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Tomlin cites “suspect” officiating after Cortez Allen penalty

Alex Smith, Cortez Allen AP

One of the worst calls of the preseason came when Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen was flagged for a late hit on Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, even though Allen was trying to avoid Smith as Smith ran out of bounds, and only made contact because Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano blocked Allen into Smith.

Players on the Steelers have some of the most vocal opponents of the NFL’s ongoing efforts to crack down on illegal hits, but the Steelers have been mostly quiet about that particular bad call. Still, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin did hint after the game that he thought that bad call was one of several bad calls that led to his team being penalized nine times for 98 yards in the game against the Chiefs.

“Obviously, we were highly penalized,” Tomlin said. “In my opinion, some of those calls were suspect, but such is life in August.”

Referring to the call against Allen as “suspect” is putting it nicely. That particular call was a joke.

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31 Responses to “Tomlin cites “suspect” officiating after Cortez Allen penalty”
  1. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 29, 2013 7:22 AM

    Allen should be fined and ejected. The Steelers have to learn that the days of getting away with dirty play is over.

  2. wayne1693 says: Aug 29, 2013 7:42 AM

    In the NFL, as in Life, all things are relative: Just consider the state of officiating one year ago…up until the time Golden Tate’s ‘touchdown’ became not only the most replayed highlight in the history of Sports, but the shot heard around the World of Football…that finally, and mercifully, ended the Replacement Refs.

  3. greenmeattruck says: Aug 29, 2013 8:12 AM

    Don’t blame the officials, Darth Goodell wants to see more flags, and if they don’t throw them, he’ll find someone who will.

  4. ziggy26 says: Aug 29, 2013 8:13 AM

    That particular call was pretty bad, but it’s preseason for the referees as well.

    For the most part, I think the NFL referees do a good job. Players and coaches mess up far more often than the refs.

  5. kdgwolfpack says: Aug 29, 2013 8:59 AM

    As a Chiefs fan I will say it was most definitely a bad call. However, the bad calls and non-calls went both ways as they always do. As a fan I get tired of hearing people complain about calls or non-calls. Its part of the game, everyone knows that. You play through it and prove you’re the better team by winning not complaining.

  6. richardcolvinreid says: Aug 29, 2013 9:09 AM

    That’s fine the steelers had plenty of suspect officiating helping them out in their past two superbowls

  7. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Aug 29, 2013 9:11 AM

    kdgwolfpack says:
    Aug 29, 2013 8:59 AM
    As a Chiefs fan I will say it was most definitely a bad call. However, the bad calls and non-calls went both ways as they always do. As a fan I get tired of hearing people complain about calls or non-calls. Its part of the game, everyone knows that. You play through it and prove you’re the better team by winning not complaining.
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    Tomlin can hardly be described as “complaining” here, his remarks were more from an evaluation standpoint. Anyone complaining about a penalty during the preseason should be ignored.

  8. Steeley McBeam says: Aug 29, 2013 9:56 AM

    That wasnt even the worst call of the game. The chop block call on Dwyer when there were no other players within 5 yards was crazy.

    But, irrelevant games make for irrelevan penalties.

    As for the Steelers, if they could get the penalties and special teams under control the offense and defense has looked good enough to be 3-0.

  9. jmblosser82 says: Aug 29, 2013 10:11 AM

    JMF, any raven fan talking about fines, ejections, and personal files for another team is the pot calling the kettle black. Pollard and Reed have been just as bad as any steeler, Reed should have been suspended last year but since he made a ton of money he got out if it.

  10. kwas686998 says: Aug 29, 2013 10:33 AM

    Maybe they should fine the refs for blatantly bad calls. There were so many bad calls in that game they could use the tape of it as a clinic for how not to officiate a game. What pissed me off was that the refs made the calls without even conversing with the other officials. On some of those calls they were way outta clear view to make a good call and never bothered to check.

  11. johnnybgood19 says: Aug 29, 2013 10:47 AM

    Joemontanaflacco… just want to say that I love the HTC that you’re in with Robert Downey Jr.

  12. DonRSD says: Aug 29, 2013 11:08 AM

    LOL @ STEAL-ers.
    They won their last 2 SuperBowls with suspect officiating.

    Not to mention their first 4 with ‘roids.

  13. kdgwolfpack says: Aug 29, 2013 11:42 AM

    Steeler’s Didn’t-but-Will-eventually says:

    Tomlin can hardly be described as “complaining” here, his remarks were more from an evaluation standpoint. Anyone complaining about a penalty during the preseason should be ignored.
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    I agree and was not referring to Tomlin. He was only answering a question and did so truthfully. I am referring to all the fans and media that try to make a big deal out of bad calls or pretend like they don’t go both ways. Not just this one and not just in the preseason. The game is fair, no one is cheating. Sit back down and watch the game.

  14. finallythevoiceofreason says: Aug 29, 2013 12:38 PM

    Allen should be fined and ejected. The Steelers have to learn that the days of getting away with dirty play is over.-
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    Dirty play? Being blocked into the QB is dirty? I guess putting bounties on players or killing a human being is not, right ?

  15. finallythevoiceofreason says: Aug 29, 2013 12:43 PM

    They won their last 2 SuperBowls with suspect officiating.

    Not to mention their first 4 with ‘roids.
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    I do not recall any suspect officiating in the last Super Bowl. Roids? Now that is funny. If they only won their first 4 Super Bowls because of roids, in a 6 year span, how come those roids did not help them win the 2 in between or any other before or after that 6 year span? Maybe because the Dolphins, Raiders, and Cowboys took more roids than the Steelers, right?

