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Coaches film tends to support Tomlin’s explanation

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Footage that surfaced on Monday tends to undercut Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s explanation that he accidentally wandered into the path of Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones.  The KDKA-TV footage shows a side-step maneuver from Tomlin, whichcould support a conclusion he deliberately put his right foot on the edge of the field and pulled the rest of his body to that precise spot.

Footage that surfaced Tuesday tends to support Tomlin’s version of the events.

The images come from the NFL Game Rewind service’s coaches film, which provides two “all-22″ angles of every play from every game.  The tape from Thursday night’s contest shows Tomlin in the white stripe before the kick, walking toward and then past the 50.  He leaves the white stripe to duck behind an official positioned on the far side of the white stripe at the Pittsburgh 45 before the camera cuts away.

Tomlin is next seen standing at the Pittsburgh 38, with his back to the field.  He’s apparently looking up at the Jumbotron.

After the play ends, Jones points at Tomlin.

Tomlin has said that he always watches kick returns on the video board, and that he simply lost his placement.  On Tuesday, Tomlin said that he had gotten complacent because no returns had gone past the 50 this season.

Still, Tomlin had a foot in the field — and he actually flinched toward Jones before darting out of the way.  While it appears that it was an accident, the NFL will still be taking action.

UPDATE 3:16 p.m. ETAnother new angle has emerged, filling the gaps in the coaches film.  It’s possible Tomlin took a deliberate step to the right once Jones broke through the coverage.

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46 Responses to “Coaches film tends to support Tomlin’s explanation”
  1. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 2:27 PM

    No apologies necessary to all you Steeler-haters. I’m sure there was no apology from the Steelers the last time they smoked your sorry teams. Call it even.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 3, 2013 2:27 PM

    I can’t believe anybody buys this as an accident. That doesn’t make any sense from anything I have seen or heard on the situation.

  3. stealthjunk says: Dec 3, 2013 2:28 PM

    “Tomlin has said that he always watches kick returns on the video board, and that he simply lost his placement.”

    This begs the question — what does the tape show of Tomlin during kickoffs earlier in the game?

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 3, 2013 2:30 PM

    It’s that first side step WAY before Jones is near tomlin is the smoking gun.

    If tomlin is watching the game…. why did tomlin take that side step towards the field AS SOON AS Jones was breaking outside?!?

  5. ronmexicoaquafina says: Dec 3, 2013 2:36 PM

    Seriously, if you watch the film, there was about 70,000 people in the stadium, including players, coaches, security guards, cheerleaders, etc., facing the play and one person turned the opposite direction. Coincidence that he just happened to be blocking the runner, ON THE FIELD. I think not. Suspend this guy and set an example.

  6. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 3, 2013 2:39 PM

    the sidestep just looks like he’s moving out of the referee’s path. Referee could have even said “left” just like a cyclist or runner on a walking path would

  7. patriotinvasion says: Dec 3, 2013 2:41 PM

    The Steelers have won ZERO Super Bowls since TomlinTripGate and BenRapeGate

    CHEATERS and R8pists!

  8. truths4all says: Dec 3, 2013 2:41 PM

    Do you guys realize that to actually accuse Tomlin of premeditated wrong doing is to acknowledge him as a genius who can tell by watching the jumbotron where the return guy is going to exactly run to and where to place himself to block the return man?

    No way is the guy a genius. He is just a lowlife coach who just happen to be in Jones’ way by luck, not by design. Sure, fine him, but it was just by luck he influenced the play and not by design. Tomlin is no freaking genius so do not be so dumb to accuse him of being one.

  9. pooflingingmonkey says: Dec 3, 2013 2:42 PM

    I can’t believe anyone would fall for this.

    It’s like Ryan Braun, or A-Roid, or Barry Bonds… just keep lying and hope people forget.

    Not gonna happen.

  10. anicra says: Dec 3, 2013 2:43 PM

    Accidental or not, Tomlin still altered a play on the field. Which in all the years of watching football, that is a first.
    Of course, the Jets coach/trainer tripped a Dolphin player off the field of play. The other I have seen (Highlights) was 1954 Cotton Bowl when Alabama’s Tommy Lewis was tackled by Rice running back Dicky Moegle who ran on the field of play and tackled Lewis.

    Clete Blakeman screwed up royally and should have ruled a TD

  11. lightcleric says: Dec 3, 2013 2:43 PM

    Even if this was an accident, the penalty needs to be harsh because that can’t ever happen again.

    An NFL head coach shouldn’t have to be reminded to keep his butt on the sidelines during a play.

  12. olcap says: Dec 3, 2013 2:44 PM

    And the NFL-sanctioned coverup now begins.

  13. patriotwayspygate says: Dec 3, 2013 2:44 PM

    The Steelers are god’s team and the pinnacle of human existence and evolution.

    NFL Power Rankings

    1. Pittsburgh Steelers
    2-32. Irrelevent

    When will you people admit that we are superior?

  14. nfloracle says: Dec 3, 2013 2:44 PM

    Where is Abraham Zapruder and his camera when we need him?

