Steelers won’t be docked a draft pick for Tomlin’s sideline incident

AP

As the new league year begins, some lingering business from the previous one has been concluded.

The NFL has informed the Steelers that no draft picks will be taken or modified as a result of last year’s sideline incident involving coach Mike Tomlin.

In the second half of an eventual loss to Baltimore, Tomlin strayed toward the sideline during a kickoff return.  He eventually had a foot in the field of play as Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones approached.  Tomlin flinched and jumped out of the way, and Jones cut to the inside.  Though he was then caught from behind, it wasn’t clear that he would have made it to the end zone even without Tomlin’s interference.

Tomlin was fined $100,000, and the league explained that adjustments could be made to a 2014 draft pick.  Further punishment would have been more likely if the four points the Ravens didn’t score on the drive (they settled for a field goal) had been the difference between qualifying for the postseason and staying home.  But the Ravens missed the playoffs without that tiebreaker being relevant.

In a footnote that Ravens fans would be tempted to call karma, the Steelers eventually missed the playoffs due to a missed call in the Chiefs-Chargers game that would have given Kansas City another shot at a game-winning field goal.  Instead, the Chargers won the game — and bumped Pittsburgh out of the postseason field.

116 responses to “Steelers won’t be docked a draft pick for Tomlin’s sideline incident

  1. The Steelers are fortunate there. That could have gone either way.
    Under the circumstances, though, with Tomlin being fined like that, and the incident not being relevant to any outcome, it was probably the right call.

  2. In a footnote that Ravens fans would be tempted to call karma, the Steelers eventually missed the playoffs due to a missed call in the Chiefs-Chargers game that would have given Kansas City another shot at a game-winning field goal. Instead, the Chargers won the game — and bumped Pittsburgh out of the postseason field.

    Way to drum up the trolls Florio. Always good to get those hits.

  3. Looks like the Steelers are still getting the NFL to cheat for them. Just like a certain superbowl a while back… Oh well, Steeler fans, your team continues to suck while we have the best team in the league. #KissTheRing

  4. Another example of Rooneys power over the Commissioner.

    There is no way an organization should not be penalized for having a coach that blatantly cheated.
    Any other NFL teams coach interfere with play on the field, and there would have been much harsher penalties.

    Ridiculous.

  5. League office looked at what’s been happening to them this off season and said “we can’t punish them, they are hurting bad enough”

  6. The Ravens’ Jones could have been seriously injured by Tomlin if he didn’t have the presence of mind to cut quickly as he ran. Steelers should have been fined a lower draft pick, or, at least some additional consequence. Other teams are heavily punished for lesser offenses. What was that smile on Tomlin’s face after the incident?

  7. Wow… Goodell isn’t going to create a new rule once again top punish Steelers. Maybe he feels sorry for the fact that allof our players are being signed by other teams on a daily basis, while Steeler management does nothing. Ring 7 is not coming this season. Colbert is a joke – suspend him Goodell for failure to field a team.

  8. The Steelers aren’t relevant. They should try doing something like recently winning a Superbowl, like the Baltimore Ravens. And not failing to make the postseason 2 seasons in a row … Like the Baltimore Ravens.

  9. “Wow… Goodell isn’t going to create a new rule once again top punish Steelers. Maybe he feels sorry for the fact that allof our players are being signed by other teams on a daily basis, while Steeler management does nothing. Ring 7 is not coming this season. Colbert is a joke – suspend him Goodell for failure to field a team.”
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    Shush! This thread is for butthurt Raven fans.

  10. Of course not, just another slap on the wrist just like when Dr. Rydze was caught having massive quantities of HGH and Anabolic Steroids to the Stealers team facilities in 2006, a “naughty naughty” and a slap on the wrist.

    Goodell and Co need to just come out and put it on record Pitt and New England are invincible under his watch.

  11. You right about Colbert..But he’s a Pittsburgh guy..he wont be going anywhere any time soon

  12. Must still suck to be a Saints fan knowing what was allegedly said (money paid to injure other players) by the coaches never actually happened on the field. Yet they lost draft picks and the head coach was suspended for an entire year. Yeah, the NFL definitely didn’t want the host team playing in the Super Bowl that year…..

  13. Steelers are on their way back. James Harrison and his AARP card say so.

    What a joke that team has become.

  14. Bad precedent being set by the NFL. What’s to keep some other coach this year from “accidently” stepping into the path of the guy with the ball to try and prevent a score. Based on what happened to Pittsburgh, the penalty is a public reprimand and a $100,000 fine. That unbelievably is couch change to today’s million dollar coaches.

  15. I don’t get the hate here. He was overly fined $100,000, that should be more than enough. Why should the team be penalized for a spur of the moment mistake by the coach?

