Did Mike Tomlin step in Jacoby Jones' path during kickoff return?
NOV 28, 2013 10:46p ET
There's no question Mike Tomlin is a calculated coach and has a greater influence over the Steelers' outcome than anyone on the team's sideline. Well, he possibly took points off the board by, ahem, inadvertently stepping in Ravens punt returner Jacoby Jones' path to the end zone on Thursday night.
Jones, who had broken free on a kickoff return with the Ravens leading 13-7 in the third quarter, had to alter his course after seeing Tomlin standing very close to the field of play.
"I'm like, "Is he gonna move?" Jones said following the game with NBC. "That's the first time I ever got caught in my life. That's like Usain Bolt losing a race."
Tomlin hopped out of the way at the last second, but Jones was still caught from behind by Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen. The Steelers weren't flagged on the play, but NFL on FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira believes it should have been a penalty.
I do think Tomlin should have been flagged. Official didn't run into him but he is watching the game on the jumbotron and is in the way.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) November 29, 2013
If they would have called the foul on Tomlin, they would have assessed 15 yards from the end of the run. Would not have awarded TD.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) November 29, 2013
Read more about what Pereira has to say here.
Did Tomlin purposely make the gaffe? You be the judge. The Steelers head coach claims he didn't intentionally do it and typically watches all returns on the jumbotron and that he lost his placement.
Tomlin appeared to get a kick out of it all after Allen tracked down Jones and the replay was shown on the stadium videoboards:
Tomlin denied any intent after the game.
"I always watch the returns on the Jumbotron. It provides a better perspective for me," Tomlin said. "I lost my placement as he broke free and saw at the last second how close I was to the field of play."