Bill Belichick defends Mike Tomlin: ‘That could happen to any of us’

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin should have been penalized for stepping on the field Thursday night, an NFL official reportedly confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Also, the official running along with the play, who allowed Tomlin to come between him and Ravens’ Jacoby Jones, could also be downgraded, according to ESPN’s source.

Tomlin doesn’t feel like he interfered with the play and knows he wasn’t suppose to be on the six-foot white stripe.

“Tell me something I don’t know,” he said. “I do it quite often like everybody else in the National Football League. I was wrong. I accept responsibility for it.”

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he’s had a few close moments throughout his time in the NFL.

“Yeah, I’ve been blown up a couple times,” he said. There’s one play in particular where I was kind of watching the pass rush of the front and the ball was thrown. I didn’t really follow the ball that quickly and all the sudden the guy caught it and was right on top of me and [I] ended up under the Gatorade bench.

“Obviously if you’re watching the ball, it shouldn’t be that big of a problem. But if you’re trying to watch something else… Obviously we have to give the officials and the players room to play. Sometimes that just happens where you get guys caught up a little bit on the sideline. But yeah, I saw the play last night. I was like, ‘Oh my God, yeah.’ That could easily happen to any of us. It’s a good lesson, I have to be careful.”

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  • The Man

    I personally think everyone not involved in the play should be on the sideline side of the white line and not allowed to touch it while the play is on.