  15. ravenswhat says: Dec 3, 2013 2:45 PM

    Unfortunately, the grin after all was said done tends to support what MY OWN 2 EYES SAW!

  16. citizenstrange says: Dec 3, 2013 2:49 PM

    The original NBC footage during the game was good enough to see it was on purpose.

    1) You can see Tomlin glancing back over his right shoulder directly at the approaching Jones. He SEES him coming and is waiting for him to get closer.

    2) Tomlin is standing with his back to Jones as if setting a pick in basketball while he keeps glancing back as Jones gets closer and closer.

    3) At the very last second and with SPLIT SECOND TIMING he sticks his right foot FURTHER out onto the field of play to either trip Jones or make him cut back inside to avoid being tripped. Jones cut back inside to avoid being tripped.

    Now am I really seeing something that wasn’t there and that nobody else saw? Maybe I am crazy but to me it was 100% — to use Tomlin’s favorite word — obvious.

  17. footballfan01 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:49 PM

    Doesn’t it suck when evidence contradicts biased opinions?

  18. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 3, 2013 2:52 PM

    I’ve been saying this since seeing the initial footage. He was not on the field, noticed Jacoby booking up the sideline and had to step onto the field briefly to plant and push himself totally clear.

    Anyone trying to quickly get the hell out of somethings way (e.g., a bus or whatever) – needs to be able to push off, to get clear.

    Yeah, it was a mistake by Coach Tomlin and should draw a fine (and probably should have also called for some laundry on the field) – but his integrity should never be called into question.

  19. dwarftosser says: Dec 3, 2013 2:54 PM

    I believe it was an accident. Tomlin comes off as having too much class to pull something like this on purpose to me. With that said, the refs should have awarded the Ravens the TD for this on the field. Forget fines, draft penalities, and all that nonsense.. give the other team a TD in this situation and you will quickly ensure that a coach never makes this mistake twice.

  20. robgilman says: Dec 3, 2013 2:54 PM

    I’ve seen it multiple times and it’s obvious it’s an accident. The flinch is due to him pivoting his foot to get out the way. He smirked bc it was funny…

  21. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 3, 2013 2:55 PM

    stealthjunk says: Dec 3, 2013 2:28 PM

    “Tomlin has said that he always watches kick returns on the video board, and that he simply lost his placement.”

    This begs the question — what does the tape show of Tomlin during kickoffs earlier in the game?
    *****
    Not only that, but just review every kick off this year. That will solve the mystery…

    I still believe he did this on purpose.

  22. hit2hurt says: Dec 3, 2013 2:55 PM

    I am in no way, shape or form a Steelers fan. And i am not trying to defend or condemn anyones opinion, this is just food for thought… Perhaps, could this have been an accident due to him watching the scoreboard and seeing the “mirror image”? The jumbotron image probably showed the front-view of Jacoby Jones, and therefore the front-view of Mike Tomlin. Then, right is left, and left is right if he was looking at the jumbotron. maybe he was trying to take a big step away, but rather took a big step TOWARDS because of this? just a thought….

  23. dmartin17 says: Dec 3, 2013 3:06 PM

    Intent doesn’t matter. He’s on the field. End of story. You have to know better. In fact, I’m fairly certain that he’s not even allowed ot be on the white stripe.

  24. denverwally says: Dec 3, 2013 3:12 PM

    Remember when the Steelers were relevent? It was a while ago…

  25. bennyb82 says: Dec 3, 2013 3:14 PM

    You could see him looking over his own shoulder…so at that point he should have stepped back. Instead he waited for the right moment to possibly affect the play without physically touching anyone.

  26. sdakota says: Dec 3, 2013 3:15 PM

    are you kidding? please explain the fact that he had his head turned toward the field when his back was to the play.
    is there a jumbo tron on the field or other side line he was looking at? pretty hard to look at the jumbo tron when your head is facing the field. I would like a steeler’s apologist to come up with an excuse for that

  27. coltzfan166 says: Dec 3, 2013 3:18 PM

    Oh my god, just let this go people. Why in the world would Tomlin purposely do this knowing he would get fined and possibly penalized? If it were on purpose, he wouldn’t have even flinched either. But you idiots believe what you want.

    And this is coming from a Colts fan who absolutely hates the Steelers.

  28. dukeearl says: Dec 3, 2013 3:19 PM

    Hit2hurt,
    I’d believe that if it wasn’t for the fact that he is not looking at the jumbotron, but rather over his right shoulder.

  29. joe6606 says: Dec 3, 2013 3:22 PM

    The irritating aspect of this completely overblown non-story is that the nfl had access to all of the camera angles since thanksgiving, yet has let the myth that this was intentional go unchallenged until today.

    Why?

    This is why we steeler fans hate goddell.

  30. brenenostler says: Dec 3, 2013 3:23 PM

    You people claim he knew where he was because he was looking at himself on the screen. He was looking at the players, not himself. He flinched when he finally saw himself because the players were right by him. And he probably laughed in the way we all laugh at each other when we do stupid things.

