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Tomlin wants league to fine him, not the team

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Mike Tomlin’s weekly press conference drew slightly more attention than usual on Tuesday.

Tomlin, who is expected to be disciplined by the league at any time for wandering into the field of play on Thanksgiving night — and into the path of Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones during a long kickoff return, told reporters that he hopes the league fines him and not the Steelers.

That’s the message from one of the various tweets posted in real time by Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

What Tomlin wants may not matter.  Three years ago, the NFL fined the Jets $100,000 after former strength coach Sal Alosi erected a wall on the far side of the white stripe, aimed at interfering with gunners from the opposing punt team.

While Tomlin occupies a higher position than Alosi did, Tomlin is the head coach.  When the head coach breaks the rules, the coach and the team typically get punished.

Tomlin also reiterated his acceptance of responsibility for the situation.

“I don’t know what a just punishment is,” Tomlin said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.  “I’m not nervous about it.  My money and wallet is what it is because of football.”

Maybe he should be nervous, given that he has helped make the case for a strong punishment from the league.

“My actions on that play are embarrassing,” Tomlin said, via Wilson. “I take full responsibility for my actions.  I understand there are repercussions that come with a blunder of that nature. With my position comes the charge of preserving and protecting the integrity of football.

“That play jeopardized the integrity of the NFL from a competition standpoint.  That’s a mistake on my part. I was focused on the blunder itself and the embarrassment it produced.  As a head coach in this league we are held to a higher standard of conduct. Based on that, my actions were below the line.”

Tomlin also expressed “shock” that some viewed his actions as intentional.  Via Bouchette, Tomlin said he had adopted a false sense of security regarding his placement on kick returns because none all year had made it past the 50 yard line.

And while the question of intent remains relevant in the court of public opinion (and KDKA-TV angle that emerged on Monday tends to make Tomlin’s movements seem like something other than meandering), a league source tells PFT that, when it comes to the punishment to be imposed, intent is irrelevant.  The rule was violated; whether Tomlin meant to do it doesn’t matter.

Arguably, it should — especially if Tomlin isn’t being honest about the situation.  And while we (or at least I) believe Tomlin is being honest, the league should look at all available video in order to determine whether it was an accident.  As we understand it, the league will indeed review all available video.

For now, the good news for Tomlin is that the NFL doesn’t care if he’s telling the truth.  Then again, that may also be the bad news.  They don’t care if he’s telling the truth because, regardless of the reason or the excuse, he ended up with a foot in the field of play, just as the action was coming toward him.

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  1. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 3, 2013 1:20 PM

    HE’S A MAN! HE’S 40!

  2. Bmorelikeray52 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:20 PM

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

  3. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 3, 2013 1:22 PM

    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. Then they can begin pandering to the Steelers fans by pointing out the inconsistency. Yay!

  4. duster1982 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:23 PM

    The fact that he’s not nervous about it is exactly why they need to punish the team as well. If fining Tomlin isnt a big deal to him, then there’s nothing stopping him from doing it again. If the team is punished, he might think twice.

  5. brutus9448 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:23 PM

    Tomlin is a cheater like belicheat. If you have to cheat to win you don’t belong in sports.

  6. lovethelions says: Dec 3, 2013 1:24 PM

    Still smilin’ Mike??? Not so funny, now…is it?

    Go LIONS!!!

  7. tvjules says: Dec 3, 2013 1:27 PM

    If it was accidental, and he felt bad about it, then why was he laughing immediately afterwards?
    Stay classy, Mike Tomlin.

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 3, 2013 1:27 PM

    No.

    A four game suspension would be more appropriate.

  9. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 3, 2013 1:27 PM

    Top 5 Headcoaches in Professional Football – Mike Shanahan, Ron Rivera, Andy Reid, John Fox and Sean Payton. In that order.

  10. steelbydesign says: Dec 3, 2013 1:28 PM

    ” the league should look at all available video in order to determine whether it was an accident.”

    What video could there really be that shows Tomlin’s intent, other than video of him saying “hey watch me screw up this return?”

  11. sbchampsagain says: Dec 3, 2013 1:28 PM

    His tune has changed significantly since speaking with the NFL investigator yesterday…

    It’s more egregious that this guy is on the NFL competition committee. Embarrassing on a number of levels.

