In a move that occurred last night, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco accused Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin of intentionally interfering to stop Jacoby Jones from scoring on a kickoff return in the Ravens’ 22-20 victory.
After Pittsburgh scored to close to 13-7 in the third quarter, Jones broke free down the sideline but slowed up with Tomlin on the white stripe near the field of play — with his foot on the field at one point as Jones came close.
Tomlin, who had his back to the play, was not penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct but according to Flacco and many online sports betting fans, he should have been.
Back in this year’s Super Bowl the 28 year-old Flacco took flak for suggesting to teammates that they should run out on the field to tackle Ted Ginn Jr. on the final play.
According to Tomlin he is certain he didn’t interfere with Jones. When asked if he was aware of the rule that players and coaches have to stand behind the white line separates the sidelines from the playing field he responded:
“Tell me something I don’t know. I do it quite often, like everybody else in the National Football League. I was wrong, I accept responsibility for it,”
Many of the other Ravens joked about the play after the game.
“I was wondering, did they credit him with the tackle on that?” coach John Harbaugh said. “I really don’t know what to say about it other than stuff like that happens.”
According to Jones, who was eventually pulled down from behind after a 73-yard return, doesn’t think Tomlin cost him a touchdown.
“It broke my stride but I still shouldn’t have got caught,” Jones said. “If I was him, I’d do the same thing knowing I was back there.”
It was the second time this week that Baltimore had an issue with a coach getting in the way of a return. Last weekend, a New York Jets coach was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on a 37-yard punt return by Jones.