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Mike Tomlin fined $100,000, Steelers may lose draft picks

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Mike Tomlin stepping onto the field into the path of Ravens kickoff returner Jacoby Jones was a costly mistake — costly to Tomlin now, and possibly costly to the Steelers come draft time.

The NFL has fined Tomlin $100,000 for interfering with a play in progress. And the NFL is still weighing whether to dock draft picks from the Steelers.

The league’s announcement said that “because the conduct affected a play on the field, a modification or forfeiture of draft choices will be considered after the final order of the 2014 draft has been determined.”

NFL Executive V.P. of Football Operations Ray Anderson made the decision.

The NFL also said that the Steelers should have been given a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. The league has not said what actions will be taken against the officials who failed to call that penalty, even though replays show one official was just feet away from Tomlin, and at least one other official had a clear view of the penalty.

There’s no word from the league about the severity of the draft penalties. It’s also not clear whether the Steelers would merely be stripped of a pick, or whether the league would give a Pittsburgh pick to Baltimore as compensation for a rules violation that affected the Ravens.

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182 Responses to “Mike Tomlin fined $100,000, Steelers may lose draft picks”
  1. uncledick says: Dec 4, 2013 11:10 AM

    Good.

  2. scoops1 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:11 AM

    lose a 3rd rounder and a 5th rounder….that should do it

  3. joetoronto says: Dec 4, 2013 11:11 AM

    No suspension???

  4. shuttaman1990 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:11 AM

    Yeah he’s getting fired for that.

    Come coach in Oakland Tomlin!

  5. thepftpoet says: Dec 4, 2013 11:12 AM

    I really don’t see the point of taking draft picks away from the steelers…

    That would actually benefit the team.. They draft all busts.

  6. cavafox says: Dec 4, 2013 11:12 AM

    The draft penalty is a hollow threat meant to scare other teams.

    There’s no word from the league about the severity of the draft penalties. It’s also not clear whether the Steelers would merely be stripped of a pick, or whether the league would give a Pittsburgh pick to Baltimore as compensation for a rules violation that affected the Ravens.

    Really? That’s laughable. Ultimately there was 0 impact to the Ravens. Great job on the rampant speculation.

    I heard that the Steelers draft pick might be given to the worst team in the league to help them get better.

  7. southpaw2k says: Dec 4, 2013 11:12 AM

    Wow, so this could be dragged out as far out as February then? The league’s statement implies they’re going to wait to decide on that until the entire draft order is determined, not just for the teams who fail to make the playoffs.

    If the Steelers do wind up having to surrender their first round to pick to Baltimore (which I doubt will happen) that would be priceless.

  8. mizzousooner says: Dec 4, 2013 11:12 AM

    Draft Picks!!!

  9. Steeley McBeam says: Dec 4, 2013 11:13 AM

    Well I guess the league is a little more realistic than the blow hard commenters on this site. If there were serious draft implications the draft picks would have been taken away immediately, not considered at a future date.

    Punishment is fair. Lets move on with our playoff push.

  10. daysend564 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:13 AM

    Since Rooney is in bed with Goodell, they will take away a 2nd round pick….and give them a 1st in return (if it were Mara’s Giants it would be a 3rd for a 1st).

  11. seatownballers says: Dec 4, 2013 11:13 AM

    It’s a fitting discipline. Forget about draft picks, isn’t gonna happen

  12. caseysarasota says: Dec 4, 2013 11:13 AM

    Deserved.

  13. canedaddy says: Dec 4, 2013 11:13 AM

    Seems reasonable to me, if they follow through with a couple of draft picks.

  14. salutethis says: Dec 4, 2013 11:14 AM

    The fine is warranted.. or a one game suspension. But I don’t agree with draft modification. This is not a spy gate situation. If there is a loss of a draft pick that is a overreaction.

  15. dietrich43 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:14 AM

    They’ll have to swap spots with Baltimore. Doubt they do it in the first, and Pittsburgh traded away their third. Second round seems too high, and the fourth round too low, but I bet they end up swapping spots in the fourth – or swapping their fourth for Baltimore’s fifth.

  16. mizzousooner says: Dec 4, 2013 11:14 AM

    Dock them their 1st round pick for 3 years.

  17. denverwally says: Dec 4, 2013 11:14 AM

    and the new king of cheaters? YOUR Pittsburgh Stealers (yes, thats the new spelling).

  18. purpleguy says: Dec 4, 2013 11:15 AM

    Taking away draft picks for an on-field action is a bit much.

  19. schmokes says: Dec 4, 2013 11:15 AM

    He should be suspended as well.

  20. Bmorelikeray52 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:15 AM

    I dont’t think the Rooney’s are going to take lightly to this. They might fire Tomlin by the end of the season. Remember how they shipped away Santonio Holmes, their super-bowl mvp for only a 5th round pick.

  21. it's all bs says: Dec 4, 2013 11:16 AM

    Chump Change for our Coach:)

    Sorry cry babies!!!

  22. marcuswelby70 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:16 AM

    I think the fine is sufficient. This sends a loud and clear message to the 31 other head coaches.

  23. dreddeddeuce says: Dec 4, 2013 11:16 AM

    forget about the money. I want to know about the draft picks.

  24. 1964bclions says: Dec 4, 2013 11:17 AM

    Not nearly enough so far…

  25. bigjdve says: Dec 4, 2013 11:17 AM

    They fined him. What would be the purpose of docking draft picks?

  26. FinFan68 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:17 AM

    The draft order should have no bearing on that decision. Just take away any compensatory picks that may come due.

  27. akfinfan says: Dec 4, 2013 11:18 AM

    He should get a one game suspension at the minimum starting this weekend.

  28. jaltreality says: Dec 4, 2013 11:18 AM

    Why would they give the picks to the Ravens? Did they take the Saints picks and give them to the Vikings, or the Patriots picks to the Jets?

    That would give those teams an advantage over other teams in the NFL who weren’t lucky enough to play the punished team. I’d gladly let Tomlin step into the field if I could get a draft pick for my team for it.

  29. tvjules says: Dec 4, 2013 11:18 AM

    His mea culpa press conference aside, it doesn’t help that they keep showing him smiling on the sidelines immediately afterwards.

  30. ingraven says: Dec 4, 2013 11:18 AM

    THAT’S IT?!?!?

  31. daytonaken says: Dec 4, 2013 11:19 AM

    So far a joke. Same fine as a NY Jet coach?

    Really, for a Thanksgiving, prime time game?

  32. scrp2 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:19 AM

    $100,000 seems a little steep for a non-penalized play. Draft picks? Was he filming opposing teams signals also?

