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Blandino acknowledges Porter shouldn’t have been on the field

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Steelers linebackers coach Joey Porter aren’t saying anything about his presence on the field late in Saturday night’s game. The league office is.

So should Porter have been flagged?

“Assistant coaches shouldn’t be on the field during an injury timeout,” NFL V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino said on Tuesday’s edition of NFL Total Access. “Medical staff, head coach can check on the welfare of a player. But we don’t want assistant coaches out there. It happens, especially when there’s the potential for a serious injury.”

Blandino said that, if the officials recognize that an assistant coach is on the field when he shouldn’t be following a potentially serious injury, they try to get him off the field in lieu of throwing a flag.

Still, there has to be a line that, if crossed, triggers a flag. Porter was lingering behind after receiver Antonio Brown was exiting the field following a hit that resulted in a concussion. At some point, the message should be stronger than, “Please leave.”

There were plenty of stronger messages and hits and questions arising from Saturday night’s game, but the segment with Blandino focused only on the Porter angle. The NFL has yet to publicly address the decision to flag linebacker Vontaze Burfict for the hit that concussed Brown or the decision not to flag Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier for a hit on Bengals running back Gio Bernard.

As to Porter, the question remains whether the league office will send a stronger message by fining Porter for his behavior. Both he and offensive line coach Mike Munchak, who pulled the hair of Bengals safety Reggie Nelson during a first-half confrontation on the sideline, are facing potential sanctions for Saturday night.

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  1. floratiotime says: Jan 13, 2016 10:12 AM

    Not a fan of either team … but this guy needs to be seriously reigned in. He’s got issues.

  2. Jeff Gangloff says: Jan 13, 2016 10:14 AM

    Thats a 30 yard penalty swing and most likely the difference between a made and missed field goal.

    NFL is a joke. Control your players, control your coaches and let actual football decide the outcomes of these games.

  3. goingfor7 says: Jan 13, 2016 10:15 AM

    If the league is going to fine Porter, shouldn’t it also fine the dozen Bungles coaches on the field as well…or maybe coaching the bungles is punishment enough!

  4. burgundyclone says: Jan 13, 2016 10:15 AM

    Don’t forget, Joey was only “lingering” after being shoved by #95. And how many Bengal coaches were “lingering” on the field as evidenced by several photos on Twitter after Bernard’s injury (or was he going for a “Grammy” too?)

  5. greglloydrules says: Jan 13, 2016 10:17 AM

    It happens, especially when there’s the potential for a serious injury.”

    Exactly. Just like when the Bengals coaches were on the field when Shazier lit up Bernard. Just like when it happens every week

  6. Kaz says: Jan 13, 2016 10:20 AM

    Repeat offenders and the league hasn’t reacted. Too many times their HC (attempted trip), and other coaches have gotten involved to try to change outcome of games. It’s a trend. If it was the Pats, the nation would be outraged.

  7. ohand16 says: Jan 13, 2016 10:21 AM

    They shot him in the a$$ in Denver!!

  8. 700levelvet says: Jan 13, 2016 10:21 AM

    It’s basically two organizations of hood rats… What do you expect?

  9. exodus316 says: Jan 13, 2016 10:22 AM

    He was allowed on the field, he was allowed to instigate, and he was rewarded with a playoff game deciding penalty on his opponent. Amongst the worst officiating decisions you will ever see.

  10. stillworker says: Jan 13, 2016 10:22 AM

    Ask Blandino why the Bengal’s players – off their bench, and their coaches aren’t being pointed to as being on the field also.

  11. dreadnok89 says: Jan 13, 2016 10:23 AM

    But they didnt throw the flags on any personnel that came for beenards injury.

  12. hilamonster says: Jan 13, 2016 10:24 AM

    Pacman was the match, Porter the gasoline. By the grin on Porter’s face he knew exactly what he was doing.

  13. dixonscider says: Jan 13, 2016 10:27 AM

    Still making things up as they go. Well done, NFL. Well done!

  14. followme2boston says: Jan 13, 2016 10:29 AM

    I found it interesting that Burfict got three games and Odell only got one.

