December 4, 2013 |
Mike Tomlin called it a “blunder” and said he would “never do such a thing” intentionally. Nonetheless the NFL fined the Pittsburgh Steelers coach $100,000 on Wednesday for stepping onto the field during a Thanksgiving game and disrupting the kickoff return of Baltimore's Jacoby Jones, a stern rebuke of a coach who, the NFL's head of officiating concedes, should have been flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play. That did not happen. The Ravens wound up winning the game, 22-20.
November 30, 2013 |
Mike Tomlin had one foot on the field, but did the Pittsburgh coach cross the line? The Jacoby Jones kickoff return was the most talked-about play after the Thanksgiving game between the Steelers and Baltimore, the moment Mr. Tomlin became Mr. Magoo. As the blistering-fast Jones was flying up the visitors' sideline, probably on his way to a touchdown, Tomlin was staring up at the video board and, with his back to the play, wandered to the edge of the field. Jones came perilously close to running him over, and would have had Tomlin not hopped out of the way at the last instant.
November 29, 2013 |
The season has been a bust for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but you'd like to hope Coach Mike Tomlin wouldn't consider purposely interfering with a play in order to help his struggling squad. During the Steelers' 22-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving night, Baltimore's Jacoby Jones appeared to be on his way to a 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown before a close encounter with Tomlin on the sideline led to him immediately being tackled at the Pittsburgh 27-yard line.
November 18, 2013 |
They are the darlings of the NFL - Seattle, Denver, Kansas City, New Orleans, San Francisco - but it isn't always the November darlings that wind up lifting the Lombardi Trophy in February. Last season, for instance, the eventual-champion Baltimore Ravens lost four of five games in December before igniting in the playoffs and going on their run. There are similar stories for other recent Super Bowl winners. So, while it's easy to be distracted by the so-called elite teams in the NFL, there's also a second tier of teams who have risen from the ashes of shaky starts and, though they don't lead their respective divisions, have played their way to relevance.
October 15, 2013 |
Pittsburgh Coach Mike Tomlin declared last week that the Steelers would no longer be able to play ping-pong, pool or shuffleboard in the locker room. Makes sense. Teams that are winless five games into the season probably should be all business when at work. During his Tuesday morning press conference, Tomlin announced that he has eliminated another activity his players seem to enjoy -- performing a flying somersault into the end zone. Up next, Pittsburgh players will be strip searched for yo-yos, Pop Rocks and Big League Chew.
September 30, 2013 |
Seattle, Denver, Kansas City and New England remained unblemished. The rest of the NFL remained unbelievable. Cleveland beat Cincinnati? The Browns were supposed to be cooked a couple weeks ago when they traded running back Trent Richardson to Indianapolis and promoted third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer to starter. Now, they've won consecutive games and just knocked off the best team in the AFC North. Pittsburgh is winless? Yes, the Steelers lost in London to Minnesota, 34-27.