  12. ingraven says: Dec 3, 2013 1:28 PM

    Just an over-rated coach who was given a team that already had ALL the places in piece to continue to compete. He should be fined & penalized HEAVY. Take money, a draft pick, and make him play O-Line for the Steelers.

  13. baller2 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:28 PM

    Sounds like damage control to me – the look on his face at the time is clearly not one of shock or surprise he had “lost his place” on the field. Not the first time you’ve been down on the field, Coach. Sorry, not buying what you’re selling.

  14. pillowporkers says: Dec 3, 2013 1:29 PM

    “Crucify him, crucify him. He’s a liar and a cheater! He clearly didn’t get out of the way (even though he only had tenths of a second to do it)! He clearly stepped towards the field (even though it was obviously it was a flinching reaction and not an intentional step)! It clearly affected the play and the game (even though Jacoby doesn’t return it and BAL won anyways)!”

    —PFT blogging conspiracy theorists.

  15. hakunamangata says: Dec 3, 2013 1:29 PM

    What a stand up cheater

  16. ejmat2 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:29 PM

    Sorry Mike. You can make demands when you do stupid things. You are part of the team and the team deserves to be punished because of your actions.

  17. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 3, 2013 1:31 PM

    duster1982,

    Please, you act like he committed some sort of crime against humanity. Why should that logic not apply to every player or coach who does something wrong? This is just providing a nice distraction for sad Ravens fans who know it’ll be more than a decade before they win another SB this time.

  18. tharoostah says: Dec 3, 2013 1:32 PM

    If you’re going to fine me, FINE MY ASS….. but we let ‘em off the hook. They are who we thought they were!!!!!

  19. it's all bs says: Dec 3, 2013 1:32 PM

    Yep keep crying big babies….we LOVE it….your tears taste delicious!!!

    Sincerely,
    Steeler Nation

  20. 69finfan says: Dec 3, 2013 1:33 PM

    OK, so Mike Tomlin wants the NFL to fine him and not the team for something that he didn’t do on purpose. Got it.

  21. mizzousooner says: Dec 3, 2013 1:33 PM

    Draft picks!

  22. footballfan01 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:36 PM

    $100 K is walking-around money for Tomlin. No big deal.

  23. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 3, 2013 1:36 PM

    This is a true leader of men. So proud to have him lead the Holy Ones through the Storm along the March.

    Here we go.

  24. roadtrip3500 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:39 PM

    Alosi didn’t just build a wall of players – he personally tripped and injured a gunner during a punt by intentionally sticking out his leg.

  25. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 3, 2013 1:39 PM

    steelers have a long history of cheating.

    SEE: 1970′s steroid abuse
    SEE: dr. rydze (1985 – 2007)

  26. lovethelions says: Dec 3, 2013 1:39 PM

    Worst coaches…

    Tomlinson now #1.
    Hairball (SF) dropped to #2
    Payton (former biggest cheater) #3

    Go LIONS!!!

  27. lovethelions says: Dec 3, 2013 1:41 PM

    Worst coaches…

    Tomlin now #1.
    Hairball (SF) dropped to #2.
    Payton (formerly biggest cheater) #3.

    Go LIONS!!!

  28. shatho1 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:45 PM

    @logicalvoicesays
    Shanahan a top 5 HC?
    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA…O and lmao hahahaha he’s not even a top 20 but that was funny!!! GO COWBOYS!!!

  29. akboot says: Dec 3, 2013 1:45 PM

    Yea ok mike, we see now you’re leading by example. You’re still denying it? You were caught on camera for crying out loud. We know if this hadn’t been caught with that other camera angle, you’d still have that cutesy smirk on your face. Well now there’s egg on it. Keep on denying while the world knows better. You remind me of someone else in a leadership position that won’t take any responsibility for his actions either. Different opinion of you now, I may not be the fastest learner, but I got you now.

  30. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 3, 2013 1:47 PM

    A reasonable understanding of human nature coupled with the many years we’ve seen Coach Tomlin in the countless opportunities he’s had to make excuses – he never has. Ever.

    When his players go down, Coach Tomlin is the originator of the now widely used line, “Next man up.” Coach Tomlin further states, “The standard is the standard” in reference to not expecting any fall-off in performance/production. When faced with botched officiating, Coach Tomlin never ever uses it as as excuse or to shirk blame or responsibility.

    In my mind, he has EARNED the benefit of the doubt based on his lonnnnng track record of not shirking accountability.

