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Mike Tomlin gets old-school crafty with a sideline crowding of Ravens’ Jacoby Jones

Jay Busbee
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The Pittsburgh Steelers had just gotten on the board at last late in the third quarter against Baltimore, and the Ravens' Jacoby Jones was in the midst of a full-on broken-coverage runback on the kickoff. But while running down the sideline, he suddenly quick-stepped, dodging back out into the field and the waiting Steelers kickoff team, thanks to some sneaky positioning from Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

As Jones scooted down the sideline, there stood Tomlin, jumping out of the way at the very last second. Replays showed that Tomlin's foot was actually on the field, and later replays showed Tomlin grinning, perhaps at the fact that he'd held Jones to only 73 yards instead of a full 100.

"I got up on him and was like, 'is he going to move?'" Jones said after the game, turkey leg in hand. "I would have done the same thing if I was back there."

"I always watch the returns on the Jumbotron to provide a better perspective," Tomlin said afterward, "and I obviously lost my placement."

Did Tomlin cost the Ravens a touchdown? Perhaps, though Jones was close to getting run down anyway, and Baltimore ended up with a field goal out of the drive. Between this and Jason Kidd's "accidentally" spilled cup, we've got some fine little gamesmanship by coaches getting onto the field of play. Worthy of a penalty, yes, but still slick.

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