  15. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 13, 2016 10:29 AM

    floratiotime says:
    “..Not a fan of either team … but this guy needs to be seriously reigned in. He’s got issues….”

    ..and Burfict doesn’t?
    Porter didn’t try to kill somebody.

  16. neil0311 says: Jan 13, 2016 10:33 AM

    Blandino is an incompetent hack. How many issues have there been with officials and rules being incorrectly misapplied or not applied since he took over as head of officiating for the NFL.

    He needs to be replaced by someone who has actually done the job of being a game referee.

  17. Kaz says: Jan 13, 2016 10:36 AM

    Bengals coaches weren’t in opposing teams huddles, pulling opposing teams hair. Don’t have a history of trying to trip players and such to save games. Steeler fans sound desperate to defend their franchises use of coaches (and refs) to help determine outcomes of games.

  18. dsigrey says: Jan 13, 2016 10:37 AM

    The refs had absolutely no control over this game. the NFL has no control over it’s refs. Roger Goodell is a joke.

  19. nickboo44 says: Jan 13, 2016 10:38 AM

    Has anyone seen a shot from the All-22 angle? I’d like to see just exactly where Porter was.

  20. charger383 says: Jan 13, 2016 10:40 AM

    Tomblin was generally aware what Porter was doing

  21. woodbridgekid73 says: Jan 13, 2016 10:41 AM

    Porter lingered on the field

    Right. So the Bengal players were trash talking and trying to get a flag thrown on Porter for being on the field. As stupid people are wont to do, they fell into their own trap.

    This is a non-issue if the Bengals could control themselves.

  22. thepoofighters says: Jan 13, 2016 10:43 AM

    I hate the Stealers. Might as well put a Stealers jersey on the refs for the Divisional game.
    smh

  23. willycents says: Jan 13, 2016 10:48 AM

    Good Lord! You Steeler fans posting are like a bunch of children! “They did it too, so, Porter is absolved of any responsibility.”
    My pre-teen grandchildren try the same thing; so do the gang bangers in Chicago. “He insulted my homey so I shot up his little sister.”
    The true point is, there is a reason the rules in the NFL, to prevent this exact situation. IF the other team’s qb is injured by an illegal hit, does it make it OK to deliberately take illegal shots at your QB? That is the position so many of you are taken. This week your team plays the Broncos. If Shazier makes an illegal hit on Manning, by your logic, that makes it OK for Von Miller to take out Rothlesberger’s knees. Right? Would you defend Von Miller the same way you defend Porter?

    I am certain you would all be on here condemning that action the same as you are now defending Porter for illegal activities.

  24. bengalsfreedom says: Jan 13, 2016 10:50 AM

    Not a single Bengals player or coach were on the Steelers side of the field during the Gio hit. Significantly, none of them were having contact with ANY of the Steelers players as well. The NFL and Blandino have a severe issue on their hands with how they are going to handle this, coaches should be held to much higher standards that players. If anything shows a lack of class or respect, it’s certainly coaches getting into scrums with opposing teams players.

  25. cincy85 says: Jan 13, 2016 10:52 AM

    nfl is rigged plain and simple

  26. rufustfirefly1303 says: Jan 13, 2016 10:53 AM

    Blandino is a total clown. Every week its ‘well, this should or shouldn’t be called, we’ll try to get it right next time’

  27. bengalsfan2079 says: Jan 13, 2016 10:55 AM

    Well gee thanks for the helpful words. All talk no action. When will they come out and say the Shazier hit was miscalled to as well as the Shawn Williams hit?

  28. Eli Pacheco says: Jan 13, 2016 10:57 AM

    Clowns. They should make these two squads play without helmets next time.

  29. football4youth says: Jan 13, 2016 10:58 AM

    Bottom line NFL officiating is horrible and determines the outcome of a lot of games.Starts there, they need to know the rules and be able to take control of the action on the field.If you need to throw someone out do it. Others will take notice and you won’t end up with all the issues you had at the the end of the Bengal – Steelers game.They need to be consistent just not consistently bad.

