Mike Tomlin stands by taunting emphasis: We’re role models for younger players

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin saw his team benefit from a controversial taunting penalty against the Bears on Monday night, but Tomlin says he supports the NFL’s crackdown on taunting regardless of which team it helps.

Tomlin, who is on the NFL Competition Committee and was involved in the decision to tell officials to call taunting more strictly this season, said today that he stands by that point of emphasis.

“We’re trying to clean our game up. We embrace the responsibility of being the role models that we are,” Tomlin said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “We understand people at a lower level watch us and mimic what we do.”

Despite widespread criticism from players and fans, the NFL does not seem particularly interested in withdrawing the point of emphasis on taunting. The taunting flags will keep coming.

36 responses to “Mike Tomlin stands by taunting emphasis: We’re role models for younger players

  1. He also stood by and watched as 5 of his players forced a Bears player back onto the field to make him touch the ball.. His opinion carries zero weight.

  2. Instead of taking the high road and saying “we got lucky due to a bad call on a rule that is universally hated by fans and players” Tomlin doubles down.

  3. It’s perfectly fine to have rules and regulations about taunting. But that must start with a very clear definition of taunting. Without a defined and clear characterization of exactly what taunting is, you just leave it open to interpretation. The NFL should be more focused on fixing rules that are open to interpretation. That will make the game better to watch for everyone.

  4. Instead of taking the high road and saying “we got lucky due to a bad call on a rule that is universally hated by fans and players” Tomlin doubles down.
    I don’t think the rule is universally hated by fans. I like the rule. They just need to get the call right. Celebrations are awesome. Taunting is not celebrating. Taunting is the opposite of what we teach our kids about respect. Tomlin is right.

  5. How is end zone celebrations not deemed taunting? As the old saying goes, if you don’t want to see the opposing team dance in the end zone, prevent them from making it there in the first place.

  6. Says the guy who stood in a restricted area and in field of play long enough to keep a guy from scoring a sure touchdown, then got caught smirking about it after.

  7. I think lying on here should be banned. Raven trolls still lying about Tomlin tripping someone he didn’t touch. Same fans enjoyed the Broken nose got from a Raven and no penalty was called. Now I know poor losers, haters, and trolls are not really very mature or deep thinkers Tomlin is correct here. Taunting only leads to fights, injuries , and is really childish…

  8. But he’s fine with Claypool flaunting after every single catch. I guess looking at the defensive player an making an exaggerated first down signal is fine.

  9. Thing is, Cassius Marsh wasn’t even taunting. It was a horrendously poor-judgment call by the referee.

  10. What a Hypocrite. It’s OK when in happens to someone else’s team. Just not mine. How many eye winks did Corrente give you last night?

  11. What a load of BS. I would love for a ‘journalist” that covers the NFL to say it. You aint no role model for anyone but your own kids. Find another tired narrative to justify a stupid rule.

  12. Lol, says the guy whose star linebacker literally punches an opposing player three times in the head with his fist with zero repercussion.

  13. Easy to say when your team won !!! Wonder what he would have said had his team lost by a taunting penalty….

  14. Was he a role model when he steps onto the field and affected a play earlier in his career

  15. Tomlin’s comment is comical to say the least, if this was one of his players who did this and they lost he would be wanting a meeting with the Rules committee to change the taunting rule

  16. Maybe, just maybe, having coaches on the competition committee helping to decide what is and what isn’t worthy of a penalty is a conflict of interest…

  17. Being a role model for the snowflakes would be for them to get over their feelings of being disrespected if you look at them oddly. These are men. If they cannot control their anger on the field, then the women in their lives have much to fear!

  18. Funny, Cassius’ coach was screaming in his face after Cassius came over to the sidelines after the taunting. Someone thought he was taunting, now didn’t they………. All a moot point if Ray McCloud doesn’t foolishly fumble and give up easy TD with 6 1/2 minutes left and Steelers just getting ball back. Very, very stupid.

  19. I think the application of the rule that is making so many of us throw our hands up in the air is just a symptom. The disease and issue is uneven officiating, referee to referee, week by week, crew by crew, year after year. That and the league is one of the VERY BESt worldwide at fixing that which isn’t broken. They will leave the 800 LBs gorilla in the room unnoticed while making a big deal over who didn’t wipe their feet when they came in. For a “Professional” Sports league they act stunningly amateurish quite often.

  20. Tomlin is the last coach in the league who should be talking about being a role model. Has any other coach in the history of the game walked on the field to intentionally interfere with a live play? His opinion is meaningless.

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