Posted November 29, 2013

Joe Flacco accuses Mike Tomlin of intentionally interfering with Jacoby Jones’ return

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Mike Tomlin wandered on to the field of play during Jacoby Jones' 73-yard return. (AP)

Mike Tomlin wandered on the field of play during Jacoby Jones’ 73-yard kickoff return. (AP)

Nine months ago, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco joked that he considered running on to the field and tackling the 49ers’ Ted Ginn Jr. to preserve his team’s Super Bowl XLVII win. On Thanksgiving night, Flacco thinks Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stole his bit. Flacco accused Tomlin of intentionally wandering onto the field and almost colliding with Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones during a long kickoff return Thursday night.

With the Steelers kicking off following a touchdown that drew them within 13-7 in the third quarter, Jones found himself running free down the sideline on a big return. But he appeared to slow up as he approached Tomlin — standing with his back to the play — on the white sideline stripe with his foot on the field. Jones was eventually tackled after a 73-yard return. The Ravens went on to kick a field goal in their 22-20 win.

BURKE: Did Mike Tomlin cost Jacoby Jones a touchdown?

Tomlin was not flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct but Flacco contends he should have been.

“That’s exactly what he just did,” Flacco said. “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.”

Tomlin claims he didn’t he interfere with Jones, and his proximity to the play was not intentional.

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

Several Ravens joked about what they considered to be Tomlin’s gamesmanship after the game.

“I was wondering, did they credit him with the tackle on that?” coach John Harbaugh said. “I really don’t know what to say about it other than stuff like that happens.”

Jones admitted that Tomlin did cause him to slow a bit, but said the Steelers coach did not cost him a touchdown return.

“It broke my stride but I still shouldn’t have got caught,” Jones said. “If I was him, I’d do the same thing knowing I was back there.”


90 comments
Rocky8
Rocky8

Maybe Joe Flacco should spend more time thinking about how many people are accusing HIM of stinking it up after signing for the big money.

MKG_Force
MKG_Force

I personally think Mr Flacco's time would be better served focusing on hitting open receivers in stride when they are 3 and 4 steps behind the defense.  Too many time they have to go back and make an play on the ball or get overthrown.  It has cost us several games this year.  Brady, Manning, Rodgers, Brees, and Rivers make those throws all the time.  If he is an elite QB, time to start showing it and winning some games.

UOfan
UOfan

Lol as if I needed any more reason to hate these ****suckers. Ben Raplethsberger first and now this? Pathetic. At least admit it like J-kidd and save some face. What a classless  move by Mark Epps worse half. 

Mike26
Mike26

When the Jets intentionally interfered with a punt cover guy, they had suspensions and huge fines = and they were assistants/scrubs.  Why shouldn't Tomlin get at LEAST the same suspension?  He's a head coach that's supposed to lead the organization in a classy and successful direction - he should be NAILED for refusing to do so!

bgrenig
bgrenig

classless move from the coach of an organization that prides itself on being first-rate. i'd be surprised if steelers ownership doesn't take action.

M20
M20

He was looking back over his shoulder and was snickering after the play. Clearly intentional. Should be fined.

James C
James C

Yes, Tomlin was on the field. Yes a penalty should have been called. No, a score should not have been awarded. Why no score? The act by Tomlin did not cause Jones not to score on the play. He veered in slightly, but was solidly tackled on the play. His slight movement into the field was not combined with any slowing on his part. The fact is the defense caught him and would have done so had Tomlin been two yards off the field like he should have been. 


How no flag was thrown I have no idea. While he did not interfere with Jones, he certainly was in the way of the official and as such, that should have been called. I don't know if the NFL has sideline warnings like college does, but Pitt should have been given a sideline warning or unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on this play. 

me21
me21

As far as Flacco is concerned - he has nothing to say.  He played a pathetic game and the only thing that saved his team was the field goal kicker.  What a loser!

me21
me21

I think all the children who keep on harping on this need to grow up.  Surely you must have something to do that requires intelligence!

gbgentleman
gbgentleman

He better be watching EVERY return on the Jumbotron from now until he stops coaching in the future....

unitcaptain11
unitcaptain11

He had one foot on the field. That is a penalty. Intent is a secondary consideration.



me1
me1

Two words...Woody Hayes

sldghammer
sldghammer

ESPN creating drama like a "Housewives" episode. This just in....A referee missed a call.  

ehjd
ehjd

Speculation is rarely cheered, but had that been Coach Harbaugh standing on the field and impeding a Steelers runner, would there have been a call by the game officials?  Would there be voiced rage from Steelers' fans and the biased media always seeking to trump up the Steelers?

