Tomlin: I accept the fine and I will no longer discuss this issue

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wants to pay his $100,000 fine and move on.

Tomlin, who was fined $100,000 by the NFL for standing on the field in the path of Ravens kickoff returner Jacoby Jones on Thanksgiving, issued a statement confirming that he accepts the punishment (not that he had much of a choice) and adding that he doesn’t want to talk about it any longer.

“As I stated yesterday, I take full responsibility for my actions, and I apologize for causing negative attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. I accept the penalty that I received. I will no longer address this issue as I am preparing for an important game this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins,” Tomlin said.

It’s easy to see why Tomlin doesn’t want to talk about the issue any longer, although he’s sure to be questioned about it for at least several more months, as the NFL has announced that it will also consider stripping draft choices from the Steelers as part of Tomlin’s punishment. Forfeiture of draft picks will make this a story in the NFL long after Tomlin wants to move on.

133 responses to “Tomlin: I accept the fine and I will no longer discuss this issue

  1. Translation: I know I got away with a big one and will gladly accept this slap on the wrist. Now please drop it before they are forced to make a bigger deal out of it.

  2. At least someone’s not going to be talking about this, there has been literally no true development in this story and yet it’s been front page stuff all week. His team still lost, can we please move on for awhile

  3. Draft choices seems silly to me. Punishment doesn’t fit the crime. Fine is reasonable. Have to send a player safety message. A game or two suspension would have even been within reason. But draft picks?
    That’s a reach.

  4. Ummmm yes, you will discuss this. I know it’s embarrassing to be caught, but you will be asked about it – forever – and you will discuss it. : )

  5. he’s doing the right thing…. unfortunately, when the draft penalty gets handed down, and it will, this is going to blow up again big time

    it’s outrageous that he did it in the first place and the NFL is right to come down on it like a ton of bricks

  6. Tomlin is a classy guy & the Steelers are class orgainization. The league is getting ridiculous with the amount and number of fines to clubs and players.

  7. Every time a kickoff is returned past where he is standing, he is going to be asked the question…did you have the urge?

  8. I wonder if he will accept the nice parting gifts the Steelers give him after they receive their draft penalty and show him the door?

  9. It’s interesting that officials frequently botch the hell out of the rightful results of game day activity – yet the League never seems to mete out any (meaningful) punishment. Merely downgrading them in a behind-closed-doors meeting doesn’t seem too stringent.

  10. Of all the NFL head coaches, Tomlin would be in the group least expected to do what he did. But he did it. And now he’s in a different group, a less trustworthy group.
    Trust is a hard thing to repair, will never be the same. Too bad.

  11. Ever notice how these things never happen in Steelers nation?

    Sorry, I was channeling steelersaregodsteam for a second. Haha.

  12. Tomlin blantantly cheated, blatantly lied about cheating, got away with a gentle slap on the wrist, no suspension and no admission of guilt. Now he wants to move on. Way to live the lie Mike!

    The Barry Bonds, Roger Clemons and Ryan Brauns of the world salute you!

  13. Oh its going to be talked about regardless of if Tomlin is interested. Once those multiple draft picks come off the board it’ll be every other question he hears.

  14. Mister ROONEY will pay the fine for his ROONEY Rule coach. Now quit talking about the wonderful coach of the Steelers.

  15. The Minnesota Vikings have now been decided as the symbol of greatness. The Minnesota Vikings are a franchise that has dominated for decades with a .538 overall winning percentage to prove it, ranked #3 in the league worldwide. The NFL has recently scammed the Vikings out of multiple Super Bowl rings because they envy our greatness, jealousy like this prevents the Vikings from this, but we will succeed. The impending Vikings dynasty will soon follow, multiple Super Bowl rings will be coming our way and our greatness will be shown worldwide.

    Many of you so called “haters” will say this is not true, but haters are known to envy greatness. Martin Luther King is a great example of a person who resembles the Vikings organization, he changed the world and was hated for it, but people recognize him for greatness

    The Minnesota Vikings are the prototypical franchise. We are the Lambourghini of cars, the iPhones of cellular devices, The Kate Uptons of females, and our presence can be felt worldwide by our profound greatness. We are the boat floating proudly on your favorite teams tears, sailing to multiple championships.

