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Terrell Suggs wears T-shirt mocking Mike Tomlin

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One of the best rivalries in football will be renewed this weekend when the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. As usual, Terrell Suggs is ready for it.

On Tuesday, Suggs wore a shirt with the words “We Will Never Forget” and “The North Remembers” on it. The image was one of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin infamously interfering with Jacoby Jones on a kick return last season. Suggs is not the only Raven to poke fun at Tomlin for the incident.

At the very least, a shot at Tomlin is far more appropriate than the shirt Suggs wore a few years ago. He kept it clean this time.

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New video appears to show Mike Tomlin intentionally stepping toward field of play

Mike-Tomlin-interferenceThe NFL is expected to make a decision this week regarding disciplinary action against Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. On Thanksgiving, Tomlin got in the way of Baltimore Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones as Jones was sprinting up the sideline in the third quarter. A new angle of the play makes it seem more likely that Tomlin interfered intentionally.

The footage you see above comes from KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. From that angle, it looks like Tomlin was watching the play on the stadium video screen and took a step toward the sideline as he saw Jones coming. When he went to get out of the way, he put his foot further into the playing field and gave off the appearance that he was startled by being so close to Jones. Deadspin provided a GIF that shows the play more clearly:

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Mike Tomlin interference play could reportedly cost Steelers a draft pick

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The officiating crew who worked Thursday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens missed a huge call when Mike Tomlin was not flagged for interfering with Jacoby Jones’ kick return in the third quarter. Replays clearly showed that Tomlin was on the field and may have forced Jones to alter his route. However, it is not too late for Tomlin to be penalized, and his mistake could cost the Steelers.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL is considering taking disciplinary action against Tomlin and the Steelers that could include a six-figure fine and the loss of a draft pick. The discipline should come this week, and Tomlin is not expected to be suspended.

In 2010, New York Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi tripped a Miami Dolphins player who was running down the sideline during a kick. The team was fined $100,000.

As Schefter pointed out, it is particularly disturbing for the NFL that Tomlin is the newest member of the league’s competition committee. While Tomlin was not looking at the play and no flag was thrown, Joe Flacco and others have accused the Steelers coach of watching the stadium scoreboard and knowing where Jones was during the play. Flacco believes Tomlin stood in the way intentionally.

Fortunately for the NFL, the Ravens went on to beat the Steelers. We can only imagine the type of controversy that would have been created if Pittsburgh won after Tomlin potentially prevented a Baltimore touchdown. Still, forfeiting a draft pick would be a harsh penalty that seems unlikely. My guess is Tomlin and/or the team will only be fined.

Mike Tomlin stops Auburn field goal return for touchdown

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Chris Davis’ field goal return for a touchdown on the last play of the Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama on Saturday was one of the most significant plays of the college football season. Davis caught a 57-yard field goal attempt from Alabama that was short and returned it the length of the field for the score to give the Tigers a 34-28 win. Though he raced up the Auburn sideline — not the Bama one — some folks on the ‘net thought it would be funny to place Mike Tomlin in the picture.

You know if the Steelers coach were around, Davis somehow would have been stopped. We’re still convinced without a doubt that Tomlin intentionally stuck his foot out to stop Jacoby Jones on Thanksgiving.

Torrey Smith mocks Mike Tomlin’s interference with hilarious Instagram photo

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith had some fun at Mike Tomlin’s expense on Friday morning. During the third quarter of Baltimore’s 22-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tomlin appeared to stand in kick returner Jacoby Jones’ way as he was sprinting up the sideline. Some have speculated that Tomlin’s interference — which he was not penalized for — prevented a touchdown.

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Did Mike Tomlin prevent Jacoby Jones from scoring TD on kickoff return? (GIF)

Mike-Tomlin-interferenceThe NFL is fortunate the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in a thrilling game on Thursday night. Otherwise, there would be major controversy surrounding whether or not Mike Tomlin prevented Jacoby Jones from scoring a touchdown and should have been penalized.

Jones ripped off a 73-yard kick return in the third quarter that helped set up a field goal to give the Ravens a 16-7 lead. If you watch a replay of the return, you can clearly see that Tomlin was standing in the field of play as Jones jetted up the sideline. It’s unclear if Tomlin’s interference was the reason Steelers defensive back Cortez Allen was able to catch Jones from behind, but it appeared that Jones had to slightly alter his route to avoid Tomlin.

Joe Flacco thought Tomlin knew exactly what he was doing.

“That’s exactly what he just did,” Flacco said after the game, via ESPN.com. “He was looking at the big screen the whole entire time, he knew where he was, he knew where Jacoby was. He pulled my move.”

Flacco was referring to his joke in the Super Bowl about how his teammates should have tackled kick returned Tedd Ginn Jr. from the sideline to prevent a game-winning touchdown. Tomlin, of course, said the mistake was innocent.

“I always watch the returns on the JumboTron. It provides better perspective for me,” he said. “I lost my placement as he broke free and saw at the last second how close I was to the field of play.”

At the very least, Tomlin should have been flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. That would have been a 15-yard penalty and given the Ravens even better field position. However, Pro Football Talk cited a league source who claimed officials have the right to do whatever they deem to be equitable if a player or coach on the sideline interferes with a play. That could even mean awarding a touchdown if the official thought the interference prevented one.

Again, the league will be breathing a sigh of relief that Baltimore won once it takes a look at the replay. It’s obvious a big call was missed, as the official even had to run around Tomlin to keep up with the play.

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Mike Tomlin bans Steelers from somersaulting into the end zone

There will be no fun in Pittsburgh this season as long as Mike Tomlin is in charge. Last week, a report surfaced claiming Tomlin has taken away games like pool and ping-pong from the Steelers’ locker room until they can get their season turned around. On Tuesday, Tomlin said he has banned his players from doing any flips or somersaults into the end zone.

Emmanuel-Sanders-SteelersWide receiver Emmanuel Sanders did a flip through the air after scoring a 55-yard touchdown in a win over the New York Jets on Sunday. He landed pretty hard on his back, but Sanders was fine after the play. He certainly isn’t the first player we have seen bust out that method of celebration.

While the ban on flips may make Tomlin sound like a stiff to some, I don’t blame him. How many times have we seen a player go down with an injury that was a result of celebrating? As our growing list will tell you, it happens all the time. The Steelers are 1-4 and are trying to somehow claw their way back into playoff contention. That will be a difficult enough task as is. The last thing they need is to lose a player because he was showing off.

H/T Eye on Football