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Mike Tomlin: Anyone who thinks I did it on purpose is crazy

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says he’s sorry for stepping on the field in front of Ravens kickoff returner Jacoby Jones on Thursday night. But he’s getting testy about accusations that it was an intentional attempt to impede Jones, rather than a simple lapse in concentration.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports read a text message from Tomlin on the air in which Tomlin suggested that it’s ridiculous even to think he was guilty of anything more than absentmindedly wandering onto the field.

“If anybody thinks I or anybody else would do this on purpose, they are crazy,” Tomlin told Glazer.

If that’s true, there are a lot of crazy people out there. Especially after a local news station released a camera angle of the play that hadn’t previously been seen, plenty of people think Tomlin did it on purpose.

In the end, however, it might not matter to the NFL whether it was intentional or accidental. Tomlin broke a rule, and the NFL is going to punish him for it. That punishment is expected to be announced soon.

Meanwhile, the NFL should also explain why Tomlin wasn’t penalized. Replays show two officials had a clear view of Tomlin standing on the field in Jones’s path, and neither of them threw a flag. Anyone who thinks the officials handled that play well really is crazy.

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  1. aljack88 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:04 AM

    I’m waiting for my ride to the funny farm. I hope it’s a big bus.

  2. azarkhan says: Dec 3, 2013 10:04 AM

    Tell it to the league office.

  3. timmmah10 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:04 AM

    This just in: The entire world is crazy.

  4. Robroy says: Dec 3, 2013 10:06 AM

    Wait a second, let me put on my tinfoil hat.

  5. polegojim says: Dec 3, 2013 10:06 AM

    I don’t know Mike… watching the play on the jumbo… seeing yourself standing in the field of play… not moving off of it as the runner gets closer… that might give everyone the impression that it was intentional Mike.

  6. whoisedgy says: Dec 3, 2013 10:07 AM

    And Ben did not rape anybody.
    And the Steelers from the 1970’s were not juiced.
    And Arrowhead Ernie Holmes did not shoot at police helicopters.

  7. 1phd says: Dec 3, 2013 10:08 AM

    Doesn’t matter coach. The NFL will be dishing it out to you – on purpose.

  8. seabreezes51 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:08 AM

    One of those officials had to run around Tomlin

  9. babych99 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:09 AM

    So not only does he think we’re all crazy, hes just shown himself to be a huge liar. Stay Classy Tomlin.

  10. rawbbqsauce says: Dec 3, 2013 10:09 AM

    Anyone who believes what Mike Tomlin is saying is crazy.

  11. blacknole08 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:10 AM

    Well it certainly wasnt an accident. And it was enough to make Jacoby Jones alter his path to the endzone.

    The NFL is LUCKY the Steelers lost that game.

  12. 23rdusernameused says: Dec 3, 2013 10:11 AM

    tomlin is crazy stpuid!!
    and a sucky coach!

  13. bullcharger says: Dec 3, 2013 10:11 AM

    Obviously he should have been penalized and he missed it. Calls get missed sometimes.

  14. Noel Thomas says: Dec 3, 2013 10:11 AM

    Man up, Mike. You were caught on tape. It clearly shows you looking at the field NOT the jumbotron, and your foot darted out and back just as the ball carrier approached. And your self-satisfied smirk was also on camera.

    Stop being a lying weasel in addition to being a cheater.

  15. jgedgar70 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:12 AM

    Well then, Coach, please explain that cheesey grin you had on your face after your “lapse” was shown on the jumbotron (and on national TV). The cheesey grin said to me, “busted.”

  16. Steeley McBeam says: Dec 3, 2013 10:12 AM

    This is the flavor of the week and like everything in the NFL is being blown out of proportion at the moment. Watching the game last night, Pete Carrol spent more time on the field than on the sideline.

    Everyone who is a fan of another team can make wild accusations and throw out their death sentence scenarios. Fact of the matter is the NFL is (supposed to be) unbiased and will hand down a fine for the infraction and move on to the next matter.

    Get over it people.

  17. kremis says: Dec 3, 2013 10:13 AM

    Call me crazy then…. by the way its funny how Steeler fans bring up the Patriots and spygate, but are okay with their Pittsburgh Steroids team of the 70’s and 80’s.

  18. bennyb82 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:13 AM

    Maybe he did not see the tape…lol

  19. pillowporkers says: Dec 3, 2013 10:14 AM

    I love all the people who site the extremely slow motion camera replay where Tomlin looks back “5 yards before Jacoby even gets there.” Do people realize how fast a full speed Jacoby Jones can cover 5 yards? He was looking at the jumbotron, realized Jacoby was coming that way, looked back and had that “oh crap” moment, and then flinched. Pretty natural human reaction in the time. Most people will disagree but that’s what I saw. Not to mention he smiled afterwards. If he intentionally did it, his initial reaction wouldn’t be to smile. He would’ve acted more shocked trying to play it off. A smile was a much more natural human reaction to the situation in which, at the time, he probably thought he “almost” screwed up (since Jacoby and him never actually made contact).

  20. kremis says: Dec 3, 2013 10:14 AM

    haha 5-7

  21. 2ringraven says: Dec 3, 2013 10:16 AM

    I think the reason he wasn’t flagged is because the refs are intimidated by Tomlin and a high profile organization. If it had been Jax or Buffalo with first year head coaches, they’d have been flagged.

  22. sbaltimore says: Dec 3, 2013 10:18 AM

    1. The videos do not seem to support Tomlin’s assertion.

    2. If Tomlin IS telling the truth, and he didn’t intentionally try to re-route Jones, then his actions certainly demonstrate that he is one of the most incompetent head coaches to ever step onto an NFL football field (while an opponent is running right past him).

  23. Chase says: Dec 3, 2013 10:18 AM

    Some of you people need a life. So Ben is a rapists? Not sure how that got in this story, but i guess in your world, any woman can yell out rape and it has to be true. I know you’ll say it happened twice, but he’s famous. Who wouldn’t want to collect. In both cases, the women admited to coming to him for relations. Anyway, I cannot defend tomlin’s act, but the man has done nothing to doubt his integrity before. Wow. The world is full of judges….

  24. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Dec 3, 2013 10:19 AM

    He’s just trollin’.

  25. dublindemonszfl says: Dec 3, 2013 10:19 AM

    I’m a friggin lunatic.

  26. skito13 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:20 AM

    Ok……I’m crazy

  27. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 3, 2013 10:21 AM

    Exactly, Mike. You have the Nation behind you. We all recognize this is just a crusade against out pride, our honor, our prestige, our legacy, our greatness. We will prevail through our leadership and innate talent.

    Go Steelers! Bring Lombardi home.

  28. dcstinks says: Dec 3, 2013 10:22 AM

    Call me crazy then.

    Mike, what a role model you are for your team. Interfering with a play on the field. You should be ashamed of yourself and barred from coaching for the remainder of the season. Real classy Pittsburgh, real classy.

  29. imjinrat says: Dec 3, 2013 10:23 AM

    The officials blew a call? Unbelievable!

  30. athwartships says: Dec 3, 2013 10:23 AM

    Thank you for adding lying to your cheating. It rounds it off nicely, tool.

  31. sbaltimore says: Dec 3, 2013 10:24 AM

    Here’s a suggestion, Mike. When you’ve already dug a real big hole for yourself, STOP DIGGING, or else all you’ll end up doing is making the hole bigger.

  32. thefiesty1 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:24 AM

    Then why was he grinning like the cat that ate the canary immediately after he did his little side step? He was trying to get away with something and just got caught.

  33. ravensrooster94 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:25 AM

    OK – I’m crazy along with the other 71,00o nutballs who were with me on Thanksgiving night. He did it, and he knew exactly where he was when he did it.