  16. steelersownu says: Aug 29, 2013 12:46 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 29, 2013 7:22 AM

    Allen should be fined and ejected. The Steelers have to learn that the days of getting away with dirty play is over.
    LOL…..I got news for you idiot boy….the Ravens are the dirtiest football team in the league and have been by far for a long time

    Somebody needs to eject you

  17. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 29, 2013 12:54 PM

    I think it’s hilarious how Steeler fans are the first to jump up and defend dirty players who ruin their opponants’ careers with late hits and cheap shots, but when someone lays a pinky on one of their receivers while he’s trying to catch a pass, they declare WWIII on the refs. Seems like almost every Steeler fan had a nervous breakdown and began questioning the meaning of life when they didn’t flag Jimmy Smith during that amazing 4th and goal standoff at the SB.

  18. slick50ks says: Aug 29, 2013 2:32 PM

    Polomalu has turned into a real cheap shot artist since his skills have diminished. Somebody needs to take that cheaters knees out, and hopefully soon. There’s no need for goons like that in the game.

  19. steelcurtainn says: Aug 29, 2013 3:52 PM

    “Steeler fan had a nervous breakdown and began questioning the meaning of life when they didn’t flag Jimmy Smith during that amazing 4th and goal standoff at the SB.”

    You deserve, idiot post of they day or is that everyday now. Why would any steeler fan feel this? Way too laughable, the steelers have owned the ravens for years.

  20. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 29, 2013 4:52 PM

    “Way too laughable, the steelers have owned the ravens for years.”

    Really, what “years” would those be? 2012 when Steelers went 8-8 and missed the playoffs and the Ravens were the SB champs? Or 2011, when the Ravens swept the Steelers and made it to the AFC Championship while Tim Tebow broke the Steelers’ fans black little hearts? If the Steelers ever “owned” the Ravens, those days are long gone. The sooner the fans accept that, the better off they (and you) will be.

  21. finallythevoiceofreason says: Aug 29, 2013 5:05 PM

    If the Steelers ever “owned” the Ravens, those days are long gone.
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    How about the 3-0 sweep including the AFC Championship game in 2008?

    How about 3-0 against the Ravens all time in the Playoffs?

    How about 9 division championships since the Browns became Ravens to only 4 for the Ravens with 2 coming just recently?

    How about 21-15 all-time against the Ravens?

    Yep, they own them. The stats do not lie.

  22. finallythevoiceofreason says: Aug 29, 2013 5:06 PM

    Or 2011, when the Ravens swept the Steelers and made it to the AFC Championship while Tim Tebow broke the Steelers’ fans black little hearts?
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    Oh, you mean the same year that the Ravens were Cundiffed against the Patriots and the crybaby Ravens conglomerate blamed the miss on the scoreboard operator?

    LMAO…..

  23. steelcurtainn says: Aug 29, 2013 5:40 PM

    the stats don’t lie, JMF, read em and weep. Even in a championship season the ravens still managed to (almost) get swept by the steelers (minus Big Ben). Take your little lucky championship last year because you won’t see another for a long while.

  24. stillers213 says: Aug 29, 2013 6:06 PM

    Note that it’s 4 sisters since “it” would be too small to reach the thumb area. :)

  25. antibenapalooza says: Aug 29, 2013 6:44 PM

    I will tell you what is a really bad call for the Steelers, keeping Rottenberger after all he has done!

  26. dontstabmeray says: Aug 29, 2013 8:43 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 29, 2013 4:52 PM

    “Way too laughable, the steelers have owned the ravens for years.”

    Really, what “years” would those be? 2012 when Steelers went 8-8 and missed the playoffs and the Ravens were the SB champs? Or 2011, when the Ravens swept the Steelers and made it to the AFC Championship while Tim Tebow broke the Steelers’ fans black little hearts? If the Steelers ever “owned” the Ravens, those days are long gone. The sooner the fans accept that, the better off they (and you) will be.

    Charlie Batch owns the Ravens, and I own your mom.

  27. dontstabmeray says: Aug 29, 2013 8:45 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 29, 2013 4:52 PM

    “Way too laughable, the steelers have owned the ravens for years.”

    Really, what “years” would those be? 2012 when Steelers went 8-8 and missed the playoffs and the Ravens were the SB champs? Or 2011, when the Ravens swept the Steelers and made it to the AFC Championship while Tim Tebow broke the Steelers’ fans black little hearts? If the Steelers ever “owned” the Ravens, those days are long gone. The sooner the fans accept that, the better off they (and you) will be.

    We all know who really owns Baltimore…..that would be crackheads and drug dealers

  28. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 30, 2013 9:59 AM

    “Charlie Batch owns the Ravens, and I own your mom.”

    I wondered how long it would take this lowbrow fan to start making vile comments about my mother and insulting Baltimore. Don’t worry, “Don’t Stab Me, Ray” nobody could possibly hurt you more than you’ve already hurt yourself.

  29. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 30, 2013 11:54 AM

    I only read the last comment, but if jmf has to be the moral compass, things must be pretty ridiculous.

  30. yourteamstinks says: Aug 30, 2013 5:28 PM

    This: ” Seems like almost every Steeler fan had a nervous breakdown and began questioning the meaning of life when they didn’t flag Jimmy Smith during that amazing 4th and goal standoff at the SB.”

    Is ridiculous. Why would a Steeler fan root for the niners? They aren’t worried about your “every squirrel finds a nut” 2 Super Bowls..lol. You really think that you would have even made the playoffs if Ben was healthy? You barely beat Leftwhich and lost to my Grandpa. Oh and please look at the history of the matchup – on average the Steelers win two out of every three.

  31. cfeeley52 says: Aug 30, 2013 5:59 PM

    dontstabmeray says:
    We all know who really owns Baltimore…..that would be crackheads and drug dealers
    ———————————-
    I’ll take them over the hipsters… God I hate hipsters…

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