Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin maintained his “innocence” in a press conference addressing the actions against the Baltimore Ravens. Tomlin did not say he did nothing wrong in standing on the field of play as Jacoby Jones returned a kick near the sideline that caused him to run around Tomlin and get tackled. He did however maintain the idea that it was not an intentional act to disrupt the play, thereby helping his team stop Jones before he could score.
The NFL is still debating what punishment it will hand down to the Steelers’ head coach, but a substantial fine and even the possibility of a draft pick have been discussed as potential punishment. Tomlin effectively made the case why the penalty should be high; he is a head coach and should be held to a much higher standard.
Maybe the only thing more perplexing than the act itself, but how the referees handled it; rather, they did not handle it. For whatever reason, nothing was done at the time of the play. History would say it would at least be worth a 15-yard penalty if not an automatic touchdown.