Monday, December 2, 2013

Yup, and Take the Draft Pick With Ya

Watching the Pittsburgh Steelers v the Baltimore Ravens game I saw something I've never seen before. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was reaching the edge of the field and interfered with a kick return by Ravens returner Jacoby Jones. Forcing Jones to adjust his route to the end zone and then turning and smirking like he got away with something. And now the punishment has been announced to be a 6-figure fine to Mike Tomlin and a potential loss of a draft pick to the Steelers. I'm in favor of the NFL taking the pick and fining Tomlin the full 6-figures. Why? because if the NFL is serious about player safety then had Jones gotten injured trying to adjust to Tomlin being so close to being on the field then that would be a true shame.

So why should the Steelers lose the draft pick? Because Tomlin makes more than enough to cover the 6-figure fine and what is going to stop another coach from doing the same thing? I can see either Harbaugh coach getting that close to the field trying to make a returner adjust their route. Should it be a first round pick? absolutely not, but at least a 6th or 7th rounder should be taken by the NFL because what if the order came up from above to have Tomlin interfere? Take the pick and let these other coaches and teams know that there are consequences to decisions that are being made in the heat of battle.

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