Tomlin Says Nature Of Garvin’s Block On Huber Is Not What They Are Looking For

During his Tuesday press conference, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked if linebacker Terence Garvin did what he was supposed to do as it relates to his block on Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber during the Sunday night punt return for a touchdown by Antonio Brown. While Tomlin first answered, “yes”, he went on to clarify that the hit itself is not what has been taught.

“What he’s coached to do and what transpired on that play are two different things,” said Tomlin. “Obviously, from a structure of a call standpoint, the position that he was in, to be a final block if you will, is what he’s coached to do.

“The nature in which the block unfolded, obviously, is not what we’re looking for. It’s not what we coach, it’s not what he wants, but that play hit pretty quickly – was right back up the field at him and it transpired the way it transpired. So we’ll wait for potential judgment from the league, just like you guys are.”

Tomlin was not willing to debate whether or not the rule to protect the punter is fair or not, but only that he acknowledges that it does exist. He also clarified the rule as it relates to other players on the field.

“They have additional protection, just like people in the act of catching footballs, or people in the act of throwing footballs, or defenders at the end of the line of scrimmage from crack blocks and so forth,” said Tomlin. “They’re a lot of guys in the NFL that have extended protection in an effort to make the game as safe as it possibly can be.”

While Tomlin didn’t say it specifically, it appears as though he expects Garvin to be fined for his hit on Huber, which resulted in the punter being placed on injured reserve with a broken jaw. If you are curious as to what the rulebook says, I posted those excerpts in this Monday post.

  • treeher

    I just hope it is a reasonable fine since there was no intent to injure the guy. As Garvin said, he was aiming for chest.

  • DoctorNoah

    I think the competition committee should mandate facemasks for all players, regardless of position. If a receiver can see the ball with a mask, so can a punter when it’s snapped to him.

  • DrakePirate

    what else could Tomlin say other than something VERY PC … it has infiltrated every part of society … while I’m sure that they did not intend to injure someone, I would bet most on the team thought it was a good hit

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    The NFL could pass a rule requiring punters and kickers to retreat to the sideline as soon as they have kicked so they don’t get in the way of the play and maybe get hurt.

  • r4kolb

    Way to go Tomlin throw him under the bus. As his coach I would have said, “It looked legal to me”. “You have to remember at the speed this game is played and with my guy saying he aimed for the chest it looked legal to me.”

  • Jonas

    This. No intention. This guy made a block he was supposed to do – this boy tries to earn his 400k..
    The outcome, of course, was not okay..

  • Dan

    It will never happen, but I like the concept. If they are protected from “unnecessary contact” they shouldn’t be attempting to make a tackle. Just like a running QB is open to being tackled until he surrenders by sliding, then a kicker should be open to being blocked until he surrenders by running off the field or cowering in the fetal position.

  • 20Stoney

    Tomlin is saying everything possible to not lose that draft pick!

  • 2443scott

    when nfl was made up that play was ok in the nfl now its a one last cig and blind fold …thanks to babying manning and brady the nfl is dont hit or pay to play in nfl i dont see the players union sticking up for the players …i guess because steelers didnt sign their i give up to goodel treaty.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Come on this team is starting to bad reputation ever since the Mike tomlin incident. People don’t talk enough about when Suh gets fined for unnecessary hits.

  • sean mcmartin

    Somewhere Bill Cowher sees the replay and smiles.

  • S & M

    Tomlin does know the NFL rules he just don’t want to have to play by them.

  • Bill Berry

    So typical for Steeler fans to try defend this. They have a classy coach who accepts responsibility for his and his teams actions and yet they cry like babies. Enjoy the off season Squeeler fans.

  • HopalongCassidy

    Go back to Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland or wherever you came from troll.

  • HopalongCassidy

    Oh really ? Where’d you get that brilliant observation ?