    Who he is, and has been for an extended period of time in the public eye, makes it certain in my mind he had no intent. Having said, he should be fined for violating the rule – intentionally or not.

  31. gumbogumbo says: Dec 3, 2013 1:48 PM

    Don’t hurt my mules

  32. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 3, 2013 1:48 PM

    Mike Tomlin = Liar

  33. letemplay says: Dec 3, 2013 1:50 PM

    A fine, even a six figure fine, for any NFL team is peanuts. It’s so small compared to how much they make that they would all probably pay that much for one regular season win anyway.

  34. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 3, 2013 1:50 PM

    Since the steelers have a history of cheating… the team should be punished.

  35. seatownballers says: Dec 3, 2013 1:51 PM

    He must coach remaining games from a lawn chair

  36. holeinone09 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:51 PM

    Tomlin made a dumb and embarrrassing mistake, and should get an appropriate penalty. Taking away a draft choice is not appropriate. I agree with him, you would have to.be crazy to do something like this intentionally, it malkes no sense. Yet, so many posters are wetting their pants talking about it and using capitals letters to yell! Just shows how some can’t wait to criticize one of the top franchises in history. Hope you all are enjoying this blundar by our head coach. It will.blow over.

  37. fumblenuts says: Dec 3, 2013 1:51 PM

    $750,000 fine for Tomlin. $500,000 team fine and suspend him 1 game and a draft pick.

    #sendthemessage
    #upholdtheshield

  38. Getoffmylawn! says: Dec 3, 2013 1:54 PM

    it’s all bs says:
    Dec 3, 2013 1:32 PM
    Yep keep crying big babies….we LOVE it….your tears taste delicious!!!

    Sincerely,
    Steeler Nation
    ===========================
    That’s what the rest of the league will be saying when you Steeler fans are crying about your punishment for cheating!
    4 game suspension
    $200,000 fine for Tomlin
    $250,000 fine for the team
    Lose 1st round pick 2014
    That seems fair

  39. peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 3, 2013 1:56 PM

    “I’m not nervous about it. My money and wallet is what it is because of football.”
    ———————————————-

    wow – contrite AND a total d-wad. Nice maneuver Mike.

  40. jamaltimore says: Dec 3, 2013 1:57 PM

    Hey TOMLIN, the TEAM starts at the President/GM and then HEAD COACH. You are the FACE of the franchise and YOU set the tone for how things go there. What you just did is let the world see that the cheating in Pittsburgh starts at the top with the likes of the Head Coach. The more you speak the guiltier you become and if you were half the coach you think you are you would come clean and suspend yourself.

    Good news is YOU STILL LOST!

    Black and Purple!

  41. citizenstrange says: Dec 3, 2013 1:58 PM

    There is a HUGE difference between accidental and on purpose.

    There is also a HUGE difference between telling the truth and lying.

    The Saints were penalized as severely as they were for Bountygate because they continued to lie and lie and lie about it.

    This should be no different.

  42. heisthejuan says: Dec 3, 2013 1:58 PM

    This was fun for a minute (because watching sanctimonious Steelers fan squirm is priceless) but it needs to go away. 50K fine and let’s be done with it.

  43. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 3, 2013 1:59 PM

    Culprits aren’t allowed to choose their punishment. Fine them both and give the team incentive to fine him again or to fire him. He makes the NFL and the Steelers worse than they would be without him.

  44. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 3, 2013 2:00 PM

    The article states that he had a false sense of his placement on the field because none of the kickoff ever made it passed the 50 yard line. So he knew where he was? Because he kept claiming he had no idea where he was in the field. It’s just such a huge coincidence that he sidestepped right on to the field just as Jones was running down the sideline. It’s funny how the smugness is missing in his most recent explanation. I’m guessing the team and league let him know how they felt about what he did.

  45. alchemistcirca1979 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:02 PM

    gallopinggilmore says:
    Dec 3, 2013 1:22 PM

    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. Then they can begin pandering to the Steelers fans by pointing out the inconsistency. Yay!
    ———————————————————-
    Well said Gall.

    You think Tomlin killed someone in a DUI accident the way the media and all these minions are reacting.

    Move on!

  46. hawkforlife says: Dec 3, 2013 2:03 PM

    the league should look at all available video in order to determine whether it was an accident.

    So now you believe video is a method for proving intent. Do you actually think about what you write?

    I have NO love for the Steelers but that a lawyer would say this is pretty strange.

