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:
The Mike Tomlin foot on the field play to be reviewed under @NFL‘s normal procedures for possible discipline, per source. Decision next week
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 29, 2013
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.