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Belichick on Tomlin: That could happen to any of us

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When Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was explaining why he was standing with a foot on the field of play until just before Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones was on top of him during a long kick return on Thursday night, he said that he lost his placement on the field because he was watching the play on the Jumbotron.

Tomlin said it was something he does “quite often like everyone else in the National Football League.” Patriots coach Bill Belichick lent some support to Tomlin’s assertion on Friday when he recounted a story about being “blown up” while not paying attention to what’s happening on the field. Belichick, who has found other ways of making his presence felt on the sideline as well, said he wound up under the Gatorade table after a player ran into him and that it was easy to put himself in Tomlin’s shoes.

“Obviously we have to give the officials and the players room to play,” Belichick said in comments distributed by the team. “Sometimes that just happens where you get guys caught up a little bit on the sideline. But yeah, I saw the play last night.  I was like, ‘Oh my God, yeah.’ That could easily happen to any of us. It’s a good lesson, I have to be careful.”

So do the officials. Whether Tomlin was engaging in gamesmanship or not , he was standing in a part of the field where he was not permitted to be while a play was going on and that should have been a penalty even if every other coach does it on every snap in every game. Referee Clete Blakeman’s crew decided to ignore that part of the rulebook with no explanation about why Tomlin wasn’t penalized for something that several other teams have been flagged for this season.

That’s nothing new for Blakeman (nor is blatantly missing a call) but it would be nice to see the league be a bit more forthcoming in the coming days.

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64 Responses to “Belichick on Tomlin: That could happen to any of us”
  1. 21stnprime says: Nov 29, 2013 11:10 AM

    & here come the Belicheat comments

  2. athwartships says: Nov 29, 2013 11:12 AM

    Did one cheater just support other?

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 29, 2013 11:14 AM

    You know tomlin is guilty when his only supporter is cheater bill belichick.

  4. the8man says: Nov 29, 2013 11:15 AM

    Notice BB said nothing about the reffereeing. I don’t think I could have been professional enough to hold back on these jokers.

    Blakeman’s crew seems to be playing favorites. How many things will these guys get away with before they get a review by the league.

    What’s their answer? We missed it? Or we just didn’t see it as flag worthy?

    Everyone of these instances makes us all think these guys don’t know what they are doing and puts our belief in fair competition at risk. They only play 16 games and in a league with almost absolute parity, one call can decide a game and a season.

    Disgusting.

  5. jammer73 says: Nov 29, 2013 11:16 AM

    Belicheat

  6. slaugin says: Nov 29, 2013 11:17 AM

    Way to go cleat. This ref needs to be fired

  7. slaugin says: Nov 29, 2013 11:17 AM

    Cleat needs to be fired

  8. logicalvoicesays says: Nov 29, 2013 11:18 AM

    At least Tomlin has won Superbowls legitimately. Belicheck and the Patriots have ZERO since Spygate. #Cheaters

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 29, 2013 11:21 AM

    I wonder if the cheating new england patriots have a better camera angle of the unsportsmanlike tomlin play?!?

  10. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 29, 2013 11:22 AM

    5 wins – 7 losses

  11. corvusrex96 says: Nov 29, 2013 11:27 AM

    While some coaches may be on the white line NONE are permitted to be on the field during a live play. I was stunned no flag was thrown until i remembered that he is the coach of the steelers

  12. citizenstrange says: Nov 29, 2013 11:27 AM

    Not only is Tomlin a cheat but he is also a liar.

  13. caseyanthonymunoz says: Nov 29, 2013 11:28 AM

    Ray Lewis for caught buying PEDs last year.

  14. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 29, 2013 11:29 AM

    Belichek ‘s response once again proves smarter and wiser than the many fans whose lack of brains causes a knee jerk reaction thus the stupid posts. I would venture a guess that William and Mary graduate Tomlin would just as objective of Belichek were the roles reversed. Belichek is a very smart coach and man…..no so much a lot of the posters here.

  15. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 29, 2013 11:29 AM

    tomlin didn’t win legitimately.

    The pittsburgh steelers team doctor was indicted for illegal distribution of growth hormone and steroids.

    SEE: dr. rydze

  16. the8man says: Nov 29, 2013 11:30 AM

    logicalvoicesays says: Nov 29, 2013 11:18 AM

    At least Tomlin has won Superbowls legitimately. Belicheck and the Patriots have ZERO since Spygate. #Cheaters
    ——————————————————–
    The biggest problem with this site is that you don’t have to identify your team. Allowing haters to fire off all sorts of crap with impunity.