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    ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 4, 2013 11:42 AM

    It’s interesting that officials frequently botch the hell out of the rightful results of game day activity – yet the League never seems to mete out any (meaningful) punishment. Merely downgrading them in a behind-closed-doors meeting doesn’t seem too stringent.

    ______________________________________

    Actually they get fined and sometimes suspended.

  17. There are not a lot of scenarios that I could see Tomlin getting fired for at the end of this season. Losing draft picks over this is one of them. This team needs to get younger in a hurry and every draft pick counts.

  18. Any word on whether the NFL is going to strip Tomlin of his Competition Committee seat? Allowing Tomlin to remain on the Committee after this act would be a complete farce.

    After this wrist slap for an act that very well could have altered the composition of the playoff teams, I’m gonna puke if I hear anybody connected with the Steelers organization or their fan base whine that the NFL is out to get them.

  19. Commissioner Goodell should have suspended Tomlin as well as fining him. The draft picks must also be taken from the Steelers as they practically condoned Tomlin’s behavior by defending him.
    It’s clear to me that Tomlin made a purposeful move to cheat on the play. He made a deliberate sidestep towards the field and stood practically at attention while knowing full well he was creating an obstruction to the play on the field.
    The penalty is not sufficient. Behavior like Tomlin’s threaten the integrity of the game. He should be suspended for at least a full season.

  20. The officials also missed a false start on Shaun Suisham during the bothced field goal attempt. That could have changed the outcome of the game. Cortez Allen was catching Jones irregardless of what Tomlin did.

  21. The league is always out to get the steelers. They want to take draft picks too. Guess thats what happens when your a successful organization. A fine should should be assessed but not taking away their draft picks.

  22. Let’s be thankful the Steelers LOST that game.

    Because come this February, after they’ve ran the table and earned that 7th ring, the haters will be searching for any excuse to put an * by their championship…and they won’t be able to use that game as an excuse since it ended in a loss.

    It doesn’t matter, as I’m sure they’ll dig up some other excuse.

  23. Nothing like a reprehensible coach and troglodyte QB to take the luster off of a storied franchise. Can anyone outside of Pittsburg support this team anymore? I realize Steeler’s fans are all over the nation but it might be time to leap off the band wagon, if you have any self respect.

  24. ↑ Jagfan y’all got 100,000 problems of ya own..Worry about those. The fine was deserved based on the rules..But they still talking about a draft pick too? What the Patriots basically admitted to was much worse and the NFL said take the fine and move on..If the NFLwanted to take a pick away they should have done it today and closed the case.Now its gona linger until after the season..and if they do take a pick a 6th or 7th will be good enough

  25. If everyone else in the world was crazy as Tomlin asserts, I would not talk with them either.
    Poor, lost, confused and disoriented coach! He just forgot he was at a football game.

  26. Imagine Jones had tripped over his leg and been injured.
    Imagine the Ravens had lost the game.
    Either of these things was made more likely by his actions, regardless of intent. Either one of them would have resulted in a much bigger firestorm than this.

    He got off EASY if this is all that happens.

  27. patssox says:
    Dec 4, 2013 11:40 AM
    Ummmm yes, you will discuss this. I know it’s embarrassing to be caught, but you will be asked about it – forever – and you will discuss it. : )

    5 1
    Report comment. Hey Mike Tomlin let the steelers fire you then get a gig with ESPN …….you’ll never be asked about it again ….just an idea about perspective in this country.

  28. Can we quit calling Tomlin classy & well-respected, now? Preferably, call him former Steeler headed coach! I like the ring of that!

  29. I have always said he was awful at in-game decision making. This “blunder” just magnifies his pitiful in-game decision making and shows his true character. If the Rooney Rule didn’t exist, he would be gone. The organization is handcuffed by their own actions! Hell, at least Belicheck wins when he cheats!

  30. The fine is acceptable..but any talk of losing a draft pick is completely ridiculous. The NFL has taken away the spirit of the game..If their rules are to keep the players safe..why have their been so many devastating injuries this year…not just the normal injuries, but season ending injuries…and maybe career ending… It is not the same game anymore… I am not much of a fan of the NFL anymore..Even for my home team…until this year I was a rabid fan..never missed a game..but seeing what the new rules have done to the game..I could care less!

