The National Football League has finally handed down the hefty fine of $100,000 to Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin, for his placement on the white sideline and steeping onto the field during a Jacoby Jones kickoff return last Thursday night. The fine has been discussed all week by the league and they are still contemplating taking away a 2014 draft pick. The league has not fined the Steelers organization as of yet.
On Tuesday, Tomlin talked about the blunder on his weekly press conference with the media.
“My descriptions of my actions on that play are a lot of things… embarrassing, inexcusable, illegal, a blunder,” said Tomlin. “I take full responsibility for my actions on that play. I acknowledge that my actions unfortunately became part of the play. I embrace that as head coaches we are held to the highest standards of conduct and I realize that blunder fell woefully short of that expectation.”
Tomlin also stated that the actions were not intentional and that he lost his place on the sideline.
“I think my biggest error on Thursday night is not realizing that play jeopardized the integrity of the game from a perception standpoint,” said Tomlin. “That is a mistake on my part. Since I left the stadium it’s been shocking to me that my actions have been perceived in any way intentional. I would never do such a thing. I would never consider doing such a thing. It was a blunder.”
“Anytime a player or a coach from the sideline is in this white area, that’s a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct,” NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said on Tuesday’s edition of NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access.” “If they interfere with the play, it could be what’s called a ‘palpably unfair act.”
The Steelers look to move on from last Thursday night’s blunder and are looking forward to playing the Miami Dolphins this Sunday at 1:00 PM ET. The Steelers stand at 5-7 and are still in the hunt for the AFC Wildcard race.