  30. cmich2006 says: Jan 13, 2016 10:58 AM

    Porter was talking with one of the officials who was likely getting him off the field when Gilberry bumps into him on purpose from behind. That is when it escalated and Gilberry bumps him again. Jones threw the punch but Gilbery is getting a free pass despite instigating the whole thing. Gilberry doesn’t lose control none of it happens and Bengals likely win the game.

  31. cmich2006 says: Jan 13, 2016 10:58 AM

    Porter was talking with one of the officials who was likely getting him off the field when Gilberry bumps into him on purpose from behind. That is when it escalated and Gilberry bumps him again. Jones threw the punch but Gilbery is getting a free pass despite instigating the whole thing. Gilberry doesn’t lose control none of it happens and Bengals likely win the game.

  32. zombiepatriot says: Jan 13, 2016 11:06 AM

    So what is the league protocol when a coach enters the field when he is not supposed to, is presumably told to leave and ignores the official and goes on to yell profanities and inject himself into the opposing teams huddle / player gathering?

    The NFL wears this as a black eye for a huge mess up that led to the outcome of a game.

  33. holeinone09 says: Jan 13, 2016 11:07 AM

    Bottom line–we won. Chew on that hahaha. The issues were started in the prior game by the Bungals. Go Steelers!! On to Denver!

  34. 88ibis says: Jan 13, 2016 11:08 AM

    hilamonster says: Pacman was the match, Porter the gasoline. By the grin on Porter’s face he knew exactly what he was doing.
    ————————–

    Thank you! It was clear from start to finish that Porter went onto the field and walked into a group of opposing players to draw a flag.

    Is that “Gamesmanship”?

  35. steelerben says: Jan 13, 2016 11:16 AM

    bengalsfreedom says:
    Jan 13, 2016 10:50 AM
    Not a single Bengals player or coach were on the Steelers side of the field during the Gio hit. Significantly, none of them were having contact with ANY of the Steelers players as well. The NFL and Blandino have a severe issue on their hands with how they are going to handle this, coaches should be held to much higher standards that players. If anything shows a lack of class or respect, it’s certainly coaches getting into scrums with opposing teams players.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Did you even see the game live or any of the multitude of replays available online? Porter was right where Brown was on the ground injured until the staff picked him up off of the ground. Porter was then standing with a Ref talking to him. He was not in a Bengals huddle. He was not on the “Bengals side of the field”. He was where the injury took place speaking with an official. This means that there was an official present that was able to determine if taunting or anything beyond the pale was taking place.

    The rule about coaches on the field for injuries is one that is consistently not enforced in cases where the injury appears to be serious. Noting that Bengals coaching staff on the field after Bernard’s injury show that the official were using a set precedent in this case by allowing Porter on the field.

    I understand the feelings of frustration about losing the game in that fashion, particularly against a rival team. I understand the desire to find a scapegoat to blame. However, if you look at the situation reasonably, you’ll see that Adam Jones is responsible for controlling himself. You’ll see that especially in a late game situation with field position being so important that the coaching staff should have been aware and pulled their emotional players off the field to calm them down.

  36. steelercrazy says: Jan 13, 2016 11:19 AM

    Burflicts penalty would’ve stood even if Porter was flagged because the Packman penalty would offset Porter. FG at that point would still be a makable 50 harder but keep in mind that Ben still had 18 seconds for a quick pass or two or a run to make the FG attempt much closer. As the article states the refs will warn the assistant first and give him a chance to get off the field, looks like the refs may have been in the process of doing that but then Pac man came in and shoved the ref so they turned their attention on him. So Porter would’ve maybe received a warning and even that it’s at the refs discretion. Sometimes during serious injuries the refs understand that coaches will be on the field out of concern for their player.

  37. j huber says: Jan 13, 2016 11:20 AM

    Once again the Squealers are rewarded for their illegal hits, cheap shots, and breaking the rules. But the opponent is always punished. But there is no favoritism in NFL. Yea right.!!!!!!!
    Go Donkeys!!!!!