    Amazing what fools will say behind the anonymity a keyboard and the internet gives them. And their ability to hi-jack a thread and post nonsense not even related to the core of the story to spread their jealous venom.

    The New England Patriots, five Super Bowl appearances, on their way to another division title and the only team to go 18-0, one better than the Dolphins 17-0.

    Go Patriots!

  17. t8ertot says: Nov 29, 2013 11:31 AM

    No surprise coming from spy gate

  18. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 29, 2013 11:32 AM

    Here comes all the pent up anger – ready to be vented at the Super Bowl winning coaches. Let it alllll out, ladies.

    Have yourselves a good cry.

    Fact is, no one knows if it was intentional or not – but Tomlin.

    And to be factually accurate, Tomlin’s foot was barely on the field at all – until he noticed Jones trucking up the sideline, and Tomlin had to quickly take a small step onto the field in order to get himself off the field (if that makes sense). Just watch the tape.

    Either way, it was wrong and probably should have been flagged – but there’s an enormous difference between being an accidental violation and an intentional pre-meditated violation.

    And I don’t see any rap sheet at all about Tomlin being a cheater in all his years of coaching. In fact, one of the things Tomlin is known for is being a straight shooter – and very much not shy of accepting responsibility, calling out his players or eating the blame himself.

    Given his track record (and the facts), Tomlin should get the benefit of the doubt in terms of “accidental violation versus intentional misconduct.”

  19. larryravor says: Nov 29, 2013 11:36 AM

    Just because everyone does it doesn’t make it right. Sounds like a little kid justifying coming in late to his parents.
    The refs must enforce the rule and keep everyone out of the white marker. Even worse, Tomlin’s foot was in the field of play. The penalty was called on the Jets last week, but not on the Steelers. Hmmm………
    The worst part was the smirk on Tomlin’s face – he knew what he had done. He is the only one who could say whether it was intentional or not, but it sure was funny that he pulled back just as Jones arrived.

  20. nebster21 says: Nov 29, 2013 11:40 AM

    and anyone should be flagged and suspended the next game. And I dislike the Ravens.

  21. gallopinggilmore says: Nov 29, 2013 11:41 AM

    I have a strong disliking of the Pats but there is no question that Belichick is the best coach in football. He’s also a very straight shooter. I’m surprised that he would go out of his way to even comment on this, the fact that he did leads me to believe him on this one.

  22. grpatriot says: Nov 29, 2013 11:44 AM

    Belicheat, 1st ballot Hall of Famer! Envy is so unbecoming!

  23. bricketh says: Nov 29, 2013 11:47 AM

    The Broncos, Colts, Raiders, Seahawks, Chiefs, Falcons, 49ers, Rams, Cardinals, Dolphins, Jets, Bills, Cowboys, Titans, Jaguars, Texans, Bucs, Panthers, Redskins, Eagles, Bears, Bengals, Browns, Chargers, Lions, and Vikings haven’t won a Super Bowl since Spygate either….coincidence?

  24. yyyass says: Nov 29, 2013 11:54 AM

    “That could happen to any of us, cheaters”. There. Fixed that.

  25. patsfan92 says: Nov 29, 2013 12:00 PM

    you guys holding on to spygate are pathetic lol. even after jimmy johnson said everyone did somehow the pats are the only team to do it lol. im done defending the pats against these guys. at the end of the day they’re jst blind pats haters that will hate them no matter what. hey, i’d hate the pats to if my team couldnt constantly win 10+ games a season. hate on folks, we’ll see u in January. GO PATS

  26. bengalsucker says: Nov 29, 2013 12:02 PM

    I’m sorry but if I’m Jones, I don’t change my route at all for Tomlin. If Tomlin stays there, I clip him and the refs would have to throw the flag on Tomlin. I understand it was probably natural for him to change direction to avoid contact but I would have been tempted to hit him and make the refs throw a flag. Tomlin would learn pretty quick to stay out of the way.

  27. dontbuttslapyourlawyer says: Nov 29, 2013 12:06 PM

    When I watched it during the game it seemed sketchy …saw tomlins post game presser and I totally believe him, he’s always been a straight shooter. The smile was a little embarrassment on his end I think…but he’s always on the level in my opinion

    Ps. Ravens fan

  28. jmorand47 says: Nov 29, 2013 12:06 PM

    I am amazed that a flag was not flown. Seriously. I thought the white area on the sidelines was a “Stay Out” zone to protect players and coaches from injury and then you have something like that happen which was intentional. I think you have to take a closer look at the group of officials who worked that game.