  33. coachjohnharbaugh says: Dec 4, 2013 11:19 AM

    ravens 22
    steelers 20

    hahahahahahaha #champs

  34. citizenstrange says: Dec 4, 2013 11:19 AM

    Mike “Cheating and then Lying to Your Face” Tomlin gets away with no suspension.

  35. alexb1234 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:20 AM

    100k sounds about right….losing a draft pick sounds about right….giving the draft pick to the ravens is a dumb idea

  36. bygd1 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:20 AM

    Clearly Not Enough, when a Coach Cheats, should ne a Million dollar fine and a 1st round pick lost

  37. athwartships says: Dec 4, 2013 11:20 AM

    Giving a pick to Baltimore would be hilarious. I support that.

  38. flavordave says: Dec 4, 2013 11:20 AM

    Because we all turn backwards when the action is coming at us right Tomlin? I mean, that is your story right? Then perhaps by being backwards on a jumbo screen it messed up his right/ left perception and he jumped in then out of bounds. That’s in, then out. Sure Mike we believe your cheating nonsense. In then out and backwards as well….

  39. mataug says: Dec 4, 2013 11:21 AM

    seems like the forfeited draft pick would be one of their compensatory picks

  40. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 4, 2013 11:21 AM

    I guess the thin air is getting to you Wally…..is that the best you can do for such a clever troll.

  41. baltimoresnativeson says: Dec 4, 2013 11:21 AM

    Give us their 3rd round pick and we will consider it squashed.

  42. falcons999 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:22 AM

    They’re gonna have Jeff Ireland make all the Steelers’ picks next year.

    That should teach them a lesson.

  43. jr4real says: Dec 4, 2013 11:22 AM

    Love the haters coming out. About 5% of these comments have some thought to them. Everyone else just loves to hate the Steelers and Patriots.

  44. audient says: Dec 4, 2013 11:24 AM

    Steelers should give up three picks, and they should be transferred to their division opponents, based on how they finish for the year (with the worst finisher getting the best pick).

    Between interfering in the field of play with the Ravens, concussing Browns’ Jason Campbell with an unpenalized blow to the head (and then getting a TD a play later off the resulting fumble), and … whatever they did to Cincinnati, surely they did something — this would help teach the Steelers, maybe, though their fans will still cry about how the refs are against them, even though they don’t call these penalties at the time, and the refs handed them one of their rings in that Super Bowl with the Seahawks.

  45. rcali says: Dec 4, 2013 11:24 AM

    He’s not smiling now.

  46. jmblosser82 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:24 AM

    Fine is perfect, 1-2 game suspension acceptable, swapped draft picks not a problem but a straight strip of picks is too far.

  47. jagerbmb says: Dec 4, 2013 11:25 AM

    You can bet your sweet A55 that if it was a NFC East team John Mara would have no problem fining both the coach and team, and stripping draft picks. Guess he doesn’t want to upset the in-laws, let’s not forget about that little factoid. Seems like no one has mentioned it at all.

  48. pittsburghavenue says: Dec 4, 2013 11:25 AM

    Loss of a draft pick is excessive and unwarranted. I understand Tomlin should have known where he was on the field and the fine is acceptable. To lose a draft pick like the Patriots did from the Spygate issue is when the penalty fits – something that egregious. Heck, Belichick was fined 500K and the Pats 250K. But loss of a draft pick here would rediculous.

  49. it's all bs says: Dec 4, 2013 11:25 AM

    We are the MIGHTY PITTSBURGH STEELERS!!!

    Not only have we won more SB’s than YOUR team but we have also been to more SB’s than YOUR team…..some of you have never even known the feeling of your team going to a SB…..Ha Ha Ha:)

    Yes the hate makes us stronger……BRING IT!!!

    Our coach is beyond reproach and no matter how much you cry and stomp and your feet that fact will NEVER change……have a nice day now……I know we will!!!

    Love,
    Steeler Nation

  50. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 4, 2013 11:25 AM

    “It’s also not clear whether the Steelers would merely be stripped of a pick, or whether the league would give a Pittsburgh pick to Baltimore as compensation for a rules violation that affected the Ravens.”

    Baltimore getting draft pick compensation? Are you out of your mind? Why should Baltimore get a competitive advantage over the other 30 teams in the league that had nothing to do with this?

    Try to think these things through before you attempt to pontificate about them.

  51. oldbrowndawg says: Dec 4, 2013 11:25 AM

    No one seems to realize that this conduct went to player safety (the new watchword in the NFL). If you look at the replay videos closely, you’ll see Tomlin’s right foot actually on the playing surface directly in the path of the returner. If the player hadn’t seen it (and that was complete happenstance) he might have tripped. That goes to player endangerment and should be dealt with by a fine, plus a suspension, plus the team’s being docked two draft picks. Period.

  52. cruzer1996 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:26 AM

    The Steelers need all the draft picks they can get. This will be a tough one for them to come back from. They might need to trade Ben.

  53. bond3940 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:26 AM

    Draft Picks!!! really does not make sense…100k fine appropriate, coupled with the embarassment…lets move on!!!

  54. fwippel says: Dec 4, 2013 11:26 AM

    Draft picks? Really? The league only fined the Patriots one draft pick (a first round pick) for the spygate scandal and Belichick’s lying about it.

    If the league fine the Steelers any draft picks, they need to go back and take the entire Patriots’ draft away.

  55. digiovanni45 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:27 AM

    Mr. Tomlin I would like to indroduce you to Mr. Realty Bites. How do you do Mr. Tomlin, and may I say NFL Head Coaches like yourself should know better and when they make a mistake they should bite the bullet and owe up frankly to those mistakes, or be forced to pay up. See you around Mr. Tomlin, but I hope not to soon!

  56. beavertonsteve says: Dec 4, 2013 11:27 AM

    Steelers should forfeit a 6th. Just enough teeth to scare away any other potential cheaters.

  57. 8man says: Dec 4, 2013 11:28 AM

    Even happier about the NFL taking a long hard look at the officials for this game. Didn’t an official have to change his path to avoid hitting Tomlin?

    This wouldn’t be such a big issue if the refs had addressed it correctly at the time.

    Every week, the zebras find new and exciting ways to suck and the fans are sick of it! The last thing the NFL needs is “proof” that the outcomes of these games are being engineered.

  58. baltimorons says: Dec 4, 2013 11:28 AM

    People want the death penalty bc there is no other way to stop the mighty steelers. Pathetic.

  59. mancave001 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:29 AM

    The fine is good. Any further action is absurd. Stripping draft picks? WTH?

    –an Eagles fan

  60. rarelyclever says: Dec 4, 2013 11:29 AM

    “It’s also not clear whether the Steelers would merely be stripped of a pick, or whether the league would give a Pittsburgh pick to Baltimore as compensation for a rules violation that affected the Ravens.”