  31. All that talk about the Steelers, Rooneys, being a first class organization is out the window. This coach could have affected the outcome of the game. Fine him, suspend AND take away some draft picks.

  32. Yes, he did this on purpose. Anyone who thinks otherwise is kidding themselves. With that said, the reported penalty is definitely not a slap on the wrist like some others are saying. 100 Grand and possible pick(s). That’s a big deal and definitely will serve as a deterrent for any other idiot thinking of doing this.

  33. This guy is a total loser. And PIT has become a laughing stock under his watch. I hope they offer him a pay raise, PIT doesn’t deserve to have good people and football men on their team.

  34. How is $100,000 a slap on the wrist? People think if They made 1+ million dollars a year, a $100,000 is nothing. Not true. Wealthy people have bigger houses, more expensive cars and a more expensive lifestyle. This is going to sting. He’s not making $2 million and living in an apartment and taking the bus to work. It’s all relative.

  35. Mike ‘Lily’ Tomlin at his next presser:

    ‘I will no longer address this issue’.

    The press:

    ‘That’s nice, now tell us again why you were purposely standing in Jacoby Jones way on the field’. 🙂

  36. so will the steeler fans on this site admit this was cheating? or would that only apply if it were belichick? seems pretty straight forward to everyone in the country that this was a blatant attempt to cheat

  37. Fine him, take a draft pick, and let’s move on.

    We need to stop living in the world of “what-ifs.”

    Does anyone seriously think after all this scrutiny that Tomlin (or any other coach) is going to repeat this maneuver?

  38. You can’t compare this to officials. Officials accidentally miss calls or even sometimes have the wrong understanding of a rule. Tomlin knew he shouldn’t have been in the white area at all much less with a foot on the green part of the field *during a live play* He also clearly did it intentionally. I would have fined him and suspended him a couple of games. Cheaters are lame.

  39. I hope we can all move on from this, ridiculous how this has lasted this long.. more important things in life than was it intentional or not slide gate…

  40. Although controversial regarding his intentionality around this he should of been suspended for at least a game for good measure & to be made an example of. (Signed) Chesire Cat

  41. Might get some grief for this , but, I think it’s time for the Steelers to move on from this guy. He is NOT anywhere near the motivator that Cowher was. And listening to his press conferences is just painful. Time for a change.

  42. I just don’t see it. Don’t all of us get in a trance when watching a big screen tv? Tomlin is a class act that made a mistake but IMO an honest one not worth 100 grand. I hope the Rooney’s are pissed we would welcome Tomlin to DC with open arms and pockets.

  43. Interesting how fines go officials right there no flag but Gödel feel it is wrong what was done. Tom Brady runs after an official berates him with the F word and follows him up the tunnel on a nationally podcast game and this is OK. No wonder mums the word.

  44. “8man says:
    Dec 4, 2013 11:35 AM
    Good! And now we can move onto pounding the team of officials that missed the whole thing.”

    The officials were definitely patronizing in that game, and the lack of the flag proved it. They also failed to throw a flag when time ran out twice, allowing the steelers to move the ball down field – getting first downs and extending their control of the ball – helping the Steelers get back in the game. The Steelers O-line tackled the defense front all game long, mostly in the 2nd half – no flags.

    Tomlin interfered, but the real crime was the poor officiating. I’m sure Tomlin won’t do that again, but the officiating needs to be fixed.

  45. His cheating took 7 points off the board & the D only allowed 3. His actions, deceitful & despicable as they were, caused a 4 point difference in the game. To only get away with a minor fine (yep, 100k in the NFL is like a nickel for most of us) in what could have changed the playoff outcomes for 2 teams (and potentially injured a player – what if Jacoby Jones tore an ACL cutting to avoid Tomlin?) is incredibly lucky.

    If I were Goodell, it would have been 500k for Tomlin, 1 Mil for the club and the loss of 2 late round draft picks. Coaches can’t cheat to change the outcome of plays on the field.

    The league loves the Steelers, so they are getting away with a big one here……….

  46. We keep hearing how Jones could have tripped and that this is a “player safety issue”. How would running into or being tripped by an out of shape 40 year old coach standing still on the sideline be more of a safety issue than being run over by a well-conditioned 240 pound linebacker running at full speed, hitting a receiver from behind?

