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Tomlin says Porter didn’t get game ball, won’t say much else

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Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin made it clear Tuesday that he wants to talk about the Broncos and his team’s game Sunday in Denver, not about assistant coach Joey Porter and what happened last Saturday in Cincinnati.

Tomlin shot down a rumor that Porter had received a game ball after the game but said he’s “moving on” and won’t talk about Porter’s actions any further. Tomlin said the Bengals have time to reflect but he doesn’t.

Porter faces a fine for being on the field in the aftermath of Vontaze Burfict’s big hit on Antonio Brown. Porter was exchanging words with Bengals players when Adam “Pacman” Jones was flagged for a personal foul that set up the winning field goal.

Bengals Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther called Porter “an embarrassment to the coaching profession,” while longtime Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth said he respects Tomlin and the Steelers but doesn’t have any respect for Porter.

No class,” Whitworth said.

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  1. sudz28 says: Jan 12, 2016 12:51 PM

    No reason he shouldn’t get a game ball. He went out to check on an injured Steeler player, was essentially jumped by a bunch of Bengals players who were completely out of control, but he kept his cool and composure and avoided causing his team a penalty even though he was being physically abused. Smart guy, cool head, got the Steelers the win.

  2. verof250 says: Jan 12, 2016 12:54 PM

    Only he isn’t allowed to be in the field. It’s a flag. Good for keeping his cool after he was pushed but he should have been flagged first.

  3. switchwitch59 says: Jan 12, 2016 12:55 PM

    Tomlin … won’t talk about Porter’s actions any further. Tomlin said the Bengals have time to reflect but he doesn’t.

    Nice, subtle jab at Bengals. In other words, have fun on the couch watching us play on, could have been you if not for the penalties.

  4. myspaceyourface says: Jan 12, 2016 12:56 PM

    Why is not one talking about Jeremy Hill starting an altercation while Bernard was on the ground?

    That drew a lot of extra people on the field and there was no flag.

    Burfict didn’t get flagged for leaving the stadium with the ball.

    He also didn’t get flagged for trying to poke Decastro in the eyes during their altercation on the ground. (no flag there either)

    There were plenty of things that were wrong with this game but to try and blame just the officials, or just the Steeler coaches is ridiculous. Take responsibility for your own actions.

  5. pioniere says: Jan 12, 2016 12:58 PM

    Porter acted the same way as a player, so not surprising he behaves this way as a coach. He would have made a perfect Bengal.

  6. headin4seven says: Jan 12, 2016 12:58 PM

    However, reports that Tomlin offered Burfict and Jones game balls is true…

    Thanks again!

  7. swellbuilt says: Jan 12, 2016 12:58 PM

    Please forgive Joey, nobody is burfict.

  8. metalman5150 says: Jan 12, 2016 12:59 PM

    not going to lie: it’s pretty BS when a flag at a moment in time, like this one, results in the final outcome of the game.
    HTTR
    DB Chris Culliver was flagged for Unnecessary Roughness for his hit-on TE Greg Olsen / Interception -pick-six against Cam Newton.
    AND Chris’s hit wasn’t even a 1/4 of what Burfict did to AB.

  9. willycents says: Jan 12, 2016 12:59 PM

    Simple poll:
    Which team will have the most “cheap” shots, after the whistle action, “head” shots, coaches on the field, tripping players, etc in the Broncos/Steelers game?

    Steelers…tu
    Broncos..td

  10. rutherforddabrave says: Jan 12, 2016 1:00 PM

    All class, Pittsburgh. All class.

  11. -Alpha- says: Jan 12, 2016 1:00 PM

    No one is saying the Bengals didn’t make mistakes or earn penalties. Just that they were called at critical times, while others were conveniently overlooked.

  12. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 12, 2016 1:02 PM

    Simple poll:
    Which team will have the most “cheap” shots, after the whistle action, “head” shots, coaches on the field, tripping players, etc in the Broncos/Steelers game?

    Steelers…tu
    Broncos..td

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    The would be the Patriots.

    Teams that cheat for 500, Alex.

  13. jaykubs says: Jan 12, 2016 1:04 PM

    bengals blaming everyone but themselves is further proof that they’re out of touch. porter shouldn’t be out there but he was, so what is your response? attempt to punch him through an official! nice!

  14. joewilliesshnoz says: Jan 12, 2016 1:04 PM

    Watching DeCastro pancake that scum, was almost as good as the final score. Almost !

