Regardless of the sport, head coaches are of extreme importance in winning a championship. However, when coaches decide to overstep their boundaries and change the outcome of a game in a way that isn’t asked of them they should then be prepared to face the consequences.
Mike Tomlin clearly got in the way of Jacoby Jones during a kickoff return, and thankfully the NFL handed him a six figure fine ($100,000) that may change the way he does things on the sidelines. Tomlin isn’t the only coach to do questionable things, though.
Just recently during a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, Jason Kidd had a player on his team bump into him on purpose so he would drop his drink and get a free timeout out of the situation. Kidd tried to deny doing it purposely, but videotape showed differently. After the denial went away, Jason admitted to doing it and was fined $50,000 for it. The whole situation was turned into a sideshow and nicknamed the watergate.
The term watergate is a ripoff of the New England Patriots‘ spygate. New England was caught videotaping defensive signals in 2007 during a game against the New York Jets. Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 and the Patriots themselves were fined $250,000 and lost their first round pick in the 2008 draft. To this day New England still gets accused from time to time of videotaping opposing teams. Just recently, Antonio Smith of the Houston Texans made a comment in reference to the well known spygate situation.
There are other times when coaches have decided to do things other than just coach, but these three have been the ones most recently discussed. If a coach is unable to help his team win by his coaching abilities alone, then maybe he or she shouldn’t be a coach after all. If I were an owner I would get rid of any coach who decided to take matters into his own hands rather than allow his players to use their ability on the field while the coach uses his ability on the sidelines.
When it’s all said and done, situations like the three mentioned make coaching staffs and the entire organization look bad. Coaches need to coach and players need to play; that’s it. Fines like the one given to Tomlin will hopefully help prevent stupid actions from head coaches in any professional sport from occurring again.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org