Tomlin Answers Questions About Possibly Interfering With Jones During Kickoff Return

After the Pittsburgh Steelers scored their first touchdown of the game against the Baltimore Ravens in the third quarter, wide receiver Jacoby Jones returned the ensuing kickoff 73 yards before being tackled by cornerback Cortez Allen. During the return, however, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had to jump out of the way of Jones as he raced up the sideline. Tomlin was of course asked about the incident during his post game press conference.

“I always watch the returns on the jumbotron, it provides a better perspective for me,” said Tomlin. “Obviously I lost my placement as he broke free and I saw it at the last second, and how close I was to the field of play.”

Tomlin was then asked about being shown smiling on the jumbotron after the play happened.

“They always like to show me on the jumbotron here in Baltimore. I appreciate that,” he said.

The questions did not stop there, however, as the Steelers head coach was then asked if he knew that he wasn’t supposed to be on the six-foot wide stripe.

“Tell me something I don’t know,” shot back Tomlin. “I do it quite often like everybody else in the National Football League. I was wrong. I accept responsibility for it.”

Tomlin will indeed be fined by the league for his actions and you have to admit that it did look classless. This will indeed be a talking point all week and you can see an animated gif of the play below.

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  • SG

    Credit to Tomlin for finally figuring out how to be a factor during this awful season.

  • Matt Manzo

    He’s my coach. But he totally did that on purpose! Classless? Kinda. Not really The way we do things but against the Ravens I’ll take some dirty play!

  • Brandon James

    I don’t think that was on purpose.

  • Douglas Andrews

    He stepped on the field during the play… give that man an assist.

  • chris ward

    I like Tomlin, but it did look intentional.

  • Alizee Alize

    OMFG!!!! Dave, will you pls talk to your co-host of the podcast. He is bitching about clock management again on the air. (stating steelers wasted clock at the end of the game) It’s getting a little embarrassing, as it is obvious the Steelers were going for a tie + overtime. Bleeding the clock was a gamble, yes. But to continually bitch about it on-air and trying to ask (trap) Tomlin about it on Tuesdays is a little overkill.

    Love his insight otherwise, but can’t believe he brought it up again tonight on-air!

    Getting off my soapbox now.

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    Classless is indeed the correct term if he is lying. I will go by his word on this though if only because he has shown ZERO evidence of such actions in the past. I feel he should get at least one pass on this from the fans.

  • Rick M

    Personally I just can’t believe that he would intentionally do something like that on national television. It does show, however, how unfocused he is at times – not even knowing that he had a foot on the playing field with the runner racing down the sidelines.

  • ND_Steel

    Why? He is absolutely correct!! Again and again we have poor clock management and today was no different! Why the heck would you run the clock down and play for the tie when you are down 8!!! If we were quicker, and either saved our timeouts or scored before the 2 min warning, we could have kicked deep and got the ball back if we didn’t get the 2 pt conversion, which is exactly what happened. We were out of options at that point. Thus we were forced to try that ridiculous excuse for an on sides kick. Fearing Balt would have more time to go down for a game winning fg is ridiculous when you are down by 8!!! And it is not overkill, time management is crucial and we absolutely suck at it.

  • Rory

    I absolutely think it was intentional, and I love it. Game is over if Jones gets a TD there (I think Allen was going to catch him anyway, he is slowing down as he comes in for the tackle). If Jones was smart he would have just run into Tomlin and had the TD awarded to him.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    That was to funny

  • Nolrog

    I agree. I don’t think it was on purpose either. He shouldn’t have been there, admitted his mistake and will pay his fine. Time to move on.

  • NW86

    I’ve always loved Tomlin, but I have to admit that was a douchebag move and should have been a penalty. Not a proud moment for the Steelers.

  • steeltown

    Ha! Look at Danny Smiths face in the background, priceless

    I love Tomlins response to being on the sideline border..he’s completely right, every Team has players and coaches standing on that strip countless times throughout the game. It used to tick me off, but everyone was doing it so I just stopped caring

  • r4kolb

    Unfortunately like his special teams coverage, he missed the tackle!!!!

  • Rick M

    LOL. Well at least he got close to Jones. The gunners parted like the Red Sea. My grandmother could have run through that initial hole.

  • Ahmad

    I don’t think it was intentional. Given the way the game had gone and the significance of the play it certainly looks egregious. However, I will give him the benefit of the doubt that he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • Johnny Loose

    It was definitely wrong, but I though it was awesome. Like Jacoby Jones said after the game: “I’d have probably done the same thing.” Damn we should have won that game. Would have been epic for us.

  • Richard Cetrone

    Classes? Lighten up. The guy’s track record speaks for itself. I’m not thrilled about his coaching this season, but the guy’s not classes.

  • alex

    totally calculated high school move…

    when he gets fined, maybe he can take this as a challenge…take this as his own culpability in this season… to get better like all the players that have been benched or weve questioned this year that have come back stronger, ie. Adams, Gilbert, Dwyer, Cotch, Worilds, Ziggy, Gay