  38. Ugadogs21 says: Jan 13, 2016 11:25 AM

    I think the key point overlooked in this post is that had Porter been penalized for his behavior, the 15 yard penalty would have negated the yardage gained due to Burfict’s personal foul. And keep in mind this would not have been an offsetting penalty because the two incident were separate; meaning loss of yardage and the down would have counted.

    The officials had impact on the outcome of the game and that’s not supposed to happen.

  39. jonwill57 says: Jan 13, 2016 11:26 AM

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    followme2boston says:
    Jan 13, 2016 10:29 AM

    I found it interesting that Burfict got three games and Odell only got one.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I think it was for repeated offenses, much like Harrison a few years ago, except he got fined lots of $$.

  40. Patskrieg says: Jan 13, 2016 11:28 AM

    Porter went out on to the field to instigate the whole thing (and let’s hand it to him, he did it expertly). The referees saw that and still saw the need to only punish one side, creating a 30 yard swing and handing Pittsburgh the game. That’s a miserable precedent to set, once again punctuated by a meaningless acknowledgement half a week later from Blandino.

  41. ravenbiker says: Jan 13, 2016 11:32 AM

    If the refs can’t be fined or demoted for the many screwups we’ve seen this year, can’t Blandino or at least he get his salary changed to a minimum with incentives for games called without obvious refereeing screwups that change the outcome?
    Maybe he would be more interested in properly evaluating and training the referees if HIS money were on the line.

  42. hlna55 says: Jan 13, 2016 11:35 AM

    Up until today I thought being rational might actually get somewhere with the Bungal fans but you know what… I’m glad Porter was on the field and he should have been there as a human being showing concern for his team-mate just like anyone else. The fact he played #24 like a fiddle isn’t his fault.

    Haters gonna hate but Bungals? Hahahaha news flash, your team sucks.

  43. katscot13 says: Jan 13, 2016 11:50 AM

    This is getting ridiculous! First, the only reason Porter was on the field was to make sure that filthy piece of crap hadn’t broken Brown’s neck. Second, the Bengals players antagonized him, not the other way around. There’s video you idiots. Third, if you going to whine like petulant children about Porter being fined, let’s get the list of ALL your coaches that were on the field after the Bernard hit, you can’t have it both ways. It’s time to stop whining and just admit the fact that you lost the game due to your own stupidity,(and viciously taking out your opponents key players), and stop trying to blame the victims. We had the misfortune to play you three times. In each game, Burfict tried, (and possibly succeeded), in ending someone’s season and then celebrated. Bountygate, anyone? It’s just desserts that he ended your whole teams season. To all the players,(and judging by the fines, there were many), who were victims of this sociopath, please stand with us and get him out of the NFL. To all the other teams fans just remember,
    next year it may be your team.
    PS Don’t get me started on the Munchak call. It’s clear from the video that Nelson’s ridiculous weave got caught to his clipboard when Munchak tried to stop his tirade.

  44. nflfan22 says: Jan 13, 2016 11:53 AM

    Anybody even notice the clear false start on AJ Green on the go-ahead TD play that wasn’t called?

  45. candrwells says: Jan 13, 2016 11:54 AM

    But they didn’t throw the flags on any personnel that came for Bernard’s injury.
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    That would be because the Steelers players weren’t stupid enough to touch a ref while the Bengals coaches were on the field.

  46. candrwells says: Jan 13, 2016 11:56 AM

    I found it interesting that Burfict got three games and Odell only got one.
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    That’s because Burfict is a repeat offender. Lets see if Odell learns a lesson.

  47. TheDPR says: Jan 13, 2016 12:15 PM

    What this comes down to is an officiating mistake that gave the Steelers a much easier kick than they should have had.

    The Burfict penalty was legit.
    The Pacman penalty should have been offset by a flag on Porter.

    Result would have been Steelers attempt a 50 yard kick or try one more quick play to shorten the distance. Gifting them a 35 yard attempt was typical NFL officiating shenanigans.

    Nobody with sense is arguing that the Bengals aren’t dirty. They’re filthy. The Steelers are, too, but they always seem to come out of it unpunished.