  15. draculalambert says: Jan 12, 2016 1:05 PM

    can you imagine Snoop dog as Steelers WR coach? I would love that…

  16. steelhammer92 says: Jan 12, 2016 1:05 PM

    Gilberry deserves as much blame as anyone… Porter was on his way to the sidelines (while talking, yes) until Gilberry came up from behind and shoved Porter into the circle of Bengals players. That’s what got everything started. He could have easily been flagged for that if the ref saw it.

  17. dexx57 says: Jan 12, 2016 1:17 PM

    Porter and Munchak are ignored, as was Shazier’s dancing while Bernard was down. Hopefulky Broncos D feasts on fatso Ben

  18. Deb says: Jan 12, 2016 1:18 PM

    Porter faces a fine? Does that come from the same source who reported Porter received a game ball?

    Goodell can do anything he wants. The players saw to that when they signed the most recent collective bargaining agreement giving him carte blanche to punish anyone and everyone as he sees fit for any perceived infraction. But in a real-world employment situation, a company couldn’t suddenly fine Porter for going on the field to check the status of an injured player when several Bengals coaches were on the field in the same game to check Bernard’s status. Will Goodell fine those coaches as well? The film shows Porter walking away from the situation when he was shoved by a Bengals player (who wasn’t flagged). Did he say anything provocative? Maybe. But trash is talked on NFL fields and sidelines every day. That doesn’t give players the right to attack.

    I think Joey should have stayed off the field. But I didn’t see him do anything that warranted a flag or a fine.

  19. clashpoint says: Jan 12, 2016 1:19 PM

    Enough with all the excuses! Yeah whatever, fine him and let’s move on. Regardless of all the other issues involved, if Bengals players can control themselves, they win the game. It doesn’t matter whatever Porter said, only that Jones lost his composure, getting gamed by someone who wasn’t even in the game.

    What you see on tape is that Porter was just talking, several Bengals were getting physical, and that idiot Jones got physical with a ref. As usual, they lost discipline and composure. As much as the refs were slacking all day for keeping the game under control, no ref will ever ignore THAT.

    Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it and the Bengals and their fans never seem to learn. Taking responsibility for your problems is the first step towards fixing them.

    Go Steelers!

  20. mrjdon says: Jan 12, 2016 1:19 PM

    Bengals Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther called Porter “an embarrassment to the coaching profession,” while longtime Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth said he respects Tomlin and the Steelers but doesn’t have any respect for Porter.

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    In futher news, Guenther and Whitworth think Vontaze Burfict and Pacman Jones are the classiest guys around and create no embarrassment to their teams at all.

  21. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 12, 2016 1:19 PM

    1st , Tomlin us a proven liar.

    Second all this porter talk is talking away from the fact the Steelers didn’t win this game. They were given it by Bengal stupidity and referee bias. The stupidity is well talked about but you take away the gio Bernard no call and the Bryant ridiculous non catch and that’s at least a 10 point swing.

  22. mgjnsc says: Jan 12, 2016 1:22 PM

    Absolutely right, steelhammer92!!

    Watch the tape, don’t listen to the players involved. Porter was talking with the head referee when Burflict tries to tap and check on Brown once he is up. You can see Porter talking with the head ref when Gilberry #85 bum rushes Porter from the back. Then PacMan tries running up on the scene only to have an official move in his way which causes PacMan to run over the back of the official and draw the flag for contact.

    I don’t care if Porter is an ex-player, a player from the opposing team should never be on filed shoving a coach from the other team and yes I also think Munchak deserved a penalty. If he got one for trying to stop out of bounds action then how in the world did Gilberry not receive one??? wow!

  23. Deb says: Jan 12, 2016 1:28 PM

    peytonwantsacryingtowel

  24. clipper522 says: Jan 12, 2016 1:31 PM

    No one respected Porter as a player. No one respects him as a coach.

  25. chuckshontaspads says: Jan 12, 2016 1:34 PM

    Patriots have NEVER cheated at any time in their history… and that is documented…Spygate was ignoring a memo, a memo sent by the new sheriff in town..Tough guy Goodell your hero.. and deflategate the only cheating that went on was your hero Goodell who cheated the Patriots and Mother Nature…there is plenty of documented cheating by the “suck for luck colts” the “Let’s cheat the salary cap broncos” and the “Steroid filled and tripping Tomlin Steelers”

  26. jamaltimore says: Jan 12, 2016 1:39 PM

    Joey Porter is and was just as bad if not worse than Burfict during his playing days. The press embrace steeler scum and brand other teams players as villains.

