Monday, December 2, 2013
Harbaugh not dwelling on Tomlin issue
By Jamison Hensley
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team isn't dwelling on Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's interference on a kickoff return Thursday night.
"Truthfully, we've moved on. We have," Harbaugh said Monday. "It's out there and it's something that it's in the league's hands. It's been addressed a lot on every angle. I really don't have anything to add to it. It doesn't matter what I think or anybody else thinks. It is what it is, and the league will handle it."
The Ravens (6-6) currently hold onto the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoff race, but the hot topic continues to be Tomlin and whether he intentionally put his right foot inbounds to slow down Ravens returner Jacoby Jones.
The NFL is expected to consider six-figure fines for Tomlin and the Steelers organization and also is expected to consider taking away a draft pick from the team, a source familiar with the league's thinking told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. My take from on this issue is Tomlin will receive a hefty fine, but the Steelers won't have a draft pick taken from them.
Harbaugh said he's never been close to impacting a play on the field.
"I don't need anybody to keep me back on the sideline especially when the play is coming right at me," he said. "I'm pretty adept at getting out of the way. These guys are big and they move really fast. It's good to stay out of the way."
A reporter asked Harbaugh whether Tomlin, who is the league's most recent addition to the competition committee, should be held to a higher standard.
"I think everybody should be held to a higher standard," Harbaugh said. "We're in the National Football League, no matter what the issue and I know every coach in this league believes that certainly. So, I'll leave it at that."
After the Ravens' 22-20 win against the Steelers, Harbaugh and many players joked about the play. Quarterback Joe Flacco said he believes Tomlin interfered on purpose.
"Our focus really is Minnesota and it's not that play," Harbaugh said. "In the end, the good thing is it worked. We won the game. We had enough points to win the game at the end, so we can move on."