  48. steelercrazy says: Jan 13, 2016 12:16 PM

    Pac Man penalty would offset Porters so the Burflict penalty would still stand. Steelers would still be 15 yards closer with plenty of time on the clock to get a few yards closer.

  49. patsfan1820 says: Jan 13, 2016 12:18 PM

    There were a lot of things that shouldn’t have happened in that game that did for instance how is dancing a flag yet running all the way to the locker room isn’t? Why was Munchak flagged yet Nelson wasn’t? Why was the Burfict hit a flag yet the Shazier hit wasn’t? Consistency is scarce in the NFL and unfortunately it appears that trend will continue with a doofus like Blandino as the Vice President of Officiating.

  50. headin4seven says: Jan 13, 2016 12:29 PM

    The Bengals just had 9 coaches on the field during Bernard’s injury, only difference was the Steelers players weren’t roughing up the officials.

  51. romophobic says: Jan 13, 2016 12:36 PM

    Tomlin needs to be fired. If the Steelers are this world class organization that their fan base pretends them to be then they need to take swift action and show they do not support this stuff. Tomlin has no control over his staff and therefore he is unfit to be a head coach. As if we needed anymore evidence of that after he knowingly and intentionally interfered with a kick return. Not sure why the media is so afraid to cover that accurate assessment.

  52. oldschoolomen says: Jan 13, 2016 12:43 PM

    Why did the NFL allow the same refs that let the Steelers-Bengals game get out of hand in December to ref the Steelers-Bengals playoff game?

    And we’re surprised it got out of hand?

  53. shaunypoo says: Jan 13, 2016 12:44 PM

    When I learned that the same head ref for the last regular season game was the same head ref for the playoff game, I knew the Bengals chances to win were dropping. When Williams got flagged of an innocuous hit, I knew it was going downhill but decided to try to have an open mind. Once the Shazier hit wasn’t flagged, I knew that the Bengals were not going to win. Not only were the refs biased, but now you give the Bengals players the same impression. Hitting someone with the crown of your helmet is not, has not, and will not be legal. The few Bengals players are weak emotionally as it is, but they basically kicked a can of lighter fluid on that spark and walked away.

    Nobody is defending the behavior of Burfict or Jones, but how are fans and players supposed to feel after seeing one of their own layed out on an illegal hit that wasn’t even flagged? The league is to blame for this debacle.

  54. shaggytoodle says: Jan 13, 2016 12:48 PM

    steelercrazy says:
    Jan 13, 2016

    So Porter would’ve maybe received a warning and even that it’s at the refs discretion. Sometimes during serious injuries the refs understand that coaches will be on the field out of concern for their player.
    _____________

    Football fans have seen numerous occasions where players of both teams and coaches show concern for opponents. They are usually taking a knee while the medical staff checks on the player. I am sure there has never been an issue with that.

    That was the ONLY time i havr seen a coach talking to the opponents no where near the injured player.

    If you have something to say to someone do like Mike Sherman and wait til after the game.

  55. -Alpha- says: Jan 13, 2016 12:54 PM

    Well, gee. Thanks for confirming what everyone except the officials and Steeler fans already knew.

  56. mikerobo1026 says: Jan 13, 2016 12:55 PM

    After Gio Bernard’s injury, ALL 12 Bengals coaches were on the field… Can we put this story in the past please? It’s such a non-issue. Stop making excuses for Pacman the Criminal. His actions were his own damn fault and it came at a cost. A cost in which he’ll have to lose sleep over for the whole offseason and possibly next season as well.

  57. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonsAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 13, 2016 1:03 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Jan 13, 2016 12:48 PM

    That was the ONLY time i havr seen a coach talking to the opponents no where near the injured player.

    ——-

    Except that’s not what you saw. Porter was a couple of strides behind AB and the training staff coming OFF THE FIELD when Burfict and the other Bengals come over to them and started the whole mess.

  58. bmath says: Jan 13, 2016 1:04 PM

    That was the ONLY time i havr seen a coach talking to the opponents no where near the injured player.

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    Ummm again, watch the video, he was physically pushed there by a Bengals player which alone should have been a flag.

    I feel like I am taking crazy pills.

