Mike Tomlin supports NFL’s taunting crackdown, but disagreed with call against Steelers

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has been one of the most vocal supporters of the NFL’s crackdown on taunting, saying last month that he thought it was an important part of making NFL players good role models for young players.

But on Sunday, when a taunting call went against Steelers wide receiver Ray Ray McCloud for a first-down point that the officials interpreted as pointing in the face of an opponent, Tomlin wasn’t happy. Tomlin said after the game that he thought the officials erred by flagging McCloud

“I categorically disagreed with it. I thought that Ray Ray was signaling first down, and he turned around to do so and the guy just happened to be there. I think we have to exercise some common sense,” Tomlin said.

But if Tomlin is going to support the NFL’s taunting crackdown, he needs to acknowledge that any time the league adds a point of emphasis, that means telling the officials to look for a penalty to call — and sometimes they’re going to look a little too hard. Tomlin’s team benefited from a questionable taunting call earlier this season against the Bears, and now he knows how it feels to be on the other end of a questionable taunting call.

11 responses to “Mike Tomlin supports NFL’s taunting crackdown, but disagreed with call against Steelers

  1. Common Sense? The refs aren’t allowed to use that. There have been too many exaggerations and misapplications of this Taunting rule. It’s doing more bad than good to Football.

  2. Thats generally how it works. Your all for penalties called on your opponent but not on your team.

  3. “Tomlin’s team benefited from a questionable taunting call earlier this season against the Bears…”

    Benefited? They won the game because of it – if it hadn’t been called, the Bears take over and basically run out the clock. In the AFC North this year, that win could (will?) be the decider between winning the division and sitting at home.

  4. Ya, the guy just happened to be there… Tomlin is a buffoon! Maybe if the guy is there, don’t continue to talk, in his face. Tomlin probably thinks that’s “the play” that got them trounced. Outside of that play, the Steelers looked great, right mike…

  5. Steelers won a game solely because a questionable taunting call against Bears. Careful what you wish for Tomlin.

  6. I support the taunting crackdown, as long as it’s against whoever we’re playing – Tomlin.

  7. The Steelers have had at least two other taunting calls go against them this year that Tomlin did not question, so perhaps he’s right on this one.

  8. Bengals got you beat (again) Mike. Chase got one for just spinning the ball (after Harbaugh complained of course)

  9. The ref was right there too and heard what was said thus throwing the flag. still had zero impact on that game and you should worry about the x and o of the game unless that is your excuse for settling for 3 instead of a td. It was the refs fault.

  10. A lot of idiots seem to misremember, the Steelers were wining the game when that call was made. The Bears took the lead after that happened and their “defense” couldn’t stop the Steelers from driving for the winning field goal. You lost,you should be used to it by now. Get over it.

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