Posted December 08, 2013

Report: Steelers will lose draft pick for Mike Tomlin sideline incident

AFC North, Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Tomlin cost his team a draft pick by interfering with a live play against the Ravens. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Mike Tomlin cost his team a draft pick by interfering with a live play against the Ravens. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The NFL has in fact decided to strip a draft pick from the Pittsburgh Steelers as punishment for Mike Tomlin’s sideline misstep with Baltimore kick returner Jacoby Jones, CBS’ Jason La Canfora reported Sunday. The league previously fined Tomlin $100,000 for his actions on the play, in which the Pittsburgh coach nearly made contact with Jones as he ran down the sideline.

“Because the conduct affected a play on the field, a modification or forfeiture of draft choices will be considered after the final order of the 2014 draft has been determined,” the NFL said in a statement announcing that Tomlin fine.

According to La Canfora, the NFL will not hand down its final verdict in this case until all draft picks are set. That falls somewhat in line with earlier reports that the league would wait to see a) which compensatory draft slots the Steelers may wind up with; and b) if the four points that Tomlin’s act eventually cost Baltimore somehow came into play as a postseason tiebreaker.

“I take full responsibility for my actions, and I apologize for causing negative attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers organization,” Tomlin said in a statement earlier this week. “I accept the penalty that I received. I will no longer address this issue as I am preparing for an important game this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.”

The Steelers already are without their third-round pick in 2014 — they traded that selection to Cleveland for a 2013 fourth-rounder, which Pittsburgh used on safety Shamarko Thomas.

The franchise could receive compensatory picks for losing players like WR Mike Wallace, CB Keenan Lewis and RB Rashard Mendenhall during last summer’s free-agent cycle. Those extra picks are announced in March.

54 comments
FRD
FRD

all of the comments have made a good point about this being ridiculously over played, but the real issue is that they have precedent to look back on, it can be argued that Tomlin's action was accidental, there was not clear intent here like there was when the Eagles strength coach deliberately tripped a player, there was NO draft pick punishment in that situation, the guy was suspended. So why draft picks now??

Johnqazwsx
Johnqazwsx

MIke Tomlin, The man with a $100,000 smile.    I truly wonder if the penalties would have been as harsh if it wasn't for that wide grin afterwards.  

NYCPGHFAN
NYCPGHFAN

This is absolute BS. Even other coaches have spoken up to defend Tomlin, saying he odes what many other coaches do, watches kick returns from the jumbotron for a better view of it. To penalize the team for Tomlin's having stepped a few inches onto the field is ridiculous. it DID NOT affect the play, as the tackle was in process, just a few steps later. And Tomlin has had an exemplary history in the NFL, as an assistant coach & head coach. The NFL is DEAD WRONG of this one. Add this to the awful officiating seen this year, and you end up with a sport that is unrecognizable from the game we used to watch for decades. They are slowly but surely ruining it. 

cardogpush
cardogpush

it didn't affect the outcome and most likely won't affect the wildcard race

this is plain stupidity on the NFL office's part

 the new england tapriots didn't even lose a pick when they were caught blatently cheating 

 and the league will take a pick from the steelers for this 

 ignorant..... fiddle away roger fiddle away !!!!!!!!

g2ac
g2ac

This guy is more than stupid!


He is classless!!


What is even more amazing is that the owner would want someone like this to be his coach.

But, I guess what we hear is true that you stick with people like yourself.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Now you know the real Art Rooney!

palmdc8
palmdc8

He is stupid regardless

Dumptruck
Dumptruck

Overkill once again by the NFL. Yes, he did it- deliberately or not, he did it and admitted he was wrong doing it. So the $100K fine is acceptable. But to take a draft pick when the end of game was not determined directly to this error or cheat (depending on your POV), it's overkill. 

