PITTSBURGH The NFL has fined Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100,000 and may dock the team draft picks for his actions along the sideline of the Steelers 22-20 loss against Baltimore on Thanksgiving night. In the third quarter of the game, Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones was running down the sideline. Video shows Tomlin who was standing right on the white stripe of the sideline, jumping out of Jones' way at the last second.
NFL vice-president of officiating Dean Blandino told the show "NFL Total Access" that Tomlin should have been penalized during the game. "Any time a player or a coach from the sideline is in this white area, that's a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct," Blandino said on Tuesday's edition of the show. "If they interfere with the play, it could be what's called a 'palpably unfair act.' "
Tomlin, a 1990 graduate of Denbigh High School in Newport News, also played football at William & Mary.