    Other people have said how ridiculous that speculation is, but I just want to pile on. Where’d you pull that out of?

  61. truninerfan49 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:29 AM

    What would the nfl have done to Flacco if he would have tackled Ginn in the Super Bowl??

  62. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 4, 2013 11:30 AM

    I’m not a Steelers fan by a long shot, and I’m glad he got fined a big amount. I do not understand the rationale behind docking draft picks.

  63. t8ertot says: Dec 4, 2013 11:30 AM

    He clearly stuck his foot out. Take some draft picks

  64. jaker85 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:31 AM

    Why do people care about fines? It’s a write off it doesn’t really come out of there pocket. It goes to the United Way or whatever charity the NFL supports now a days. Why doesn’t the league do something with the officials in this game or the ones in the Giants vs Redskins game? BTW the Steelers don’t have a 3rd this year traded to the Browns to move up and get Landry Jones

  65. acinsd says: Dec 4, 2013 11:31 AM

    Naturally they will take away their 3rd round pick… which belongs to Cleveland. Nature won’t let an opportunity pass without a chance to somehow screw Cleveland.

  66. tictoccpthook says: Dec 4, 2013 11:32 AM

    Good job NFL. Tomlinson blundered and is paying the price. Now it’s time to get back to football. Go Steelers !

  67. mizzousooner says: Dec 4, 2013 11:34 AM

    .
    baltimorons says: Dec 4, 2013 11:28 AM

    “People want the death penalty bc there is no other way to stop the mighty steelers. Pathetic”

    ______________________________________

    Um, have you seen any Stealer games this past two years?

    Pathetic indeed!

  68. DawgPound83 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:34 AM

    Cant take their 3rd rounder as PIT traded it to CLE for moving up to draft S Shamarko Thomas.

  69. laxcoach37 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:34 AM

    @Falcons999

    Picking on J. Ireland in this story? Weird! Let’s see: Tannehill, Olivier Vernon (AFC Defensive Player of the Week-twice), Lamar Miller, Charles Clay, Mike Pouncey,… Way more success than Busts in drafting. Yeah, even us Fins Fans thing he is a jerk with people skills, but he is good at Scouting.

    Personally, if I were a Falcons Fan; I would hide under a rock rather than come out and make public idiodic statements.

  70. steelers4life says: Dec 4, 2013 11:35 AM

    $100K is more than enough. Don’t mess with the draft picks. This is ridiculous.

  71. kingkornkahn says: Dec 4, 2013 11:35 AM

    A fair penalty for interfering with the play on the field. I would suspend him for a year above that for acting smug about it.

  72. onlysane1intheroom says: Dec 4, 2013 11:35 AM

    scrp2 says:
    Dec 4, 2013 11:19 AM

    $100,000 seems a little steep for a non-penalized play. Draft picks? Was he filming opposing teams signals also?
    ________________________

    Um, yes, like all teams do.

  73. roadtrip3500 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:35 AM

    bigjdve says: Dec 4, 2013 11:17 AM

    They fined him. What would be the purpose of docking draft picks?
    ————————
    The draft picks are a more severe deterrent than a fine alone. Top coaches make millions of dollars per year, so $100K doesn’t hurt them much – but losing picks hurts the team far more. Without the draft pick punishment, another head coach may think about doing it if they can afford it.

  74. dickroy says: Dec 4, 2013 11:35 AM

    I am ok with the fine on Tomlin. He should have known better. But come on! Give Baltimore a Steeler draft pick? That’s over the line. They won the game.

  75. spungy says: Dec 4, 2013 11:35 AM

    Pushing it back past the Superbowl is just to make us forget all about it.

  76. randomguy9999 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:36 AM

    8man says:
    … This wouldn’t be such a big issue if the refs had addressed it correctly at the time….

    —————————————————-

    oh yes it would, the punishment would still have happened just as big…. the way it went down the Steelers avoided a 15 yard penalty and possible awarding of a TD to the Ravens

    PIT will definitely lose at least 1 pick, the only question is which one(s)….

  77. quittsburghstoolers says: Dec 4, 2013 11:37 AM

    He got what deserved.

    And I’ll bet my last nickel that if the Steelers’ draft is messed up in some way by this he will be getting something else to go along with that hefty fine, namely a pink slip…

  78. mdmid14 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:37 AM

    How much did Omar Epps get for his last movie? I feel like this doesn’t hurt him.

  79. ravenmomma says: Dec 4, 2013 11:37 AM

    Given Tomlin’s salary, I think the fine is on the low side but those questioning possible loss of draft picks…remember, this is not only to punish Tomlin for his on-field antics, it is also used as a deterrent to others from this behavior in the future. The fear of losing draft picks should instill the message to all 32 teams that this will not be tolerated by the league.

  80. rcj22001 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:38 AM

    If they don’t take away draft picks, look for some assistant ball boy to make a game saving tackle for a contender, very soon.

  81. bengaldom2 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:39 AM

    cavafox says: Dec 4, 2013 11:12 AM

    I heard that the Steelers draft pick might be given to the worst team in the league to help them get better.

    No, they are no going to give it back to the Steelers.

  82. wmatthew760 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:39 AM

    $100,000 is nothing, should have been a million.
    And the steelers deserve to loose draft picks if the Rooneys don’t wake the hell up fire this joke.

  83. mizzousooner says: Dec 4, 2013 11:39 AM

    Multiple picks in multiple years.

    A message needs to be sent to this renegade organization!

  84. thesteelskirt says: Dec 4, 2013 11:40 AM

    I had traffic court today and told the judge I lost my placement and did not realize I was going 20 miles over the limit, I added if anyone thinks I did it on purpose they are crazy. I got probation, sorry Mike your excuse worked for me. :)

  85. steelcurtainn says: Dec 4, 2013 11:40 AM

    The fine I understand. If the league takes away draft picks thats B.S. Leave it to Goodell and company to try and take it all from the team with the most superbowl wins.

  86. sbchampsagain says: Dec 4, 2013 11:40 AM

    These coaches make MILLIONS so a fine isn;t the hardest thing for them to swallow.

    But a draft pick given away will ramp up ownership pressure on coaches and ensure it doesn’t happen again, ever.

  87. mefolts says: Dec 4, 2013 11:40 AM

    How is taken away draft picks suitable punishment? He should be suspended from coaching, but the team had organization had nothing to do with this. That’s BS!

  88. gacoltfan says: Dec 4, 2013 11:42 AM

    So you actually think the league would consider giving the Ravens extra draft picks which puts them at an advantage over 30 other teams, all because an opposing coach stopped a potential touchdown in a game they ended up winning anyway?

