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Tomlin should have been flagged, TD could have been awarded

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So what should have happened after Steelers coach Mike Tomlin entered the field of play during Jacoby Jones‘ long kickoff return and jumped out of the way at the last instant, forcing Jones inside and possibly keeping him from scoring a touchdown?

Per a league source with knowledge of the appropriate procedures, no coach or player may be in the white area during a play.  Tomlin, who actually had a foot on the field, should have been flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, especially since the field judge had to run around Tomlin while covering the play.

The source pointed out that, just last week, the Jets were penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after the line judge ran into the coaches in the white sideline stripe.

If a player or coach on the sideline interferes with the play, a “palpably unfair act” occurs.  The referee can do whatever the referee determines to be equitable, including awarding a touchdown.

And that’s not the end of it.  The Steelers and/or Tomlin now face potential discipline, to be determined initially by the office of executive V.P. of football operations Ray Anderson.

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116 Responses to “Tomlin should have been flagged, TD could have been awarded”
  1. aaroncarruthsimpson says: Nov 28, 2013 11:18 PM

    CHEATeelers!

    See how clever I am!?

  2. canetic says: Nov 28, 2013 11:19 PM

    That was ridiculous. And I thought Jason Kidd was the sleaziest coach in sports.

  3. cardmagnet says: Nov 28, 2013 11:21 PM

    His little smirk on the sidelines after is a giveaway that he knew what he was doing. He likely saw it on the jumbotron and edged out. He should get a one game suspension for doing something from the sidelines that had a significant impact on the game.

    It’s a shame Jacoby wasn’t just a little faster to have plowed into him, knocked him on his behind, and gotten the flag & score he deserved.

  4. bamsky says: Nov 28, 2013 11:23 PM

    And the wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round….I can’t wait to watch games this weekend to see which ref screws up each game. Nothing new here to see.

  5. someoneimportant says: Nov 28, 2013 11:23 PM

    Again, you’d expect more from a guy like Tomlin. It’d be one thing if it was accidental, but take a look at the GIF floating around the web and you can clearly see two things —

    1. Tomlin is eyeballing the scoreboard and thus well aware of where Jones and the play is heading

    2. Tomlin takes an unnecessary step INTO Jones path, before feigning surprise and stepping away.

    Total amateur move by an otherwise well respected coach.

  6. traphitler says: Nov 28, 2013 11:24 PM

    I like how he wasn’t even watching the play.. Just grazing out on the field looking the other way…

  7. notdemfalcons says: Nov 28, 2013 11:25 PM

    They should suspend him a game or two.
    Injury potential aside what a bush league move. At least the Jets guy was a special teams assistant. This clown is the head coach!
    Stay classy Pittsburgh.

  8. wmatthew760 says: Nov 28, 2013 11:30 PM

    I’m a steelers fan but tomlin is a joke and it time to move
    On.

  9. letmesetyoustraight says: Nov 28, 2013 11:30 PM

    You’re busted , Tomlin. That was flagrant. What head coach is looking away from a play as it is happening? Watching the jumbotron, buddy? But because he works for the Rooneys, don’t expect more than a hand slap from Goodell.

  10. bluebongzilla says: Nov 28, 2013 11:32 PM

    Sloppy.

  11. glennlovesgolf says: Nov 28, 2013 11:32 PM

    Refs always give steelers the calls. Reference Super Bowl XL vs Seahawks

  12. dannymac17 says: Nov 28, 2013 11:33 PM

    lol i seen the gif, hes staring right at him and jumps at the last second.

    dont care for either team, but thats bush league.

  13. micklethepickle says: Nov 28, 2013 11:34 PM

    Can’t say I’m surprised. Players learn their classlessness from their coach.

  14. classyjacklambert says: Nov 28, 2013 11:34 PM

    Yeah the refs are pretty much trying to give this game to the ravens (see the helmet to helmet hits on bell that caused his helmet to come off and took the points off the board) and this is what the pundits cry about

  15. junglerat524 says: Nov 28, 2013 11:35 PM

    “Hit me”

  16. tigerlilac says: Nov 28, 2013 11:36 PM

    The Ravens benefit from helmet to helmet contact (touchdown taken off the board), just as they did against the Pats in the championship game last year (Ridley fumble). The Steelers scored anyway but why do the refs not call a penalty on loading the head and using the helmet as a weapon?