  29. murraysons says: Nov 29, 2013 12:12 PM

    Can we all agree that Clete Blakeman needs a little retraining this offseason ?

  30. 4evrnyt says: Nov 29, 2013 12:16 PM

    If the receiver hadn’t run out of steam none of this conversation would be happening. Tomlin wasn’t in position to effect the play, he was to close but he had nothing to do with that not being a TD.

  31. silvernblak says: Nov 29, 2013 12:27 PM

    Cleet Fakesman is the worst officiating crew out there. What happened to the replacements and holding the official’s accountable and replaceable? The officiating is so horrific this year especially and inconsistent from one crew to another. Gene Saratore is the best crew and needs to be the model followed.

  32. jimeejohnson says: Nov 29, 2013 12:28 PM

    Listen to all the pitiful New England hater losers. It must suck to be YOU!

  33. dickshotdogs says: Nov 29, 2013 12:32 PM

    Hey logicavoice,

    What are the ‘Skins doing in January? Oh, nevermind.

  34. 1rockyracoon says: Nov 29, 2013 12:38 PM

    It’s just like when you get caught accidentally recording your opponents private practices. It could happen to anyone.

  35. fanfrommontreal says: Nov 29, 2013 12:39 PM

    Het Logicalvoice, how bout them Redskins?

  36. dickshotdogs says: Nov 29, 2013 12:56 PM

    Hey Logicalvoice,

    Aren’t you enjoying all the attention? You’re adorable.

  37. johnnydom says: Nov 29, 2013 1:11 PM

    Its called cheating and he is know for that type of activity, so one cheater is sticking up for another.

  38. johnnydom says: Nov 29, 2013 1:15 PM

    Hey bigbenownsthenfl:
    Steelers suck, see you on the couch watching the playoffs this year.

  39. tigerlilac says: Nov 29, 2013 1:18 PM

    The coaching fraternity, with some notable exceptions, looks out for each other. Fisher spoke up about the game ending flag that was picked up in the Pats Panthers game because he knew Belichick couldn’t. Belichick spoke up to protect Tomlin. A number of former coaches spoke up to protect Belichick when his former protege ratted him out about filming the other team’s signals. No one likes a rat.

  40. bluebongzilla says: Nov 29, 2013 1:50 PM

    Birds of a feather.

  41. pemory says: Nov 29, 2013 1:51 PM

    Everyone please stop with the “Clete Blakeman and his crew need to be fired/retrained” comments! If you keep it up then Blakeman & Co. will surely be referring the Super Bowl.

    And Dan Snyder, please quit with the phony “logicalvoice” moniker and start using your own name for your posts.

  42. CKL says: Nov 29, 2013 2:21 PM

    tigerlilac says:
    Nov 29, 2013 1:18 PM
    The coaching fraternity, with some notable exceptions, looks out for each other. Fisher spoke up about the game ending flag that was picked up in the Pats Panthers game because he knew Belichick couldn’t. Belichick spoke up to protect Tomlin. A number of former coaches spoke up to protect Belichick when his former protege ratted him out about filming the other team’s signals. No one likes a rat.
    _______________________________
    Notable exception=Dungy. I really don’t get how Rodney doesn’t punch him out live on air every week because he makes my fist itch but I digress.

    “No one likes a rat” except the Browns and 49ers who knowingly hired one in Mangini.

    Also LOL @ the Bengals fan drrustbeltedintheheadonetoomanytimes dumping on the Steelers and Patriots. Even if they did “cheat” (whatever that means) they’ve both won “legitimate” playoff games since the internet was invented unlike your team. Your franchise looks like it has turned the corner and you have some nice young talent there and a fantastic defensive coordinator. Why does it give you so much pleasure CONSTANTLY bashing other teams? I don’t get the mentality.

  43. Deb says: Nov 29, 2013 2:24 PM

    Yes, I could see that happening to someone engrossed in watching the play. Even so, Tomlin needs to keep his butt off the playing field–this kind of “placement” confusion isn’t something I want to see out of my coach. However, any comparison to Alosi is ludicrous. It wasn’t planned in advance, Tomlin got out of the way, and he didn’t trip Jones.