  89. pftusedtobemorefun says: Dec 4, 2013 11:43 AM

    I’m also surprised there hasn’t been more talk of suspending him for a game. Would LeBeau take over or Haley? If it was Haley that may be even worse than losing draft picks.

  90. dx2nc says: Dec 4, 2013 11:45 AM

    Baltimore won the game. A Tomlin fine, suspension and removal from the competition committee all/any would be appropriate. To take a draft pick or wait and see we might take a draft pick is ridiculous. The whole NFL discipline process is a joke.

  91. chawk12thman says: Dec 4, 2013 11:45 AM

    Knew the fine was coming and likely that amount…..wanted to know what happens to the ref crew and team penalties, which for some reason the NFL keeps silent on? Unless we hear concrete information about these two issues, moving on.

  92. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Dec 4, 2013 11:47 AM

    I don’t think the league office would even remotely consider awarding a Pittsburgh draft pick to the Ravens. That strikes me an overreaction. The far more relevant question here is whether the Steelers should forfeit a draft pick.

  93. fanofevilempire says: Dec 4, 2013 11:47 AM

    show respect for the Giants Wellington Mara,he volunteered to share his nyc tv money with the
    the league in the 60’s.
    Pittsburgh and the Rooneys are classy owners who also sacrificed for the league.

  94. jaxcliff says: Dec 4, 2013 11:49 AM

    “give a Pittsburgh pick to Baltimore as compensation for a rules violation that affected the Ravens”

    That’s a stupid notion, Michael David Smith is using his time-honored technique know as “making stuff up”. It would penalize 30 other teams for one team’s actions. Hey, the league is planning to give the Ravens a 7 point lead at the start of all 2014 games? Sure, why not? Let’s just make stuff up!

  95. starderup says: Dec 4, 2013 11:50 AM

    That is a good start.
    Of course, the NFL and the rest of us are crazy for thinking that he actually did it intentionally!

  96. mrkilliemrkillie says: Dec 4, 2013 11:53 AM

    Anyone that thinks a $100,ooo fine for such a minor infraction is fair is simply an idiot. It didn’t even affect the outcome of the game. Anyone that thinks the Steelers should lose any draft picks is a moron, which is why I expect the almighty God dell will do it.

    Now, as for the guy that wants Tomlin to get fired and coach in Oakland…I’m with you. He sucks and you can have him. Take Todd Haley too.

  97. ravenmomma says: Dec 4, 2013 11:53 AM

    If they are stripped of a draft pick, I HIGHLY doubt it will be given to the Ravens considering we won the game so it didn’t interfere with the final result. They would simply be stripped of a pick….what round is anyone’s guess. Maybe they just spin a roulette wheel ;)

  98. brownsguy44138 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:57 AM

    I don’t think $100k is enough a deterrent from another coach doing this. Think about it, if your job is on the line or a “mistake” like this one means making the playoffs, isn’t it worth it? Anything short of $250k and one game suspension is too little if a draft penalty isn’t included.

    A dock of a draft pick, even a 6th or 7th rounder, is a huge deterrent for a team like Pittsburgh that is in cap hell right now. With their cap situation, every draft pick is like gold to build a roster the next few years. If Goodell wants to send a message, take away either a fourth this year (they don’t have a third, it was traded to CLE) or a third next year.

    Is there any precedent of giving a team’s draft pick to another team as a penalty? That seems absolutely absurd to me.

  99. myhawks1976 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:58 AM

    it’s pretty clear they plan on forcing the teams to swap picks. I’m guessing later rounds. if they were just going to make Pitt forfeit a pick, there’s no reason not to have announced that. the reason to wait is to see whether it can be done in a single round or whether it needs to be a 5th for 6th type thing.

    the funny thing, is it will never hold up, and I think rog knows that. Pitt will appeal and it will be reduced.

    The Jets strength and conditioning coach got a 100k fine when he physically tripped a player. he made contact. the Jets did not lose a draft pick.

    there is no precedent based on this level of interference for a loss of draft pick.

  100. mizzousooner says: Dec 4, 2013 11:59 AM

    .
    mefolts says: Dec 4, 2013 11:40 AM

    “How is taken away draft picks suitable punishment? He should be suspended from coaching, but the team had organization had nothing to do with this. That’s BS!”

    ______________________________________

    Who put Tomlin on that sideline in the first place? Obviously it was the Stealer Organization.

    The only thing at this point that could be done to Pittsburgh that might sting a bit, is the forfeiture of draft picks.

  101. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 4, 2013 11:59 AM

    What he did was far worse than fantasy “bounties” so I don’t know how this guy doesn’t get suspended for a full season.

  102. dahmergeinteam says: Dec 4, 2013 11:59 AM

    Strip them, and Packers fans everywhere will watch, me included.

  103. theravens1 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:59 AM

    I was at the game. He clearly stuck his foot out, and pulled it back at the last minute. I think he was just messing with Jacoby, and had no real intention of causing what actually amounted to REAL interference. He had a lack of judgement, which took about 1 second total, and 1/2 second to fix, unfortunately it wasn’t fast enough.

    Taking a Draft Pick – –
    IF the Ravens lost the game, there should/would be real serious consequences, and there should be.
    I think the threat of taking a draft pick is a way to correct the POOR officiating (in that game), where the refs clearly should have thrown a flag on Tomlin! He interfered with them doing their job, and the lack of a flag was obvious patronization of the refs with the Steelers, and the league wants to correct that flagrant and quite obvious error – and discussions should and probably are on-going (out side the public forum) on that subject. It seemed obvious the refs were helping the Steelers get back in the game. Time ran out on the play where Miller caught the ball on the 1/2 yard line and delay of game was not called. They never called holding on the Steelers lineman and they were tackling our defense the whole 2nd half!! The officiating was terrible!

    That said, we didn’t lose, and IMHO, I think taking a draft pick is too harsh (and putting the rationale on Tomlin is too much, and wrong).. Lets move on.

  104. urbusted2 says: Dec 4, 2013 12:02 PM

    Any fine without a suspension is meaningless.

  105. FoozieGrooler says: Dec 4, 2013 12:04 PM

    That’s a game check for him.
    The punishment fits the crime…

  106. dualprime says: Dec 4, 2013 12:05 PM

    Crap!!! Tell Kubiak to stay the hell away from the field. No need to screw up our #1 pick.

  107. jimiinpa says: Dec 4, 2013 12:05 PM

    as a die hard Ravens fan I personally think the fine is plenty, take draft picks…really? it’s not like he came in contact and/or injured Jones. Can we just move along now?

  108. seansds3d says: Dec 4, 2013 12:06 PM

    They have to make an example out of him. What he did was incredibly stupid and he knew what he was doing. I believe it was intentional and the draft pick punishment is reasonable…. but they should announce it now and not wait until later. That’s the only part I think is not fair. Maybe taking away a draft pick at a later date is too up in the air imho.