    With the way the refs are today and the subjective penalties it makes sense that the NFL will create villains and good guys just like WWF.

  27. whodeytn says: Jan 12, 2016 1:46 PM

    LOL, your brain is in lala land
    =========

    ouldn’t get a game ball. He went out to check on an injured Steeler player, was essentially jumped by a bunch of Bengals players who were completely out of control, but he kept his cool and composure and avoided causing his team a penalty even though he was being physically abused. Smart guy, cool head, got the Steelers the win.

  28. willycents says: Jan 12, 2016 1:47 PM

    @Deb:
    “But in a real-world employment situation, a company couldn’t suddenly fine Porter for going on the field to check the status of an injured player when several Bengals coaches were on the field in the same game to check Bernard’s status.”
    _________________
    In a real world situation, a company can do any thing they want in disciplinary situations.

  29. ohand16 says: Jan 12, 2016 1:48 PM

    What a jackass

  30. nizzeldizzel says: Jan 12, 2016 1:49 PM

    Notice the Bengals fans still won’t take responsibility for their team. That’s fine. Everyone knows the Steelers play dirty ball. Most people think the hit on Bernard was illegal, or close enough to warrant a flag. Everyone knows Joey Porter is an a**.

    What the Bengals fans don’t seem to understand is the best revenge against those who do you wrong is to be successful. You want the Steelers to hurt for a long time? Make them sit on the couch while you go to Denver. That would have killed them. I’m sorry that Burfict took that illegal shot. The rules are the rules. Some penalties get missed and others don’t. But that wasn’t the end of it. The players could have pulled together and finished. But they chose to go after a coach, who shouldn’t have been on the field. But they chose to engage him and Jones pushed an official. That’s a flag all day long. Period. You all had it in your hands and a couple players took that from you.

  31. firegoodell says: Jan 12, 2016 1:55 PM

    The bengals defensive coordinator is in NO POSITION to criticize anyone. PERIOD – he is part of the coaching culture in Sincinnati (yes that’s misspelled on purpose) that allows dirty a$$ players like Burfict to go unchecked. It’s not an argument that Porter shouldn’t have been on the field – maybe he shouldn’t have – maybe he went out to “protect” the trainers from the bengals that had gathered around – but what can’t be questioned is that here we have a defensive coordinator/coach – who tolerates and therefore condones dirty play and dirty players like Burfict – plus keep in mind the DC has known about burficts history as a dirty player.

  32. cheatustobeatus says: Jan 12, 2016 2:02 PM

    “No reason he shouldn’t get a game ball. He went out to check on an injured Steeler player, was essentially jumped by a bunch of Bengals players who were completely out of control, but he kept his cool and composure and avoided causing his team a penalty even though he was being physically abused. Smart guy, cool head, got the Steelers the win.”

    In an Obi Wan voice: ‘Oh, so that’s what happened.. lololololololololololol

    Both teams messed up, but that call on Adam Jones and NO CALL on porter was ridiculous! There should have been two flags off setting. They just gave the Steelers the game with a free thirty yards?!

    Not a fan of either of these teams and I hate Burflict, but what’s right is right.

  33. TheDPR says: Jan 12, 2016 2:03 PM

    I don’t think anybody with any football sense is complaining about the Burfict call. It was legit. After that penalty, the Steelers still would have needed a 50 yard FG to win the game. Not guaranteed in the cold, pouring rain.

    Where the Bengals got hosed was that there was no offsetting penalty called against the Joey Porter during the dead ball foul that was called on Pacman Jones. Porter’s being on the field at that moment, baiting the undisciplined opponent, was illegal and should have drawn a flag.

    That said, the Bengals brought it upon themselves. You have a game that is that close and has been chippy all along, as a coach during a dead ball such as that you call the defense together to huddle up and plan for the next play. You don’t let them run amok and intermingle with the opponent. Huge coaching failure by the Bengals. Again. Marvin Lewis just standing there as if he doesn’t even know or care what’s going on at the moment. Paul Guenther as DC also should have taken some initiative during those moments, preventing what happened. They should both be fired.

