The National Basketball Association isn’t the only one laden with conniving coaches. The NFL also has its fair share of tricksters at the head coach position.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin sparked a bit of controversy during a pivotal kickoff in the third quarter of their Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.
After returnman Jacoby Jones was seemingly heading towards the end zone after blowing past all his defenders, he came in contact with the Steelers coach where he noticeably had to alter his course and ended up getting tackled.
Of course, Tomlin denied any wrongdoing on his part.
Tomlin explained the play after the game: “I always watch the returns on the Jumbotron; it provides a better perspective for me. Obviously, I lost my placement as he broke free, and saw at the last second how close I was to the field of play.”
“It broke my stride a little bit,” Jones admitted, “(but) I still shouldn’t have got caught.”
Reigning Super Bowl MVP and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco also felt Tomlin needed more people.
“Mike Tomlin stopped us one time I think,” he said half-jokingly in the post-game press conference. “I kind of took some flak in the Super Bowl for joking around in the Super Bowl saying, ‘I should just run on the field to tackle somebody.’ That’s exactly what he just did. He was looking at the big screen the entire time. He knows where he was.”
The media got a kick out of the QB’s thoughts and it was ultimately the Ravens who had the last laugh, squeaking away with the win by a narrow margin of 22-20.
Check out the video of Mike Tomlin’s incident as well as Joe Flacco’s interview on the next page and judge for yourself.