Report: Tomlin Not Fined For Criticizing Officiating After Win Over Browns


Even though Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was very critical of the officiating in the team’s Week 11 game against the Cleveland Browns, reports now indicate that he wasn’t fined for his comments. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Tomlin was not fined for his several comments.

“I thought the officiating was questionable at times,” Tomlin said after the game against the Browns.

When pressed for more reaction little later during that same press conference, Tomlin didn’t hold back.

“I just thought it was questionable,” Tomlin said. “I thought there were some bad calls, or no calls.”

Tomlin also later indicated that he thought Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons “missed” Browns quarterback Cody Kessler on a play in the third quarter that ultimately resulted in a 15-yard personal foul being assessed. Being as Timmons reportedly wasn’t fined for that hit, it appears Tomlin was right.


Another play that in that game that you know Tomlin took issue with included Browns cornerback Joe Haden not being flagged for holding Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown on a deep 3rd down and 5 pass with 4:07 left in the fourth quarter.

Tomlin very rarely criticizes officiating and usually never partakes in such actions following losses. The fact that he did just that following the team’s win over the Browns shows how irritated he really was. Personally, I’m somewhat surprised the league didn’t fine Tomlin, but ultimately glad that they didn’t.

Tomlin indicated last week that he thinks officials should ultimately be full-time employees of the league.

  • VaDave

    While I applaud the League for it’s restraint, I would more impressed if they actually, returned the game to a GAME instead of contest of legalities. Unfortunately, this would have to start in the broadcast booth network ninnies constantly second guessing the officials, which brought us the “Booth Review, which in my estimation, has about ruined the NFL for me. The League was just fine for over 50 years without it. At this point GamePass Condensed view, is a much better option to watch the game. It’s a bout 40 minutes minus the blather, hype, and commercials.

  • Jim Foles

    The refs need to be audited after games and suspended for too many infractions.

  • RickM

    A good decision, but a little surprising. I thought it was an automatic fine. Glad that it isn’t as the refs should be criticized for missing obvious things.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Very happy that coach Tomlin was not fined. An organization that stifles communication is not very healthy; especially when the commentary is both reasonable and agreed with by most outside observers (fans).

    The NFL really must address the complexity of the rules by making the referees accountable and perhaps making them full time employees. There are a lot of talented people that would line up for a $150-200K a year job. The NFL should also be more transparent with the referee evaluations – perhaps publishing grades.

  • Orlysteel

    These refs are an embarrassment to the NFL and part of the reason ratings are down, they certainly need to be accountable for calls or non calls especially when they review a play on super slow mo and still botch up the call.

  • Steelers12

    NFL just make refereeing a year around job and stop being stingy

  • george

    So maybe the officials can kick old Mike T a taste? (Sopranos reference).

  • WilliamSekinger

    No fine, cause Goodell has laid down the law to the referees. They will calling any and all penalties the Steelers commit while ignoring any and all penalties the opposing team commits. That is Tomlin’s punishment. They will check back with Tomlin on how he feels about the officiating after the season ends.

  • Lil Smitty

    Oops I missed on the reply icon and just down voted you, Sorry! I agree with you that the refs need to be audited. I would even go so far as dock them pay for each bad call or missed obvious infraction. I wonder if the thoughts of losing money would make then sharper and more precise in the play calling.

  • Ryan

    This just in James Harrison fined $100,000 and suspended 4 games for Mike Tomlin criticizing officials.

  • Steeler-Drew

    There is nothing worse than seeing them review it and still not getting it right. Maybe you are right, people are getting fed up with all of the bad calls not mention the biased calls. The NFL doesn’t want to go the discipline route since that would be like admitting they are making a mistake by not making it a full time position or providing more training. They wouldn’t even touch the worst miss call of the year when Sherman roughed the kicker. So instead they have a grading system that entitles certain ones to make additional money in playoff games. The problem is half them who make it to the post season still suck and don’t merit being there.