  47. alchemistcirca1979 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:05 PM

    ialwayswantedtobeabanker,

    Its like Tomlin is Frankenstein and the villagers have torches and pitchforks storming the castle.

  48. nard100 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:05 PM

    First off a fine is the starting point. Next, he should be relieved of his duties on the competition committee since it is obvious he is pretty cavalier with the rules and thus unqualified to serve as its arbiter.

  49. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 3, 2013 2:05 PM

    This will haunt the Steelers for decades.

  50. johnnybgood19 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:05 PM

    Many are judging Tomlin not on what he did or what he has said since but on the grin on his face after the fact. I admit that I saw that grin and wondered if he did do it intentionally… but as he explained(and in further consideration I concur) he was em-bare-assed by his action and he was grinning to cover his normal human reaction to him being caught being unaware of the events about him.

    Let he who has never been caught unaware of what was going on around him cast the first stone….

  51. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 3, 2013 2:07 PM

    5 wins – 7 losses

    The pittsburgh steelers are a floundering, cheating franchise.

  52. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 2:08 PM

    bengals have a long history of losing.

    SEE: 1968 – 2012

  53. scrp2 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:08 PM

    Tomlin actually lost a contact lens therefore meandered onto the field looking for it and could not see Jacoby Jones as a result of said missing lens. A slap on the wrist is order to the tune of 5k.

  54. sbchampsagain says: Dec 3, 2013 2:09 PM

    This is just providing a nice distraction for sad Ravens fans who know it’ll be more than a decade before they win another SB this time.
    _______

    No this distraction is HELPING the Steelers get better, right?

    You realize the Ravens just won a SB, and could be headed to the playoffs for a 6th consecutive time, after cutting a ton of old, HOF players, right?

    In this same time, the Steelers have held on to old, underperfroming players, been Tebowed, and are now staring at 2 years without the playoffs

    I’d worry about your own shop.

  55. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 2:11 PM

    @lovethelions, you do realize that the punishment will not be retroactive and take away the beating the Steelers laid on your weak team, right?

  56. guachosporlife says: Dec 3, 2013 2:12 PM

    So much for this head coach to preach on field awareness and discipline. How they won a Super bowl with this guy is beyond belief. One other thing head coach Tomlin…HIRE THE: “GET BACK COACH!”

  57. cornerstone2001 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:12 PM

    Sorry Mike. You shoulda thought about that before you hatched your Dr. Evil plot on the sidelines. That one move hurts the name of the Steelers …..and the NFL for that matter

  58. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 2:13 PM

    jmf says:

    This will haunt the Steelers for decades.
    ——————————————————–
    Decades? I wonder who’ll recover first, the Steelers from this issue, or the Ravens from their $120M mistake.

  59. flaccodelic says: Dec 3, 2013 2:13 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says:
    Dec 3, 2013 1:36 PM
    This is a true leader of men. So proud to have him lead the Holy Ones through the Storm along the March.

    Here we go.

    This “march” you keep talking about… have you and your pals crossed the River Styx yet? Because your playoff hopes and national respect for your coach certainly died on Thanksgiving.

  60. pacificnw7722 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:14 PM

    The smirk of his face is the full evidence that he SHOULD be fined and suspended BIG TIME. And…. he needs to be removed from the competition committee ASAP!

  61. khar9 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:14 PM

    If Tomlin always stands at that spot on kickoffs ,like he says he does, then there must be video of him standing in that spot on other kickoffs as well . Look up that film to see if he is telling truth about where he stands and that will tell the story .

  62. patsfan1820 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:16 PM

    Looks like the Dolphins are not the lead story anymore.

  63. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Dec 3, 2013 2:16 PM

    69finfan says:
    Dec 3, 2013 1:33 PM
    OK, so Mike Tomlin wants the NFL to fine him and not the team for something that he didn’t do on purpose. Got it.
    ———————-
    It’s clearly stated that his intent has nothing to do with it. He broke a rule and he will get punished.

  64. hnicgm says: Dec 3, 2013 2:19 PM

    SPORTS
    Forgive Me
    October 27, 1997
    PITTSBURGH STEELERS coach Bill Cowher apologized Sunday to Jaguars defensive back Chris Hudson for feigning a tackle on him last month in Jacksonville.As Hudson ran alongside the Steelers’ sideline to score on a blocked field goal that finished off the Jaguars’ 30-21 victory on Sept. 22, Cowher took a step onto the field and raised an arm before pulling back. Cowher said later he momentarily contemplated tackling Hudson, but thought better of it. ”It’s nothing against you . . . you’re a good football player,” Cowher told Hudson during a 10-second on-field meeting before Sunday’s game.

