Friday, November 29, 2013

Mike Tomlin Got In Jacoby Jones' Way And I Love It

People are all up in arms about this.  Me personally, I was just hoping for a second tie in the NFL in two weeks because both the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are going for an AFC Wild Card spot which the Buffalo Bills are poised to snag.

(Quick aside: look, before you burst out laughing at that last point, the Bills play the Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots.  Patriots game is a loss, fine, but the next toughest game is still totally winnable against the Falcons.  Bills put up an 8-8 record, we're right there.)

In the Thanksgiving night game between the Ravens and Steelers, Jacoby Jones was returning a kickoff with the Ravens ahead 13-7.  He was streaking up the left sideline, he cut back in and was tackled just after it looked like he might have the legs to take him to pay dirt.

Who is that standing on the sideline, a little too close to the field? Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. He did nothing illegal, according to the officiating crew, but when you take a look from all the different angles, it sure looks like he knew what he was doing.  You can see that hilarious image above of him looking over his should as Jones was coming, and apparently what he was looking at from the beginning was the jumbotron showing the run back.

Now unless you were there, who knows what angle the big screen was showing, so we'll never really know what Tomlin was thinking when he did that.  All I know is this was a little big of gamesmanship played by Tomlin, and I love it.  The Ravens players were upset about it, but at the end of the day, they won anyway, so who cares? 

Great move by Tomlin mixing things up like that.  I could watch that little shuffle move he does all day. Cat-like reflexes, that guy.

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