  34. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 10:26 AM

    MT, you don’t owe anyone an explanation. You are the leader of the most storied, decorated franchise in the history of the NFL. If you want to make a tackle next time, go ahead and do it, and we’ll understand, as passion for the game is a requirement of the most desirable job in sports.

  35. jaykray says: Dec 3, 2013 10:28 AM

    Not only can you see him slide into place, but you can see that he is watching over his shoulder the whole time and that his first move is a step in toward the path of Jones before making it look he is pulling his foot away.

    For me, its the fact that he is not looking at the scoreboard, but rather over his shoulder that says guilty.

  36. seatownballers says: Dec 3, 2013 10:29 AM

    Straight jackets for everyone!

  37. quittsburghstoolers says: Dec 3, 2013 10:30 AM

    “Mike Tomlin: Anyone who thinks I did it on purpose is crazy”

    ———————————————————-

    I guess this statement means that I personally am NOT crazy cuz I KNOW he did that on purpose.

    He is just trying to save his team that draft choice the NFL is looking to take away from them…

  38. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Dec 3, 2013 10:30 AM

    dcstinks says:
    Dec 3, 2013 10:22 AM
    Call me crazy then.

    Real classy Pittsburgh, real classy.
    ——————
    You’re right. The entire city’s inhabitants are to blame for this. We put him up to it.

  39. southpaw2k says: Dec 3, 2013 10:31 AM

    sbaltimore says:
    Dec 3, 2013 10:18 AM
    1. The videos do not seem to support Tomlin’s assertion.

    2. If Tomlin IS telling the truth, and he didn’t intentionally try to re-route Jones, then his actions certainly demonstrate that he is one of the most incompetent head coaches to ever step onto an NFL football field (while an opponent is running right past him).

    ————————————————-

    Excellent point. If Tomlin is in fact being truthful and honest, then he is the most incompetent head coach in the league for not knowing where he was in relation to both the field of play and the ball carrier.

    Great, Mike. You’re not a liar; you’re an idiot.

  40. fballguy says: Dec 3, 2013 10:31 AM

    I’ve lost a lot of respect for this guy. Take it like a man. Don’t lie to everyone.

  41. pillowporkers says: Dec 3, 2013 10:31 AM

    Starting from 0, Jacoby Jones runs a 4.5 yard 40. 2 points on this. 1. He wouldn’t have scored regardless, and 2. Tomlin’s reaction was natural.

    1. Cortez Allen, the guy who eventually tackled Jacoby Jones, also runs 4.5, and he had the angle (FOR THE CONFUSED, THAT MEANS HE HAD LESS DISTANCE TO COVER, LEARN ELEMENTARY GEOMETRY).

    2. So if Jacoby Runs 4.5 40 yard dash from 0 mph, how fast does he run 5 yards already at full speed? The time where tomlin “looked back and should’ve known Jacoby was coming and should’ve gotten out of the way. Even if you are conservative and only divide 4.5 by 8, it’s still only 0.56 seconds for Tomlin to realize on the jumbotron he was in the way, look back, realize he’s in the way, and get out of the way. That’s not enough time for him to have a conscious thought of TRYING to screw the play up.

  42. nasaelvis56 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:32 AM

    Not a Steeler’s fan, but I always thought Tomlin was a good guy. Call me crazy, but I don’t think that anymore.

    We’ve all been caught up in an emotional moment and have done something stupid, albeit not usually on national TV resulting in stories on Deadspin.

    But to now lie about it? I didn’t expect that.

    Disappointing!

  43. troy43mvp says: Dec 3, 2013 10:34 AM

    Who cares? It’s not money out of anybody’s pocket but his own. The refs admitting to 3 errors for the Tenn/Indy game to me is the continuing problem.

  44. halbert53 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:35 AM

    Don’t blame the ref for not making the call. He absentmindedly dropped the leash to his seeing-eye dog, who was last seen trying to chase Jones down the sidelines.

  45. ravenmomma says: Dec 3, 2013 10:37 AM

    Two things that I loathe is a liar and a cheater. Tomlin is proving to be both with no shame or remorse. If he would have come clean and just said he had a lapse in judgement and did it in the heat of the moment, he could earn some respect back for at least being truthful. Videos don’t lie Mike.

    I hear crazy pills are in short supply…it seems everyone is taking them.

  46. whoisferg says: Dec 3, 2013 10:37 AM

    Mike Tomlin definitely has built up some “good guy/integrity/respect” points over the years, but I think he just used them all up. Major mess up here.

    He may have gotten closer to the play than he thought he would, but he knew exactly what he was doing and where he was. NFL head coaches do not get to the top of their profession then just absent-mindedly wander onto the field and disrupt plays…

    Tomlin will survive, but the Steelers blow this year.

    I like the $500,000 fine idea. Make a true example of him. Fine the Steelers, too.

  47. eatitfanboy says: Dec 3, 2013 10:38 AM

    As usual, the media and most of the fans are focusing on the most sensational aspect of this story- whether or not Tomlin had some nefarious scheme to alter the play or not- while the main issue flies miles over their heads.

    The problem here, people, is the officials. The white line rule has been in place forever and has never been enforced. As another commenter pointed out, Pete Carroll spent half the game last night standing on the field. I would be willing to bet that if you reviewed all the sideline video you could find, you would see that the head coach of all 32 NFL teams spends the majority of the game on top of that line. You see it all the time.

    There’s a saying: What you ALLOW, you TEACH. Coaches have no reasonable expectation that this rule will be enforced, so they ignore it. Along with whatever punishment is announced, Goodell should also notify the teams that starting this weekend, the rule will be vigorously enforced.

  48. heisthejuan says: Dec 3, 2013 10:39 AM

    At least when Belichick got caught he didn’t lie about it.

  49. chiefdt58 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:39 AM

    Now where’d I leave my straight jacket?

  50. joetoronto says: Dec 3, 2013 10:40 AM

    Everybody hop on the crazy train.

  51. monkeyhateclean says: Dec 3, 2013 10:41 AM

    No, anyone who admits to doing it on purpose is crazy.

  52. dbones750 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:41 AM

    Jacoby should have made Tomlin pay a physical toll. He should have ran right through him and just demolished him. That would have taught Tomlin a lesson and would have been great karma. Dude is a cheater and he knows it.

  53. cornerstone2001 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:42 AM

    Liar,liar, pants on fire

  54. citizenstrange says: Dec 3, 2013 10:45 AM

    There is an easy way to settle this.

    How about a public, impartial, unbiased, unrigged, NO CHEATING polygraph — lie detector — test for Tomlin? How about three of them and if he passes even one then we are all crazy and he is a truth teller for the ages.

    The question will be:

    Did you purposely try to interfere with Jacoby Jones kickoff return?

    No obviously blades of grass obviously stadiums in the fall obviously men in the building obviously, obviously, obviously, etc answers.

    Just YES or NO.

  55. olcap says: Dec 3, 2013 10:46 AM

    Yep, we all crazy Mike, and we should also not believe our lying eyes.

  56. z06vision says: Dec 3, 2013 10:46 AM

    So nice to see so many Steeler haters. We got 6 and you don’t!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bring on the excuses and the would of, should of ,and could of’s.

  57. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 3, 2013 10:48 AM

    If anything, that “new” camera angle only shows him moving out of the path of the referee.

  58. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 3, 2013 10:49 AM

    I don’t get all this certainty that such a huge punishment is in order. Years ago, Bill Cowher literally swiped at a passing runner at the end of a game. I honestly do not recall if he received any sort of punishment whatsoever and it was much more blatant.

  59. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 3, 2013 10:51 AM

    …If you want to make a tackle next time, go ahead and do it, and we’ll understand, as passion for the game is a requirement of the most desirable job in sports….

