Steelers Draft Pick Modifications Might Be Determined By Unforeseen Playoff Seeding Ramifications

On Wednesday, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson indicated that the Pittsburgh Steelers could suffer a modification or forfeiture of draft picks as a result of the Thursday night sideline incident in the game against the Baltimore Ravens. Those potential modifications, according to Anderson’s statement, will be considered after the final order of the 2014 draft has been determined. Now, we might have a little clarity as to why we may have to wait that long.

According to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a league source said Wednesday that Anderson is waiting to see if there are any “unforeseen ramifications” from the interference with kickoff return. As Fittipaldo explains, those “unforeseen ramifications” could be things such as tiebreaking procedures that go into determining not only playoff qualification and seeding, but also draft order for teams that don’t make the playoffs.

In other words, should the Ravens loss of a potential touchdown or Steelers gain in not allowing one factor into any seeding when it comes to potential tiebreakers for the playoffs or draft order, that’s when a draft pick or picks modification or forfeiture might come into play.

If indeed that is what Anderson really means, then I suppose his decision to delay the process makes sense. It wouldn’t have hurt, however, for him to come right out and say it in his release regarding Tomlin’s punishment.

Hopefully Anderson or someone from the league office will further clarify if indeed this is the reasoning behind the Steelers having to be in wait-and-see mode.

  • Rick M

    That rumor seems exceptionally far-fetched. The first “total points” tiebreaker between 2 or more teams is the 9th tiebreaker (the total points differential for the tied teams between common teams). The NFL has never had to go to the “9th tiebreaker rule” to break a tie between two or more teams and likely never will.

    I don’t buy this as the rationale for the delayed decision.

  • JohnnyV1

    I’m sure Ray Anderson will be asked 9 million times about this until he can’t stand it any longer and clarifies his statement. That should happen by the end of this week, or sooner.

  • Rick M

    I missed a 6th total points tie breaking rule for the ‘wild card’ berths. That at least makes some sense. Why doesn’t Anderson explain this?

  • Kevin Gobleck

    why don’t they just award them 4 points and let this go to rest, they won, we lost. the margin shouldn’t matter. hell take away 4 points from us. Draft pick though, thats a little to far.

  • Brandon

    So what about every blown call by Refs that result in touchdowns taken away, Games being won or lost, etc? Time for me to watch a new sport. The NFL has their head up their…

  • ND_Steel

    Sounds like a bunch of BS…this league’s “justice system” is an embarrassment…

  • Nolrog

    That’s just stupid. He wouldn’t have scored anyway.

  • joed32

    Lots of money bet on the game and the spread was 2.5. Everyone who bet on the Steelers won and has been paid. If they give the Ravens 4 points then everyone who bet on them would want to be paid.

  • Callentown

    Dave, that does not seem to make sense if you look at what was said. The NFL specifically used the term ‘draft pickS’ (plural).

    I agree with the NFL network when they suggested that the NFL would not have said they were considering taking picks unless they have already decided to do this.

    There is no way teams would finish in a way affecting total points that makes sense to dock the Steelers more than one pick. So, I don’t think that is the reason.

    More likely, this a$$ of a commissioner seems to truly love whenever fines and punishment can be dolled out.