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Ravens crack jokes about Mike Tomlin’s sideline obstruction, but NFL will review Tomlin’s antics

Frank Schwab
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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin had to know what he was doing when he was standing way too close to the field, blocking Jacoby Jones' path, right?

The coach said he was just looking at the Ravens' video screen and "lost my placement" when Jones almost ran into him during a kickoff return. It's a little hard to buy that. If nothing else it's inexplicable why Tomlin didn't get a penalty for being in a restricted area of the sideline.

The Jets got a penalty last week for being too close to the field when an official had to run around a member of the team's staff. An official had to run around Tomlin, hands in his pockets looking up blankly at himself on the video board about to get run over by Jones if the Ravens returner didn't cut inside. Tomlin's roadblock might have slowed up Jones just enough that he got tackled from behind. No flag was thrown.

That doesn't mean Tomlin has heard the end of it. The NFL is reviewing the play to see if Tomlin should be disciplined, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport was the first to report. That's no surprise at all. It won't be a surprise if the league gives Tomlin a fine, either.

 

The Ravens won, so they could have some laughs about the incident. And, in fact, Ravens receiver Torrey Smith posted a fantastic photoshopped image on Instagram poking fun at Tomlin side-stepping out of Jones' way.

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