    This should be in quotes since it’s obviously taken directly from “Rooney’s Standards of Conduct for Coaches and Sidelined Players”

  60. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 3, 2013 10:51 AM

    Crazy bad lie, dude.

    When you’re in a hole, the #1 rule, Coach, is stop digging! Now you’re calling out the rational football world as “crazy” if they think that juke move you threw onto the field and off again was on purpose?

    I thought it was a tactless, junk move by what’s supposed to be a storied franchise. Then a big lie afterwards? Like its sugar on top to us haters.

    Screw Tomlin. I’m off to see the psychiatrist.

  61. gpclaw says: Dec 3, 2013 10:52 AM

    Yup, the officials have no excuse for missing that one.

  62. urbusted2 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:55 AM

    The video evidence including the Cheshire cat grin is all anyone needs. The continued lies could and should earn him a year away from the game. His I could care less attitude about the rules and player safety concerns me and I’m sure many others.

  63. jimthebuilder27 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:56 AM

    Tomlin…wow.

    This guy is a blowhard. The Steelers are in decline, he’s a big reason why, and yet everything is someone else’s fault.

    Everyone’s crazy for thinking that this guy is some coaching genius!

  64. baltimoresnativeson says: Dec 3, 2013 10:56 AM

    I might not know karate but I know karayzuh

  65. mizzousooner says: Dec 3, 2013 10:58 AM

    I guess dude thought he could get away with doing that. The smirk he wore afterward did not look like chagrin to me.

    Take some draft picks, league office!

  66. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 3, 2013 11:01 AM

    Dude was just trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents.

  67. 315judman says: Dec 3, 2013 11:02 AM

    Mike,

    Please contact me, I want to know what you did and how you did it.

    Thanks,
    Bill B. (Foxboro, MA)

  68. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 11:05 AM

    dbones750 says:Dec 3, 2013 10:41 AM

    Jacoby should have made Tomlin pay a physical toll. He should have ran right through him and just demolished him.
    ——————————————————-
    Oh please. Tomlin played D-back, and Jones is fragile. Heck, he got hurt making a fair catch. Tomlin would have plastered him if they collided.

  69. henry53 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:05 AM

    Kinda sad how ‘tweeting’ a statement is now an acceptable substitute to standing in front of reporters and cameras and ‘facing the music’ like a real man.
    Stupid lapse in judgement for a coach.

  70. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 11:07 AM

    This should be in quotes since it’s obviously taken directly from “Rooney’s Standards of Conduct for Coaches and Sidelined Players”

    The Ravens Standards of Conduct has nothing but blank pages.

  71. isphet71 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:08 AM

    “Crazy” is not seeing Tomlin for what he really is – this decade’s John Gruden.

  72. t8ertot says: Dec 3, 2013 11:09 AM

    You’re crazy if you think anyone is dumb enough to believe your statement. It was blatantly obvious

  73. SmashMouthFootball says: Dec 3, 2013 11:10 AM

    Why didn’t anyone on his sideline tell him to get the *&%$ out of the way? They all didn’t “lose their placement”.

    If it was an accident as he and the Steeler fans want us to believe what does that say about the relationship with him and his staff? The emperor has no clothes…

  74. granadafan says: Dec 3, 2013 11:12 AM

    Pathological liars actually believe their own lies. They have a distorted reality that doesn’t match the real world. His agents and PR team probably got to him as well to deny deny deny. These are the same people who tell athletes like Ryan Braun, Lance Armstrong, ARoid, Von Miller, DJ Williams, Brian Cushing, the entire Seattle secondary etc to always lie and make others prove it. Then you can always come back and give a fake lawyer-written “apology”.

  75. aikmanschinstrap says: Dec 3, 2013 11:13 AM

    Mike Tomlin and the entire Steelers organization is just pathetic. I feel bad that Polamalu had to spend his entire career surrounded by these low-life degenerates.

  76. daytonaken says: Dec 3, 2013 11:15 AM

    “NO EXPLANATIONS, NO EXCUSES.”

    What’s Mr. take on his team being known as cheating and his head-coach a liar?

  77. Inciteful says: Dec 3, 2013 11:15 AM

    If the consequences of Tomlin’s actions were not a sufficient deterrent to future such actions by others, teams could hire a designated person/scapegoat to be available to purposely interfere with opponents. Then, if that person were tagged by the NFL for punishment, the team could magnanimously terminate them as a feigned mea culpa.

    The NFL is on a very slippery slope, here.

  78. arcaero says: Dec 3, 2013 11:15 AM

    Mike Tomlin:

    First a cheater.

    Now a liar.

    Not a good look, Pittsburgh.

  79. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 3, 2013 11:16 AM

    crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 10:26 AM

    MT, you don’t owe anyone an explanation. You are the leader of the most storied, decorated franchise in the history of the NFL. If you want to make a tackle next time, go ahead and do it, and we’ll understand, as passion for the game is a requirement of the most desirable job in sports.
    ________________________

    Well said.

  80. lastdukestreetking says: Dec 3, 2013 11:16 AM

    Call me crazy.

  81. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Dec 3, 2013 11:16 AM

    That sounds strangely similar to what Richie Incognito said… before the evidence came out.

  82. dbones750 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:16 AM

    The more I think about it, the more I think Jacoby screwed up. How many chances do you get to demolish the coach of your arch-rival PLAYING WITHIN THE RULES!?!?

  83. rcj22001 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:18 AM

    Someone get this man a new shovel, he’s wearing his out quick

  84. southpaw2k says: Dec 3, 2013 11:19 AM

    Mark Twain once said, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.”

    Somebody should tell Mike Tomlin that.

  85. Bmorelikeray52 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:20 AM

    Tomorrow’s headline: Ndamukong Suh fined 100k for Mike Tomlin stepping on field.

  86. johnodocks says: Dec 3, 2013 11:23 AM

    So, given the choice between being a shrewd cheater or an absent-minded moron, Tomlin chooses moron. Okay, gotcha.

  87. lennylyles says: Dec 3, 2013 11:23 AM

    This guy is on the competition committee? The smile said it all. Guilty!!!! He is under 500 the last two seasons, will not accept responsibility for his own actions in the Jones case, and is lost asa coach without Arians and Lebeau. What does he actually do? Is he just a figure head with Lebeau and now Haley calling the shots. The Steelers are arguably with the Packers the most storied franchise out there. Is Tomlin the guy to turn around this franchise. I say the Steelers can do better.

  88. tictoccpthook says: Dec 3, 2013 11:23 AM

    The Steelers lost both the game and players to injury. Tomlinson has no record of foul play. His comments have always been straightforward. He made a mistake that is easy to understand. He will pay the price when the NFL says so. No need to bash his reputation; he admits to the mistake. Meanwhile, the Steelers are hurtin.

  89. hornbuckle says: Dec 3, 2013 11:23 AM

    Looked like Woody Hayes.

  90. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 3, 2013 11:25 AM

    And Ndamukong Suh lost his balance when he stomped on Evan Dietrich-Smith.

    Before this, Tomlin was the only person associated with the Steelers with any class.

  91. dalcow4 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:27 AM

    Don’t make hires based on race.

  92. wnstonchill says: Dec 3, 2013 11:27 AM

    It is rediculous. All you “prophets” out there really think Tomlin stood in the field of play on purpose to alter a play??? This wouldn’t even be in the headlines right now if the officials had been doing their jobs that day! He would’ve been penalized, like he should’ve been. What Tomlin did was wrong, and he admits that, but for anyone to think that Tomlin did it intentional is delusional.

  93. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 3, 2013 11:31 AM

    After the media is done pandering to the Ravens fans and blowing this out of proportion until Tomlin is fined, they’ll dig up the old tape of Cowher making a much more blatant swipe at a passing runner and not receiving any sort of punishment.