  34. 6superbowls says: Jan 12, 2016 2:06 PM

    Seems to be the only way Paul Guenther gets his name out there? Trash talking other coaches. That’ll be good for your career Paul.

  35. johnc44 says: Jan 12, 2016 2:06 PM

    -Alpha- says:
    Jan 12, 2016 1:00 PM

    No one is saying the Bengals didn’t make mistakes or earn penalties. Just that they were called at critical times, while others were conveniently overlooked
    —————————————————-
    And that`s the problem.If Burfict was on top of DeCastro 15 yards from the play there would`ve been a flag,If Burfict hit a player the same way Shazier did it would`ve been a flag.And don`t give me because he`s a repeat offender because that should only matter to the league office determining suspensions not calls on the field by refs.Joey Porter is not allowed on the field.He clearly was but no call.why?The same reason the same referee was assigned the game.Pittsburgh wouldn`t be nearly as successful if they didn`t get every 50/50 a ref can give them.Remember the Super Bowl vs Seattle? long history of being given games they didn`t earn.

  36. johntonioholmes says: Jan 12, 2016 2:11 PM

    Actually, if you watch the sequence of events, Bengals surrounded Porter and Porter never said anything to Jones. His mouth never moves, except for when he says something to Burfict, after a trainer slapped Burfict’should hand away from Brown.

  37. bengals4lifer says: Jan 12, 2016 2:12 PM

    Steelers don’t have a chance against Denver as banged up as they are. So he will have plenty of time to reflect come Monday. #truth

  38. huggybear2014 says: Jan 12, 2016 2:15 PM

    Guenther should be embarrassed his defense and his calls couldn’t stop a injured QB from getting his team in position to win.
    They played off the PITT WRs and had no thought to shrinking the field.

  39. bengals4lifer says: Jan 12, 2016 2:16 PM

    “I always watch the returns on the jumbotron, it provides a better perspective for me,” Tomlin said. “I lost my placement as he broke free and saw at the last second how close I was to the field of play.”

    Let’s just assume that Joey lost his placement.

  40. pittsburghdamned says: Jan 12, 2016 2:17 PM

    …then Guenther reached into his pocket to retrieve the large block of fudge that he chomps on between plays.

  41. howleyesque says: Jan 12, 2016 2:22 PM

    The “faithful” can say whatever they please, Munchak’s actions on the sidelines AND the FAILURE by the officials to flag Shazier’s spearing was what started the downward spiral and BOTH coaching staffs had a hand in the result. The Bengals coaches SHOULD have either kept their players under control or out of the game. The STEALERS coaching staff had NO business interacting with violence OR on the field “in your face” antics with the opposing team’s players…SIMPLE AS THAT!

    BOTH members of the STEALERS coaching staff SHOULD BE FINED ACCORDINGLY! When Munchak pulled HIS cheap garbage on the sidelines, in addition to the penalty as the officials were WELL AWARE of the potential for matters TOO get out of hand, he SHOULD HAVE BEEN EJECTED and BOTH coaching staffs made well aware that both they AND their players were on a VERY SHORT leash.

    The Pats coaching staff might cheat, but at least they DON’T do so using WWE ring side antics.

  42. nowwhodey says: Jan 12, 2016 2:25 PM

    I don’t see any bengals fans saying that their assistant coaches should have been flagged for being on the field when Bernard was knocked out.

    Because hypocrite.

  43. relggigeht says: Jan 12, 2016 2:34 PM

    Just ask Boomer Esiasnon himself. He’ll tell you the Cincinnati Bengals are an embarrassment to the national football league.

  44. mitchitized says: Jan 12, 2016 2:34 PM

    Couple years ago Steeler fans were loudly grousing the lament that James Harrison was being unfairly targeted by referees. Now that baton has been clearly and fully handed off to Burfict, who probably should have watched this particular game from the sideline with a suspension.

    The fact that he was able to go on and on for as long as he did (an entire season), says enough.

    Adam Jones, not sure what to say there. He starts with the kernel of a good point, and then the incoherent babble and insanity ruins a good argument.

    Joey Porter? He’s always talked the talk, but also walked the walk. Hothead, for sure. That makes him an asset *and* a liability to his team, IMHO. Bengals could really have taken advantage of that, but instead were taken advantage of… Not sure about a rule that position coaches are not allowed on the field for player injuries, my assumption is that this is the only real point that matters concerning him and the game last weekend.

