The NFL will be reviewing the incident involving Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and Baltimore Ravens return man Jacoby Jones during Thursday night’s 22-20 Steelers loss to their AFC North Division rivals.
The play under question was a kick return in which Jones broke free. Tomlin’s moved into the field of play forcing Jones to change directions and ultimately resulting in a tackle. Instead of a Baltimore touchdown, the Ravens were held to a field goal.
The NFL doesn’t appear to be taking this lightly.
They issued a statement saying Tomlin should have been assessed a personal foul on the play and the play will be reviewed for discipline over the next week, an NFL official confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
In addition the league will likely downgrade the official who missed the call.
“Tell me something I don’t know. I do it quite often, like everybody else in the National Football League. I was wrong, I accept responsibility for it,” Tomlin told reporters.
However it looked like Tomlin knew what he was doing, especially judging by his silly grin after the play.
If you ask Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, Tomlin definitely knew what was going on. Flacco took some heat last winter for suggesting that teammates jump on the field and tackle Ted Ginn Jr. during the final play of the Super Bowl.
“That’s exactly what he just did,” Flacco said. “He was looking at the big screen the whole entire time, he knew where he was, he knew where Jacoby was. He pulled my move.”
At the end of the day though, this will end up being a lot of talk about nothing.
I highly doubt that the NFL makes an example out of Tomlin. He will be slapped with a fine and everything will move on like it never happened.