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07:00 AM ET 12.02 | Whoops. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's near-interference with Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones on Thursday night is the subject of "an aggressive review," according to a league source and is likely to result in stiff financial penalties for the coach and the team, and perhaps the forfeiture of a draft pick. Tomlin, as a head coach and as someone who was recently appointed to the NFL's powerful Competition Committee, erred in being that close to the field of play, no matter what, and while the NFL can't legislate his intent, the league's past handling of these issues speaks to the seriousness with which it takes the matter. Tomlin was caught by cameras watching him on the jumbo scoreboard while Jones returned a kick into Pittsburgh territory on a potentially game-altering play.

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December 2, 2013  07:20 AM ET

His Alibi.......I didn't know I was standing on the field....really.

December 2, 2013  07:27 AM ET

He should, because I saw absolutely noting funny about that.

December 2, 2013  07:36 AM ET

The thug mentality of a certain sub population of NFL players is evidenced in this coach. I hope the NFL hits Tomlin and the Steelers. Then let the Rooneys decide the ultimate fate of Tomlin.

December 2, 2013  07:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The thug mentality of a certain sub population of NFL players is evidenced in this coach. I hope the NFL hits Tomlin and the Steelers. Then let the Rooneys decide the ultimate fate of Tomlin.

Joking, right?

December 2, 2013  07:42 AM ET

I have a hunch that the Rooneys won't take the loss of a draft pick well at all. If that happens, all bets are off with Tomlin.

December 2, 2013  07:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He should, because I saw absolutely noting funny about that.

The part that sealed the deal I think is how he was smiling after the play. Well..I bet he's not smiling anymore.

December 2, 2013  07:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Joking, right?

It's too early... Let's let him go.

December 2, 2013  07:55 AM ET

Seriously? I'm OK with a fine, if he interfered with the play. I'd be OK with taking away a draft pick, too, if he did it intentionally. But, face it, a head coach has way too much to worry about to put this much weight on whether he's standing too close to the line. Next thing you know, they'll have to hire someone to watch the HC's feet.

Hmmm....maybe that's a job Shanahan could do....

December 2, 2013  07:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The part that sealed the deal I think is how he was smiling after the play. Well..I bet he's not smiling anymore.

And a chairman on the NFL Competition Committe...

December 2, 2013  07:57 AM ET

Fine yes, draft pick NO!

December 2, 2013  08:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Seriously? I'm OK with a fine, if he interfered with the play. I'd be OK with taking away a draft pick, too, if he did it intentionally. But, face it, a head coach has way too much to worry about to put this much weight on whether he's standing too close to the line. Next thing you know, they'll have to hire someone to watch the HC's feet.Hmmm....maybe that's a job Shanahan could do....

These guys have been doing this a long time. They know where they are standing.

December 2, 2013  08:04 AM ET

not smiling now huh mikey?

December 2, 2013  08:07 AM ET
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Next thing you know, they'll have to hire someone to watch the HC's feet.Hmmm....maybe that's a job Shanahan could do....

And if you're stupid enough to make Shanahan "President of Operations", I'm sure the guy watching the HC's feet will have a nice guaranteed contract.

December 2, 2013  08:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

These guys have been doing this a long time. They know where they are standing.

use to be you could not stand with-in 1 yrd of the sidelines ,guess that rule is no longer in affect.

December 2, 2013  08:18 AM ET

Won't be doing that again!

December 2, 2013  08:19 AM ET
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use to be you could not stand with-in 1 yrd of the sidelines ,guess that rule is no longer in affect.

I can see where the owners would prefer an extra row of seats.

December 2, 2013  08:20 AM ET

Almost as stupid as Saban.

December 2, 2013  08:21 AM ET

Some serious consequences for that BS..

December 2, 2013  08:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The thug mentality of a certain sub population of NFL players is evidenced in this coach. I hope the NFL hits Tomlin and the Steelers. Then let the Rooneys decide the ultimate fate of Tomlin.

Now that I had my coffee....

The "thug mentality" you speak of, is the appearance of Tomlin being too damned cool for his own good.

 
December 2, 2013  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Almost as stupid as Saban.

Now hold on just a second.

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