    The refs probably should have awarded a TD on the play due to interference but didn’t. That’s not the Steelers fault.

  16. Jones should have just put his head down and stuck the crown of his helmet in the base of Tomlin’s skull. He would have turned Tomlin into a babbling gork retard, just like Roethlisberger.

  17. Looks like the Steelers are still getting the NFL to cheat for them. Just like a certain superbowl a while back… Oh well, Steeler fans, your team continues to suck while we have the best team in the league. #KissTheRing

    The ring says it all. No problem if you kiss THE RINGS .
    Your lips will be very sore skippy and stop crying about a SB from so long ago.

  18. The punishment was actually much worse than losing a single draft pick.

    Goodell is actually punishing the Steelers by making them keep Colbert as their GM indefinately.

  19. was there anybody that thought the NFL was going to penalize the Steelers? Of course not

    Should they have lost a pick? Yes. If Tomlin didn’t get suspended (which he didn’t).

    A 100k fine is useless, Tomlin doesn’t care, and it certainly doesn’t help the Ravens any

    Tomlin SHOULD of been fined the 100k, and suspended the rest of the year. Which would of happened it it was the Jags, or the Raiders or something, but was never going to happen to the Steelers

  20. “Jones should have just put his head down and stuck the crown of his helmet in the base of Tomlin’s skull. He would have turned Tomlin into a babbling gork retard, just like Roethlisberger.”

    ———–
    YOUR QB IS A BIG MEANIE-FACED BOOTIE HEAD!!

  21. Wow! That is awful decision. Please tell me that the front offense doesn’t believe Tomlin’s story that it was unintentional?! The tape don’t lie.

  22. Wow! That is awful decision. Please tell me that the front offense doesn’t believe Tomlin’s story that it was unintentional?! The tape don’t lie.
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    Oops that was supposed to read NFL front office not front offense!

  23. Jones should have just put his head down and stuck the crown of his helmet in the base of Tomlin’s skull. He would have turned Tomlin into a babbling gork retard, just like Roethlisberger.

    I am sure this would have satisfied your bloodlust…..right? Why are their so many knuckle dragging mouth breathing drooling raven trolls. The water in Baltimore needs to be checked.

    Funny the biggest babies on this thread are raven trolls who won the bloody game. Sssshhh it’s over.

  24. BTW, for all the Steelers fans talking about the “massive” fine Tomlin got, it was roughly 1.5% of his salary.

    That’s right, even after blatatnly cheating, and getting fine, he made over 300k JUST FOR THAT GAME (that included the -100k for the fine)

    Just becuase it would be a massive fine for you, doens’t make it one for him

  25. “incident involving coach Mike Tomlin”?

    You mean when he demonstrably used the bigscreen jumbotron to gauge just how close to time his interference with pending TD return, and then leapt out of the way at the last second to then smirk at his success?

    That “incident”?

  26. So the demonstrably false allegations of bountygate, including a federal judge who ruled that the NFL had clearly overstepped its bounds with reference to Vilma, costs the Saints money, 2 2nd rd. draft picks and its coach a one year suspension which blows up an entire season with an elite qb in his prime, while Tomlin purposely interferes with a player on the field in prime time and the team gets diddly. Thanks Rodger. Your inconsistency remains consistent.

  27. skippynj,
    Should the team lose any draft picks over a stupid mistake by the head coach? Should the Colts lose draft picks because Irsay got a DUI? Do the Steelers have a history of doing such things? Can you link this incident to others that would prove collusion by the Steelers? The answer for all of these questions is obviously,NO.

    Tomlin was fined $100,000, which is way over the top despite what poster,sumkat,said before. The mistake was made by the refs for not awarding the Ravens a touchdown, again not the Steelers fault.

  28. Put it in context. The jets weren’t penalized a pick when their strength coach actually tripped a player who was running for a touchdown he was sure to make. If you watch the tape, it is pretty clear Jones wasn’t going to make it anyways. The fine was appropriate. Let it go, haters.

  29. Yeah… If it was the Saints, GODell would have laid down the hammer pretty hard and Saints would’ve been without a head coach….again.

  30. What a joke that team has become.

    Funny that a fan of the police blotter trotting ravens would call another team a joke. You do realize outside of the inner harbor the joke is the ravens starting with mr Lewis and continuing with mr Rice….Nuff said.

  31. Gee…Finally a rational decision. This was ridiculous.

    Kind of tough to dock a pick with absolutely no precedent or rule in place to govern it. Without a formal punitive action they need to stick with fines.

    I’d be more concerned about these coaches walking 25 yards onto the field to dispute calls and yell at refs and the affect that it has on continuity and huddles.

    For an example look at either Harbaugh. At least the one in SF gets flagged periodically.