  17. dannymac17 says: Nov 28, 2013 11:36 PM

    Talk about Karma

  18. raiders85 says: Nov 28, 2013 11:37 PM

    Honestly shocked of these two coaches Tomlin is the one pulling this bush league garbage that’s such a low ball ignorant move he’s better than that

  19. Patskrieg dot com says: Nov 28, 2013 11:38 PM

    Shenanigans happening on Clete Blakeman’s watch? NEVER SEEN THAT ONE BEFORE.

  20. frank booth says: Nov 28, 2013 11:39 PM

    And they march????

  21. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 28, 2013 11:39 PM

    Automatic TD. No question about it. But the official has to see it or there has to be a system in place to make sure proper outcomes are arrived at. You can only do that if you monitor every play as they unfold and have an appropriate check for everything that is going on in real time. But the NFL has failed to adapt to the challenges that this potentially professional style of game demands.

  22. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 28, 2013 11:40 PM

    Tomlin is a leader of men. This is just another crusade against our honor, our pride, our prestige, our legacy. We will prevail!

  23. notdemfalcons says: Nov 28, 2013 11:40 PM

    and the march stops…

  24. gnarlesbarkley says: Nov 28, 2013 11:40 PM

    The officials have micro-managed this game to death. They should start reviewing every play and check for penalties. The games will take at least six hours…. What a joke.

  25. uscoach says: Nov 28, 2013 11:41 PM

    Coaches need to stay off the field and let the players play.

    Tomlin’s mature facade is fake.

  26. quittsburghstoolers says: Nov 28, 2013 11:41 PM

    Yup, lie, cheat & steal.

    THAT’S the “Steeler Way”…

  27. derekgorgonstar says: Nov 28, 2013 11:42 PM

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaat?

    Some team got the screwjob because the stealers cheated and the refs let them get away with it?
    Shocking. Unless you live in Seattle.
    Or Houston.
    Or Baltimore.
    Or Dallas.
    Or Cleveland.

  28. stampnhawk says: Nov 28, 2013 11:43 PM

    Tomlin used to be the only respectable member of that organization, but that shine’s gone off the apple as soon as the team’s started losing the last few years.

    Having a drama queen of a QB who’s game has dropped of since he stopped chasing women at bars hasn’t helped…but this was 100% blatantly intentional and classless.

  29. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Nov 28, 2013 11:43 PM

    No need for that junk mike.

  30. northstarnic says: Nov 28, 2013 11:44 PM

    We’ll, they lost. So I guess it all comes out in the wash.
    Regardless, get the hell off the field!

  31. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 28, 2013 11:44 PM

    That rule about the play being over when the ball carriers helmet comes off is the worst rule in a sport full of terrible rules. Why should a player be punished because he gets hit so hard his helmet comes off, but he holds onto the ball and gets into the end zone?

  32. skinsrock says: Nov 28, 2013 11:45 PM

    How many plays did the refs just look the other way? … Ravens deserved to win! First bomb on the first drive… Jones, I think, was run over before the ball ever arrived, CB never looked back… ref didn’t even think about throwing the flag… Ravens overcame more than just the Steelers tonight.

  33. kremis says: Nov 28, 2013 11:45 PM

    Haha steelers lost hahaha and their coach should be suspended

  34. patriotinvasion says: Nov 28, 2013 11:46 PM

    Absolutely awful, blatant CHEATING by the Pittsburgh Steelers. More like the Pittsburgh CHEATERS!

    This immediately brings into question all 6 Super Bowl rings, and essentially nullifies their 2008 Super Bowl win. Goodell must strip the 2008 Steelers of those rings and hand deliver them to the Cardinals. Filthy cheaters.

  35. juanweiner says: Nov 28, 2013 11:47 PM

    And Jimmy Smith leading a tackle with his head straight into Bells head drew no flag. I mean it only knocked the dudes helmet off. Refs were on it tonite.

  36. esdawt says: Nov 28, 2013 11:48 PM

    Sidelinegate?

  37. apkyletexas says: Nov 28, 2013 11:49 PM

    How many key passes did Sanders drop? Five? Ten?

    The dude needs to find a new team.

  38. bengalguy says: Nov 28, 2013 11:49 PM

    @steelersaregodsteam

    The march continues……. Right back to that dump of a city!!!!!
    SEE YA!!!
    …..and we march! WHO DEY!!!!!