  109. ravensterps says: Dec 4, 2013 12:06 PM

    Is this a joke? They give out suspensions for PLAYING FOOTBALL, and they can’t be bothered to suspend someone for cheating?

  110. propertyofthebroncos says: Dec 4, 2013 12:08 PM

    Good! He should have been suspended for a game. They need to take draft picks away to show there isn’t favoratism (which we all know is happening anyways) so there is no uproar or multiple mishaps like this just to see what they can get away with. He purposefully interfered with their biggest rivals play and essentially has gotten away with it! He is a coach on a professional level-inexcusable.

  111. getyourownname says: Dec 4, 2013 12:08 PM

    Frankly, I’m disappointed. The NFL is missing some real opportunities.

    1) They should come to Tomlin’s house and confiscate all his big screen HDTVs.

    2) Require a public service announcement by Tomlin on the importance of not driving while watching your smartphone/tablet.

    3) Assess a 100% league tax on any endorsement revenue Tomlin gets from screen manufacturers or retailers.

    4) Require NFL “play 60″ ads featuring the Steelers in January, so their fans are reminded of the importance of getting off the couch and they can still say they saw their team on TV during the playoffs.

    5) Make him wear the Bumblebee sweater during the 2014 season.

    I’m sure there are other possibilities.

    Taking draft picks? Come on, that’s useless. Steelers don’t know how to use them anyway.

  112. thefiesty1 says: Dec 4, 2013 12:09 PM

    Just a drop in the bucket. Get real, at least a one game suspension the next time they play the Ravens.

  113. mattson01 says: Dec 4, 2013 12:11 PM

    Is this a rules violation (that the refs didn’t apply) or a safety issue? It kind of sounds like a rules violation based upon the way it is stated; especially considering that draft choices (maybe all of them) could be brought to bear down the road. Keeping in mind that “intent” is irrelevant (rules violations, not safety), I’m looking forward to watching the White Stripe for any violation of any team breaching this most sacred zone.

  114. jmblosser82 says: Dec 4, 2013 12:12 PM

    Audient, the no call blow to the head had zero impact on the game, they scored 3 points at that point. The only thing that happened in Cincy was bad refing against Pittsburgh but no sense in crying over spilt milk. Sure Tomlin was on the field but I’ve seen 2-3 other games(including the thanksgiving game )that the ravens looked to be out to hurt people. Every team gets the short end if the rope thru out the season and the majority if it comes from poor refs.

  115. denverdude7 says: Dec 4, 2013 12:13 PM

    A $100,000 fine is appropriate. Stripping draft picks is over the top.

    Let the Steelers keep all of their picks but have them pick last in Rounds 1 through 4.

    This would be just enough to strengthen the penalty but not really enough to hurt the franchise permanently.

    Then again, with the way the Steelers have been drafting the past few years it could be enough to put them behind the Browns for a few years.

  116. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 4, 2013 12:14 PM

    This organization has brought the NFL into ridicule. Look at what happened to Woody Hayes. Here ya go, Steelers, here’s your legacy. No one will forget this.

  117. FoozieGrooler says: Dec 4, 2013 12:14 PM

    The fine was light because unlike Belichick, Tomlin admitted he was wrong.
    Something Belichick doesn’t have the guts to do.

    Haters gonna hate.
    Good.

  118. clemenza58 says: Dec 4, 2013 12:14 PM

    Roger Goodell, Ray Anderson and that whole Park Ave. crew are the worst things to ever happen to the NFL.

  119. melikefootball says: Dec 4, 2013 12:15 PM

    Gödel and his henchman are suppose to be intelligent men. He fines this coach but he lets QB Brady off the hook when he chases down an official and berates him with the F word. Everyone on national TV seen this and yet no fine. Heck the TV announcers had to bring it up three plays after the fact because no one saw Tomlin act.

  120. sbaltimore says: Dec 4, 2013 12:20 PM

    $100,000.00 sounds a bit light to me; no suspension seems questionable; not really sure draft pick punishment makes a whole lotta sense. What a mess.

    Maybe if Tomlin hadn’t had such a smug little grin afterwards, or had been more honest in his “explanations”, this whole thing might have blown over more quickly. But added together, Tomlin really hasn’t helped his cause very much.

  121. imthaschmidt says: Dec 4, 2013 12:23 PM

    he should only be fined. they didn’t win the game so no need to take draft picks away. the nfl is better when the steelers are good, who the hell wants to see cincy,cle, or balt in the playoffs?

  122. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Dec 4, 2013 12:25 PM

    So the NFL is bringing down the hammer on a coach and team for a minute misjudgment that had no effect on the outcome of a game, less than a year after the league actively promoted and fixed an entire season for a double murdering, selfish, fake Christian, crocodile tear-shedding piece of human garbage. I see Goodell’s priorities are straight.

  123. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 4, 2013 12:26 PM

    Joemontanaflacco | Dec 4, 2013, 12:14 PM EST
    This organization has brought the NFL into ridicule. Look at what happened to Woody Hayes. Here ya go, Steelers, here’s your legacy. No one will forget this.

    Nah don’t think it’s reached the white suit status yet skippy, but keep spinning it you can never tell where the lemmings will follow.

  124. largent80 says: Dec 4, 2013 12:31 PM

    well if the rationale is going to be that actions off the field adversely affected the play on the field, then the Colts GM should lose another draft pick for trading for Trent Richardson. :)

  125. lunchboxray says: Dec 4, 2013 12:33 PM

    I was expecting a heftier fine but it is what it is. I’m not a fan of stripping draft picks but I’d be OK with their picks being pushed back to the later rounds(IE changing a 1st round to a 4th round).

  126. jtbsteeler says: Dec 4, 2013 12:34 PM

    Alter or strip any picks and the league will feel the wrath of this fanbase. This isn’t the Packers, Ravens or Raiders. We have more fans than all three put together. World Wide…

    This fanbase will boycott anything the league puts out for profit.

    We’ll make it hard to pay those disability checks they’ve been handing out.

  127. u4iadman says: Dec 4, 2013 12:34 PM

    I will be honest…I have always thought this guy was overrated, he inherited a championship caliber team and has done little to advance the team.

    He clearly knew what he was doing, and is dishonest now.
    Fine and suspend him. No draft picks taken away.

    What a tool!

  128. southpaw2k says: Dec 4, 2013 12:36 PM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Dec 4, 2013 12:09 PM
    Just a drop in the bucket. Get real, at least a one game suspension the next time they play the Ravens.