  45. bss753 says: Jan 12, 2016 2:35 PM

    Everybody knows the rules are loosened up for the playoffs, they let them play but both sides took things to far. Something had to be done and Burfict and Jones went too far. Players on the field have to keep their cool.

  46. crusty14 says: Jan 12, 2016 2:38 PM

    So when Bernard was injured and several Bengal coaches were on the field that as ok? Notice how the Steeler players didn’t accost the Bengal coaches?

    That’s the difference.

    Also, jones was flagged for contacting an official, it had nothing to do with porter! Take responsibility for your own actions fool!

  47. holeinone09 says: Jan 12, 2016 2:40 PM

    If you want to talk about not getting a flag when there should have been one, how about when Burfict and his lemmings ran the length of the field and out of the stadium after his interception? Excessive celebration defined! A flag there moves the Steelers 15 yards closer to start their winning drive. Sure, don’t talk about that error by the refs.

  48. johnc44 says: Jan 12, 2016 2:50 PM

    The problem with the NFL is inconsistencies and double standards.The catch rule is so screwed up they take away catches because the ball rotated 1/4 turn in a players hands but a player can trap a ball on his upper thigh with 1 foot down have it move to his inner knee when the 2nd foot comes down but he had control the whole time? 1 player can lower his head use the crown of his helmet in a players jaw knocking him out and it`s a fumble but another player can run by a player and hit his head with a shoulder and it`s the dirties play in football? The NFL is starting to determine the outcome of as many games as the NBA does.

  49. johnc44 says: Jan 12, 2016 2:55 PM

    holeinone09 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 2:40 PM

    If you want to talk about not getting a flag when there should have been one, how about when Burfict and his lemmings ran the length of the field and out of the stadium after his interception? Excessive celebration defined! A flag there moves the Steelers 15 yards closer to start their winning drive. Sure, don’t talk about that error by the refs.
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    A penalty for what?He ran off the field so what`s the delay? Pittsburgh uses a different ball than Cincinnati so he could take it wherever he wants.Running off the field isn`t excessive celebration.

  50. coltcountrysteelerfan says: Jan 12, 2016 2:57 PM

    You want a flag, fine, and/suspension on Porter, then the same goes for practically the who Cincinnati staff for coming on the field after the Shazier hit. Keep your team in check and the 35 years FG doesn’t happen. Those 30 yards are only a portion of yards that the refs missed even if you factor in the missed call(correct call according to the rules expert) on the Shazier hit.

    And yes repeat offenders do not get the benefit of doubt(even tho Burficts hit was clearly illegal and Jones was clearly wrong), just ask Harrison and Clark among other repeat offenders.

    Bryant may not have caught it, but there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn it. Just too many haters who don’t want to see the Steeler in the playoffs and all the same haters that gave them a 4-6 win season, or how they wouldn’t make the playoffs after Ben went down, or after they lost to the Ravens. Also the same haters who said they stood no chance against the Bengals in the first round or how they would have no run game with their 3rd and 4th string running backs.

    Ben miss almost 5 full games and this team still went 10-6, against the AFC and NFC west, who everyone said would destroy the Steelers, and came out with a 6-2 record, but this team is overrated.

    Final thought, looks like the Bengals still managed to knock the Steelers out of the playoffs, with the cheap shot on Brown and the hard sack on Ben.

  51. -Alpha- says: Jan 12, 2016 3:23 PM

    johnc44 says: And that’s the problem.

    John – I think you missed my point. I was saying the Bengals were penalized, while the officials let Pittsburgh get away with similar (or even more egregious) fouls.

    I completely agree with you that officiating bias influenced the outcome of the game and repeatedly benefitted Pittsburgh.

    BTW – I am a Miami fan and a youth coach. I had no preference in the game until what I saw as a flagrant hit with intention to injure from Shazier on Bernard (which Pittsburgh was actually rewarded for). Should have been 1st and goal Cincinatti….and I’d have ejected him for it.

  52. djstat says: Jan 12, 2016 3:27 PM

    Bottom line is a fine for Porter won’t teach him a lesson. SUSPENDING PORTER will teach him. As a coach he should be held to a higher standard. Secondly, not the first time Pittsburgh has had an issue with coaches being where they are not supposed to be…Tomlin…Jacoby Jones etc.