  94. olcap says: Dec 3, 2013 11:31 AM

    Steeley McBeam says:
    Dec 3, 2013 10:12 AM
    This is the flavor of the week and like everything in the NFL is being blown out of proportion at the moment. Watching the game last night, Pete Carrol spent more time on the field than on the sideline.

    Everyone who is a fan of another team can make wild accusations and throw out their death sentence scenarios. Fact of the matter is the NFL is (supposed to be) unbiased and will hand down a fine for the infraction and move on to the next matter.

    Get over it people.
    ———————–

    I would think that the most sincere Steeler fans are sick at this display by Tomlin. This is definitely the worst thing that has happened to this team, and it will reverberate for a long time. Smirk if you like at those who are disappointed in this jerk, but he has wounded the Steeler franchise mortally.

  95. Noel Thomas says: Dec 3, 2013 11:32 AM

    steelersaregodsteam says: “… our honor…our legacy…”

    You have no honor. Say what you will about the Patriots, but they were honest and upfront. “Yeah, we did it.” There is no honor to lying and trying to weasel out.

    Your legacy? Your legacy is an entire O-line of the 70’s dead of steroid induced illness, along with many others of those teams. Without steroids you are nothing. You don’t even cheat well – you lost the Ravens game.

    steelersaregodserectiledysfunction

  96. mkuske says: Dec 3, 2013 11:33 AM

    “If you want to make a tackle next time, go ahead and do it, and we’ll understand, as passion for the game is a requirement of the most desirable job in sports.”
    —————————————————–
    What a ridiculous joke. Cheating doesn’t show a “passion for the game”, it shows a complete lack of respect for the game. Looks like Steelers fans has the same lack of respect for the game that their coach does…and the same lack of respect for peoples’ intelligence also.

  97. coltzfan166 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:35 AM

    As much as I hate the Steelers, I have to defend Tomlin here. Yes he was watching the big screen. But he wasn’t actually watching himself. He was watching the damn runner the whole time.

    Why would he do it on purpose anyways? Amidst knowing he would be flagged and fined, Its not like he had some psychic ability to know the play was gonna go down that sideline beforehand.

  98. 2ruefan says: Dec 3, 2013 11:35 AM

    Sorry all your Steelers’ apologists…
    But you are just in blind denial to suggest he did this accidentally. I don’t care WHERE you are looking (unless it is STRAIGHT up with your head face parallel to the ground) you SEE the GIANT while line in front of you that you are standing on.
    And even if he IS looking at the Jumbotron, how does he NOT notice he is in the Path of the play… he has to know he is CLOSE to it at least.
    And VERY obvious he stepped FURTHER towards the field with the side-step. WHY? NOBODY was blocking his view of anything, expecially the Jumbotron. Very obvious he tried to get away with something and in fact did.
    That being said.. does this make him a lousy coach? All you haters need to calm down too. Guy was considered a genius after the Vikings let him go and he was going to and winning superbowls. Everyone needs to calm down…

  99. flaccodelic says: Dec 3, 2013 11:35 AM

    As a Ravens fan I can say it really doesn’t matter whether or not it was intentional.

    Steelers fans- I see your Ray Lewis with a Bathroom Ben and raise you a Tomlingate.

    This is the gift that keeps on giving. He will never live it down.

  100. lovethelions says: Dec 3, 2013 11:39 AM

    Anyone who saw you smiling on film last night….knows you did it on purpose! What’s crazy is you thinking you wouldn’t be on film. What a maroon!

    Go LIONS!!!

  101. riverhorsey says: Dec 3, 2013 11:40 AM

    The huge side step to put his foot on the field of play moments before Jones got there gives me pause and is troubling.

  102. therealtrenches says: Dec 3, 2013 11:40 AM

    Not a Stillers fan here…

    The new camera angle that everyone is describing as being so incriminating doesn’t really change anything, because it does not prove that he knew where he was in relation to the sideline. If it showed him looking down at his feet and then moving inbounds, *then* the new angle would be worthy of the hype its receiving.

    But as it is, it’s simply fodder for the sensationalists who want this story to be so much more than a coach forgetting where he is in relation to the sideline.

    The NFL is really big on the notion of “inconclusive evidence” when reviewing catches, fumbles, spots, etc.. They should treat this the same way.

    For conclusive evidence, what we’d really need to pin Tomlin with charges of doing this deliberately, is a shot of what he could see on the jumbotron. If he could see himself in the jumbotron before Jacoby was within ten yards of him, then he should have gotten out of bounds faster. That would suggest that he *stayed in bounds deliberately* (not the same as him wandering in bounds deliberately, but close).

    Any other information is just hype, interpretation, spin, opinion, and subjectivity.

    If the evidence for him being deliberate isn’t conclusive, then they should slap him on the wrist for wandering unknowingly into the field of play while the ball was in play, and move on.

  103. thestatsishere says: Dec 3, 2013 11:41 AM

    I’m still stunned no one has brought up how Bill Cowher almost did the same thing to a Jacksonville guy. Except he wanted to knock the guy out with his fist LMAO.

    But that’s the difference between Cowher and Tomlin. Cowher got out of the way.

  104. jmorand47 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:41 AM

    So on Thanksgiving night I watched him do something foolish, now I’m hearing him say something foolish. This just gets better.

  105. cromagnums says: Dec 3, 2013 11:42 AM

    “You put your right foot in, you put your right foot out …” Sure Mike, just doin the Hokey Pokey

  106. h0c2000 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:46 AM

    Tomlin is a liar. Patriots have video proof.

  107. 23rdusernameused says: Dec 3, 2013 11:46 AM

    crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 11:05 AM

    ——————————————————-
    “Oh please. Tomlin played D-back, blah blah blah…”

    FALSE, Tomlin played TE!

  108. ravenmomma says: Dec 3, 2013 11:46 AM

    gallopinggilmoresays:
    Dec 3, 2013 10:48 AM

    If anything, that “new” camera angle only shows him moving out of the path of the referee.
    ———————————
    If you have to move out of a ref’s way, doesn’t that tell you that you’re obviously in the wrong spot of the field?

  109. dstroi says: Dec 3, 2013 11:46 AM

    Steeley McBeam says:
    This is the flavor of the week and like everything in the NFL is being blown out of proportion at the moment. Watching the game last night, Pete Carrol spent more time on the field than on the sideline.

    Everyone who is a fan of another team can make wild accusations and throw out their death sentence scenarios. Fact of the matter is the NFL is (supposed to be) unbiased and will hand down a fine for the infraction and move on to the next matter.

    Get over it people.
    *******************************************
    Now you know how Patriot fans feel about the countless attacks regarding “spygate”. Steeler fans, NY fans and Miami fans still spit this ill type rhetoric on the daily because they have nothing else to spew about. Here’s the difference though, “spygate” wasn’t even cheating since other teams were doing this strategy at the time. Tomlin however deliberately caused an infraction that was not called even when the referee was right there. He was smirking about it and now caught lying about it. At this point, just man up, bite the bullet and move on. Oh and by the way, I will get over it as soon as other’s get over the whole “spygate” debacle. Finally, this isn’t targeted directly at you McBeam but targeted at the ones who cry foul but continuously cry about “spygate”. Fair is fair.

  110. lovefootball4life says: Dec 3, 2013 11:51 AM

    I haven’t bothered to read comments on articles in a while but these are all darn funny.

    C’mon folks where are the Sweet Pea jokes? crown, you’re slipping.

    Saw a kid today who is always sporting his Steelers swag. Asked him today where it is and he said he’s too embarrassed because of the coach. I held my laugh because he is a kid and a good one but too funny.

    Go Ravens!

  111. sadviking says: Dec 3, 2013 11:53 AM

    …he said as he shuffled his feet off the stage.