  47. People over react to everything , this is the flavor of the month , wasn’t it just a player picking on a player and also the end of the New England game was the worst call ever . No body looks at the saints any different . Calm down and realize you will have something new to complain about after Sunday.

  48. This was not an organizational decision. Tomlin was 100% responsible. He needs to bear all responsibility & punishment. Don’t take draft picks. Suspend his cheating butt for the remainder of the season if you want to send a message to other coaches. While $100k is major coin, it won’t send the message that suspension sends. These guys are multi-millionaires. Come on, man!

  49. He refuses to discuss it?!?!?! Now that makes me think there’s more to this story than what’s been reported. What happened to all this “up front” “stand-up guy” “I accept responsibility” schtick? Somebody needs to get the Looneys in the hot seat and start asking some tough questions. Nobody is moving on from this. This story is rolling full speed ahead. Only a matter of time before tongues start wagging and the truth comes out. You don’t mess with the Ravens!

  50. The more I think about it, we are being punished more by having him on the sidelines for the next 4 games. I guess it would be worse if Haley got the replacement job! Can we trade for Jack Del Rio?

  51. Stepping onto the field to get in the way of a returner is kind of a Steeler head coaching tradition. Cowher acted like he was going to punch a guy. Tomlin kind of added his own dance style to it. Both instances were funny as hell.

  52. thepftpoet says: Dec 4, 2013 11:46 AM

    The Minnesota Vikings have now been decided as the symbol of greatness. The Minnesota Vikings are a franchise that has dominated for decades with a .538 overall winning percentage to prove it, ranked #3 in the league worldwide. The NFL has recently scammed the Vikings out of multiple Super Bowl rings because they envy our greatness, jealousy like this prevents the Vikings from this, but we will succeed. The impending Vikings dynasty will soon follow, multiple Super Bowl rings will be coming our way and our greatness will be shown worldwide.

    Many of you so called “haters” will say this is not true, but haters are known to envy greatness. Martin Luther King is a great example of a person who resembles the Vikings organization, he changed the world and was hated for it, but people recognize him for greatness

    The Minnesota Vikings are the prototypical franchise. We are the Lambourghini of cars, the iPhones of cellular devices, The Kate Uptons of females, and our presence can be felt worldwide by our profound greatness. We are the boat floating proudly on your favorite teams tears, sailing to multiple championships.
    ==================================
    It appears that the boat never got out of drydock.

    This is the best line, however:

    “The Minnesota Vikings are a franchise that has dominated for decades with a .538 overall winning percentage to prove it, ranked #3 in the league worldwide.”

    In short, they’ve dominated by winning slightly over half of their games- and dominance, of course, is defined by finishing somewhere below first.

    BTW, according to Pro Football Reference, Vikings all-time win pct. is actually .542, which actually puts them 8th, well behind the Bears and Packers.

    The Vikings are not comparable to Martin Luther King. They are more like George Costanza: Humorous and constantly messing up.

  53. The penalty is not even remotely harsh enough.

    For videotaping the Jets defensive signals (legal) from the sidelines (illegal) instead of 10 yards further back in the stands, Belichick got fined $500,000. The Pats organization got fined $250,000 and they lost their first round draft pick.

    Keep in mind that the tapes were never reviewed and had zero impact on the game in progress.

    Tomlin’s actions had a direct impact on the game in progress. This is a much more serious violation.

    Tomlin’s and the Steeler’s fines, at the minimum, should be equal to the ones doled out during Spygate, if not higher and they should, at the minimum, lose their first round draft pick and possibly additional draft picks as well.

  54. GOOGLE Ohio St legendary coach Woody Hayes and read how he managed to get himself fired. Tomlin may not discuss it further but it might just come up in his exit interview.

  55. As a Ravens fan, I say the fine is fine. However, I do not agree with forfeiting draft picks. Even though they are our bitterest rivals, the Steelers organization should not be penalized for this.

    I would ask only one more thing of the NFL: award the Ravens a touchdown for that play and change the official final score to 26-20. It won’t affect the final outcome of the game, but there is the possibility, however remote, that playoff tie-breakers could come down to point differential. And with how the 6th playoff spot teams are so closely bunched, well, stranger things have happened… and how bad would it be if those four points made a difference. Better safe than sorry.

  56. You don’t mess with the Ravens!

    You don’t have to….just Batch slap them skippy and they will be quiet and sleep in the corner like well trained puppies. Ssshhh you are embarrassing the good fans of a Baltimore again.