  39. mcc325 says: Nov 28, 2013 11:51 PM

    Should be severely punished. Imagine the uproar if Rex Ryan had done this?

  40. isphet71 says: Nov 28, 2013 11:51 PM

    I don’t see “Tomlin didn’t really know he was in the way” as a very defensible position in a debate.

    I usually try to give people the benefit of the doubt, but Tomlin looked as if he knew what he was doing while he was doing it. He also appeared to be smug about it directly after the play.

  41. daytonaken says: Nov 28, 2013 11:52 PM

    Despicable from a head coach. What kind of character flaw is that. Sad day for the Steelers. I wish my son never saw that.

  42. jbaxt says: Nov 28, 2013 11:53 PM

    I would say no less than 15 yards. Probably not a TD though. Either way, pretty crappy move on his part. That’s something I expect to see from Jim Swartz and maybe Jim Harbaugh.

  43. Steeley McBeam says: Nov 28, 2013 11:54 PM

    A little irony for Flacco telling his guys on the sideline to tackle Kyle Williams if he broke one in the Super Bowl?

  44. studp says: Nov 28, 2013 11:54 PM

    Of course this happens. The ref is literally running down the sideline and is nearly hit by Tomlin when he jumps back out of bounds and he does absolutely nothing about it. Players and coaches continually dog these refs because they can.

  45. billiamsofdollars says: Nov 28, 2013 11:54 PM

    That’s bush-league, Mr. Tomlin.

  46. taosravenfan says: Nov 28, 2013 11:54 PM

    Needs to be fined and suspended. No class maneuver. To be expected from this guy. Justice that the squealers lost and lost most of their OL on the last series

  47. martin492013 says: Nov 28, 2013 11:55 PM

    This has got to be one of the cheesiest moves in the history of the NFL. Should be fined and suspended for a couple of games.

  48. drewzducks says: Nov 28, 2013 11:56 PM

    Some cheating, a loss and an invisible curly haired Trojan with little above the Head and Shoulders. Would expect nothing less from “God’s” team.

  49. imeanwhatisay says: Nov 28, 2013 11:57 PM

    he did a Jason Kidd glad they lost now go home and pay that fine

  50. chc36 says: Nov 28, 2013 11:57 PM

    I love this rivalry, one of the best in sports and I absolutely respect the Steelers but they need to seriously look at whether Tomlin is worth it. Prior to today he seemed like a class guy but now he’s proven to be a disgrace to the game on the same level as Sal Alosi. No respect left for the man.

  51. deebo92 says: Nov 28, 2013 11:57 PM

    Steelers fan here, “someoneimportant” sums up everything.. take a gander at his (her?) comment

  52. Joemontanaflacco says: Nov 28, 2013 11:58 PM

    Ravens hang on, win 26-20 (accounting for TD that should have been awarded).

  53. ravensnosncaps says: Nov 28, 2013 11:58 PM

    Was at the game, to make it worse this piece of garbage is smiling about it. That’s a real classy coach in Pitt.

  54. loyalraven says: Nov 28, 2013 11:58 PM

    Im thankful the Pittsburgh Steelers always come up short.

    Best Thanksgiving EVER!! Thank you Pittsburgh.

  55. wwwmattcom says: Nov 28, 2013 11:59 PM

    I used to like Tomlin, seems the bad crowd is rubbing off on him.

  56. billsboy88 says: Nov 29, 2013 12:00 AM

    Either Tomlin did it on purpose, or he’s a total idiot

  57. edavidberg says: Nov 29, 2013 12:00 AM

    Big fine at a minimum and I think the league should consider a suspension. If they don’t suspend they should make it clear if any coach or player does it again they will face a suspension. But if they say that, they should just issue a suspension right now.

  58. keiselsbeard says: Nov 29, 2013 12:00 AM

    I’m a Steelers fan & that was completely classless. I hope the League fines the Hell out of him. It’s too bad Jones didn’t lower his shoulder & drill the moron. He’s an embarassment to this team & city.

  59. mattspapi says: Nov 29, 2013 12:02 AM

    Get out the checkbook Mike
    That little piece of cheating and that telltale smile
    after will cost you about 25 large
    And of course the zebras are clueless
    What else is new

  60. it's all bs says: Nov 29, 2013 12:03 AM

    ha ha ha coulda, woulda, shoulda……Ravens won….man u gals will cry about anything!!!!

