July 22, 2014

NFL News: Tomlin fined and Steelers may yet see draft pick punishment

Mike Tomlin’s sideline transgression was going to cost him and the Steelers. That much we knew. Now, there’s an idea of just how much. Ian Rapoport is reporting that in the first wave, Mike Tomlin’s pocket will be hit to the tune of $100,000. Although the rest of the punishment is unknown, he also reports that the NFL is still considering taking away or downgrading a draft pick by the time it’s all said and done.

Pittsburgh lost the game to Baltimore on Thursday night, and you can only imagine the outrage that would have ensued if Baltimore had lost. During the game, Mike Tomlin stepped onto the field of play as Jacoby Jones was racing down the sideline to try and return the ball for a touchdown. He appeared to need to take a step inward to avoid Mike Tomlin and almost simultaneously he was tackled by the last available Steelers defender to save the touchdown.

The Steelers lost the game and stand to lose even more, it seems.

For further backdrop on sideline incidents, read Jacob’s first post on this topic.

NFL News: Steelers might lose draft pick for Mike Tomlin incident

  • @TheDeePagel

    That’s a great point you make Craig about the Ravens winning compared to what it would be had they lost. I think the NFL needs to treat the punishment with the mentality that the Ravens did lose. There should not be different punishments based on the outcome, the punishments should be the same….so treat the incident like the Ravens lost. That’s the only way to keep things fair and to maintain the standard around the league with this.

    And yes, I hate the Steelers with everything I have as a person, so my comments could be biased if you care to know.

  • Natedawg86

    As long as the NFL doesn’t take away the 3rd round pick, I am on board with it.

  • CB Everett

    For true, agonizing punishment, the Steelers should be forced to start Brandon Weeden the rest of the season.

  • mgbode

    I want them to take the 3rd round pick because then our compensation would be elevated to their 2nd round selection. Double-Whammy for the win :)

  • Natedawg86

    If only the world worked that way…

  • Kildawg

    I got it. Force PIT to take their 3rd round pick back for their 1st round pick, then any conditional traded picks are doled out depending on where the other team is drafting. Losing that draft positioning would hurt more than losing a pick. Plus they wouldn’t receive comp picks either.

  • Steve_Not_Chad

    Man, if the Ravens would have lost. The horror.

  • Toddyus

    I hate the Steelers, but that’s sadistic.

    No one should have to endure that. No one…

  • Warburton MacKinnon

    It’s overkill,even the 100k is a bit much,I hate both teams involved and want the worst for them but picks is ridiculous…In no way does this approach the level of the Pats and Saints transgressions. Who cares if it’s on purpose or an accident, I don’t. I have seen it to many times when players and coaches crowd the field and end up on it often effecting play…it’s never called,just like it wasn’t here. Fine make an example with the fine and it’s done. I have seen just watching Browns games multiple players and coaches attempt to interfere with Cribbs on returns in the past including Tomlin, I think Cribbs has run into one or more of these coaches as well,or just avoid them and score. Also Jacoby is nowhere near as good as he thinks he is,if just beacause he let Tomlin stop him with no contact. If the Ravens were not reigning champs,and the Steelers not liked by way to many folks..NOTHING would have happened following this incedent. Does anyone think that if Chud or Rivera had done this last weekend anyone outside of Cleveland or Jacksonville would have noticed? Remeber the Campbell hit to the head and fumble recently?

  • Guest

    Noooo. That’s too cruel!