  57. The Steelers should keep their draft picks, but Ravens fans should get to vote on who they have to pick with them. It could be the greatest offseason ever.

  58. Perfect time to make Mike T and the steelers mad. Now they can go on and make the dolphins, bengals, packers and browns pay for it by winning out and watch the ravens sit at home for the playoffs.

  59. Nofoolnodrool says:Dec 4, 2013 12:19 PM

    You will discuss what we tell you to discuss!!!

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    I’m not a fan of either team, but I have to ask. Is that all you’ve got skippy, talking trash about a guy that isn’t even playing in the league anymore?

    Your coach cheats, (or at least tries to), and your team is a joke, deal with it.

  60. I think it sucks. Hey, its the funniest thing to happen in football this year, something to make us all laugh and they fine the guy?

    Doesn’t the league have better things to do like figure out that if I’m a defensive back I may as well grap a good hold of the face mask at the one yard line to keep the guy from scoring, hey its only a 1/2 yard penalty. So what if I break the guys neck, were talking 6 points here.

  61. When players get fined $10K for wearing different color shoes, a $100K fine for a coach interfering with play on the field seems too weak. There is no doubt that Tomlin being well liked helped him a great deal here. This seemed more like a $250K fine.

  62. citizenstrange says:
    Dec 4, 2013 11:44 AM
    Tomlin blantantly cheated, blatantly lied about cheating, got away with a gentle slap on the wrist, no suspension and no admission of guilt. Now he wants to move on. Way to live the lie Mike!

    The Barry Bonds, Roger Clemons and Ryan Brauns of the world salute you!

    _______________________________

    You forgot the Patriots………..

  63. ydousuk says: Dec 4, 2013 12:45 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:Dec 4, 2013 12:19 PM

    You will discuss what we tell you to discuss!!!

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    I’m not a fan of either team, but I have to ask. Is that all you’ve got skippy, talking trash about a guy that isn’t even playing in the league anymore?

    Your coach cheats, (or at least tries to), and your team is a joke, deal with it.

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    Theres never a bad time to talk about Ray Ray the Blade!

  64. And for all you so calld Steelers fans calling for Tomlins head..who else would you rather have coach that’s out there? Some other washd up recycled NFL coach that was fired by a couple of teams already?? (Gruden would be the only Guy I’d even consider) Or the scrub NCAA coach who has no clue..Toss me some names please! If you knew better you’d be calling for Colbert’s head for handcuffin this team financially for YEARS with bad contracts MULTIPLE blown drafts.How you have a 100M $ QB and year after year think rookie O-linemen are good enough to protect him?

  65. 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.

  66. That’s because he WANTS it to go away. Nothing against this guy, but if you’re an honest person with no bias glasses on….you can see that he is aware of were he’s at…he is standing there peeking out of the corner of his eyes until the last second….Yea, it’s a conscious decision he made. Move on with it, but dude knew what he was doing.

  67. The fact that he stood up in front of the cameras and lied through his teeth and called everyone crazy makes this fine well deserved. He was darned lucky it wasn’t a suspension. Taking draft picks ensures that coaches won’t just accept mere slap on wrists for the greater good (winning games), but know the TEAM will be punished for their selfish and lying actions.

  68. With African Americans struggling to land head coaching positions it really does them a disservice when a clown like this goes amateur hour in the middle of a prime time game. What on earth was he thinking? I wont look at this guy the same way again.

  69. Tomlin makes $5.75 Million a year. So, $100,000 is a 1.7% fine.

    So, think about it….if you made $100K/yr….your fine would be $1,700

    If they took that out of your check for a year…and you got paid twice a month…you would lose $70.83 a paycheck for one year.

    Not as painful as you think.

  70. Who cares about the fine, whether it’s justified or not. Let’s look at this in a totally new direction.

    Let’s make Mike Tomlin an innovator, and get a new rule that allows a head coach, one play a game, to insert himself into the action, offense or defense. Now that would be fun. The funniest example that comes to mind would be Andy Reid. Just imagine Bill Belechick running out there. Think there’d be any cheap shots???

  71. Mike Tomlin tried his hardest to help his team win a game (albeit by cheating) and $100k is a cheap price for a win in the NFL – other similar unethical coaches would be happy for that deal!