  59. jrterrier5 says: Jan 13, 2016 1:07 PM

    shaunypoo says:

    “When Williams got flagged of an innocuous hit, I knew it was going downhill but decided to try to have an open mind. Once the Shazier hit wasn’t flagged, I knew that the Bengals were not going to win. Not only were the refs biased, but now you give the Bengals players the same impression. Hitting someone with the crown of your helmet is not, has not, and will not be legal. The few Bengals players are weak emotionally as it is, but they basically kicked a can of lighter fluid on that spark and walked away.

    Nobody is defending the behavior of Burfict or Jones, but how are fans and players supposed to feel after seeing one of their own layed out on an illegal hit that wasn’t even flagged? The league is to blame for this debacle.”

    Agree with you completely. Once the Shazier helmet hit that immobilized Gio Bernard was not flagged, the game started to go out of control. I’m not a fan of either team but that’s how I saw it. The Steelers coaches were out of control from the start with that hair pulling in the first quarter. Neither the Burfict hit on Antonio Brown nor Shawn Wilson’s hit on Markus Wheaton were helmet hits, yet both got flagged. But the Shazier hit was not.

    But the Porter-non-call at the same time that two flagg were called on the Bengals was just wrong. Mistakes by refs can be excused but when all the mistakes go one way, the integrity of the game is on the line.

  60. jjbsew says: Jan 13, 2016 1:18 PM

    Pittsburgh now has a track record of coaches interfering with the other teams. First Tomlin interfering with the Baltimore punt return a couple of years ago and now Munchak and Porter last week.

    Sounds like now it’s time to hammer the team with a fine and take away a couple of draft picks to send the message that coaches interfering with the other team’s players won’t be tolerated.

  61. katscot13 says: Jan 13, 2016 1:35 PM

    The ONLY reason the game got out of hand was because of the Bengals players stupidity. The refs weren’t about to let all the targeting and cheap shots by the Bengals go unflagged…this time. They had time to watch the other games and probably warned to watch everything closely. They knew EXACTLY which players were the instigators. The Bengals have pulled this crap ALL season and not just in the Steeler games. Thankfully, the refs decided enough was enough before someone got a permanent injury. Glad the entire football watching nation saw what the Steelers have had to put up with all season. You really just need to face the fact that your penalties were self-inflicted. Seriously, I know it’s painful but watch the game again with an open mind. You’ll see what the rest of the football watching world sees. You’re the problem. I’m sure all the teams you play next year will be watching that game over and over. Now please, stop the whining and excuses, you’re actually even worse than Pats fans.

  62. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonsAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 13, 2016 1:37 PM

    FACT: there is not one scintilla of evidence that Porter “cussed” or in any way antagonized the Bengal players. NONE. Video evidence does not support that. Refs in the area did not hear anything noteworthy.

    FACT: the entire mess was started when Burfict, then Gilberry, then Dunlop and then Jones came over to Porter and started pushing and laying hands on him. Burfict actually put his hands on a ref – he’s lucky he was not flagged. Jones got it because he practically ran over a ref trying to get at Porter.

    Delusional fans can believe what they want but which you gonna believe: the video evidence or the word of some angry players?

    BTW, don’t wait for that fine on Porter – it ain’t coming. That’s a false story as well.

  63. Deb says: Jan 13, 2016 1:44 PM

    The film tells the story on both Munchak and Porter.

    Munchak tried to stop Nelson’s forward progression, got tangled in his hair, and then was pushed by a player. Munchak drew the flag–whether or not he should have. End of discussion.

    Bengals coaches rushed the field to check on Bernard and weren’t shooed away. Porter did nothing we haven’t seen done repeatedly. Whatever he may or may not have been saying–and none of us knows–one Bengals player shoved him and another shoved an official. Jones was flagged for shoving an official. Porter was leaving the field when he was shoved.

    I’d like to hope the league will look at the film–even if the PFT writers won’t.

  64. yette1 says: Jan 13, 2016 2:03 PM

    The dumbest man on the planet; aka Dean Blandino acknowledges Porter should not have been on the field, but because its the Steelers and they backed the shield against the Patriots, no punishment will be forthcoming.