    Just sayin’…..even the greatest make mistakes!

  65. watermelon1 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:25 PM

    Oh so some tv angle now makes it look like he did not wait until Jacoby got close and THEN steps not AWAY from the field… But ONTO the field?

    K, glad we now have that tv angle. It was so unclear what had happened from all the other angles.

  66. 4512dawg4512 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:26 PM

    Well duh, its not like anyone on the team pushed him out onto the field. Go get your checkbook Mike

  67. Kaz says: Dec 3, 2013 2:28 PM

    Might as well have just tripped the guy after going through all this!

  68. patriotinvasion says: Dec 3, 2013 2:35 PM

    pillowporkers says: Dec 3, 2013 1:29 PM

    “Crucify him, crucify him. He’s a liar and a cheater! He clearly didn’t get out of the way (even though he only had tenths of a second to do it)! He clearly stepped towards the field (even though it was obviously it was a flinching reaction and not an intentional step)! It clearly affected the play and the game (even though Jacoby doesn’t return it and BAL won anyways)!”

    —PFT blogging conspiracy theorists.
    _____

    Oh…you mean like virtually every nonsensical post on here about spygate? A story about filming hand signals that were always in plain view to 70,000 people in the stadium every Sunday turned into “they film practices!”, “they knew every play that was coming!”, “Brady is only good with cameras!”…well, misery loves company my friend.

  69. zam0854 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:40 PM

    Steelers are IRRELEVANT in 2013!! Teams that aren’t in the playoff race shouldn’t be the topic of discussion this late in the season.

    Next time I see another headline about the Steelers, it MAY read a little like this…”Steelers fans NOW have toilet towels for 2014″

  70. shnakeriver says: Dec 3, 2013 2:42 PM

    I understand that most non-Steelers fans really hate them and have bizarre conspiracy theories about the NFL letting/helping them cheat. (E.g. Steroids in the ’70s…do you think anyone else was using them? ). I also understand that many of the comments here are off-the-cuff and often not completely serious. With that said, ask yourself if this happened to your team would taking draft picks really seem fair? Seriously? Even if it was intentional (which seems ridiculous), how is this equivalent to a systemic, long-standing practice seen in “bounty gate” or “spy gate”?

    The guy screwed up and is now owing up to it. Have you never seen someone laugh when they were embarrassed over doing something boneheaded? Especially when it didn’t affect the play or the game?

  71. it's all bs says: Dec 3, 2013 2:46 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Dec 3, 2013 2:13 PM
    jmf says:

    This will haunt the Steelers for decades.
    ——————————————————–
    Decades? I wonder who’ll recover first, the Steelers from this issue, or the Ravens from their $120M mistake.

    __________________

    BOOM!!!!

  72. uscoach says: Dec 3, 2013 2:53 PM

    Are there any Tomlin defenders who are not Steeler fans?

  73. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 3, 2013 2:54 PM

    What should not be overlooked is the fact that once again, Joe Flacco faded in the second half of a big game. One patented moon ball first-half score, then FG’s all the way! Just like the Super Bowl, come to think of it! And once again, Jacoby Jones called on to bail him out. But this time, no TD and the Ravens almost lose. No WONDER Flacco was so up-in-arms after the game with his comments. Why, thanks to Tomlin he almost got exposed again!

  74. tuxbirds says: Dec 3, 2013 2:57 PM

    This could have changed the game outcome. Coaches will see $100K as a bargain to change the outcome of a game. Suspension and or turn a 4th round draft pick into a end of the 7th round pick. That will stop the cheating.

  75. randomguy9999 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:58 PM

    the only time I have EVER seen Tomlin smiling was right after Jones got tackled… he had that gross Cheshire grin… when I saw that, I KNEW he did it on purpose

  76. fbothharbaughs says: Dec 3, 2013 3:01 PM

    doctorrustbelt, your Bungles have a longer history of losing…

  77. ravens533 says: Dec 3, 2013 3:01 PM

    Hope I do not have to hear about this anymore till the NFL decides what the punishment will be. To me what it should be is the same as what they gave that assistant coach earlier in the year for obstructing an official. That guy got suspended for the rest of the year. How can Tomlin get less?