  112. cursedvikings1998 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:57 AM

    Sociopath.

  113. swagger52 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:00 PM

    It really would be better if he said nothing. He should perhaps state the obvious like Bellichek. He should just say exactly what Bellichek said about Spygate.

    I can’t talk about that. The NFL is researching.
    I can’t talk to the Refs, you will have to ask them.

    Then wait for the League to shred all the damming evidence.

    He should know….Different Rules for Patriots and Steelers.

    Tomlin should have done what Bellichek does when he needs to get back into the game. The Refs never throw offensive interference on them. Just do what Gronkowski and Amendolar do..pick the covering cornerback for 10 yards a play all the way down the field until you score. Pittsburgh and Patriots don’t need to worry about timing.

  114. jdfrox says: Dec 3, 2013 12:04 PM

    Fact – Tomlin stood in an area that he and the rest of the league was advised THE DAY BEFORE not to stand in (which ironically was the same field where another coach was penalized the week prior).

    Fact – when the ball is caught and Jacoby Jones begins running up the Steelers sideline, Tomlin takes a direct step toward the field. No one pushed him. No one bumped him. Therefore, he INTENTIONALLY stepped toward the field. He did not lose his placement on the field. He specifically placed himself there after the kick began.

    Question – why did he step closer to the field after the kick began??? Was he high??? He is in the middle of an NFL game and he “lost his placement?” And he thinks we are crazy?

    Yes, the Ravens won the game so IN THIS GAME, it made no difference. But the purpose of punishment is not just to punish the offender, but often to deter future offenders. The NFL is clearly not going to decide that it is only wrong if you do this and win the game. If they don’t want this to happen again, they will hammer him.

  115. swagger52 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:05 PM

    Week in and Week out..Patriot and Steeler fans are spoiled into thinking there teams are just that good, that bad calls go both ways. That is not the experience of most of the NFL.

    Most of the NFL..

    Suggs gets penalized at key point of the game giving the win to the Steelers or Patriots. Later he is not fined and the league says should not have been penalized. Oh Gee..thanks…0-1

    whereas..

    Steelers or Patriots get fined, but not penalized to affect the outcome of the game. Later the league investigates and they get a fine. Oh Gee…1-0

    The Steelers and the Steeler fans need to understand a little better about bad calls that affect standings. Take #1 draft pick of 2014 so they have some time to think about it.

  116. baltimoresnativeson says: Dec 3, 2013 12:07 PM

    Bell got knocked out in the same endzone he danced in.

    Then Sanders dropped the game tying pass in the same endzone he mocked Ray Lewis’ dance.

    “What did you learn?” (in nagging mom voice)

  117. steelers4life says: Dec 3, 2013 12:08 PM

    All you haters are CRAZY! He should have just tackled the fool since the media is overblowing this story and the ratbird fans are spewing all the hate.

  118. fwippel says: Dec 3, 2013 12:08 PM

    Is Tomlin going to be fined for being in the field of play while a play was taking place, or is Tomlin going to be fined for getting in the way of an opposing player?

    If he is only going to be fined for getting in the way of an opposing player, then the league is NOT addressing the real issue.

  119. mogogo1 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:09 PM

    The crazy part is that it happened at all, either intentionally or on purpose. Totally stupid either way. When you spend your life standing on the sidelines, I don’t know how you ever accidentally wind up on the field of play, especially as the action is getting close to you.

  120. destructicus says: Dec 3, 2013 12:11 PM

    I believe that strategy is called “gas-lighting”.

  121. tincansailor981 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:12 PM

    It’s Jacoby Jones’ fault. He should have run over Tomlin and any debate would have ended at that point.

  122. chizzle20 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:13 PM

    Yeah Mike, because we all know you have to take a step closer to the field to see a 1234 inch Jumbo Screen with nobody standing with 7 yards of you. And while you’re watching the jumbo screen you can’t see a player running right behind you in your direction on your sideline so you wait to the last possible second to move.

    Seems legit…

  123. ravensgrl says: Dec 3, 2013 12:18 PM

    Tomlin has been to Baltimore many times and must also realize there is another Jumbo Screen on the opposite end of the field… why didn’t he look toward the play as it was happening?

  124. ejmat2 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:20 PM

    I don’t know about the rest of you but why doesn’t the NFL bring back the stay behind the white lines rule. I didn’t play football past high school but we weren’t allowed past where the white started nor were we allowed past the 20 yard lines on either side. Maybe it was just my region.

    However, the fact is him being anywhere near the field of play is a problem. He is the coach. Not a player. His feet shouldn’t have been where they were in the 1st place. Intentional or not he should be punished accordingly.

  125. patriotinvasion says: Dec 3, 2013 12:24 PM

    Doesn’t matter. Mike Tomcheat is going down just like the CHEATING Steelers. 5-7*

    *Cheaters and still stink. Lol.

  126. starderup says: Dec 3, 2013 12:24 PM

    It is one thing to cheat. It is another to lie about it. That’s not good enough for Tomlin.
    He has to insult everyone that saw what happened and imply that we are all stupid or crazy.
    I’d really be ashamed to be a squealer fan.

  127. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 3, 2013 12:30 PM

    I think what Tomlin really said was:

    “If anybody thinks I … would do this on purpose, they are crazy … about football.”

  128. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 3, 2013 12:31 PM

    If you were watching the kick return on the Jumbotron why didn’t you see the guy in black sauntering across the white line on the Jumbotron?

    “Hey is that Jacoby Jones up there, man he looks huge, hey is that me on the field, ohhhh now is my chance to say hi to my mom. Hi Mom, I’m on the field, looky-looky!”

  129. JSpicoli says: Dec 3, 2013 12:33 PM

    THAT is damage control.

    I am crazy.

  130. steelcurtainn says: Dec 3, 2013 12:34 PM

    Just goes to show you there’s a lot of crazy people out there. I’ve seen enough of them on here just on PFT.

  131. mrlaloosh says: Dec 3, 2013 12:39 PM

    Rooney Rule coaches working for the ROONEY franchise are exempt from any and all scrutiny. Get over it, people.

  132. joewilliesshnoz says: Dec 3, 2013 12:39 PM

    The guy’s a rat, who by the way, can’t coach. Nice hire Mr. Rooney.

  133. canedaddy says: Dec 3, 2013 12:40 PM

    The Steelers have been dirty cheaters from the days of Dwight White and that steroid freak offensive line through Joey Porter and Hines Ward and James Harrison and Tomlin and on and on. It’s their MO, and no fines or penalties will ever change that.

  134. ps3988 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:41 PM

    crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 10:26 AM

    MT, you don’t owe anyone an explanation. You are the leader of the most storied, decorated franchise in the history of the NFL.

    ____________________________________

    Do your research, the Green Bay Packers have won the most championships in NFL history, 13. They are also the only team to ever win 3 in a row, and one of the original teams in the NFL. History goes back to the beginning, you can’t just start the history of the NFL in 1963. And your coach is blatant liar, great example for his team.

  135. rodh32340 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:48 PM

    Desperate men do Desperate things.

  136. vikingdoode says: Dec 3, 2013 12:49 PM

    I’m crazy like everyone else …. Cheater

  137. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 3, 2013 12:50 PM

    The old “if you think I cheated, you’re dumb” routine. We have been hearing this from this talentless franchise since they won Super Bowls in the 70’s. They still have yet to really win a Super Bowl with talent and coaching. It’s all cheating and drugs.

    >

  138. bmore44 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:51 PM

    Call me Crazy !!

  139. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 3, 2013 1:02 PM

    tomlin is a low character cheater.

