The Zapruder Film of 2013 has come to the Steel City and is creating more conversation than anything that happened on the actual field of play.
Want some “good” news though? This is far from over as a talking point. In fact, it is only heating up and when the National Football League hands down its’ punishment it will get down-right insane.
The only exception to this is if the NFL decides to just hit Tomlin with a relatively small fine. I would consider “small” somewhere in the neighborhood of $150,000 or less and I don’t even think that’s an option.
What everyone seems to be expecting however is a much bigger fine and possibly a suspension or loss of a draft pick. Both of those punishments by the way would run completely opposite to what the NFL did in the New York Jets’ case and both are way too harsh.
If you recall, a few years back a strength and conditioning coach came on the field and tripped a Miami player. He was fined $100,000 by the NFL.
What Tomlin may or may not have done is much less significant than that scenario but I don’t expect Roger Goodell to follow the precedent.
He has often used the Steelers as his poster children for poor behavior whether it was with Ben Roethlisberger, James Harrison or voting against the collective bargaining agreement.
When the decision comes down from ‘Mt. Goodell’ you can expect a firestorm once again in the Steeler Nation. We can always look at the film for answers though right?
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 630pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.