  61. djstat says: Nov 29, 2013 12:07 AM

    Suspend him!!!

  62. dickjagger says: Nov 29, 2013 12:07 AM

    The steelers have a deal with certain officials.. How else could they have pulled off that Super Bowl win against the Seahawks without help?

    Good thing it didn’t affect the outcome of this game though. That’s all that matters in the end

  63. bubbahotepp says: Nov 29, 2013 12:08 AM

    Just curious — why was the blatant and vicious helmet to helmet that nearly took Bell’s head off not called?

  64. sshettig says: Nov 29, 2013 12:09 AM

    They lost guys. Guess what it doesn’t matter. And it didn’t affect the outcome of the game because . . . They lost. So it doesn’t matter. Jones was still eating a turkey leg. So did it matter? No. We should probably make a big deal out of it though. Really shook the foundation of the NFL. Oh and it most certainly makes Tomlin a bad Christian and most likely a terrible father. So yes let’s forget how great of a game and rivalry this is and talk about one tiny aspect that actually didn’t change anything in the game at all.

  65. takingbacksundays5 says: Nov 29, 2013 12:14 AM

    Even as a Ravens fan, I actually had a lot of respect for Tomlin. That is, until tonight.

    It was a total bush league move, and I cannot believe that a penalty wasn’t called. Not only is Tomlin not allowed on the field of play (obviously), he’s not even allowed on the white out of bounds portion! So this wasn’t some mistake where he was barely out of position. He was a solid 10 feet or so from where he legally should have been. And the ref was literally right there! How does that get ignored?

    Tomlin is a joke, and so are the officials.

  66. jgater1981 says: Nov 29, 2013 12:16 AM

    Hey the Simpsons, you’re about as funny as the show is. Also, the ref didn’t have to run around Tomlin, because Tomlin was on the freaking field.

  67. rocketcrab says: Nov 29, 2013 12:26 AM

    Ravens fan here. I USED to respect Coach Tomlin. Really? Some fine money has to come from this.

  68. 2late2matter says: Nov 29, 2013 12:26 AM

    The screen shot suggests that Mike Tomlin appears to be using his coaches right side peripheral vision to monitor exactly where the oncoming runner (Jacoby) was – so he could step out of the way at the last second to avoid collision.

    Wonder if he and Bill Bellichek look at the same playbook of how coaches can help their teams….

  69. freedomofspeechnoway says: Nov 29, 2013 12:29 AM

    As a Ravens fan, I was more disappointed than anything. Obviously Pittsburgh is a rival, but at least there was a level of respect for Mike Tomlin’s honest approach to football and accountability. This is really a shame.

  70. opneon says: Nov 29, 2013 12:36 AM

    I never want to hear a Squealers fan call New England or the Jets cheaters after THAT move by Tomlin!
    Can you imagine if Rex, Belichek, or Billick was caught anywhere near the white path against Pittsburgh?.. but now it’s a laughing matter on NBC and NFLNetwork because it’s their dear little Steelers!
    I hope to see some reprimands for Tomlin AND that referee. RIDICULOUS!
    And why was the Ravens first TD taken away on the field and other TDs studied to death?

  71. channer81 says: Nov 29, 2013 12:47 AM

    Seriously was Jimmy Hart distracting the ref on that play? You almost have to wonder if refs have too many rules or penalties they have to pay attention too, that when a rare occurrence like what Tomlin did was something they couldn’t process.

    Either way its hard to believe they didn’t make a call on Tomlin.

  72. pats1stfan1 says: Nov 29, 2013 12:47 AM

    There goes the SPYGATE talk…!

  73. marcinhouston says: Nov 29, 2013 12:59 AM

    How would an awarded TD have been scored for fantasy? Would it count as a 90ish yard return and TD by Jones, or return yards to Jones but no extra yards and the TD going to the ‘team’ on penalty, or would it have wiped out Jones entire return and replaced it with 90ish penalty yards and a team TD?

  74. arlingtonsynn says: Nov 29, 2013 1:06 AM

    I hope we don’t hear steelers fans complaining about the Bell TD being called off.

  75. colorinfusion says: Nov 29, 2013 1:17 AM

    While I don’t know what Tomlin’s motives were for standing there, in the Jets game last Sunday, the Jets were hit with a 15 yard penalty for standing in the that same 6 ft white strip during a play. Considering there was a referee standing right there during this play in this game, they should have at a minimum called the same penalty on the Steelers. I did not know they could award a touchdown for actions like that even though they did not in this instance.