Cool
Cool

It will be like a 7th round pick which means nothing to any team.  One less person to cut from the roster and the ability to pick up a needed free agent after the draft.

j7apple
j7apple

I have never seen a more inconsistent organization then the NFL..This newest fiasco of a draft pick penalty just shows this. (If they did this to every coach that this ever happened to then fine, but they haven't)



Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I think the NFL could have made a blanket statement that any coach that does this again would cost his team a pick.  Then the 100 grand would have been enough penalty. But, Roger Badell does things his way.

riley8
riley8

$100,000 wasn't enough?  Come on man.

The5wineFlu
The5wineFlu

I am a Browns fan, so on one side this makes me happy, but on the other it seems a little ridiculous.  The fine was deserved and anything more than a 5th round picks would be too much.  Then again, it is Roger Goodell.

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

The Jets had an assistant physically trip a player on a play and they didn't lose a pick.  He obviously did this on purpose, but they've already set the precedent for punishment on something much worse than this.

6marK6
6marK6

Is this one of those Saints punishments that they just keep making up as they go?

RaymondSmith
RaymondSmith

What a bunch of f********g bu**s*****t. Goodell has to go. 

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Maybe tomlin wont play stupid the next time,

wino69
wino69

Good!  Smiling now?  Tomlin you are a punk and the Steelers are LOSERS!

Sayter
Sayter

Patriots did lose a first round draft pick.

mt3319
mt3319

@Cool youre dumb, every pick is important, i know that atlanta isnt doing too bright, but they got great Undrafted Free Agents in Paul Worrilow and Joplo Bartu, Worrilow has 80+tackles and leads the team, if you had a chance to be a coach, you would fail horribly no matter what level

Skins'Fan
Skins'Fan

Name ONE other time a coach has interfered, physically, with the play on the field. Let alone took away points.

frederickroyceperez
frederickroyceperez

@psychsports  

That was one refreshing point of view to read . I found myself very content to read my own , or similar , thoughts on the indecent hurry to pile on , with those ever rising viral opprobriums of the moment . The haste of voices clamoring to impose their own labyrinthine projections into a straightforward matter , to which straight faced Ouija like comparisons add distracting content , dismissive of the extra-sensibilities needed , or because of its fact based weaknesses the casual acceptance needed of those extra human talents required . 

The comedies of far ranging expertise raging within the microscopic relevance of minutia with an expansive periphery of pet topics where context be damned , has been as well served for an emotional outlet . Perhaps raising questions for the disturbing numbers of people who still require the bread and circuses to demonstrate a willingness to dismember victims could be looked into as a profitable after the game group therapy instead . 

Thanks ! FRP

John4
John4

@riley8 No it was not enough.  The Steelers also need to have a draft pick taken from them.  Also, Tomlin should admit that what he did was wrong.  Tomlin "took responsibility" and apologized for all "the negative attention".  What he has NOT YET done is MAN UP and admit his actions were wrong.  He's a complete tool.  

John4
John4

@The5wineFlu The loss of the pick has to be from a high enough round that NO head coach will EVER consider that course of action again.  Losing a second round pick seems about right.   

John4
John4

@BosephHeyden Not quite the same.  The incident with the Jets occurred with the opposing player OUT OF BOUNDS by at least 3 yards.  The incident with Tomlin occurred on the field of play.    

akira1971
akira1971

Only difference was the Jets coach was in the normal bench area - not even in the no-go stripe zone.  The Miami player ran way out of bounds into the player's bench.  Tomlin actually crossed into PLAYING field.

UnishowponyWherebeef
UnishowponyWherebeef

@BosephHeyden Punishments change with the times. 


For example, of all the rich civilized nations of the world, there is but one (and only 32 of the 50 states of that exceptional nation) that execute prisoners.


Public executions - for something as trivial as stolen bread - used to be social affairs that attracted huge audiences. Now it's seen as barbaric.


The NFL set the bar high when it took a 1st round draft pick from the Patriots for something as trivial as filming the other team (which was OK) from the wrong part of the stadium. This is just the beginning...

Plainview
Plainview

I think now they recognize they need to set an example.  Late coming for sure, but I don't think they thought coaches would resort to such tactics on a regular basis.  now that possibility exists.