  140. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 1:08 PM

    ps3988 says:

    Do your research, the Green Bay Packers have won the most championships in NFL history, 13.
    ———————————————————
    I forgot about you delusionalists that think football was the same as it is now when there were only 4 teams in the league and no playoffs. But since you already seem close-minded, I’ll correct my post:

    …the Steelers, the most storied and Lombardi-decorated football in the history of the NFL…

  141. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 3, 2013 1:10 PM

    “If you have to move out of a ref’s way, doesn’t that tell you that you’re obviously in the wrong spot of the field?” – ravenmomma

    The Ref saw no problem with it. He probably even told him he was coming up to his left side

  142. barbeaux says: Dec 3, 2013 1:11 PM

    As a head coach you mindlessly wander onto the field right in the path of a player returning a kick? Accidentally? We’re not that stupid, idiot.

  143. shotdoc56 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:17 PM

    Myron Cope looking down from the heavens just said yoi I’m crazy.

  144. darthvoter says: Dec 3, 2013 1:19 PM

    I’ve been a diehard Steeler fan for decades, but I’m also a football purist who’s played at a semi-pro level. I don’t like this in the least. I’ve openly questioned Mike Tomlin’s coaching and it seems the farther removed they get from the Cowher-era, the worse they look. Knowing the game as I do, don’t try to lie like this Tomlin. Could I get on the refs for this? Absolutely, but the state of officiating in the NFL is an entirely different discussion. What respect I and many other fans have for you Tomlin is quickly evaporating. I’d say it’s fairly obvious to anyone who knows this game that you definitely did this intentionally. Enough excuses already. Just man up, take your fine and be lucky if the don’t take a pick away from us. If I am the Rooneys, and this adolescent action costs us a pick, I’m giving Tomlin his walking papers. Just no excuse for this.

  145. alchemistcirca1979 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:21 PM

    The man is a hard worker who takes care of his family and is constantly finding ways to help his community.

    Not to mention he has had success on the highest level in his profession.

    and let the thumb downs begin…..you bunch of self righteous….

  146. it's all bs says: Dec 3, 2013 1:22 PM

    Ha Ha Ha……keep crying haters….we love your tears….they only make us stronger:)

    love,
    Steeler Nation

  147. awdlmd says: Dec 3, 2013 1:23 PM

    It’s shouldn’t matter if it was on purpose. Officials don’t ask if roughing penalties are on purpose. Interfering with the game should be a penalty, fine and suspension.

  148. vegaskid21 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:38 PM

    Crap! That means my wife was right, again!!! I am crazy.

  149. sbchampsagain says: Dec 3, 2013 1:41 PM

    The Ravens, Browns and Bengals are ALL crossing their fingers, hoping Rooney stands by his man.

    What has Tomlin done that’s noteworthy in the past 3 seasons?

    He was “Tebowed” in ’10

    Missed the playoffs in ’11

    And about to miss the playoffs AGAIN while embarrasing the franchise in ’12.

    Sadly, he makes Rex Ryan look like a model coach.

  150. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Dec 3, 2013 1:44 PM

    I believe this is another example of not reporting events but fabricating scenarios to keep the fire burning. So now this guy’s life is tarnished because of this need to destroy people.

  151. patriotwayspygate says: Dec 3, 2013 1:49 PM

    Our mission is to for people learn their place in the world. That is below us. The Steeler Nation is the pinnacle of existence and evolution. You do not yet comprehend your place in things. We bathe in the glories of success as you fumble in the darkness of our shadows. This will always be.

    The Steeler Nation simply wants people to understand their place in things. Sometimes this rubs off in the wrong way and fans see us as arrogant or even stupid. This isn’t the case and we hope to clarify things.

    Our greatness was always there. From the Ice Age to the Renassaince etc. Certain humans have always had an untapped potential. The Steeler Effect some call it. This “effect” exists in certain humans. These humans are now know within the society of Steeler Nation. Once these extraordinary group of humans founded the Steelers, they found a medium in which to release this power.

    In the beginning, we struggled. There were agents from powerful groups around the world that wanted to hinder our motives to unleash our greatness. They were very successful in this and there was chaos within our organization. This sabatoge lasted for 40 years until we final won our civil war, and our enemies retreated to replan their attack.

    At this point we have reached our potential. Our race reached the our potential. We’ve become the pinnacle of evolution and existence. We’ve become the closest things to Gods. Steeler Nation was unstoppable. We would use all our abilities into the game of football. The game we created.

    Then our enemy returned. They have smuggled themselves into the highest places in the league. They will do anything to turn back the clock on our people and cast us back into the unknown. During the 80s and some of the 90s they had suffocated us. We countered and despite their attempts to oppress us, we won two more SBs in the 00s. They have now reached their highest strength in their existence, but so have we.

    We must now fulfil our destiny and win SB #7 and begin our own league where our people can bathe in the glory of unified greatness. Pure Steeler blood will run through the veins of everyone in our league. Oh, the glory!

    You mere mortals will never outlast us. We are infinite. You are bacteria. We will triumph over our enemies thousands of times over until they release their will. We will defy the odds they have put in place to keep us from repeating our success. We will laugh as the NFL falls to ashes when we leave, as we were the chimney to the fire.

    For those looking for more information on the SFL, we will pass along information as it is released. Most should already know the outline by now. We want to be benevolent rulers. We are open to feedback and want to find new ways to reach out to our lowly humans couterparts. Thank you for your patience. Steeler Bless.

  152. sbchampsagain says: Dec 3, 2013 1:53 PM

    Ha Ha Ha……keep crying haters….we love your tears….they only make us stronger:)

    love,
    Steeler Nation

    __________________

    How do you define “stronger?”

    By stronger you mean missing the playoffs for a second consecutive year?

    Or by stronger do you mean watching a division rival win the SB and go to the playoffs for a record 6th consecutive time?

    OR by stronger do you mean having the Bengals and possibly Browns ALSO leapfrog us in the division standings?

    Just curious,

    The rest of the nation.

  153. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 1:58 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:

    They still have yet to really win a Super Bowl with talent and coaching. It’s all cheating and drugs.
    ——————————————————
    Said the fan of a team whose QB was in a drug-haze when they won their 3rd SB. Not to mention in 2010 when your QB was best friends with convicted PED user Ryan Braun. Great job on those 2 SB’s in the 60’s though.

  154. gofish721 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:02 PM

    What I find even harder to believe is he “didn’t realize” where he even was. Ever stand on a field on that 6 foot wide white stripe? It’s IMPOSSIBLE to miss where you’re at! I’ve been there from a college perspective. Even as a measly assistant coach you know IMMEDIATELY when you are and when you cross over into it… players too. It’s ingrained in you brain after just a few games, let alone how many years?? Head coaches may get a bit more liberal and step a pace onto it to yell something, but to just stand there? C’mon?? He’s lying right there to me saying he didn’t realize where he was.

  155. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 3, 2013 2:15 PM

    You hit it on the nail, Mike. Award the TD if you think it was so bad, the officials didn’t do their part. Give the TD, and end all the whining and crying from the haters who aren’t so concerned about justice, but just get a cheap chance to cry about the Steelers, out of six-ring envy.

    That way Jones bails out Flacco like he did in the Super Bowl, when Flacco faded in the second half, with yet another face-saving kick return TD. Joe Flacco, you SO owe Jones half of any money you earn.

  156. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 2:18 PM

    ampatsis, then he’d have no money, as he already owes Rahim Moore half.

  157. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Dec 3, 2013 2:19 PM

    I may be entirely Bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret, all the best people are.

  158. alchemistcirca1979 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:20 PM

    sbchampsagain says:
    Dec 3, 2013 1:41 PM

    The Ravens, Browns and Bengals are ALL crossing their fingers, hoping Rooney stands by his man.

    What has Tomlin done that’s noteworthy in the past 3 seasons?

