Steelers coach Mike Tomlin: Some NFL penalties are ‘a joke’
The Pittsburgh Steelers corrected some of their offensive issues Sunday in a 41-17 victory against the Atlanta Falcons, but that didn’t stop head coach Mike Tomlin from ripping the officiating after the game.
Tomlin said he had no particular issue with two face mask penalties against his team, but he then railed against other calls.
“Some of the other stuff, man, is a joke,” Tomlin said in his news conference. “We’ve got to get better as the National Football League. Man, these penalties are costing people games and jobs. We’ve got to get them correct. And so I'm pissed about it, to be quite honest with you. But that's all I'm going to say on it.”
The Steelers were penalized seven times for 58 yards, while the Falcons were also flagged seven times for 78 yards.
Tomlin did not specify which calls he was referring to, though one issue prevalent through the first quarter of the season has been the application of roughing the passer calls in which defenders have been flagged for landing on top of quarterbacks with their body weight.
Two of Pittsburgh’s penalties were for roughing the passer, with linebackers T.J. Watt and Jon Bostic being flagged on hits to Matt Ryan.
"I understand the rules,” Watt said after the game, according to ESPN. “I'm not a dirty player. I tried to pull off him at the end. Whether the ref saw it or not, I understand why they call it. It was a low hit. But I tried to pull my arms off. We'll see if I get a check in the mail or not. … It puts us in a bind because I don't know what else I can do. I couldn't have rolled off, then I risk hitting someone in the knees or hurting myself."
Tomlin is one of two head coaches, along with Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints, on the NFL’s eight-person competition committee.
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