    ————————————————–

    Which wouldn’t be until the 2014 season, since the Ravens and Steelers already went head to head twice this season. No telling if Tomlin will still be head coach at that point, so if the Rooneys chose to fire him for this incident or failing to build a winning product on the field, it’d be a moot point.

  129. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Dec 4, 2013 12:40 PM

    While giving the picks to the Ravens sounds funny, how exactly is that fair to the other teams in the division, who didn’t have coaches on the field running interference?

  130. wrm1230 says: Dec 4, 2013 12:44 PM

    The league is getting more and more like the NBA every, single day.

    Officials determining the outcome of games; suspensions and fines handed out randomly; its biggest attraction being held in a cold weather climate and now a “possible” penalty being dragged out until the conclusion of the season…..the only thing left will be the league’s admission that the games are “pre-determined”.

    Yet the sheep keep paying dollar after dollar to watch this nonsense unfold every week. Laughable.

  131. audient says: Dec 4, 2013 12:44 PM

    jmblosser82 says:

    Audient, the no call blow to the head had zero impact on the game, they scored 3 points at that point.

    Bull. The score was 13-3. If the penalty had been called (as it had been when Drew Brees was similarly hit), that would have been a 15 yard penalty and first down well into field goal range. Weeden, such as he is, would have come in, and the Browns mostly likely would have made it a one score game, either 13-6 or 13-10.

    Instead, the penalty wasn’t called, the “fumble” was turned over to Pittsburgh, who ran it down to the red zone (I think it was the 4 yard line), scored a TD on the next play, and made the game 20-3 before Weeden took a snap. That’s a huge difference, and a huge shift of momentum. Not going to say that the Browns would have won but for that, but it sure didn’t help. The refs blew it. Tired of hearing how the refs have it out for the Steelers.

  132. audient says: Dec 4, 2013 12:46 PM

    And another thing. The refs missed the call, but at least the Ravens won their game. The Browns didn’t.

  133. patriotwayspygate says: Dec 4, 2013 12:46 PM

    If the number of the 6-itself is not greater than that of the 5, this is surprising; and if it is greater, clearly there is also a number in it equal to the 5, so that this is not different from the 5-itself. But this is not possible, if there is a first and a second number.

    Nor will the Ideas be numbers. For in this particular point they are right who claim that the units must be different, if there are to be Ideas; as has been said before. For the Form is unique; but if the units are not different, the 5’s and the 6’s also will not be different. This is also the reason why they must say that when we count thus—’5,6’—we do not proceed by adding to the given number; for if we do, neither will the numbers be generated from the indefinite dyad, nor can a number be an Idea; for then one Idea will be in another, and all Forms will be parts of one Form. And so with a view to their hypothesis their statements are right, but as a whole they are wrong; for their view is very destructive, since they will admit that this question itself affords some difficulty—whether, when we count and say —1,2,3—we count by addition or by separate portions. But we do both; and so it is absurd to reason back from this problem to so great a difference of essence.

    Thus we see the Steelers’ ARE superiority

  134. wlouden77 says: Dec 4, 2013 12:48 PM

    As a Browns fan, I’d love to see Pittsburgh suffer. However I feel the punishment is enough. 100k fine for stepping on the field and not actually touching the player or seeming to actually interfere is OK. A loss of a draft pick isn’t. However, I think the league is looking at compensatory selections and that is why they are waiting til later.

    As for those saying Pittsburgh should lose its 3rd rounder? You can’t lose what you don’t have. The Steelers traded this years 3rd to Cleveland for their 4th in the last draft

  135. dodohead418 says: Dec 4, 2013 12:51 PM

    The NFL will always have rule breakers until they figure out how to discipline correctly.

  136. daytonaken says: Dec 4, 2013 12:57 PM

    Goodel and the league have mishandled this from the beginning. $1oo,ooo and a draft pick to be named later is just plain stupid. What will change from now to then? Isn’t Godel tired of looking ridiculous? Some fine as a nobody Jet coach.

  137. SmashMouthFootball says: Dec 4, 2013 12:57 PM

    He makes $5.75M a year and last year was the 6th highest paid coach in the league.

    $100k is literally 1.7% of his annual salary.

    By comparison, for someone making $50k a year this equates to $850.

    Yeah this sends a real message.

  138. WACANHFL says: Dec 4, 2013 1:04 PM

    Taking the draft picks away is good idea- the NFL is punishing the Stealers for hiring Tomlin.

  139. mmmpierogi says: Dec 4, 2013 1:09 PM

    “…or whether the league would give a Pittsburgh pick to Baltimore as compensation for a rules violation that affected the Ravens.”

    How baby-fied will things have gotten if this occurs. I think a hefty fine was called for and that stripping a late-round pick is potentially feasible but kind of irrelevant. However, actually giving Baltimore Pittsburgh’s pick would be laughable.

  140. jpfreeman6272 says: Dec 4, 2013 1:09 PM

    The league’s announcement said that “because the conduct affected a play on the field, a modification or forfeiture of draft choices will be considered after the final order of the 2014 draft has been determined.”

    To me this says they will be penalized at least one draft pick. The fact that they are waiting to see the final order indicates the NFL will be imposing a draft pick penalty of some sort and they want to make sure it is an appropriate penalty (not too much and not too little). In order to do that – they need to see where the Steelers are drafting in each round.

  141. oreo51 says: Dec 4, 2013 1:13 PM

    The expression on his face says it all. It was very deliberate. He should have been no where close to the field. This kind of conduct harms the integrity of the game. $100K is chump change given his salary. I would dock Pittsburgh a 1st round pick.

  142. all4patriots says: Dec 4, 2013 1:14 PM

    Losing a draft pick would be ridiculous overkill.

    then again, losing a draft pick due to the mis-named controversy called spygate (Cameragate would be better) was ridiculous overkill

    An action affecting play (Tomlin) is worse than any one of the minor violations of the field operations guide, such as

    -openly filming from an improper on-field location,
    -overwatering or overgrowing natural turf,
    -supplying improperly inflated footballs, or
    -not having perfectly level crossbars on the goalposts.

    The precedent for such minor violations of the field operations guide seems to be to lose a 1st round pick.

    Harsh.

    With that in mind, Tomlin should lose two of them!

  143. occamssabre says: Dec 4, 2013 1:16 PM

    As a Ravens fan, I think the fine is OK (I actually would like to have seen the Steelers org fined too!) but screwing with draft pick(s) for this is a little excessive.

    I do think that going forward the NFL using the threat of taking away draft picks and stiffer fines would be a nice deterrent though.

