The NFL is still deciding how to discipline Steelers coach Mike Tomlin for his not-so-fancy footwork. New video, though, shows Tomlin inching closer to the field before Baltimore kickoff returner Jacoby Jones nearly collided with him in last Thursday’s 22-20 win by the Ravens.
KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh released video Monday indicating Tomlin took a sizable step toward the field as Jones broke into the open, and didn’t move until Jones was nearly on top of the coach. It wasn’t early enough to stop Jones from moving to his right just before being tackled by Pittsburgh’s Cortez Allen after a 73-yard return.
Tomlin said following the game he was watching the play unfold on one of the scoreboards and lost his ‘‘placement’’ on the field.
And Monday, he insisted to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports that none of his behavior should be seen as suspect.
“If anybody thinks I or anybody else would do this on purpose, they are crazy,” Tomlin said, according to Glazer.
Steelers safety Ryan Clark said there was no malice in Tomlin’s actions. ‘‘There was no intent at all,’’ Clark said. ‘‘When he noticed he was in the way, he got out of the way. If he tripped [Jones], tackled him, it’d be a different story.’’
The NFL fined the Jets $100,000 in 2010 when cameras caught strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi tripping a Miami player on the sideline. Alosi was suspended by the Jets and eventually resigned after the season.
Coach Rex Ryan confirmed that he’s sticking with the rookie despite Smith’s struggles in the last several games.
‘‘I believe in Geno,’’ Ryan said. ‘‘I think he has the tools to be a good QB in this league.’’
Smith was benched in favor of Matt Simms at halftime of the Jets’ 23-3 loss to the Dolphins Sunday, his latest brutal performance. The rookie was 4 of 10 for 29 yards with an interception and an 8.3 quarterback rating in two quarters.
‘‘If it was a tactic to wake me up or get me going,’’ Smith said, ‘‘it definitely worked.’’
Smith has one touchdown pass — against the Patriots Oct. 20 — and 11 interceptions in his last seven games.
A tough day for the officials
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan spoke with the NFL’s director of officiating after the league said Sunday night’s crew made an error on Washington’s final drive. The league said officials should have stopped play and eliminated confusion about the down and distance at the end of the Giants’ 24-17 victory at Washington. With New York leading by 7 just after the two-minute warning, a catch by the Redskins’ Pierre Garcon on second and 5 was spotted short of a first down at the Washington 45. Referee Jeff Triplette signaled third down. But the head linesman, with the Redskins in a hurry-up offense, incorrectly motioned for the crew to advance the chains, which caused the down boxes to read first down. After Washington’s incomplete pass on the next play — which many Redskins believed was on first down — the chains were moved back and the down boxes correctly reset to fourth down . . . Arizona coach Bruce Arians said there ‘‘were obviously very many problems’’ with the officiating in the Cardinals’ 24-21 loss at Philadelphia Sunday and he has sent video of ‘‘about 15’’ plays to the NFL for review. One was a holding call on safety Tyrann Mathieu that negated Patrick Peterson’s interception. Another was a holding call on linebacker Matt Shaughnessy on the Eagles’ final possession. A third was a no-call when the Cardinals felt there was pass interference on an incompletion to Michael Floyd on Arizona’s final possession . . . Titans coach Mike Munchak said the NFL told him officials erred on three plays in Tennessee’s 22-14 loss to the Colts.
Foles has job ‘next 1,000 years’
Nick Foles has locked up job security into the next millennium. Tired of answering the question every week, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said that Foles will be Philadelphia’s ‘‘starting quarterback for the next 1,000 years.’’ Foles has led the Eagles (7-5) to a 5-1 record and a share of first in the NFC East with the Cowboys since replacing an injured Michael Vick in Week 5. He has thrown 19 touchdown passes and zero interceptions . . . Bears coach Marc Trestman insisted he made the right move when he decided to go for a winning field goal on a second down in overtime at Minnesota on Sunday even if the decision did not pan out. Trestman called on Robbie Gould for a 47-yarder that sailed wide right rather than run another play or two to try and get closer, and the Bears suffered a 23-20 loss . . . Broncos coach John Fox returned to work after missing four weeks following open-heart surgery. During his absence, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio guided the Broncos, winning three of four games . . . Chiefs coach Andy Reid did not sound optimistic that he’ll have leading pass rusher Justin Houston back for Sunday’s game against the Redskins . . . Rams center Scott Wells is likely out for the rest of the season after he broke his left ankle in the first half of Sunday’s 23-13 loss at San Francisco.