    He was “Tebowed” in ’10

    Missed the playoffs in ’11

    And about to miss the playoffs AGAIN while embarrasing the franchise in ’12.

    Sadly, he makes Rex Ryan look like a model coach
    ——————————————————–
    What have you done in the past three seasons??? Really, I’d like an answer.

  159. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 3, 2013 2:37 PM

    I wish crying Ravens fans would take a lesson from their own team’s players. There’s a cool video out there showing Jones on the sideline after the play, and the Ravens are giving him “mess” about getting caught from behind. Jones meekly whines about “the coach” in his way, but they won’t have it! No excuses, chum! They continue to needle Jones, laughing and having a great time with it.

    If only their whining fans could do the same.

  160. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Dec 3, 2013 2:50 PM

    Noel Thomas says:
    Dec 3, 2013 11:32 AM

    You have no honor. Say what you will about the Patriots, but they were honest and upfront. “Yeah, we did it.” There is no honor to lying and trying to weasel out.

    Your legacy? Your legacy is an entire O-line of the 70′s dead of steroid induced illness, along with many others of those teams. Without steroids you are nothing. You don’t even cheat well – you lost the Ravens game.
    ————————
    Name them. The dead members of the O-lines from the 70’s that are dead due to steroids. Surely an honorable fan such as yourself can do that. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

  161. totallysirius says: Dec 3, 2013 2:53 PM

    Tomlin is a professional football coach and he wants us to believe he wasn’t aware of where he was?

    He wants us to believe he wasn’t watching the play?

    He wants us to believe he didn’t know what he was doing?

    and he wants us to believe we are crazy?

    How did this guy get to be a coach?

  162. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 3, 2013 3:26 PM

    lovefootball4life | Dec 3, 2013, 11:51 AM EST
    I haven’t bothered to read comments on articles in a while but these are all darn funny.

    C’mon folks where are the Sweet Pea jokes? crown, you’re slipping.

    Saw a kid today who is always sporting his Steelers swag. Asked him today where it is and he said he’s too embarrassed because of the coach. I held my laugh because he is a kid and a good one but too funny.

    Go Ravens!

    Proof positive that this site is being driven in a frenzy by the whining ref baiting cry babies from Baltimore. When a casual raven homer feels the need to chime in proves perspective on this incident is being lost in the bias of very short sighted and narrow mind poor sports. Never have I seen such stupid hateful dumb statements have such a raven driven bias…..you won he did something wrong…you raven fans have found forgiveness for players on your team who put themselves in an unfavorable light……sort of crazy in a hypocritical way and I don’t expect you little people to understand……your hate is very strong ….and immature.

  163. Deb says: Dec 3, 2013 3:49 PM

    Mike, I don’t know if you did it on purpose. I’m quite sure Nick Saban didn’t purposely decide to kick our championship hopes into the arms of an Auburn defensive back. But you both did really stupid things this week.

    Don’t speak. Just. Don’t. Speak.

  164. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 3, 2013 4:21 PM

    patriotwayspygate says: Dec 3, 2013 1:49 PM

    Our mission is to for people learn their place in the world. That is below us. The Steeler Nation is the pinnacle of existence and evolution. You do not yet comprehend your place in things. We bathe in the glories of success as you fumble in the darkness of our shadows. This will always be.

    The Steeler Nation simply wants people to understand their place in things. Sometimes this rubs off in the wrong way and fans see us as arrogant or even stupid. This isn’t the case and we hope to clarify things.

    Our greatness was always there. From the Ice Age to the Renassaince etc. Certain humans have always had an untapped potential. The Steeler Effect some call it. This “effect” exists in certain humans. These humans are now know within the society of Steeler Nation. Once these extraordinary group of humans founded the Steelers, they found a medium in which to release this power.

    In the beginning, we struggled. There were agents from powerful groups around the world that wanted to hinder our motives to unleash our greatness. They were very successful in this and there was chaos within our organization. This sabatoge lasted for 40 years until we final won our civil war, and our enemies retreated to replan their attack.

    At this point we have reached our potential. Our race reached the our potential. We’ve become the pinnacle of evolution and existence. We’ve become the closest things to Gods. Steeler Nation was unstoppable. We would use all our abilities into the game of football. The game we created.

    Then our enemy returned. They have smuggled themselves into the highest places in the league. They will do anything to turn back the clock on our people and cast us back into the unknown. During the 80s and some of the 90s they had suffocated us. We countered and despite their attempts to oppress us, we won two more SBs in the 00s. They have now reached their highest strength in their existence, but so have we.

    We must now fulfil our destiny and win SB #7 and begin our own league where our people can bathe in the glory of unified greatness. Pure Steeler blood will run through the veins of everyone in our league. Oh, the glory!

    You mere mortals will never outlast us. We are infinite. You are bacteria. We will triumph over our enemies thousands of times over until they release their will. We will defy the odds they have put in place to keep us from repeating our success. We will laugh as the NFL falls to ashes when we leave, as we were the chimney to the fire.

    For those looking for more information on the SFL, we will pass along information as it is released. Most should already know the outline by now. We want to be benevolent rulers. We are open to feedback and want to find new ways to reach out to our lowly humans couterparts. Thank you for your patience. Steeler Bless.
    __________________________

    Wow, we wrote that a while ago. Still rings true. Thanks for bringing it back up.

  165. bonniebengal says: Dec 3, 2013 4:45 PM

    The officials need to issue an explanation for not flagging Tomlin. They also need to issue explanations for the game changing bad calls this week and previous weeks. There is something going on with the officials. This bad officiating cannot all be due to mistakes.

    Tomlin is crazy if he thinks anyone believes his lame excuse.

  166. fpstratton says: Dec 3, 2013 5:52 PM

    Whatever people may think of the Steelers, Mike Tomlin is a first-class coach and person and has always been. Case in point: a few years ago, Richard Seymour was involved in an altercation during a game against the Steelers (I think he was playing for the Raiders at the time). Everyone was piling on Seymour for his alleged dirty play. Mike Tomlin’s comment: “I’m not going to say anything bad about Richard Seymour. He has been a great player in this league for over a decade.” I’m giving Tomlin the benefit of the doubt in this case. Of course, should it happen again, one would begin to wonder.

  167. fpstratton says: Dec 3, 2013 5:54 PM

    People should really grow up. Coaches make mistakes just like fans and media do. Who cares? Baltimore won the game anyway. Get a life.

  168. fpstratton says: Dec 3, 2013 5:57 PM

    Mike Tomlin makes Rex Ryan look like a model coach? What has Tomlin done the last three seasons? You must be joking. The closest Rex Ryan will get to the Super Bowl is to buy a ticket. Tomlin has been to two Super Bowls and won one. In that vein, he is way ahead of over 95% of coaches who have ever stepped on an NFL field, and he has done a great job keeping the Steelers in the hunt this year in light of all their injuries. Only last year did he underperform.

  169. fpstratton says: Dec 3, 2013 6:06 PM

    Noel Thomas: I have to disagree. The Steelers were the best team in the 1970’s, and that’s why they won 4 Super Bowls. You don’t think other NFL teams were on steroids? What, they only sold the stuff in Pittsburgh? Don’t be naive. All professional athletes have access to illegal stuff. It goes with the territory and always has. As far as this latest incident, given that Mike Tomlin doesn’t have a history of bad behavior, he should be given the benefit of the doubt…..this time.

  170. fpstratton says: Dec 3, 2013 6:15 PM

    General comment about coaches being on the field: It seems to me that all coaches have taken way too many liberties with entering the field of play. Truth be told, they should be penalized if they, for any reason other than during a timeout, step over the white line. That would quickly minimize the chance of something like what happened in Baltimore ever happening again. 15-yard bench penalties if the coach isn’t behind the line. Problem solved.