  65. dsh97 says: Jan 13, 2016 2:25 PM

    Porter was on his way off the field with the trainers and Brown, before Burfict reached out for Brown and caught the trainer’s attention. Go and watch that exchange.

    When Porter saw that, him and Burfict began going back and forth. And watch Dunlap purposely try to intimidate Porter by bumping into him from behind. The Bengals could have avoided that entire episode if they wanted to. One man didn’t make them that volatile. they were already at the tipping point for their implosion. Their lack of discipline lost them that game.

  66. NFL Sage says: Jan 13, 2016 3:03 PM

    He was allowed on the field, he was allowed to instigate, and he was rewarded with a playoff game deciding penalty on his opponent. Amongst the worst officiating decisions you will ever see.
    _______________________________________________

    Or the best, when you consider how much the NFL wants the Steelers to succeed. (Largest fan base in the country. $$$)

  67. effthelions016 says: Jan 13, 2016 3:09 PM

    Has anybody looked at the game film to see if any Bengals coaches were on the field when Geo Bernard took the helmet to helmet? If so did they get punished? Also how about any other game this past year? Im not a fan of the steelers or bengals but for the bengals to place blame of their total choke on one assistant coach is stupid. The only blame should be on themselves. Even if porter was on the field illegally he couldn’t have premeditated Jones putting a hand on the official. Why did jones have to go after him? If he knew an assistant coach wasn’t to be on the field why not just point it out instead of attempting to get in his face?
    The bottom line is Jones was over emotional and it got the best of him and his actions cost his teammates the game. Maybe if Lewis would have benched him instead of just letting him play you would be playing this weekend but he kept rewarding bad behavior. And for the team captains to defend jones and burfict is a disgrace.
    If I was a fan of that team i would be embarrassed to say I am.

  68. esimonds26 says: Jan 13, 2016 3:28 PM

    Before Pacman’s ignorance, the Steelers were already in FG range.

    Also, if you’d like to see what went down, Google: “What Started Joey Porter Bengals Conflict 2016 Wild Card”. You’ll see Porter was walking off the field behind the trainers and Brown. There’s a minor scuffle between Burfict and a trainer. Burfict’s arm hits Porter who says something to Burfict, but everyone is calm. Then #95 Gilberry walks across the field and bumps Porter, from behind you’ll notice, instigating. Then things escalate from there. You’ll also notice Porter is calm the entire time and never gets animated. Pacman made the dumb decision to try to go after Porter with refs in between them. When he bumped the ref is when the flag was thrown.

    Not to mention, as has been stated already, assistants are frequently on the field with serious injuries. You see it every week. Even in this game during the Bengals injury timeout for Bernard.

    Everyone wants to point to the refs deciding the game. Did the refs make Cincy turn it over 4 times? Did they keep Cincy from scoring 0 points for 3 quarters? Did they cause the critical fumble by Jeremy Hill with less than 2min? Speaking of Jeremy Hill, of the 3 of them (Pacman, Burfict and Hill) he’s the only one to take any accountability. Respect.

  69. shaggytoodle says: Jan 13, 2016 4:11 PM

    Except that’s not what you saw. Porter was a couple of strides behind AB and the training staff coming OFF THE FIELD when Burfict and the other Bengals come over to them and started the whole mess.

    Ummm again, watch the video, he was physically pushed there by a Bengals player which alone should have been a flag.

    I feel like I am taking crazy pills.
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    That would have NEVER have happened if he wasn’t on the field, Porter and his actions has to share the blame for this, just as the Bengals and there actions, but I don’t expect fans of a team thats has guys like Shazier dancing at midfield while Bernard is KOd and being tended to then more so on the sideline aftewards ot understand that.

  70. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonsAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 13, 2016 4:34 PM

    All I can say is any team that is leading a game with a 1-10 at the other teams 26 yard line with 1:36 left in the game AND then finds a way to lose… they deserve it.

    Fumble.

    Still had a lead and the Steelers had the ball on their own 9 yard line with 1:23 left in the game. The 9 yard line folks. And a wounded QB.