  72. patriotwayspygate says:
    Dec 4, 2013 1:00 PM

    Seventh Lombardi is still on the way.

    #SteelerNation
    ************
    When will they win one without players on steroids or HGH?

  73. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Dec 4, 2013 12:19 PM
    You will discuss what we tell you to discuss!!!

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    Dude, you have a complex and you need to move on. That, or just try answering one question ONE QUESTION about roethlisraper. You’ve never once commented on or tried to explain Ben’s actions, yet you continuously condemn a retired player for an incident that happened over a decade ago. Take off your beloved homer shades and stop being a blatant HYPOCRITE

  74. mizzousooner says:
    Dec 4, 2013 12:52 PM
    ydousuk says: Dec 4, 2013 12:45 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:Dec 4, 2013 12:19 PM

    You will discuss what we tell you to discuss!!!

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    I’m not a fan of either team, but I have to ask. Is that all you’ve got skippy, talking trash about a guy that isn’t even playing in the league anymore?

    Your coach cheats, (or at least tries to), and your team is a joke, deal with it.

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    Theres never a bad time to talk about Ray Ray the Blade!

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    And there will never, ever be a bad time to bring up the coach who tried to block an opponent’s player in front of the whole country on Thanksgiving and then lied about it repeatedly.

  75. “just Batch slap them skippy and they will be quiet and sleep in the corner”

    Now that the world knows what a bunch of cheaters the Steelers are — all their victories are meaningless. Legacy of Lies.

  76. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Dec 4, 2013 11:54 AM
    patssox says:
    Dec 4, 2013 11:40 AM
    Ummmm yes, you will discuss this. I know it’s embarrassing to be caught, but you will be asked about it – forever – and you will discuss it. : )

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    Report comment. Hey Mike Tomlin let the steelers fire you then get a gig with ESPN …….you’ll never be asked about it again ….just an idea about perspective in this country.
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    Your stating quarterback is a rapist and your coach is cheater, yet all you can do is talk about a retired player from a different team. How’s that for perspective…?

  77. Can’t they just delete the video evidence of this violation for the Rooneys…. that is the Patriot way.

    Rules violations for the most favored teams are usually just brushed under the rug.

  78. Good to know – so a Head Coach can walk onto the field, tackle a player about to score, and it will cost him a tiny fraction of his annual contract.

    That’s a helluva message Goodell is putting out there.

    Meanwhile if a coach violates a new 2006 rule regarding the placement of cameras in 2007, expect a much heftier fine, loss of a draft pick and endless comments from idiotic fans

    I don’t think Roger Goodell quite knows what the term “integrity of the game” means.

  79. steelcurtainn says:
    Dec 4, 2013 12:36 PM
    Perfect time to make Mike T and the steelers mad. Now they can go on and make the dolphins, bengals, packers and browns pay for it by winning out and watch the ravens sit at home for the playoffs.
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    Even if they miraculously win out they still need the Ravens to lose to get in. You guys never made it to the drivers seat this season, you were in the passenger seat for a little bit, but the thanksgiving loss moved you to the back of the bus…

  80. A significant fine such as $100,000 should be enough. Nothing else should be considered. The loss of a draft pick (early or late in the NFL Draft) is too excessive. If the NFL really has a heart, they would not do anymore punishment for my team.

  81. Tomlin has disgraced this organization by his personal actions. He will cost the organization draft picks that they badly need.

    Looking at the entire tape, it’s clear he knew what he was doing so not only is he a cheater, but a liar as well.

    He needs to be fired.

  82. Can we start a “I will no longer discuss this issue” trend for Tomlin similar to what everyone does with the Brees explanation trend/

  83. It’s a joke he was not suspended for his action and for how he continues to make it out to be no big deal. However, I don’t agree with taking away draft picks. Let the punishment fit the infraction!!
    If the Rooney’s keep him on as a NFL coach, which I believe is a big if, the NFL should reduce the Steelers salary cap by 5-10 million for as long as he’s the coach.

  84. There is absolutely no chance he did this on purpose, and any Steeler fan who has paid attention since Tomlin was hired will tell you why.

    He lost his place on the sideline and wandered onto the field during a return? Yep, that’s Mike Tomlin. He always looks lost on the sideline. Bad clock management. Bad challenges. Bad game management in general.