  53. littlescuppernong says: Jan 12, 2016 3:33 PM

    For everyone who is so certain the Steelers will lose vs Denver, then we look forward to you eating crow next week. Antonio Brown is the best WR in the league, but even if he sits, the Steelers still have a better corps than the Broncos. With fast receivers and backs like that, the Steelers can dink and dunk all game if they want. I’d rather have a banged up Ben than an old Manning in the playoffs.

  54. johnc44 says: Jan 12, 2016 3:43 PM

    I`m sure glad the Bills beat the Jets so the Steelers could back in the Playoffs and act like their the disrespected underdogs.

  55. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 12, 2016 3:48 PM

    If you want to talk about not getting a flag when there should have been one, how about when Burfict and his lemmings ran the length of the field and out of the stadium after his interception? Excessive celebration defined! A flag there moves the Steelers 15 yards closer to start their winning drive. Sure, don’t talk about that error by the refs.-

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    HUH? he ran off the field as the whole defense (and offense) does when there is a turnover. as far as I know there’s no rule that says you can’t run out of the endzone on the way to the bench.

  56. PFT's a Rooney Rimjob says: Jan 12, 2016 3:49 PM

    Both teams played disgracefully . . . PIT played up to their reputation, and unfortunately CIN played up to PIT’s reputation too. People are never surprised when a jerk is a jerk, but is shocked when a usually sane person finally has enough and stands up.

  57. Florio is Rooneys Lovechild says: Jan 12, 2016 3:53 PM

    Porter may not of got an offical game ball, but you know he got a healthy ATTA BOY from the entire Steeler org.

  58. twopaw513 says: Jan 12, 2016 3:54 PM

    First the head coach interferes on a live play, while also whining about what happens with other teams, and their coaches get involved with the opposing teams players. Typical of the Steelers and their fans, always complaining and pointing fingers at other without looking in the mirror. The hypcorisy is laughable.

  59. johnc44 says: Jan 12, 2016 4:07 PM

    Just too many haters who don’t want to see the Steeler in the playoffs and all the same haters that gave them a 4-6 win season
    —————————————————-
    Are you even serious? All i heard all off season was Pittsburgh this Baltimore that. I didn`t hear ANYONE predicting a 4-6 win Steelers season.
    From your comments i`m pretty sure your the type who would be just as angry if you beloved team got hosed but only see what you want to see.I admit i`m a Bengals fan so i`m biased but i havn`t had one neutral friend or co worker who didn`t walk away saying the Steelers got away with everything in that game.

  60. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 12, 2016 4:35 PM

    Maybe Porter did get the game ball, because his LB group was directly responsible for 3 turnovers. And one of those would have been a fumble -6pts if the stupid ref didn’t blow the whistle too early after Shazier destroyed Bernard.

    Speaking of destroyed, where has the good doctor been? I miss his accurate predictions and analysis. I’m sure the bengals lack of a quality WR2 was their downfall this time.

  61. j huber says: Jan 12, 2016 4:47 PM

    Squealers are dirtiest team in the NFL and hold the worlds record for number of cheap shots in one game. But payback time is coming in Denver. They even made a highlight video of Squealer dirty plays during last meeting. Maybe someone should send that video to NFL in NY, but just make sure they have to sign in blood for it.
    And Squealers fans should watch their team get spanked this weekend, and maybe two of their players will be awarded gramys right on the playing field.
    Go Donkeys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. samshobotnik says: Jan 12, 2016 4:52 PM

    When the Steelers get ready to head out to Denver,they should pack for 2 weeks.No sense going all the way back to Pittsburgh when they’ll be playing in Kansas City next week. Go Steelers!!!! Go Chiefs!!!!

  63. Deb says: Jan 12, 2016 5:07 PM

    Couple years ago Steeler fans were loudly grousing the lament that James Harrison was being unfairly targeted by referees. Now that baton has been clearly and fully handed off to Burfict, who probably should have watched this particular game from the sideline with a suspension.

    ——————————————————————
    Find me a video clip of James Harrison purposely digging his knee into the injured shoulder of a player he’s already put down on the ground. You’ll find a clip like that on Burfict.

    Find me a video clip of James Harrison throwing a multi-thousand-dollar television camera to the ground and injuring a cameraman on the sidelines. You’ll find a clip like that on Burfict.

    The league was being sued over concussions and Congress was threatening hearings. Goodell needed to quickly get out the message that–regardless of the rules–defensive players had a new strike zone. Harrison became the poster boy for making the point. But the film on his fined hits shows most were legal under the rules at that time and none involved the kind of head-hunting craziness we’re seeing from Burfict. Harrison’s no choirboy–but he’s no Burfict, either.