  76. charger383 says: Nov 29, 2013 1:28 AM

    If he does not get fined, then nobody should ever get a fine again

  77. imodan says: Nov 29, 2013 1:30 AM

    Even if the ref had thrown a flag knowing this crew they would have picked it up without explanation.

  78. powercorrupts2 says: Nov 29, 2013 1:40 AM

    He had a “Woody Hayes moment” for sure, but was more sneaky about it. Woody actually came onto the field to slug a defender on the opposing team who had intercepted a pass and was making a great return down the sideline right in front of him.

  79. bunkmcnulty says: Nov 29, 2013 1:48 AM

    I like Tomlin (as a Ravens fan) but he looks guilty of something.

    All I can say is can you imagine the uproar if the tables were turned and Harbaugh did that with a Steelers returner. They’d be calling for John to be removed from the league.

    Steeler fans, you know I’m right.

  80. swagger52 says: Nov 29, 2013 1:49 AM

    If that were John Harbaugh there would have been 3 flags thrown and an awarded touchdown.

    It is just like Torrey Smith’s catch was closer to being a touchdown than Miller’s. However Torreys they first rule a TD then put it on the 1 with no review, forcing Harbaugh to challenge. Miller’s catch, they rule a TD, and it gets overruled by the booth on any scoring play.

    Steelers = Patriots
    Different Rules

  81. theheyseed says: Nov 29, 2013 1:53 AM

    He knows the Refs won’t flag him, they never do. The Stealers would have misssed the playoffs at least three years if they got called for just half of the things they do.
    For the good of the game, Goodell needs to go.

  82. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 29, 2013 2:00 AM

    Unless that jumbotron had some porn going on I’m not buying it

  83. reed20fence says: Nov 29, 2013 2:05 AM

    He wasn’t just in the way of Jacoby, he was also impeding the side judge himself who runs down the white portion of the sideline to keep and eye on the ball carrier. That was a missed flag by the refs.

  84. sbaltimore says: Nov 29, 2013 2:18 AM

    That little smirk was really revealing, cardmagnet; and totally classless. I always admired Tomlin, and even though the rivalry between our two teams is among the most intense in the NFL, I always respected the way he always had his teams prepared. It’s like “The Color of Money” concept — you want your rivals BEST. To see him sink that low was a real shock. He should have been penalized; the ref, WHO WAS RIGHT THERE, should be disciplined; and the league needs to hand down a fine.

  85. mrwalterisgod says: Nov 29, 2013 2:24 AM

    Tomlin is an overrated hack. Time for him and that bumbling old man LeBeau to hit the road. So where is that shmuck, “steelersaregodsteam”? I thought they were going to win 10 games with the best this and that in football? Oh that’s right, now that the Cowher supplied players have gotten old/moved on, the Pittsburgh Steelers are nothing more than whipping boys for the rest of the NFL.

  86. mellimac says: Nov 29, 2013 2:33 AM

    He should get an Oscar for that performance!
    The subterfuge was priceless…getting the Raven’s fans worked up by showing it 8 times was good too…
    But, as always, the league will smack him with a fine.
    Devious bugger….

  87. josephgattuso says: Nov 29, 2013 2:50 AM

    Whenever you consider that the Ravens have had 5 touchdowns taken away by the referees against the Steelers since 2008 and the Steelers none, and then you see a play like this somehow go uncalled, makes you wonder what about the rivalry makes them so loopy at their jobs.

    Those 5 touchdowns include a punt return touchdown by Webb in a playoff game that was simply not holding at all.

    And a 77 yard touchdown run by Ray Rice (god I miss when he was still good) called back for holding on Smith that on a scale from 1-10 on holding might have been a .75.

    Meanwhile very obvious pass interference on Gay was missed on a deep throw in the game earlier this season, Holmes was given credit for a game-winning touchdown on which there’s no way in hell there was conclusive evidence, and Maurkice Pouncey even got away with moving the ball a half yard forward before a 4th and 1 play. Harbaugh saw it and was screaming at the refs to do something but they ignored it.

    Also, in the 2009 Heinz field game, Roethlisberger threw a pick at the end which gave the Ravens a great shot to win. They called illegal
    contact which gave the Steelers a first down to run out the clock. The problem was that Pryce immediately flushed Roethlisberger out of the pocket, and illegal contact does not apply if the quarterback is out of the pocket. That’s a part of the rule that’s rarely mentioned.

