There’s no debate about it, Mike Tomlin screwed up on Thanksgiving night. The Pittsburgh Steelers‘ head coach stepped on the field during his team’s game against the Baltimore Ravens in week 13 and now he’s paid for it dearly. Tomlin has been fined $100,000 by the NFL for altering Jacboy Jones‘ path on a kick return, and that might not be all. Even though the punishment has been handed down, there’s still talk of the Steelers being penalized a draft pick in 2014.
Let’s be clear, Tomlin needed to be fined for this incident. I feel that $100k is a bit excessive, but obviously the league is trying to send a message. But a draft pick? The New England Patriots had a draft pick taken away from them after Spygate, but that was a case of cheating. In Tomlin’s case, we’re talking about a coach on the field. Whether it was intentional or unintentional, it was simply a head coach on the field of play. It’s not the first and it won’t be the last time that happens in the NFL.
Mike Tomlin knows he screwed up. You can bet he won’t do such a thing ever again and he’s already paid a hefty price for his actions. Taking away a draft pick from the Steelers would be a step too far and unfair. The Ravens still won the game and there really aren’t any long-term affects from Tomlin being on the field. Hopefully, this fine will be the end of the story.