    No excuses.

  71. bmath says: Jan 13, 2016 4:40 PM

    That would have NEVER have happened if he wasn’t on the field, Porter and his actions has to share the blame for this, just as the Bengals and there actions, but I don’t expect fans of a team thats has guys like Shazier dancing at midfield while Bernard is KOd and being tended to then more so on the sideline aftewards ot understand that.

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    Why? It’s been made clear this isn’t a rule violation. It’s not flagged ever. It’s merely a guideline and assistant coaches are frequently on the field. For all intents and purposes, Porter was doing nothing different than coaches do every single game of the season.

    Shazier’s dancing was classless, just the same as Burficts was with Bell. I put both in the same category. One shouldn’t celebrate when there is an injury.

    But don’t sit and act like the Bengals are a classy team (or town).

    Oh and the refs favoritism really showed when AJ Green was called for a false start before his TD… or when Burfict was called for either delay of game or excessive celebration when he ran into the locker room… or when the Steelers got more penalty yards than the Bengals in the game.

    Get over yourself.

  72. steelpenguin6687 says: Jan 13, 2016 4:44 PM

    Since we are talking (hypothetically) about things that should have been called…

    1. Burfict should have been called for delay of game or excessive celebration when he and other Bengal players ran 60 yards the wrong way, and down the tunnel…The Steelers would have started the final drive 15 yards further down the field. Thus, making any 15 that Bengals fans think should have been called on Porter, moot..The Kick would have occurred from the same exact spot…

    2. Burfict should have been flagged for unnecessary roughness for purposely driving his knee in to BB’s shoulder.

    3. There was a PI (subjective, I know) that was very similar to the AJ Green PI, that was not called…

    Long and short, there were a lot of extracurricular activities on both sides of the ball…and in the ultimate end, sorry Bengal fans, the fumble, along with the ignorant antics of Burfict and Jones cost you a game. Anything else is sour grapes.

  73. jaykubs says: Jan 13, 2016 5:20 PM

    I’m no bengals or steelers fan but I’ll say Joey porter was the perfect guy to be out there to rile up the uncontrollable bengals players. crazy thing is how old that Pacman is to be losing his cool. he’s just a hot head and a liability. perfect for the Marvin Lewis bengals IMO

  74. samshobotnik says: Jan 13, 2016 8:28 PM

    When Porter saw that, him and Burfict began going back and forth. And watch Dunlap purposely try to intimidate Porter by bumping into him from behind. The Bengals could have avoided that entire episode if they wanted to. One man didn’t make them that volatile. they were already at the tipping point for their implosion. Their lack of discipline lost them that game.

    You’re right except that it was Gilberry that ran into him.

    These guys only see what they wanna see,not the true facts.It reminds me of A Few Good Men when Nicholson yells “You can’t handle the truth”.

  75. shovelhunter says: Jan 13, 2016 10:37 PM

    steelercrazy says:
    Jan 13, 2016 12:16 PM
    Pac Man penalty would offset Porters so the Burflict penalty would still stand. Steelers would still be 15 yards closer with plenty of time on the clock to get a few yards clo
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    If porter would of been flagged like he should have for stepping on the field pacman wouldnt of made the argument or of gotten into it with porter in the first place. So burficts penalty would have been neutralized. This isnt hard to figurw out folks. Unless u lack objectivity

  76. gaffya says: Jan 14, 2016 2:20 AM

    sissynatti bungholes…..your season is OVER 1 and done….your history is cloaked in humiliation and failure.your legacy is one of shame….enjoy your offseason or don’t, I don’t care.complain all you want,cry like girls, I don’t care.The Steelers won.they were going to win anyway even without the help (but thanks none the less)…Here’s the difference Ben is a 1st ballot HOF QB he needed 10 yrds and 18 seconds to get them.law of averages say’s he gets them plus more and spikes the ball with plenty of time left to kick a chip shot..Blandino is an insufferable fool, the ref’s suck every game and every week 16 teams are crying that the ref’s cost them the game….this is not news or a story..It’s a celebration of the spectacular failure that is the sissynatti bungholes.

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