    The only person deliberately injured last night was Le’veon Bell–and no flag was thrown on that play. The only result of that deliberate spear to the head by a Ravens defender was the Steelers being required to give up a touchdown. The Ravens have no reason to complain here.

  44. dudermcrbohan says: Nov 29, 2013 2:32 PM

    not the first time Clete and his crew ignored part of the rulebook with no explanation….

  45. dodohead418 says: Nov 29, 2013 2:48 PM

    Another coach backing his own….shocking!

  46. brazzz01 says: Nov 29, 2013 2:57 PM

    The number of Super Bowl championships the Steelers have won legitimately…that is without cheating with illegal PEDs or the refs help:

    The number of times in their entire 40 year history the Steelers have finished with a record above .500 before the cheating started in the 70’s: 7. Pathetic.

    And of course, the Super Bowls the Patriots have won legitimately: : XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXVIX. Taping of course was always legal. Taping from the sidelines was legal until 2006, after the Pats won all their titles.

    Therefore logic says the Patriots are the superior franchise in every way. Better team, better organization, better fans. Always was, and always will be.

  47. brazzz01 says: Nov 29, 2013 3:00 PM

    The pittsburgh steelers team doctor was indicted for illegal distribution of growth hormone and steroids.

    SEE: dr. rydze

    —————-

    It is interesting (and pretty damning evidence in my opinion) to observe the very high number of injuries sustained by the Steelers roster ever since Dr Rydze left the team.

    That is typically what happens to an aging team that no longer has HGH available at their disposal.

  48. patriots420 says: Nov 29, 2013 3:01 PM

    I cant picture BB saying “I was like oh my god”

  49. brazzz01 says: Nov 29, 2013 3:04 PM

    As for Tomlin…. it was not intentional.

    There’s really no logical or sensible reason to think otherwise.

  50. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 29, 2013 3:46 PM

    It is interesting (and pretty damning evidence in my opinion) to observe the very high number of injuries sustained by the Steelers roster ever since Dr Rydze left the team.

    That is typically what happens to an aging team that no longer has HGH available at their disposal.

    Yup, without paying attention to the facts or logic it is the only trollishly acceptable explanation.

  51. Deb says: Nov 29, 2013 4:42 PM

    brazzo1 …

    If I were a 12-year-old troll with a thimble’s worth of football knowledge, I’d just post “Spygate, Spygate, Spygate” and point out that the Pats haven’t won a Super Bowl since their video equipment was taken away. But you seem to have cornered the market on junior-high trolling here. Does it really make you feel superior to invent nonsense and post it on football blogs? Does a guy whose team began its run to glory on the Tuck Rule have any room to talk about officiating in the NFL? Ah … no.

    Dude, steroids were commonly used by every team in from the late 1960s to the mid 1980s when they were finally banned by the league. A couple of Steelers of that era have admitted using steroids as have many players from other teams. The result of that is an even playing field. I’m sorry you’re not a good enough sport to acknowledge the great Steelers team of the 1970s, but history does and the Lombardis will stay where they are.

    Bad calls were made going against both teams in SBXL, and if Roger Goodell had an ounce of integrity, he would have addressed slopping officiating immediately after that game. He didn’t and the situation has gotten progressively worse–which is why your team was screwed in the Carolina game. Bad officiating hurts everyone. It’s not something the Steelers did to the Seahawks–it’s something that was done to both teams by the league. But objective analyses of that game by professionals with no axe to grind shows the poor officiating didn’t impact the game’s outcome. There was no significant officiating issue problem in SBXLIII.

    Now grow up and have the decency to show respect to other good teams the way I show respect to your Patriots. Of course, even as I type, I realize I’m asking more than a troll can give.

  52. steel2372 says: Nov 29, 2013 6:08 PM

    Deb

    I couldnt agree more Deb. The Bell play was absurd. I couldn’t believe that call. Then the obvious pass interference on the 2 point conversion at the end of the game. Ravens have no complaints.
    Just to correct an announcer on tv earlier. The Steelers WERE NOT swept by the Ravens this season. We split our games, each winning at home.

  53. iangas33 says: Nov 29, 2013 6:29 PM

    Why isn’t it surprising that the only coach defending Tomlin is a dirtbag cheater?

  54. brazzz01 says: Nov 29, 2013 7:12 PM

    Deb – I am happy that you brought up all these points as it allows me to educate and inform with a rebuttal.