  64. factman66 says: Jan 12, 2016 5:23 PM

    Patriots have NEVER cheated at any time in their history… and that is documented…Spygate was ignoring a memo, a memo sent by the new sheriff in town.

    ****
    That’s a complete lie. The rule was already in place, the memo was sent as a reminder that the rule was in place and an unofficial warning that if you break the existing rule, we’re going to bust you. The Patriots were even warned by one of their former assistants ( Eric Mangini) that if they illegally film him that he’d turn them in, Belicheat did it anyway.

  65. dreemeagle says: Jan 12, 2016 5:43 PM

    the true blame belongs to the NFL for not clamping down hard on both teams after the level of Twitter trash talk during the week, and then referees letting the game get out of their control;

    coaches from both sides were on the field improperly, players from both sides were taking cheap shots and retribution shots at each other;

    i’m an (ex) Steelers fan, but i won’t look at a game played on a high school level for three hours, and i didn’t look at this one, either;

    i’m pretty much done with the NFL, like i was the NBA when they gave Nowitzki a title just to shut Mark Cuban up when what he said about their bias was proven true;

  66. concretejimmy52 says: Jan 12, 2016 5:45 PM

    Steve Smith got his wish. When asked which team he wanted to see lose, he said both.

  67. coltcountrysteelerfan says: Jan 12, 2016 5:55 PM

    Johnc44, all we heard from the time the season ended till this season started was how the Steelers only won 11 games due to playing the NFC and AFC South. This season they had the NFC and AFC West and would be lucky to get 4-6 wins. Well they played the hardest schedule and suffered injuries early and often and still won 10 games. It is true experts had the Steeler in or just missing the playoffs but as I said, I was talking about the haters.

    The Bengals got away with a lot more then the Steelers. Hence why the Steelers had more penalties and penalty yards.

  68. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonsAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 12, 2016 7:12 PM

    Fortunately, people will notice THE NFL WILL NOT FINE JOEY PORTER. The reason is that the Bengal players MADE UP THE STORY ABOUT PORTER. A few days after this MYTH concocted by Steeler hater media I am finally starting to see some actual news stories by people who have watched the video of what actually happened.

    It was Burfict, Gilberry, Jones & Co. that went out of their way to approach the Steelers and Porter. If they had kept to themselves NOTHING WOULD HAVE HAPPENED.

  69. samshobotnik says: Jan 12, 2016 7:30 PM

    I’ve been saying it for 3 days now,I saw it when it happened and many times in online replays.Gilberry walked into Porter from behind and that’s what got it all started.Porter was talking to the ref with his back to the players,ignoring them,until Gilberry walked into him.The ref saw it plainly and if there was any chance of Porter being flagged,it was gone when that happened.If Porter said anything to those players,it was after Gilberry ran into him.That was when Jones got involved and got his flag.

  70. steelcurtainn says: Jan 12, 2016 8:22 PM

    Joey porter is the man! He got in the head of the small minded bungles as yackman jones. Too funny! Denvers next, payback for the buttock incident.

  71. bengalsfreedom says: Jan 13, 2016 12:14 AM

    Porter has the same reputation as Burfict when he was a player and a worse reputation off the field than Burfict.

  72. sixlombardisinyourface says: Jan 13, 2016 8:16 AM

    The two penalties at the end of the game did not give Pittsburgh the win – kicking the FG did that. The penalties merely gave them a closer perceived as “easier” FG attempt. ATTEMPT is the key, as the FG unit still had to in the pouring rain snap the ball then kick the ball through the uprights to get the 3 points. In a game like this one, anything could have happened, bad snap, blocked kick,…etc
    Steelers had the ball on the CIN 47 before the penalties. One 15 yd penalty moves to the CIN 32 with 14 seconds on the clock. Pittsburgh could have still ran one more play, gained a few yards then attempted a 45-47 yd FG which is in Boswell’s range.
    While the two penalties project an “easier” FG attempt, they do not Guarantee the 3 points.

    But the fumble by Hill set it all in motion. Great play by Steelers defense.

  73. swineflooo says: Jan 13, 2016 5:25 PM

    Steelers are classless. Joey porter should have drawn a penalty when he came out. Pitt is a classless organization built upon making excuses

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