  32. let me try to understand this….Belichick gets fined $500K, NE fined $250K and docked a first round pick for filming signals from the sideline. If they filmed the signals from the stands a mere 20 feet away, that would have been within the rules…

    Tomlin, a coach, trips a player during a game and it’s apparently ok with Goodell…what’s cheating and is not…I think it sets a bad precedent

  33. Steelers cheated and still couldn’t win the game. That team is a joke now, and it’s all due to the overrated Tomlin.

  34. mikey2594, Tomlin DIDN’T trip anybody. He kind of got in the way & then moved out of the way.

    As another posted pointed out, The Jets strength coach actually tripped a Dolphin player & prevented a TD. No draft picks were taken from the Jets. That’s the precent you should be talking about.

  35. Tomlin, a coach, trips a player during a game and it’s apparently ok with Goodell…what’s cheating and is not…I think it sets a bad precedent

    Mikeee please show the film where Tomlin tripped anyone. Please please show me! Lying and cheating are for Pats and their fans, but you need to be more discreet.

  36. skleech22 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:58 PM

    If this were the Pats…..that game tape would have been destroyed by now!!!
    __________________________

    If this were the Patriots, there would be 5 times as many hater comments than there are now.

    Mainly because the Pats are 5 times better than the Steelers, but I digress…
    Hate on Haters!
    your hate is pure Love to us here in Gods Country

  37. Considering the NFL handed the Steelers a Superbowl win over the Seahawks, not taking a draft choice is mild by comparison.

    Rooney was never going to let the NFL punish his Steelers so why this is even a story is beyond me.

  38. Personally, I don’t understand all the hatred toward the Steelers. It’s not like their fans are first class delusional a-holes or anything.

  39. I’m guessing that everyone who has decided that it was intentional because of the goofy face he pulled has never done anything stupid.

    Personally, when I do something particularly boneheaded I make a similar expression. It is known as a “sheepish grin”. And I’m sure no one on the sideline was ribbing him about it, either.

  40. This was all on Tomlin. The steelers should have never even been docked a draft pick in the first place. Whose dumb idea was it to try and steal a draft pick. Oh let me guess, Goodell. Good for the Rooneys for the standing up to him on this one. I bet the crooked Goodell is already planning his next move against the steelers.

  41. seatt1ej0nes, one bad call does not negate the Seahawks inability to take control and put the game away earlier. Officiating that who game was pretty bad.

    Bengcolt, Jim Irsay’s predicament and what Tomlin did is comparing apples to oranges. Tomlin made a snap decision or even truly lost his bearings on the field, we wasn’t there we will never know for sure. $100,000 is nothing to joke about even with a 5-6 mil salary. The Rooney’s had no hand in it. Jim Irsay on the other hand makes hundreds of millions off of the Colts. He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, along with four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. A fine just wouldn’t be enough to send a message(altho I would be fine with just a fine). Draft picks would be the only way to get the message across to an owner.

  42. Revis signs with the Pats. Browner signs with the Pats. Edleman back, LaFell signed, more to come.

    2014-15 Super Bowl Champs – Patriots!

  43. Tomlin interfered with the player. I must have been recalling the Dolphin coach tripping a player. My bad, but to suggest I was lying is a bit excessive, don’t you think? We’re just having a discussion.
    But both actions were of similar intent: a non player trying to effect the outcome of a play, which in my opinion should be looked at very negatively. A draft pick penalty would be another Goodell mountain out of a molehill, yet my point is the infraction by NE did not match the excessive penalty.

    Stealing signals from opposing coaches vs coaches who intentionally interfere with the play…which one is cheating?

  44. I wonder if he saw himself on the big screen, or did he want to know what is that idiot doing on the field.

  45. It would be surprising if anyone is surprised by this development.

    Still have to wonder about the ref who had to run around everyone on the play yet didn’t call a penalty.

  46. SteelerBen has a great point which I mentioned at the time. The look on his face was priceless…..I could hear him say, what a boneheaded move. He was also smiling as they kept running the replay over and over to fuel the drool spittle faced in raged raven knuckle draggers who wanted blood revenge. Too funny now.

  47. They got off pretty darn easy. When some assistant strength coach flips out and does something similar he’ll get banned for life, I’m sure.

  48. I’m a Raven’s fan who thinks a draft pick would be extreme…BUT…
    he WAS on the field and MAY HAVE impacted the play (if you watch Jacoby’s reaction) but the refs looked the other way for such a flagrant foul. But that happens. We’re used to that.

    What gets to me are the ridiculously narrow-minded Squealers fans who want to compare this direct act by an NFL Coach to a possible bad call in a KC game they weren’t playing in as some conspiracy against the pure Steelers.
    SOOO stupid!