    About Spygate. Taping has always been legal in the NFL. So was taping from the sidelines until 2006, after the Patriots won all their titles. So there is nothing tainting their championships whatsoever, as everything they did to win them was by the rulebook. So the Patriots not winning a title since “Spygate”? Does it matter? Is it relevant to anything? Sadly the answer to that is no.

    About steroids. “Everyone did it”. Does that explain why more steeler players by far have died from heart and other steroid related ailments than any other team? Nope. Does that explain why a franchise that failed to finish over .500 just 7 times in their entire 40 year existence and all of a sudden became great when they started using PEDs? Nope. So much for the “level playing field” argument. Does that explain why Terry Bradshaw went on a nationally syndicated radio show and admitted to his steroid use and offered a mea culpa? Why on earth would he do such a thing if there was nothing to apologize for?

    And here’s the difference between what was banned and what was never legal…..

    Banned in 1990: Doctor prescribes anabolic steroids to NFL player for a valid medical condition with a valid medical prescription.

    Was NEVER legal: Abusing that prescription drug (which steroids were at the time) without any valid prescription, in order to gain a competitive advantage.

    So there you have it.

    Super Bowl XL was a joke, the whole country saw it and the whole country knows the Seahawks were jobbed. As for SB 43… there most certainly were officiating issues. The block in the back that sprung James Harrison to a game changing pick 6. And then Kurt Warner near the end of the game – it was an incomplete pass, not a fumble. If the call was reversed then after a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty the Cardinals would have had the ball at the Steeler 29 yard line with one last shot at a game winning TD pass. With a great jump ball catcher like Larry Fitzgerald, I liked their chance. But the worst part of that is, the ref not only called it a fumble when it was not, it wasn’t even reviewed. I wonder why.

    You’re welcome. I am happy to inform the uninformed anytime.

  55. boomgrounder says: Nov 29, 2013 8:03 PM

    Whether it was intentional or not has no bearing on the penalty. If a player grabs the Facemask he is penalized 15 yards whether intentional or not. Tomlin broke NFL rules by interfering with a play and very well could have changed the outcome of the game and the playoff standings of both teams. He must be heavily fined and either suspended or made to coach from the press box the next game. It’s not a joke!

  56. fdugrad says: Nov 29, 2013 8:03 PM

    Jacoby Jones was lucky it was Tomlin and not BB, who instead of jumping out of the way, would have stuck his foot out.

  57. brazzz01 says: Nov 29, 2013 9:51 PM

    “I impacted the game”
    — Referee Bill Leavy talking about Super Bowl 40.

    Need I say more?

    Yup. The NFL certainly wrapped a nice goodbye present for Jerome Bettis with a pretty bow.

    *

  58. jr4real says: Nov 30, 2013 8:30 AM

    You really think someone who hired Haley is sharp enough to pull this move on purpose? I don’t.

  59. steelcurtainn says: Nov 30, 2013 11:00 AM

    Simple mistake and can’t be proved otherwise. He was watching the jumbotron. To call Mike T a cheater is just absurd and comical. The steelers took a tough loss and split with the ravens again this year but they’ll be vying for a playoff spot come the end of the year.

  60. Deb says: Nov 30, 2013 11:24 AM

    brazzo1 …

    I said “if” I were a 12-year-old with a thimble’s worth of football knowledge, I’d just rag on Spygate. Unlike you, I left junior high a while ago, so I didn’t need your history lesson as you needed mine. Maybe you’ll learn good sportsmanship in high school.

  61. tory707 says: Nov 30, 2013 1:40 PM

    Rooney rule!!!

  62. dualprime says: Nov 30, 2013 2:13 PM

    fdugrad says:
    Nov 29, 2013 8:03 PM
    Jacoby Jones was lucky it was Tomlin and not BB, who instead of jumping out of the way, would have stuck his foot out.
    ===================================
    Jacoby Jones is lucky it wasn’t Woody Hayes!

    It probably wouldn’t be so absurd had the official not run behind Tomlin. No excuse for not throwing a flag.

  63. scoobies05 says: Nov 30, 2013 3:38 PM

    first of all steel…hope you had a great thanksgiving. i do have to take issue with you calling what tomlin did a mistake. you are right…maybe it was. just like offsides is a mistake. or any other penalty. intent is not the issue. tomlin shouldnt have been where he was.

  64. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 30, 2013 3:55 PM

    You’re welcome. I am happy to inform the uninformed anytime.

    To inform is to relate facts …to opine is to give ones opinion as you did many times….the if game suits you to a tee. Rest up school on mom day skippy.

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