  78. totallysirius says: Dec 3, 2013 3:23 PM

    A video that shows his intent?

    How about the one that shows him pulling his feet together and standing like a statue.

    Nobody stands like that unless they are doing it intentionally, it is not a natural pose.

  79. SmashMouthFootball says: Dec 3, 2013 3:41 PM

    pillowporkers says: Dec 3, 2013 1:29 PM

    “Crucify him, crucify him. He’s a liar and a cheater! He clearly didn’t get out of the way (even though he only had tenths of a second to do it)! He clearly stepped towards the field (even though it was obviously it was a flinching reaction and not an intentional step)! It clearly affected the play and the game (even though Jacoby doesn’t return it and BAL won anyways)!”
    =====

    Ever stop to think maybe it is fans like you that make fans of other teams hate the Steelers so much and therefore want to see him crucified? Whoa, mind blowing, isn’t it.

  80. granadafan says: Dec 3, 2013 3:46 PM

    Of course the team must be punished for the coach’s actions. The team BENEFITED from his cheating ways and he is a representative of the team. If the NFL didn’t punish teams for their employee’s actions then everyone would cheat and teams could claim they “didn’t know”.

    It’s the same situation as punishing college teams for recruiting violations even though the coach was fired. The team still benefited from the cheating if they won during the violations. They gained millions in TV, donations, and merchandising. Tomlin is even dumber than he looks.

  81. matt2calvin says: Dec 3, 2013 3:58 PM

    At a minimum:

    $250K coach
    $500K team

    3rd round draft pick.

    a late round pick isn’t an incentive.
    this has to be enough to make a statement.

  82. Deb says: Dec 3, 2013 4:13 PM

    Why you keep comparing this to Alosi?

    In that case, coaches (plural) conspired to line up in the wrong spot, and Alosi deliberately tripped the gunner, who was injured.

    In this, one dingaling stood in the wrong spot, didn’t come into contact with a player, no one was hurt, and the outcome of the game wasn’t affected.

    Hit Tomlin hard–but don’t keep trying to connect the dots to Alosi.

  83. pillowporkers says: Dec 3, 2013 4:31 PM

    I see a lot of people accusing me of being a frenzied Steelers fan. I’m actually a Vikings fan who happened to also have the Ravens defense in fantasy playing (6 points would’ve been nice).

    But I’m also a sane individual that doesn’t actually believe an experienced HC who already understands he’s scrutinized for literally everything he does, knows there’s 1 million cameras watching him, and cares enough about this game to have a career coaching it would actually intentionally ruin the game’s integrity and screw a game up this blatently.

    The biggest question I have, is if he wanted to trip him, why didn’t he just do it? He easily could have.

  84. swedishfish14 says: Dec 3, 2013 4:43 PM

    I would like to see someone review what Tomlin has done on every kick return. I want to know if he has just watched on the Jumbotron before.

  85. motown81 says: Dec 3, 2013 4:49 PM

    We all do stupid things, that when we look back later we would like to erase. This was a very stupid mistake by Tomlin. I am sure that he wishes he had not done it.

    I am not a Steelers fan, but have a great deal of respect for Tomlin. His apology does not get all the way there though. He absolutely did this intentionally and you would have to be an idiot to not see what he did, how he positioned himself, how he used his peripheral vision out the field side and jab-stepped his foot onto the field.

    Not coming completely clean continues the embarrassment and frankly that is as bad or worse. Being a liar about his intention is just ugly. Respect lost as he is not just a cheater, but now he is a liar. He should be removed from the competition committee and fined.

  86. olcap says: Dec 3, 2013 4:53 PM

    hawkforlife says: Dec 3, 2013 2:03 PM

    the league should look at all available video in order to determine whether it was an accident.

    So now you believe video is a method for proving intent. Do you actually think about what you write?

    I have NO love for the Steelers but that a lawyer would say this is pretty strange.
    ———–

    The NFL’s idea of intent is BS anyway. They probably had a big meeting Friday morning and decided how they were going to handle this then.

    For fans of the game, and those who detest any kind of cheating in sports, yes, intent CAN be determined from watching the videos of this shameful display by Tomlin. Ultimately is is WE who decide Tomlin’s guilt, not the NFL.