  49. If he would have filmed it from there, that’s half a million.

    Trying to block the guy? No problem.

    Makes sense to me.

  50. I wonder what the outcry would be if it were Bill Belichick that eyed the jumbotron and manuevered his way into position and interfered with on field play, in order to gain a clear, in game, competitive advantage? I don’t think the Internet could handle it.

  51. love the seahawks fans making comments about their super bowl loss, get over it, the refs didn’t cost you that game, willie parkers td run and randal el’s pass to hines wards cost you that game!

  52. Why is anyone making a big deal about this? Did anyone see the player getting clotheslined in the playoffs more recently on the sideline? I believe that it was a 49ers or Seahawks game. That was blatant and there was no fine or penalty involved. Tomlin did not do it intentionally. Who in their right mind could conceivably time it almost perfectly in the split second that it took Jones to get there? Please. Seahag fans need to stop it about Super Bowl XL, There was no conspiracy…get over it. What are you going to do when your underpaid players all want big contracts soon and start the mass exodus?

  53. Typical, Stealers get a pass, the’ve been cheating since the 70’s. Rampant roid use the Steal Curtain years, Given last two superbowls, by refs on the take. The Rooney family has always been in the pockets of the NFL front office. Finally, due to their lack of talent and so called stars such as Ruthlessbooger, and Chic hair Polamolu are average at best the cannot overcome the breaks given to them by the league. They will find their rightfull place in the bottom of the AFC North for the next decade.

  54. This hurts the integrity of the game much more than anything the bounty gate crap failed to show.

    He literally tried to change outcome of game from sidelines.

  55. That was still one of the dirtiest plays I’ll ever see, but it didn’t affect the outcome of the game. If it had, and the Ravens missed the playoffs because of it, the Steelers definitely should have forfeited a pick. But, given the circumstances, this is the right call.

  56. I don’t believe they should lose a draft pick over twinkletoes, but please don’t try and tell me he didn’t know what he was doing!

  57. Lots of delusional steelers haters here. “Roids in the 70s”??? Seriously? I think there plenty of evidence of roids all around the league during that period. Ever hear of Lyle alzado? And all these Seahawks fans crawling out of the woodwork to whine about SB XL?? Try stopping Willie Parker’s 75 yard run or the randle el pass to ward….then the score would have been close enough for the bad calls to have made a difference. Jeesh

  58. As a Steelers fan I was very happy for the Seahawks to win such a big-time Superbowl where no one gave them much though yet all but put a ring on Manning’s finger before the game.

    When Seattle came out and destroyed the Broncos I was ecstatic for them. They won that game in every phase. A victory for the ages. As a Steelers fan i recalled clearly their disappointment and frustration in losing XL. From there on out i secretly rooted for the Seahawks to get back and win a SuperBowl- and you did!

    Even when their front-7 guys came out later an proudly announced that they’d figured out the Bronco’s calls at the line i thought “Hey- that’s football”.

    But now, with so many of you turning into what you accused Steelers fans of being: poor winners, I realize WHY you had to wait so long for a ring- your football fans are bitter, hateful, childish jerks who feel entitled to victory.

    I know their are decent folks among Seahawks fans, and to them i say: Congratulations!

    To the rest of you- well, good luck with that mirror every morning, because you’ll be looking into the eyes of a witless dullard, and no amount of NFL success can ever fix stupid.

    Love- SteelerNational #17642089

  59. That was still one of the dirtiest plays I’ll ever see, but it didn’t affect the outcome of the game. If it had, and the Ravens missed the playoffs because of it, the Steelers definitely should have forfeited a pick. But, given the circumstances, this is the right call.

    Not even close to Ngata breaking Ben’s nose and no call or maybe Bell getting head to head at the goal line ….now that’s dirty. Shuck the purple shades dude and see the world as it really is.

  60. “Stealing signals from opposing coaches vs coaches who intentionally interfere with the play…which one is cheating?”

    Both? You indicate that “intent” was proven in the Tomlin case, but not in the New England case. When did that happen? What’s more likely, accidentally stepping onto the playing field, or accidentally setting up cameras in the wrong location?

    Look at it for what it its…New England broke a rule, and so did Tomlin. Fines, punishments, whatever, but to claim that intent matters or has been proven is baloney.

  61. It would be unfair to take a draft pick from Pittsburgh since Coach Tomlin’s actions did not affect the playoff standings.

    However, if you break the rules you can’t make the rules. Coach Tomlin’s integrity is in question and he should be removed from the NFL Competition committee. Failure to do so brings into question the integrity of the NFL.

  62. Can we all stop the overuse of the word “karma?”

    There is no such thing as karma and the constant referring to bad news as a result of such said mystical fantasy is unscientific and getting old.

    Thank You.

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