Mike Tomlin Is Rather Perturbed That An Official May Have Used The JumboTron To Call A Penalty Against The Steelers
YardBarker- Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is not happy that, in his mind, Sunday’s referees used the video board to throw a flag on his team.
On Wednesday, Tomlin accused the referees of flagging cornerback William Gay for unnecessary roughness only after seeing a replay of the questionable hit on the video board after not taking any action upon seeing it live.
Tomlin made clear that he had no problem with the play being flagged, but that the process behind the penalty set a very troubling precedent.
“I’m a big player safety guy. I’m on the competition committee,” Tomlin said, via Joe Rutter of the Tribune-Review. “Very rarely are you going to hear arguments from me regarding calls relative to that, provided they are done in real time. I thought they called it off the JumboTron, and I won’t accept that.”
Well, it's about time someone spoke up. All this talk about concussions and irreversible brain damage has really pulled the wool over the eyes of football fans, and blinded them to the real issue plaguing the NFL. Mike Tomlin may appear to be a grown man that's whining about a referee making a correct call on a blatantly dangerous play that cost his team a little field position in a game they ultimately won anyway. However, if you look a little bit closer (without using the 100 foot screen directly over your head for clarification, obviously) then it's pretty clear he's just a martyr for every other NFL head coach that doesn't think their players should be penalized are attempted beheadings unless they are caught in real time.
When you really think about, he's basically doing the Lord's work...assuming the Lord is an incredibly biased Steelers' fan that would cut the cord on the video board if it meant saving his team 15 yards. He's just a football coach, but he's basically a savior to all the real men...that live in Pittsburgh and were too busy waving their 'Terrible Towels' to realize that the use of a slow motion replay killed the "integrity of the game" in cold blood by deterring kamikaze-esque head shots in an untimely fashion.
Now, It would be disingenuous of me to argue that I wouldn't take issue if with a referee standing around anxiously scratching his neck like Tyrone Biggums while trying to squint up at a massive television before belatedly tossing a flag against my team. That would obviously piss me off, but feeling so strongly about the improper process that led to the proper legislation of a mind-numbing blow that you bitch about it after a victory?
It might just be the booze, but I miss about 50% of what truly happens live on a football field. Therefore, I can't think of a more obnoxious hill to go tone deaf on than the one that looks down on referees for using technology to harmlessly "cheat" in quickly confirming that a player should - indeed - be disciplined for trying to destroy brain tissue. But hey, who am I to question whether or not the person that thinks dirty hits have a second and a half statue of limitations is truly a "player safety guy"?