NFL to review Mike Tomlin’s kickoff interference

Nov 28, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Former Pittsburgh Steelers and current NFL announcer Hines Ward (l) talks with head coach Mike Tomlin (r) prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving at M&T Bank Stadium. Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is the center of plenty of controversy following the team’s Thanksgiving night loss to the AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens, but it wasn’t because of any coaching decisions that he made.

Instead, the controversy came from a kickoff return when Tomlin stepped out onto the field and interfered with Ravens return man Jacoby Jones, who had a clear path to the endzone. Tomlin forced Jones to alter his path and he was ultimately caught from behind by the Steelers coverage team.

Now, the league will be reviewing Tomlin’s incident.

From Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network:

It doesn’t appear that Tomlin intentionally interfered with the kickoff return, but he could still be facing discipline.

Coaches are supposed to be aware of where they are on the field and Tomlin was not. Ultimately, the step onto the field could result in a fine.

Topics: Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers

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  • bmatkin

    Thomlin didn’t know he was on the Ref’s white strip, didn’t know he was wandering out on the field, then the guy is clueless or a liar.
    The refs really blew that call. He should have been flagged at a minimum for getting in the officials way.
    The smile afterward said it all, he knew what he had done.
    The league has to suspend him for a few games and set a large fine. Otherwise, in critical games, this will occur more and more. That touchdown would have certainly ended the Steelers hunt for the playoffs.
    Yes, I know, they still have a mathematical chance. I think it is about 2.5% or something. Had they won the Steelers would be at the 50% mark or something like that.

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