  85. Let’s be honest people. If it was done unintentionally would he have had such a big grin on his face following the play? Thee is no way he was grinning from ear to ear because he was excited about Jones almost returning the kick got 7. No way he was grinning because he was happy about his special teams coverage. He got caught laughing instantly after the play when he knew he got away with one. He knew what he was doing. Cheating is cheating!

  86. cfeeley52 says:
    Dec 4, 2013 1:29 PM
    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Dec 4, 2013 11:54 AM
    patssox says:
    Dec 4, 2013 11:40 AM
    Ummmm yes, you will discuss this. I know it’s embarrassing to be caught, but you will be asked about it – forever – and you will discuss it. : )

    5 1
    Report comment. Hey Mike Tomlin let the steelers fire you then get a gig with ESPN …….you’ll never be asked about it again ….just an idea about perspective in this country.
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    Your stating quarterback is a rapist and your coach is cheater, yet all you can do is talk about a retired player from a different team. How’s that for perspective…?

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    Report comment. Oh Feeley52 get a grip. Ben stands accused not convicted of obstruction. It’s ok for your hero to say you weren’t there I ain’t talking( because if did he might solve the open murder case). That’s perspective. I guess it just depends on how fair you want to be and how much you value a life versus a possible touchdown in that perspective you come across as pretty shallow I would say. Cheat in a game that cost two lives……you finish if you can.

  87. I cannot believe I am in the position of defending the Steelers and Tomlin. I don’t hate them, but I can’t stand their fans, and I do get pleasure in watching bad things happen to the franchise.

    All that said, I think the fine is perfectly appropriate. Taking draft picks is total lunacy. If they were going to go further than fining him, they should suspend him for a game. I just don’t see the logic in taking draft picks. What does the team itself have to do with it? Nothing. Even if Tomlin did it on purpose, punishing the whole franchise is eerily similar to what the NCAA did to Penn State.

    By the way, I’m an Eagles fan, and after watching the videos and listening to Tomlin, I don’t believe for a second his actions were intentional .

  88. @j0esixpack

    why did the NFL do nothing the first time it happened?

    why did the NFL wait until the Pats disregarded warnings?

    why did the NFL shred the video tape?

  89. The only way you put these things behind you is if you own up to them. But Tomlin never admitted it was on purpose, instead his last words were an impossible to believe story about it being an accident where he didn’t know where the field was and that he watches plays on the jumbo tron that are happening right in front of him. Consequently, this will be talked about long after he’s retired.

  90. Frankly, the fine is, I suppose, adequate for the offense, but retroactive penalties don’t really do anything about the real problem. The league fined William Gay $15k grand for clubbing Jason Campbell in the head retroactively too. But on the field of play, there was no call and the play ended up as a turnover with the Steelers getting the ball on the Browns 4 yard line about to go up 20-3 instead of the Browns only being down 13-3 with the ball at the Steelers’ 24. I don’t really know how to solve this, but it’s a little ridiculous to tell the Browns, ‘yeah, well, the officiating crew got it wrong, but the result of the play stands and you still lost.’ It would be different if this didn’t happen so often these days, but it seems like the league’s answer these days is to ignore calls it’s getting wrong on the field and then go back and ‘get them right’ later with fines – long past the point where getting it right would do any good.

  91. I’m happy that you are all so angry about this. Even though I’m sure it’s fake outrage and it’s really just taking jabs/trolling, I can actually picture some of you typing through the tears after you found out the league is reviewing it fairly and without bias.

    Keep holding your collective breath Ratbird fans, I promise you that the Steelers’ first round draft pick is in the mail, and you should be getting it any day now 😉

  92. The bickering between Steeler and Ravens fans is laughable. We all hate the other team, but the lack of truth and knowledge is immense reading through these digs at each other.

    I am a Raven fan, and I will be honest… I like Tomlin and I don’t think (the operative word) he did it on purpose.

    No draft pick should be in play here. Fine him and move on (and yes, in an earlier post I asked for a suspension, but I have moved on from that too).

    So many of you sound like my ex-wife with how good you are at pulling up stuff from the past, whether true, half-true, or just plain lies, just to position yourself in an argument. What’s the expression, ‘never let the truth get in the way of a good story?” On these posts, substitute the word “argument” for “story.”

