NEW YORK – The Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin has been fined by the NFL for his criticism of officials during last week’s 41-17 win against the Atlanta Falcons, the league said on Wednesday.
Tomlin has been slapped with a $25,000 fine for his comments following the Steelers’ home game last Sunday, in which 14 penalty flags -seven for each team – were thrown.
When asked about Pittsburgh lineback Bud Dupree’s penalty for illegal use of hands, Tomlin said, “Those look like legitimate calls, we got to be better there, but some of the other stuff, man, is a joke.”
“These penalties are costing people games and jobs. We gotta 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 currently prop up the AFC North after starting the season with two wins, two losses and a tie.
They face divisional rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, on Sunday.