherwise this would be a lot bigger deal than it is now.

historiskull
historiskull

Where's the video footage showing how/when he got to the edge of the field? Curious if he wandered there as Jones headed in that direction or after he noticed a wide open lane in that section of the field.

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

Didn't make one bit of difference in the game. End of story! Good ell needs to work on other things like dropping all reviews. Let officials call the game as they see it and let it go!

JerryPeoples
JerryPeoples

having seen their drafts over the past few years wouldnt it be more punishment to let them keep the draft pick?

heardhimsay
heardhimsay

Nick Saban wishes Tomlin would have been on the Auburn sideline at the end of the game yesterday.

heardhimsay
heardhimsay

The major factor for me is the fact that Tomlin actually stepped into/onto the field of play clearly interfering on the play.  The Jets at least were still on the white line.  For a guy who went to William & Mary, that was an incredibly dumb move there Mr. Tomlin.

ScarFace292929
ScarFace292929

A draft pick?!?!? Are you serious?!?!?! Pittsburgh does NOT deserve to lose a draft pick over this! 

reader4si
reader4si

Intention or not, he's clearly violated the rule and should be penalize as such.  Look at the tape, why he's the only one standing on that area while his players and coach clearly clear the white box. Beside, he's a HC not assistant or player don't know the rule. Whenever cheater got caught, it has to be punish, so the next culprit does not follow his lead and think twice to commit the foul.

eddie767
eddie767

A draft pick and a hefty fine,o k next time let a player do that Mike. The NFL can't do anything except give an unsportsman 15 yd penalty to them. On second thought,spill a drink,then you'll get a t.o. called.

leon1376
leon1376

This just in from the future! 

 Pittsburgh, December 1, 2019. 

      NFL Commissioner Goodell today fined Mike Tomlin Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers $250,000 for making a funny face at the opposing team from his position on the sidelines. Coach Tomlin was quoted as saying he was suffering from indigestion caused by a bad chili dog he'd eaten during halftime. Goodell said, "As the first gay commissioner of the National Football League I found Tomlin's statement about the bad chili dog to be gratuitously offensive so I tacked on another $50,000 as a warning against future such behavior." Goodell refused to elaborate on the chili dog slur as he walked toward the opposing team's showers to perfom his customary soap-on-a-rope inventory. 

ShawnB
ShawnB

I don't even like the Steelers, but these posts are so laughable.  If there was contact or even the appearance it was intentional - MAYBE.  As a note, if the refs on the field thought it was so egregious, they could have awarded a touch down.  I realize many people are jealous of the Steelers, but this is outright silly.  MAYBE they give him a $50,000 fine.  That's it.

BrittanyBryant
BrittanyBryant

Banned for life? Beaten with ugly sticks, etc? Yes, Tomlin and the steelers organization should be penalized, but some of the things being written on here are truly ridiculous. The NFL lets murderers and convicted felons in the league, and you people think he should be banned?? Think about some of your responses before you decide to post.

sldghammer
sldghammer

Dismantle the entire franchise is the only option... 

      read below for even more ridiculous comments

sldghammer
sldghammer

Fabricated drama like a episode of "  Housewives"

EdScheiner
EdScheiner

Likr most Raven fans I am always interested in winning against Pittsburgh because of the rivalry and how well we play each other. HA???? This is not aobut psortsmanship any more that what Tomlin did

This punishment must not only be agains the coach but the oragnization. They slence is defenaining. JUst as loud and Punishing should be the corrective measure. 

The League too need to punish the official team that was there for Completely Ignoring its responsiblity.

Sometime lesson are hard to swallow and handle. It is how we learn t never do again.


Mikey A
Mikey A

@ForzaForm Wow what an inane statement. You have to be kidding me. You really just nullified the credibility any of your past and future statements may have had.

Neuro
Neuro

@ForzaForm "This is no different than holding that o-lineman get away with or the contact that corners make that could be called but isn't."  

It's very different.  Corners are allowed to be on the field.  Corners are allowed some contact.  O-linemen are allowed to put their hands on the defense.  They're allowed, when the guy across from them is in certain positions, to hold them.  Sometimes, yes, corners and linemen take what's permissible a little too far.  Sometimes they bend rules to the breaking point.  