  93. Mike, you might be done talking about it, but I will guarantee you that people on this site will be talking about it for as long as you are employed by an NFL team… and after. The same way Steelers fans will forever talk about Spygate.

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    Report comment. Just don’t ask about a missing white suit right?
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    Dude, you have a complex and you need to move on. That, or just try answering one question ONE QUESTION about roethlisraper. You’ve never once commented on or tried to explain Ben’s actions, yet you continuously condemn a retired player for an incident that happened over a decade ago. Take off your beloved homer shades and stop being a blatant HYPOCRITE

    Even the most blatant homer knows the difference being accused and not tried and a guilty plea for obstruction in court. Maybe you don’t but I’ll give you credit for knowing. My point is one of degrees of the offense committed, which in this case there is no comparison. Therefore wanting to bury Tomlin, the Rooneys, and the steelers is ironic coming from an organization that supports a convicted obstructor of justice. Never having sinned and passing judgement on others is fine, but you and the raven organization is not the moral compass for the NF l and we know you have sinned.

  95. The lack of intelligence here is staggering. People actually think a head coach in the NFL would do this intentionally, and now some of you are complaining that the punishment is too light? Do people even think anymore? The NFL is going to take a draft pick from the Steelers. There is no question about that. They are delaying the decision to see where the Steelers end up to determine which round they’ll forfeit. It’s a done deal unless Roger balks.

  96. “I will no longer address this issue as I am preparing for an important game this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins”

    Translation: I have to figure out how I can trip a breakaway runner from the other team without being so obvious this time.

  97. souldogdave says: Dec 4, 2013 3:25 PM

    So, it’s up to you, Tomlin, when and if to respond to this?
    LMAO you fool, what hubris!
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    You may want to reword your comment, as the concept of hubris would apply to a person that is first somewhat intelligent. I don’t think that applies to this clown Tomlin.

  98. Nothing about this goofy behavior by Mike Tomlin warrants docking the team draft picks. Goodell is an even bigger ass than I always suspected.

  99. How many times do we see coaches yelling at players and pushing them behind the white line? Are you telling me the coach forgot about this rule? Yes they should loose draft picks. It’s a well known rule. Coaches and players are well aware of this rule. No excuse.

  100. Deb says:Dec 4, 2013 5:01 PM

    Nothing about this goofy behavior by Mike Tomlin warrants docking the team draft picks. Goodell is an even bigger ass than I always suspected.
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    Trying to change the outcome of a game by cheating is not “goofy behavior.” Tomlin was hired by the Steelers to coach and represent the team. He was performing his duties as a Steeler employee when he did this, whether it was on purpose or not. Just like in corporate America, the corporation is responsible for the actions of their employees, while the employee is working for, and representing the corporation. If the employee doesn’t behave properly while representing the corporation, it is the corporation’s fault as well as the employees. That is why the Steelers should forfeit draft pick(s) for the “goofy behavior” their employee did while representing the team.

    Seems pretty simple to me………..

    Best Regards

  101. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Even the most blatant homer knows the difference being accused and not tried and a guilty plea for obstruction in court. Maybe you don’t but I’ll give you credit for knowing. My point is one of degrees of the offense committed, which in this case there is no comparison. Therefore wanting to bury Tomlin, the Rooneys, and the steelers is ironic coming from an organization that supports a convicted obstructor of justice. Never having sinned and passing judgement on others is fine, but you and the raven organization is not the moral compass for the NF l and we know you have sinned.
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    You may disagree, but in my opinion, being convicted of obstructing justice is on par with being accused of rape then paying a settlement before it goes to court (twice). For that reason, i find it equally ironic that your propping up an organization that supports an accused rapist as the supposed moral compass of the NFL. We too know the steelers have sinned, so stop throwing stones from your glass house…

  102. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Never having sinned and passing judgement on others is fine, but you and the raven organization is not the moral compass for the NF l and we know you have sinned.
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    So you’ve never sinned and are fine to pass judgment on all others??? Just checking…

  103. not really sure what ray lewis has to do with mike tomlin. nofool, you know i think the world of you. but everytime someone says something about the steeles, you go back to ray lewis. i have no desire to rehash this arguement with you. its irrelevant. but please, as you like to say, stay on topic. hope you are well

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