    This coupled with the Steelers getting an objectively counterfeit win against the Dolphins in 2011, which gave the Steelers the division title and the home playoff game, makes it pretty annoying how the referees get so loopy. Hopefully they can start concentrating better and learn how to cope with the Steelers mystique that makes them mess up.

  88. gatorstormfins says: Nov 29, 2013 2:54 AM

    Should have been flagged & the idiot ref who had to run around him should be suspended for not throwing the flag on him. How could he not have seen Tomlin, he was looking right at him. I guess the refs pick & choose what they want to call!

  89. jacobk621 says: Nov 29, 2013 3:01 AM

    “Hit Me”. Bwahahahahahahah Bwahahahahahahah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  90. maddbearfan says: Nov 29, 2013 3:32 AM

    You can tell by watching his eyes he knew exactly where that runner was. That is a bunch of horse crap. The runner would have had to slow down and that step out was on purpose. This coach should be suspended without pay the rest of the season. There was no excuse for what he did.

  91. tictoccpthook says: Nov 29, 2013 5:08 AM

    Bottom line, Steelers lost, Ravens won. Good game. Tough loss and injuries for Steeler Nation.

  92. cvdt57 says: Nov 29, 2013 5:34 AM

    please. Nothing significant will happen. The Rooney’s never get punished. They and the pats probably lead the league in getting off easy. Remember when the Rooney’s were in violation of the league’s anti gambling policy? What happened then? NOTHING!

  93. petedutcherjr says: Nov 29, 2013 6:06 AM

    Tomlin says he wasn’t aware of his OWN position on the field. Everyone hear says he was staring at the tron? Then he wasn’t looking at where his feet were.

    He should have been flagged, but there was nothing dishonest in it. Coaches and players step out too far all the time.

    Blame the refs, as usual, for not doing their jobs.

    And Tomlin was smiling afterward because he realized what had happened and how lucky he was a flag wasn’t thrown.

  94. CKL says: Nov 29, 2013 6:56 AM

    I’m so glad Blakeman’s crew got another chance to officiate a high profile game. They are awesome with knowing the rules and catch all the fouls that happen right in front of thrm . /sarcasm

  95. uncletuna says: Nov 29, 2013 7:01 AM

    Take away a draft pick and what teams clear those sideline boundaries…

    And Suspend the violator two (2) games and checks…

    Problem will be solved…

  96. kd75 says: Nov 29, 2013 7:06 AM

    It isn’t like he threw his soda on the field…

  97. hehateme2 says: Nov 29, 2013 7:22 AM

    I haven’t seen anything so sleazy since the jets coach formed a picket line and tripped a Dolphin player on the sideline.

    Hard to be of fan of this poor sportsmanship

  98. FinFan68 says: Nov 29, 2013 7:40 AM

    The most egregious part of this is not that or even why Tomlin did it. It is the fact that the official never bothered to throw a flag for an obvious infraction that he must have seen. The official kept shifting his gaze from the runner to Tomlin and even had to adjust his own route around Tomlin to follow the play.

    He saw it and chose to not throw a flag. That takes away from the integrity of the game and allows for speculation as to the competence/integrity of the officials and the legitimacy of the contest.

  99. mudmandenny says: Nov 29, 2013 7:53 AM

    Let`s see, last week it was the “unnoticed” blow to Jason Campbells head that would have negated a fumble and return to the four yard line, resulting in a penalty first down for the Browns on the Pittsburgh 26. Now this unflagged “misplacement” of an otherwise highly aware coach. There is no doubt in my mind that the destiny of certain teams is being aided, either by the league or by wagering interests.
    Look out NFL, your product is starting to STINK!

  100. ddogdaddy says: Nov 29, 2013 8:00 AM

    Come on. It’s not like he went all “Woody Hayes” on Jones or anything. Although, it would be pretty damn funny if he had.

  101. overratedsteelerhater says: Nov 29, 2013 8:35 AM

    he better open his wallet for that one!!!!

  102. itsfootballbaby says: Nov 29, 2013 8:37 AM

    Hey, if you can’t win fair and square……just cheat.

  103. mrlaloosh says: Nov 29, 2013 8:40 AM

    Rooney Rule overrules NFL rules. He entitled to do whatever he wants.

