Tomlin Says Haden Didn’t Interfere

Steelers HC says it should not have been a penalty on final series

Jeff Hathhorn
December 25, 2018 - 1:08 pm

93.7 the Fan

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday they reviewed the tape and he does not believe that Stephon Tuitt tipped a pass by Drew Brees on 4th down, that would have negated a pass interference call against Joe Haden, which kept the Saints final drive alive on Sunday.

However, Tomlin also said “I don’t believe it was a DPI (defensive pass interference).”

So should there be reviews for pass interference calls or other plays not currently reviewed.  Tomlin said he has a position, but wouldn’t tip his hand.

“I just worry about the entertainment component of it and what that might do for fans and the viewership,” Tomlin said.  “But given some of things that has happened, I’m sure it will be up for debate as it always is and has been because technology and the amount of coverage that our game at this level gets.  Not only on Sundays, but seven days a week allows for that type of scrutiny and review.  It’s just part of our business today.”

Tomlin said this is another part of adversity that comes throughout a full season.  They aren’t going to file a protest and the head coach says they just start preparing for Cincinnati, needing a win and help to continue their season.

“How do you deal with it when your kids don’t listen, you move on,” Tomlin said.  “You have to focus on the things within your control and the things ahead that are within your control, because you are going to miss an opportunity when you don’t.”

“I choose to operate the way I want our team to operate.  There are going to be plays that happen in a game, positively and negatively, for a variety of reasons, whether its performance related, officiating related or anything related.  The bottom line is when they are done, they are done.  You have to move on.”

“Most of the time what truly defines you are the plays that lie ahead.  You can miss an opportunity crying over spilt milk.  That’s not our style.  That’s not my style and it won’t be.”

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