John4
John4

@6marK6 How about have NFL head coaches with enough class not to do shameful things like this?

PattiAnnMarieMaster
PattiAnnMarieMaster

Exactly, he knew damn right we'll he was on field!! Can't stand the jerk!!

me21
me21

@wino69 They beat your team a bunch of times and you are just a pathetic loser.

RaymondSmith
RaymondSmith

@wino69 Well, you're a dumba***s and a tard. Do you see us calling for you to leave? 

spencerstone10
spencerstone10

@Skins'Fan Jets Assistant coach, TRIPPED a player in 2010 vs. the Dolphins. Besides, the Ravens won the game in the end.

me21
me21

@John4 @riley8 - Your are ignorant and stupid beyond belief.  I suppose if it was the coach of your team you would of course be calling for his head as well.  


You are one of those people whose team has been so badly beaten by the Steelers year after year that you can't get over it or you are just an ignorant person who is blind to reason.  $100,000 is plenty!  A draft pick is a rip off and you should acknowledge it if you had half a bit of sense of any kind.

riley8
riley8

@John4 @riley8 I disagree but the next question is why wasn't it $100k + a draft pick from the get go?Actions must fit the crime but you also need to rule and move on.  I am not a Steeler fan in the least but this is like throwing a flag, marking off 15 yards, and then throwing another flag.

Skins'Fan
Skins'Fan

A 2nd is a bit much. Fifth rounder seems befitting. The Pats' and Belicheat got 250k and a 1st rounder for a much greater offense that spanned YEARS. This is no where near that level. But believing that would be foolish; Goodell will just come up with anything he thinks of out of bed that morning. He never considers prior judgments before laying a new one. He's gotta go, and soon.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

@John4 Gotta be a Ravens or Browns fan. Come on, a $100,000 fine is not pocket change like many of the fines presented, and most people and coaches would be sufficiently put off by that fine. Anything over a 5th would be ridiculous. Oh and btw, Jones wouldn't have scored anyway, the Steelers player had pretty much run him down with a nice angle, Tomlin's "mishap" only allowed him to get Jones about five to ten yards closer than he would have. Full disclosure: Falcons fan, don't care too terribly much about the Steelers, more so about the precident

Alan18
Alan18

@John4 @The5wineFlu When you say "never consider that course of action", it sounds like you think he knew exactly where the returner was going and intentionally planned on being right there when said returner approached him from behind. Probably not. Mikes a decent coach but I'm pretty sure he's not good enough to have planned "this course of action".  

me21
me21

@John4 @6marK6  You are a pathetic loser!  You must hate the Steelers a lot to keep on pursuing this as hard as you are!  As I said in a previous statement - Get a life!

TiredOfCliches
TiredOfCliches

Why not just post 1 comment that says "I hate Tomlin because I am a (Browns/Bengals/Ravens) fan.  I hope the NFL never stops punishing him."  Reading your vitriol over and over is getting old.

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

Well, you seem to be the expert on dumba***s and tards. 

NEsports27
NEsports27

@riley8 @John4 Not really.  Since the draft order isn't set until the season is over, they're holding off.  This suggests the NFL has a range of punishment in mind, they just need to know specifics before they rule specifics.  They're waiting to balance the absurd infraction against potential impact, which is a sensible precaution.  The $100K was the penalty to Tomlin himself, the draft pick is a franchise penalty.

Good grief, you've got me actually defending Roger Goodell.  Stop the witchcraft!!!

mt3319
mt3319

@Alan18 @John4 @The5wineFlu when you watch the video, you see him step towards the field when jacoby jones was about 10-15 yards away and then acted like he didnt see him coming by jumping out of the way, I personally think this was intentional 

me21
me21

@meandmesa - You hit the nail on the head - their low level of maturity is overtly obvious and makes them look more foolish than they think Tomlin looks.

meandmesa
meandmesa

RaymondSmithbobinpowell

Obviously neither of you guys care/realize that the words your using to express yourselves speaks louder than any point your trying to make.