Steelers HC Mike Tomlin fined $25,000 for criticizing officiating

Rex Christensen
October 11, 2018

According to USA Today's Jarrett Bell and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the NFL fined the Steelers coach $25,000 for his criticism of officials, which came after the Steelers' win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sidelines in the second quarter during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on December 31, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also said after this he did not anticipate a fine for what he said. Tomlin was especially infuriated by two roughing the passer penalties that were called in the game, one on T.J. It was clear Watt made every effort to adjust to not hit Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and barely touched him. It's unclear if that is what Tomlin was referring to, or if he was just talking about the new rule's in general. "These penalties are costing people games and jobs".

"We've got to get better as a National Football League", Tomlin said in his postgame interview.

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Tomlin might have escaped a fine, using the defense that his comment was fueled by emotion in the immediate aftermath of the game. "But that's all I'm gonna say on it".

There were 14 penalty flags thrown in the Steelers game on Sunday.

The Steelers (2-2-1) will travel to Cincinnati (4-1) for an NFC North matchup against the Bengals on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

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