  104. onlysane1intheroom says: Nov 29, 2013 8:41 AM

    Can you imagine the absolute outrage on this site had this been Belichick?!

  105. olcap says: Nov 29, 2013 8:54 AM

    Guy’s a moron. Now he’s also a sleazebag.

  106. sbchampsagain says: Nov 29, 2013 9:45 AM

    The Jets coach was suspended for the rest of the season,

    Tomlin being a HEAD COACH and laughing about it was even worse.

    No class

  107. ravishingrickrude says: Nov 29, 2013 9:58 AM

    Win if you can. Lose if you must. But always cheat.

    - Jessie “The Body” Ventura

  108. peymax1693 says: Nov 29, 2013 10:13 AM

    I find it funny how many posters here have criticized Tomlin for his bush league tactic yet at the same time making it seem like everybody else is defending him (if coach so-and-so had done it, people would be screaming for his head). Do they even read the thread before posting comments? I ask that because if they did, they would surely see that many posters have been screaming for Tomlin’s head. More significantly, I have not seen one person even attempt to defend Tomlin.

  109. oside760 says: Nov 29, 2013 10:30 AM

    why are NFL refs the worst?

  110. quittsburghstoolers says: Nov 29, 2013 10:55 AM

    derekgorgonstar says: Nov 28, 2013 11:42 PM

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaat?

    Some team got the screwjob because the stealers cheated and the refs let them get away with it?
    Shocking. Unless you live in Seattle.
    Or Houston.
    Or Baltimore.
    Or Dallas.
    Or Cleveland.

    ———————————————————-

    Or Indy.

    #KordellStewartOutofBoundsTDCatchin1995playoff

  111. igfisbogus says: Nov 29, 2013 11:37 AM

    @tigerlilac

    Know the rules. Running backs are not protected by the same rules as a QB or defenseless receiver.

    However, there is a rule that prevents a running back from lowering his helmet and using it as a weapon. If anything Bell should have been flagged on that play, but I think it was a good no call.

    In no way can you compare the Bell play to Tomlin’s classless cheating. Tomlin should be suspended for a year and the Steelers should lose a high draft pick to send the league a message that cheating will not be tolerated. This is no different than SpyGate.

  112. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 29, 2013 12:32 PM

    In no way can you compare the Bell play to Tomlin’s classless cheating. Tomlin should be suspended for a year and the Steelers should lose a high draft pick to send the league a message that cheating will not be tolerated. This is no different than SpyGate.

    Ya, that’s right treat him like the deer antler spray dude last year…..oh wait nothing happened. Your bias is showing not good logic.

  113. frank booth says: Nov 29, 2013 1:32 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 28, 2013 11:40 PM

    Tomlin is a leader of men. This is just another crusade against our honor, our pride, our prestige, our legacy. We will prevail!

    Other leaders of men who would probably say the same thing: Idi Amin, Joseph Stalin, Caligula, Butthead (he lead Beavis).

  114. ydousuk says: Nov 30, 2013 10:55 AM

    Nofoolnodrool says:Nov 29, 2013 12:32 PM

    In no way can you compare the Bell play to Tomlin’s classless cheating. Tomlin should be suspended for a year and the Steelers should lose a high draft pick to send the league a message that cheating will not be tolerated. This is no different than SpyGate.

    Ya, that’s right treat him like the deer antler spray dude last year…..oh wait nothing happened. Your bias is showing not good logic.
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    So your “good logic” is to try and change the subject.

    What a homer………………….

  115. vbbills says: Nov 30, 2013 12:10 PM

    Coach Tomlin’s eyes tell the whole story and he should be suspended at least two games. And start fitting him with a turd-brown Hall of Shame jacket. First ballot and unanimous!

  116. steelerdynasty2010 says: Dec 1, 2013 2:07 PM

    i really do love you haters…i cant believe pft even considered getting rid of the comments

    on a serious note…can we say over-reaction? alosi’s PREMEDITATED wall and subsequent sticking his knee out is not even in the same ballpark as this. no excuse for ANY coach to be anywhere near interfering with a live play, but $100,000 and a draft pick? using a GIF as EVIDENCE of premeditation and intent? you all arent really serious are you?

    No problem with a fine, but this was so egregious that it merits a penalty that jeopardizes the organization’s ability to build for the future?

    If Jones was smart, he would’ve run into him

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