    The videos, one in particular for me, and that is the one that shows his face turning to look at the approaching runner, stick his foot out and then juke it back real quick like, that video says it all for me. He definitely knew what was going on, what he was about to do, and what he did. Every other video I’ve seen just enforces what I saw in that one.

  87. johnnydom says: Dec 3, 2013 5:00 PM

    Way to keep it trashy Pittspuke. Your team and coach are trashy. No surprise he was smiling when he knew he was in the wrong.
    Cheaters never win and winners never cheat.
    I hope the NFL fines him and the team, they know the rules and it starts with the head coach.
    Typical Steeler trash, looking for ways to win against a good team, cheated and still lost and I hope you get a hefty fine to smile about now.

  88. olcap says: Dec 3, 2013 5:06 PM

    uscoach says: Dec 3, 2013 2:53 PM

    Are there any Tomlin defenders who are not Steeler fans?
    ————–

    I would say that the only defenders of Tomlin are Tomlin fans, not Steeler fans.

  89. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Dec 3, 2013 5:18 PM

    I just love the lynchmob mentality.
    Makes for some great reading.

  90. imachickenhawk says: Dec 3, 2013 5:23 PM

    I wish the NFL would just fine him so we can move on.

  91. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 3, 2013 5:30 PM

    Deb says:
    Dec 3, 2013 4:13 PM
    Why you keep comparing this to Alosi?

    In that case, coaches (plural) conspired to line up in the wrong spot, and Alosi deliberately tripped the gunner, who was injured.

    In this, one dingaling stood in the wrong spot, didn’t come into contact with a player, no one was hurt, and the outcome of the game wasn’t affected.

    Hit Tomlin hard–but don’t keep trying to connect the dots to Alosi.

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    Deb, the last time most of the commenters were able to connect the dots was a picture they colored in kindergarten. I agree Tomlin needs to get fined……but the outrage is too much and too raven driven.

  92. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Dec 3, 2013 5:46 PM

    The fake outrage is going to be hilarious when he gets a fine and a slap on the wrist. Sorry, this will not be the kill shot that leads to the Steelers relocating to London or LA or anywhere else. Seriously, I saw one of you mongoloids calling for a first round draft pick and Tomlin’s head on a pike. Yikes such fear of an old slow 5-7 team!

  93. seaeagle707 says: Dec 3, 2013 5:55 PM

    If Tomlin, didn’t have that “cat that ate the canary” grin on his face and his eyes looking towards the field, “after” the incident, more people might believe him. Plus, the slo-mo shows him to be quite relaxed as he hops to his left, as if it was a planned move. A sudden “OMG” moment of someone truly alarmed and jumping from that reaction, would not have produced the same body language.

    Fine him if that’s what you feel that you need to do, but what you really need to do is keep non-players and game officials off that stripe. What could coaches possibly lose by being required to stand back a couple of feet?

  94. bonniebengal says: Dec 3, 2013 5:58 PM

    What should we call this? Tomlingate?

  95. vbbills says: Dec 3, 2013 6:20 PM

    Coach Tomlin went to the Bill Clinton school of responsibility. ” I did not intentionally. Step onto the field in order to…”

    Man-up Coach and take some responsibility. You know what you did and we know what you did, so end the charade. The tape rarely lies…

  96. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 3, 2013 6:28 PM

    johnnydom says:
    Dec 3, 2013 5:00 PM
    Way to keep it trashy Pittspuke. Your team and coach are trashy. No surprise he was smiling when he knew he was in the wrong.
    Cheaters never win and winners never cheat.
    I hope the NFL fines him and the team, they know the rules and it starts with the head coach.
    Typical Steeler trash, looking for ways to win against a good team, cheated and still lost and I hope you get a hefty fine to smile about now.

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    @johnnyduh, I guess you majored in the theater arts in college and flunked out….his smile in case you can’t figure it out is one that you see when someone is nervously aware they he just messed up and got caught. Oh, sorry that type analysis is above your duh attitude.

  97. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 3, 2013 7:08 PM

    Bmorelikeray52 says:
    Dec 3, 2013 1:20 PM
    Today’s headline: Ndamukong Suh fined 100k for Mike Tomlin stepping on field.
    __________
    Tomorrow’s headline: Lions fans sing woe is me together in unison as they endlessly defend their dirty player till they grow hoarse.

  98. brucetrimble says: Dec 3, 2013 9:32 PM

    There is no difference between what Alosi and Tomlin did. Because Tomlin is the HC he and his team should be punished

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