    LET THIS GO PEOPLE.

  31. h0c2000 says: Dec 3, 2013 3:23 PM

    The NFL must love this. I wonder how many people signed up just to watch this all 22?

  32. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 3, 2013 3:23 PM

    Though the play didn’t change the outcome of the game, it did change the outcome of the bets. Those who took the Ravens (3 point favorites) lost their money. This scandal is not going to go away.

  33. h0c2000 says: Dec 3, 2013 3:24 PM

    The NFL must love this. I wonder how many people signed up just to watch this all 22? Or in this case All 23?

  34. brenenostler says: Dec 3, 2013 3:24 PM

    He looked over his shoulder at the last second to see if the play really was that close to him

  35. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 3:27 PM

    “Those who took the Ravens lost their money.”
    —————————————————-
    Might as well write this in stone.

  36. bigsnackindy says: Dec 3, 2013 3:29 PM

    Man, most of you people are exhausting. To think someone could have pre-meditated that action and have the intuition that a big return was coming is ridiculous.

    More importantly, move the heck on. Baltimore won the game. Get over it. He’ll get fined and the rest of the season will play out as intended. Stop trying to make more out of this than there is. It was a stupid mistake and he’ll pay for it.

    Just because it was Steelers v. Ravens and nationally televised it’s getting WAY overblown, like most things in today’s world.

  37. bongmillersboyz says: Dec 3, 2013 3:47 PM

    The Steelers haven’t done crap since tebow threw them outta the playoffs. To the people who think they are still relevant zip it.

  38. Deb says: Dec 3, 2013 3:57 PM

    bongmillersboyz says:

    The Steelers haven’t done crap since tebow threw them outta the playoffs.

    ——————————————-

    The Steelers haven’t done crap since John Fox outcoached them in the 2011 playoffs.

    There, fixed it for you.

  39. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 3, 2013 4:13 PM

    coltzfan166 | Dec 3, 2013, 3:18 PM EST
    Oh my god, just let this go people. Why in the world would Tomlin purposely do this knowing he would get fined and possibly penalized? If it were on purpose, he wouldn’t have even flinched either. But you idiots believe what you want.

    And this is coming from a Colts fan who absolutely hates the Steelers.

    Good post. The Raven trolls are showing their true colors and lack of intelligence. I am sure their holier than thou attitude comes from the lack of controversy thru out their very existence. The raven players have always been above reproach never making the front page for questionable behavior……don’t expect the feeding frenzy of the raven piranhas to end very soon their appetite for stupidity is too great.

  40. glasselephantkungfu says: Dec 3, 2013 4:22 PM

    ialwayswantedtobeabanker says:Dec 3, 2013 2:52 PM

    I’ve been saying this since seeing the initial footage. He was not on the field, noticed Jacoby booking up the sideline and had to step onto the field briefly to plant and push himself totally clear.

    Anyone trying to quickly get the hell out of somethings way (e.g., a bus or whatever) – needs to be able to push off, to get clear.

    Yeah, it was a mistake by Coach Tomlin and should draw a fine (and probably should have also called for some laundry on the field) – but his integrity should never be called into question.
    ~~~~
    can you not stand on your 2 feet and move left or right? you HAVE to plant a foot to move you are an IDIOT ialwayswantedtobeabanker

  41. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 3, 2013 6:33 PM

    Points for Crown! Didn’t see that one coming.
    (I was staring at the jumbotron).

  42. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 3, 2013 6:36 PM

    “I am sure their holier than thou attitude comes from the lack of controversy thru out their very existence. The raven players have always been above reproach never making the front page for questionable behavior.”

    Hilarious! He just can’t stop himself. It’s a disease! HAHAHAHAHA!

  43. ivanpavlov0000 says: Dec 3, 2013 7:03 PM

    Whether or not Tomlin was on the field intentionally is academic. He should be suspended for getting in the way of the play on the field. His actions impacted the play, and there should be major consequences.

    I also favor taking away a late round draft pick — just as a reminder to everyone that this kind of thing will always have real consequences.

  44. siggtacular says: Dec 3, 2013 7:07 PM

    Tomlin cheated

  45. ncfloyd says: Dec 3, 2013 8:28 PM

    With all the varying camera angles why hasn’t anyone looked into the possibility Jones stepped out of bounds. Not saying he did, but he might have, but I guess we will never know since that isn’t as interesting as a coach on the field.

  46. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 4, 2013 11:01 AM

    Joemontanaflacco | Dec 3, 2013, 6:36 PM EST
    “I am sure their holier than thou attitude comes from the lack of controversy thru out their very existence. The raven players have always been above reproach never making the front page for questionable behavior.”

    Hilarious! He just can’t stop himself. It’s a disease! HAHAHAHAHA!

    If you call the truth a disease , then I have it. Funny you didn’t elaborate a defense which you don’t have skippy……ssshh you are embarrassing yourself again. And wipe that drool off your having too much fun with this Tomlin thing. Still can’t match those 2001 headlines…lol

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