  144. opneon says: Dec 4, 2013 1:21 PM

    It should be at least what the Jets coach got a few years ago. That coach tripped someone but he was on the OTHER SIDE OF THE WHITE PATH and the player ran yards out of bounds on a kick return.
    This was ON THE FIELD and followed by a typical Hines-type smirk the Squealers fans love because it means – I hit someone after the whistle and got away with it.
    But this time it’s a little harder to hide when you’re the only one on the field in front of the kick-returner!

    PS – I’m a Ravens fan and we don’t need your draft picks. We’ll hang in there without help.
    Only 1 team (Patriots) has won more SBs than the Ravens this century. It’s a down year, but we’re still in the hunt – so what more can you ask for? …In Ozzie We Trust!

  145. granadafan says: Dec 4, 2013 1:27 PM

    Either draft picks or a hit on the salary cap like those other cheaters, the Cowboys and R–skins

  146. dasmol says: Dec 4, 2013 1:28 PM

    Fine him? Definitely. Take a draft pick? Hmm…maybe. Give it to the Ravens? Now how in the heck does that make any sense?

  147. gowhitten says: Dec 4, 2013 1:35 PM

    Good. They should also fine the refs. It turns out the “real” refs are no better than the replacement refs.

  148. patriotinvasion says: Dec 4, 2013 1:36 PM

    The Steelers have now been fined big for CHEATING and have a coach named Mike Tomcheat who tried to directly alter the AFC playoff race by physically interfering in a game! This taints the Steelers’ 2008* championship for sure because they will forever be known to be coached by a CHEATER.

    *Likely to have effected games by having coaches interfere with kick returners. Cheated. Do not count.

  149. joe6606 says: Dec 4, 2013 1:36 PM

    why does the draft order have anything to do if draft picks are lost?

    so if they make the playoffs, they lose a pick, but if they don’t, they dont? or is it if they end up with a top 5 pick they lose 1, but if they end up in the mid 20s they dont?

    please explain that rationale to me, particularly given that the Ravens WON….

    if you were going to take away a draft pick, that decision should have been made TODAY, not dependent on some ambigous outcome in the future that has nothing to do with the incident.

    it’s like a judge ordering you to 30 days in jail, but says if you eat at wendy’s after you’re released, you get an extra year.

  150. dualprime says: Dec 4, 2013 1:46 PM

    Bmorelikeray52 says:
    Dec 4, 2013 11:15 AM
    I dont’t think the Rooney’s are going to take lightly to this. They might fire Tomlin by the end of the season. Remember how they shipped away Santonio Holmes, their super-bowl mvp for only a 5th round pick.
    ——————————–
    …but the Rooney’s kept Big Ben despite his bad behavior in bars with the ladies.

  151. thewiz37 says: Dec 4, 2013 1:51 PM

    Must say I do not think draft picks should be involved in this even if it’s determined that what Tomlin did was intentional. Big fine – good. I’d say even consider a suspension too, just like when a player commits an egregious penalty on the field. But I don’t understand why the Steelers organization should suffer a lost draft pick for what should have been an on-field penalty (and I am certainly NOT a Steelers fan).

    You know what would make sense? Stripping draft picks from teams that have multiple PED suspensions in a short time span.

  152. steelerofthedraft says: Dec 4, 2013 1:56 PM

    So the league would take a pick from Pitt and give it to the ravens ?
    That’s the most idiotic thing I’ve ever read , so you’re going to give the ravens a competitive advantage , for something that had no effect on the game .
    Raven fans are the worst , living in baltimore this whole year , on the radio there so called “fans” were calling for harbaughs job , rices job and joes job, but now after they beat the steelers their an all pro team ? Get real !
    Oh the so called smirk everyone is pissing their pants about came a good 5 minutes after the play , after the ravens showed the incident 10 times and fans started yelling at tomlin , not directly after the play ended.
    Got to the love the media that not only can twist words but apparently also twist a smile into something deviant!

  153. mnlogic says: Dec 4, 2013 2:00 PM

    What are the Rooney’s going to do about Tomlin? This has to be a total embarrassment to the Rooney Family!! Also for the record they should not take draft picks. The NFL should reduce there salary cap by 5-10 million dollars for next two seasons. Ask Dallas and Washington liked that punishment…

  154. wnstonchill says: Dec 4, 2013 2:01 PM

    Once again, the league has handled a situation with the same old “ready, fire ….aim” approach. This is what happens when you have a bunch of highly schooled and poorly educated people making rules and decisions. Tomlin’s fine is deserving. I have no problem with that. But to threaten to take away draft picks on a rule that was just made up is completely wrong. I understand the need to make sure it doesn’t happen again, because the integrity of the game could be compromised. A coach could obstruct a play to alter a game and it would only cost 100,000 would be a good deal if were a playoff game or more. But right now, Tomlin and the rest of the league have been put on notice. The buck stops here and the rule is clear. They can’t prove Tomlin did what he did intentionally and the organization doesn’t deserve to have picks taken away.

  155. bjsdad says: Dec 4, 2013 2:14 PM

    Make them burn those BUMBLE BEE uniforms

  156. philahitman says: Dec 4, 2013 2:14 PM

    B.S. Should have been suspended. Money is nothing to these guys. On the field infraction should take you off the field.

  157. philahitman says: Dec 4, 2013 2:16 PM

    All this “he didnt do it on purpose” is B.S. too. He shouldnt even be on the out of bounds line to begin with.

  158. bjsdad says: Dec 4, 2013 2:16 PM

    Changed my mind about burning them, make them wear them the entire 2014 season!!!

  159. 1nationraidernation says: Dec 4, 2013 2:25 PM

    well what can the league really do. I mean after all the Broncos knowingly cheated twice on the salary cap, won super bowls because of it, and all they lost was a third round pick….worse case scenario compared to that, maybe a 7th rd pick

  160. nesuperfan says: Dec 4, 2013 2:29 PM

    To everyone, who doesn’t understand why they would take a draft pick, let me put it into perspective: Tomlin was just fined 2% of his yearly salary. That is nothing to him. They need to send a message that will hurt, and the only thing that really hurts is losing a draft pick.

  161. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 4, 2013 2:34 PM

    Bmorelikeray52 says:
    Dec 4, 2013 11:15 AM
    I dont’t think the Rooney’s are going to take lightly to this. They might fire Tomlin by the end of the season. Remember how they shipped away Santonio Holmes, their super-bowl mvp for only a 5th round pick.
    ——————————–
    …but the Rooney’s kept Big Ben despite his bad behavior in bars with the ladies.

    2 1
    Report comment. And the a Ravens kept Ray…..your point is?

  162. stuartscottslefteye says: Dec 4, 2013 2:40 PM

    I wish the league would make them forfeit the Lombardi as well as fine Bill Leavy $100K for that debacle referred to as Super Bowl XL.