Tomlins' intent aside, as it's irrelevant under the language of the applicable rule.  He was standing on the field of play, and by doing so he impeded Jones' run towards to goal line, and effectively " tackled" Jones. Absent Tomlins' clear interference by standing in Jones running lane, Jones would have had a clear line to the end zone and a TD.

Ravens fans need to file formal complaint with league officials to protest the failure to call this clear violation of the rule.




STARSON35
STARSON35

IT'S just chicken sh**t.. leave it alone and let's just keep playing good football guys !!  If it was intentional though,  he should be fined heavily !!!

thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

Steelers = First 4 Super Bowl Victories with the whole team taking steroids (before most other teams were) + Super Bowl Victory over Seahawks after their corrupt owner bribed all of the refs

STEELERS SUCK AND CHEAT

Turkiye
Turkiye

Tomlin must have seen the Jason Kidd beverage spill.

Stewart3
Stewart3

Flacco should just shut his pie hole and get back to playing   he got the big bucks and now he plays piss poor and we are 6 and 6 becasue he cannot play worth anything like what he is being paid

BudPhyte
BudPhyte

I though the penalty for interfering off of the sidelines in a case like this was to award a touchdown rather than the standard unsportsmanlike penalty.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@psychsports  

And here is my take:  you are a spammer.  I've checked out your site:  bad grammar, bad punctuation, insipid ideas.

Get lost.

Rocky8
Rocky8

@MKG_Force I can't believe you used "elite" and "Joe Flacco" in the same sentence.

JohnnyDee1
JohnnyDee1

@Mike26 Nooo...because that coach TRIPPED the runner...There was no contact here...Different scenario

Mike26
Mike26

@bgrenig Yeah, the "first-rate" organization thing has clearly lost its luster over the years with all the turds that they've kept around - assault, domestic assault, alcohol, etc.   That first-rate thing is outdated and by reputation only.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

@James C Maybe next time the runner should run over Tomlin....and it wouldnt be that funny to Tomlin then

AdamSWalburger
AdamSWalburger

@James C He veered in slightly AND SLOWED UP! Causing the tackle. Rules state interference should be ruled a touchdown. 

wofm
wofm

@me21 Just win baby, with observations like this, you must be a soccer fan

Mike26
Mike26

@me21 Speaking of children, do your parents know you're online spreading all your terrific "information"?  

Mike26
Mike26

@me21 I believe your internet time is up for the weekend me21!  Off to the swingset on the playground!

walterwhite
walterwhite

@me21 Why do you read these stories if you don't want to have an opinion on them?  It's a sports blog, genius.  Get back in ivory tower and read your Kierkegaard. 

unitcaptain11
unitcaptain11

@me1   Poor Woody lost it after his QB got intercepted, he tried to punch the kid who ran back the INT.

Mike26
Mike26

@sldghammer It VERY EASILY could have changed the outcome of that game if Baltimore wouldn't have scored.  He did it intentionally - I would say a one-game suspension and $400,000 is in order.

JohnnyDee1
JohnnyDee1

@ehjd Because fans filing a complaint to the league about crappy officials is always going to produce a remedy....moron...

Mike26
Mike26

@STARSON35 You have an algebra test on Monday - get back to studying!

JohnnyDee1
JohnnyDee1

@Stewart3 Your team is 6-6 because they cut off their nose to spite their face...To keep your grenade chucking QB you got rid of the only receiver who could get to his over and under thrown garbage...Then Ray-Ray retires...Ed Reed got old...and there is something seriously wrong with Ray Rice...If I stood back and just fired it as far down the field as I could...every so often lightning strikes...Enjoy not making the playoffs this year...

Mark112
Mark112

@Steve Phillips  

"end of story" is a completely played expression so please stop using it. Have a nice day!

Jeffrey16
Jeffrey16

@BudPhyte Yes. Here is the rule:

Article 3: Palpably Unfair Act. A player or substitute shall not interfere with play by any act which is palpably unfair.

Penalty: For a palpably unfair act: Offender may be disqualified. The Referee, after consulting his crew, enforces any such distance penalty as they consider equitable and irrespective of any other specified code penalty. The Referee may award a score. See 15-1-6.

unitcaptain11
unitcaptain11

@me1

Hmmmm....on further review...very good point me1! 

 I think Tomlin did sort of lose his cool.

 He is not an idiot, like you would have to be to be standing on the field by accident. He wasn't just on the white stripe, and he knew it.