Tomlin didn't take anything permissible too far.  He didn't bend anything.  He was yards away from where he was allowed to be.    

ForzaForm
ForzaForm

@Hotbite as a steeler fan i couldn't disagree more.  This is no different than the holding that o-lineman get away with or the contact that corners make that could be called but isn't.  Pushing the boundaries to benefit your team is part of every professional sport.  The people who came to Tomlin's defense the most were the Ravens.  Quote Terrell Suggs:  "This is Steelers-Ravens.  If you ain't cheating, you aint playing to win."  Hats off Mike, nice move.

joey311164
joey311164

@Hotbite I agree with this, and I am a Steelers fan also.  However, I don't think the whole team should be penalized by forfeiting a draft pick.  Fine Tomlin and/or suspend him, but taking away a draft pick is way over the line.  BTW, how come the referees were not fined and/or suspended because they totally missed the call and did not penalize the Steelers on the play?

Mark112
Mark112

@Steve Phillips  

The expression "end of story" is a lame, played  cliche, so please stop using it. Have a nice day!

joey311164
joey311164

@Steve Phillips What do you have against reviews??? The purpose is to get the call(s) right.  If the technology is there, use it.  Get out of the stone age, Steve Phillips.

joey311164
joey311164

@heardhimsay What do William & Mary have to do with this??? Were they on the sidelines with him??? lol

danboz11
danboz11

@ScarFace292929 This cheap move could have cost the Ravens the game.  Because I don't see how they can't take a draft pick away.

MikeKing
MikeKing

@ShawnB How could the refs award a TD?  Where does it say that in the rule book?

sunrider101
sunrider101

@ShawnB 


lol RIGHT.  you don't even like the Steelers. Sure.   "I realize many people are jealous of the Steelers".   ::rolls eyes::

ScarFace292929
ScarFace292929

@BrittanyBryant Rae Carruth would still be eligible to play in the NFL, if he wasn't serving life in prison for killing his son's mother and trying to kill his son, leaving him permanently disabled. Yes, many of these posts are ridiculous.

Mark112
Mark112

@EdScheiner  

Your tie is too tight; Mix in a spell-check before posting next time, or I will have you banished from all forms of communication.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@EdScheiner I agree with you Ed, I'm a Ravens fan too.  But, no offense, you need to look into getting spell check.

JJ12
JJ12

@Mikey A @ForzaForm If you really can't determine each statement on its own merits (or lack thereof), then I pity you my friend.

Mikey A
Mikey A

@ForzaForm @Hotbite Do you get off on re-posting the same ignorant, moronic, flat-out wrong statement over and over?

Hotbite
Hotbite

@ForzaForm Oh, there's a HUGE difference....o-lineman and corners are PLAYERS! They belong on the field to make plays! The coach stays on the sideline because he is NOT a player! The Steelers have always been a class organization. What Tomlin did is flat out embarrassing. I wish the organization would discipline him before the league does to send a message about what kind of organization we are. Besides, if the Ravens had lost by 3 points, do you think they would have made those same (very gracious) comments???

ShawnB
ShawnB

@MikeKing @ShawnB It's called the Palpably Unfair Rule.  If Google is correct: Rule 12, Section3, Article 3

Having said that - just use common sense.  If you were in a major playoff game, why not always have a scrub standing on the sideline to run in if someone breaks away?  That's why - the ref will award the touchdown anyway.  If you remember, there was a big flap that Flacco-the-moron said he was going to have someone run off the sidelines if there was a breakaway in a game against the Dolphins I think.

ShawnB
ShawnB

@sunrider101 @ShawnB Yep, I live in Cincinnati and unlike most of the goofballs on here, I don't get all emotionally invested in a business that could care less whether I live or die.  I watch it for the sport, not because someone else winning makes me feel good about myself.  Don't love something that won't love you back kids.

joey311164
joey311164

@HaroldKnuttz @ScarFace292929 Hey moron (Harold), I assume you are referring to Ben Roethlisberger, and if you are, that is called libel, because he was never charged, get your facts straight, idiot.