  163. raidermike says: Dec 4, 2013 2:55 PM

    What’s next ??? Fines and loss of draft picks for dripping on the floor instead of on the urinal? I’m not a Steelers fan but this is BS!!

  164. dualprime says: Dec 4, 2013 2:59 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:

    Dec 4, 2013 2:34 PM
    Bmorelikeray52 says:
    Dec 4, 2013 11:15 AM
    I dont’t think the Rooney’s are going to take lightly to this. They might fire Tomlin by the end of the season. Remember how they shipped away Santonio Holmes, their super-bowl mvp for only a 5th round pick.
    ——————————–
    dualprime says:
    …but the Rooney’s kept Big Ben despite his bad behavior in bars with the ladies.
    ——————————–
    Nofoolnodrool says:
    And the a Ravens kept Ray…..your point is?
    ——————————–
    I’ll try to make this easy for YOU to understand. Owners, more often than not, keep championship caliber players despite behavior. Did you get my point or should I use smaller words with larger letters?

  165. hopper15 says: Dec 4, 2013 3:01 PM

    Taking draft picks is ridiculous. A fine is enough.

  166. raiderseliminatedfromplayoffsalready says: Dec 4, 2013 3:08 PM

    joetoronto says:Dec 4, 2013 11:11 AM

    No suspension???
    ——————————————————

    This isn’t the CFL bro. Stay in your lane.

  167. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 4, 2013 3:21 PM

    I’ll try to make this easy for YOU to understand. Owners, more often than not, keep championship caliber players despite behavior. Did you get my point or should I use smaller words with larger letters?

    What did you say? I am truly sorry but my BS filter is not working on my IPad. What was your point again Einstein?

  168. richardmswartz says: Dec 4, 2013 3:45 PM

    Why would the Ravens get an unfair advantage over every other team by an extra draft pick?

    I am an Eagles fan and -this is true by the way- since the Kennedy’s were looking into buying the Eagles prior to JFK’s assassination, how about the Eagles get awarded Houston’s first round draft pick this year?

    Sure Dallas’s pick would make more sense but I really want Clowney.

  169. chefjon81 says: Dec 4, 2013 3:54 PM

    100k + 1 game suspension…no loss of draft picks

  170. nwhmpshr says: Dec 4, 2013 4:00 PM

    ” If you aint cheatin’,you aint tryin'”–Mike Tomlin

  171. wnstonchill says: Dec 4, 2013 4:09 PM

    It’s wrong to enforce penalties as large as taking draft picks away from a team because it’s wrong to enforce newly written laws AFTER the infraction took place. Making up the punishment after Tomlin did what he did isn’t ethical. You make the rules in advance and if they’re violated, you enforce those rules! It’s common sense!!!

  172. getyourownname says: Dec 4, 2013 4:49 PM

    Instead of taking away their draft pick, why not require the Steelers to keep, and start, all their draft picks for a year?

  173. Deb says: Dec 4, 2013 4:58 PM

    I do not believe this. Finally get a chance to log on, expecting this to be over and the league is still dragging out this nonsense and threatening to take draft picks from a team for the spontaneous behavior of one individual. Goodell and his minion Anderson are the biggest jerks in sports management.

  174. witchrunner says: Dec 4, 2013 6:17 PM

    From a class act like Cowher to a gutter dweller like Tomlin. How the mighty have fallen. Which also explains their poor performance on the field. Where is the owner demanding integrity? Being a Pats fan, I’ve never been a Steelers fan, but I loved Cowher’s attitude that he instilled in his players: When you do something great or score, act like it’s par for the course, like you expect to do it. Belichick has the same attitude, and he does seem to be the foundation for real success.

  175. cherrybop says: Dec 4, 2013 7:00 PM

    I guess switch positions in the 5th and 7th round? Next time anybody does that it’ll be a first round draft pick off the board, I bet. Tomlin’s still cool in my book though. They gave “Spygate” belicheck all sorts of breaks; don’t pursue a double standard here by stripping draft picks.

  176. 1mommicked1 says: Dec 4, 2013 7:11 PM

    he should loose all ping pong privileges immediaely

  177. jiminauburn says: Dec 4, 2013 8:44 PM

    This was not an accident. It was straight up cheating. If you watch the video over on nfl.com it clearly shows him with his back to the play taking a big step to the right to wind up on the field. Then about 5 seconds later he pretends to be surprised and jump off the field. That big step to the right clearly shows that he knew what he was doing.

    He should have been suspended at least for a few games.

  178. bubba703 says: Dec 5, 2013 8:30 AM

    For a coach that makes perhaps $6 million per year, $100,000 is not much of a deterrent. I think the only way to make sure this kinda crass move doesn’t happen again is to either suspend the coach for a couple games or forfeit a draft pick. As far as the infraction not being flagged, the NFL needs to address that with the official who was standing right there. He blew the call.

  179. ydousuk says: Dec 5, 2013 2:00 PM

    Deb says:Dec 4, 2013 4:58 PM

    I do not believe this. Finally get a chance to log on, expecting this to be over and the league is still dragging out this nonsense and threatening to take draft picks from a team for the spontaneous behavior of one individual. Goodell and his minion Anderson are the biggest jerks in sports management.
    ———————————————————-
    Um, no the actions of the Head Coach they hired to represent them while coaching a game. The Steelers hired Tomlin and they are responsible for his actions during the game.

  180. louderthanwords1 says: Dec 5, 2013 3:52 PM

    I can’t believe some of the dumb thoughts people are writing. If they lose a pick it will be a middle/late round pick. All of the people saying move the Steelers picks to the end of the rd in 1-4 or change a 1st to a 4th you people realize that’s a worse penalty than the league is probably considering? Also by not announcing a draft pick now the league can wait til after the season when the draft order is decided for the Steelers to determine a fair pick. For example if they say a 3rd rd pick it’s a huge difference if Pittsburgh ends up with a top 6 pick as opposed to say a pick in the 20’s. It’s ok because most the people are just bashing it because Goodells name is attached to it it’s not like they have real reasoning behind it.

  181. louderthanwords1 says: Dec 5, 2013 4:00 PM

    witchrunner says:
    Dec 4, 2013 6:17 PM
    From a class act like Cowher to a gutter dweller like Tomlin. How the mighty have fallen. Which also explains their poor performance on the field. Where is the owner demanding integrity? Being a Pats fan, I’ve never been a Steelers fan, but I loved Cowher’s attitude that he instilled in his players: When you do something great or score, act like it’s par for the course, like you expect to do it. Belichick has the same attitude, and he does seem to be the foundation for real success
    ———————————————————-

    A gutter dweller? Based on what? 1 instance? I guess that makes Belichick a gutter dweller too for the spy gate? I don’t like either team but what your spewing off is hypocrisy.

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