  171. Deb says: Dec 3, 2013 6:41 PM

    bonniebengal says:

    The officials need to issue an explanation for not flagging Tomlin. They also need to issue explanations for the game changing bad calls this week and previous weeks. There is something going on with the officials. This bad officiating cannot all be due to mistakes.

    ————————————————

    When they start explaining, it goes from bad to worse. They’re incompetent. The league has too many rules and they’ve changed too quickly for these part-time officials to keep up.

    Last year, or perhaps the year before, Mike Carey–one of the most experienced refs in the league–was calling a game where a flag was thrown inadvertently. They picked up the flag and he ordered them to replay the down. You don’t replay the down when there’s no foul on the play!!!! If I know that, why doesn’t Mike Carey know that??? And why didn’t any other official on the field correct him? That’s Officiating 101.

    Until the league gets serious about officiating, this stuff is going to keep happening.

  172. panfish2013 says: Dec 3, 2013 7:00 PM

    What a clown! He deserves to get fired for keeping up the charade! “I lost my placement” Who the Hell speaks like this? Two bit coach, handed a great team, slowly ridden to the trash heap! Loser!

  173. panfish2013 says: Dec 3, 2013 7:12 PM

    All the Super Bowls are impressive, however, nice head start every year almost assured a play-off spot because the Steelers played in the worse division in football for 4 decades! The Browns, Bengals,and Oilers? Come On Man! Wish my team could feast on that yearly diet back then….

  174. potzrebie says: Dec 3, 2013 8:56 PM

    Hey. It’s on video. Tomlin’s a liar. End of story.

  175. nwhmpshr says: Dec 3, 2013 9:12 PM

    Affirmative Action strikes again.

  176. rogerbrad says: Dec 3, 2013 10:17 PM

    Just another lying fool. Guys he thinks everyone is as stupid as he is.

  177. quittsburghstoolers says: Dec 3, 2013 10:54 PM

    crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 10:26 AM

    MT, if you want to make a tackle next time, go ahead and do it, and we’ll understand, as passion for the game is a requirement of the “most desirable job in sports”.

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    When did Tomlin get hired to manage the Yankees?

  178. quittsburghstoolers says: Dec 3, 2013 11:00 PM

    bonniebengal says: Dec 3, 2013 4:45 PM

    Tomlin is crazy if he thinks anyone believes his lame excuse

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    Maybe Tomlin is crazy enough to think everyone is a Steeler fan cuz Steeler fans are the ones delusional enough to believe that hokey excuse of his…

  179. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Dec 4, 2013 2:08 AM

    A lot of you are followers, you think you know something and you always pile on. No doubt you would have jumped on the so-called witches in Salem. Come on girls grow a pair. Serve your country and then talk about things that matter than busting on some coaches. Fair weather fans and losers.

  180. quittsburghstoolers says: Dec 4, 2013 3:10 AM

    crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 1:08 PM

    I forgot about you delusionalists that think football was the same as it is now when there were only 4 teams in the league and no playoffs. But since you already seem close-minded, I’ll correct my post:

    …the Steelers, the most storied and Lombardi-decorated football in the history of the NFL…

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    “Four teams”? You need to do some research.

    There were more teams than that (obviously) and one of those teams was the Steelers.

    Delusional Steeler fans like you wanna believe football was a joke before 1965 because your team was terrible for 40 years before Chuck Noll got them turned around.

    Had the Steelers won ANYTHING between 1933 through their first championship in the 1970s everyone knows Pittsburgh fans would brag about it. But since the Steelers were the laughingstock of pro football between 1933 to the early ’70s, Steeler fans “forget” those first 40 seasons their team stunk…

  181. critter69 says: Dec 4, 2013 5:40 AM

    alchemistcirca1979 wrote:
    (Dec 3, 2013 1:21 PM)

    “The man is a hard worker who takes care of his family and is constantly finding ways to help his community.

    “Not to mention he has had success on the highest level in his profession.”

    —-

    Exactly what a lot of people were saying about Robert Montgomery Knight until the autumn of 2000. I’m VERY sure you were one of them defending him. After all, Bobbie Knight, as coach, had won well over 700 games prior to when he was fired by IU, so he had LOTS of “success on the highest level in his profession (college basketball coach).”

    By the way, when the state of Indiana was advertising aluminum can recycling, Bobbie Knight was a leading cheerleader for the recycling, doing several TV commercials in favor of the recycling program. I’m not sure how you consider aluminum can recycling, but most would consider it “helping his community.”

  182. bert1913 says: Dec 8, 2013 6:12 PM

    i heard that tomlin tried out for dancing with the stars, but the producers threw up when tomlin started doing the hokey pokey

  183. uncletuna says: Dec 9, 2013 3:31 AM

    Never understood why this guy got a pass in criticism from the media…but he overcalculated in making this statement and he would have been best served to keep his mouth shut and take it in the back pocket…look forward to the Ravens losing out and the Steelers losing a higher draft pick…

  184. olcap says: Dec 9, 2013 4:50 PM

    ps3988 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:41 PM

    crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 10:26 AM

    MT, you don’t owe anyone an explanation. You are the leader of the most storied, decorated franchise in the history of the NFL.

    ____________________________________

    Do your research, the Green Bay Packers have won the most championships in NFL history, 13. They are also the only team to ever win 3 in a row, and one of the original teams in the NFL. History goes back to the beginning, you can’t just start the history of the NFL in 1963. And your coach is blatant liar, great example for his team.
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    Sorry, you need to do a little research also – the Stealers still sucked mightily in 1963 and for several years after.

  185. olcap says: Dec 9, 2013 4:55 PM

    quittsburghstoolers says: Dec 4, 2013 3:10 AM

    crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 1:08 PM

    I forgot about you delusionalists that think football was the same as it is now when there were only 4 teams in the league and no playoffs. But since you already seem close-minded, I’ll correct my post:

    …the Steelers, the most storied and Lombardi-decorated football in the history of the NFL…

    ———————————————————-

    “Four teams”? You need to do some research.

    There were more teams than that (obviously) and one of those teams was the Steelers.

    Delusional Steeler fans like you wanna believe football was a joke before 1965 because your team was terrible for 40 years before Chuck Noll got them turned around.

    Had the Steelers won ANYTHING between 1933 through their first championship in the 1970s everyone knows Pittsburgh fans would brag about it. But since the Steelers were the laughingstock of pro football between 1933 to the early ’70s, Steeler fans “forget” those first 40 seasons their team stunk…
    —————–

    As I was reminded on this board, the Stealers, (then known as the Steelers), appeared in a home playoff game in 1948 I think. They lost 21-0.

  186. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Dec 9, 2013 6:46 PM

    I will never understand the reason to be jerks. Trust me, this becomes personal because one way to attack a person is to attack their team.

    I wish the coach was allowed to tell the NFL and the scribed who stir this crap up where to go.
    I am not a Steeler fan. But I do like Mike Tomlin.
    And the best is largely subjective.

  187. dukeearl says: Dec 9, 2013 9:21 PM

    Deb says:
    Dec 3, 2013 3:49 PM
    Mike, I don’t know if you did it on purpose. I’m quite sure Nick Saban didn’t purposely decide to kick our championship hopes into the arms of an Auburn defensive back. But you both did really stupid things this week.

    Don’t speak. Just. Don’t. Speak.
    ********************
    Deb, I know you as a fan of both teams.
    Bama should reload, Pittsburgh not so sure.
    G’luck with both teams.

  188. dukeearl says: Dec 9, 2013 9:48 PM

    Nobody can know what was going through Mike Tomlin’s thoughts at the time.
    He got nailed with a large fine. That is more than enough.
    Intent is not the question, the act is what draws the punishment.

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