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BlitzburghRockCity
11-18-2011, 06:45 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers (http://www.nfl.com/teams/pittsburghsteelers/profile?team=PIT) coach Mike Tomlin met with commissioner Roger Goodell and other NFL officials Thursday at the league's headquarters in New York to discuss recent statements and actions regarding player safety, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

The Steelers, through a spokesman, confirmed Tomlin, along with team owner Art Rooney, being in New York for a meeting at the league's headquarters. Sources said Tomlin was there to discuss rules geared at player safety, given the recent comments and actions of players, such as Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark (http://www.nfl.com/players/ryanclark/profile?id=CLA544413), who have been repeat offenders in receiving unnecessary roughness penalties for illegal hits.


“Mr. Rooney and Commissioner Goodell thought it would be a good idea to meet with our football staff and coach Tomlin to review on-field issues that have been the focus of discussion recently,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement.


Clark said recently that his hit on Baltimore Ravens (http://www.nfl.com/teams/baltimoreravens/profile?team=BAL) tight end Ed Dickson (http://www.nfl.com/players/eddickson/profile?id=DIC709336), which resulted in a $40,000 fine (http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d823f0b66), was used by the team in meetings as an example of a legal tackle.


These meetings with the NFL are not uncommon -- Lions officials were there just a few weeks ago. Given the remarks by Steelers players about not agreeing with and/or understanding recent fines, and with the Steelers on a bye, this was an opportunity to review film and specific incidents with the NFL's football operations department.
Other NFL officials in attendance included vice president of officiating Carl Johnson, assistant director of operations Merton Hanks and competition committee co-chair Jeff Fisher.


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BlitzburghRockCity
11-18-2011, 06:46 PM
Anybody think this will actually change anything? I would like to think so but I'm not holding my breath even with the clout the Rooney's have with the NFL.

jpele
11-18-2011, 06:53 PM
How can Goodell explain something he has no clue about ? The only positive that can come from this, is for Clark to deliver a helmet to helmet shot on Roger.

Speeed
11-18-2011, 09:54 PM
The Ravens forum I frequent ( I live near Baltimore so I keep abreast) noticed to, the thread title was something to the effect of "Tomlin Called To The Principal's Office For Dirty Play" or something like that.

In the same forum they laud Flacco, despite his fine, for the horsecollar tackle he made on the interception. Go figure.


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connecticutsteel
11-19-2011, 12:40 AM
So who called the meeting tomlin or the nfl? something has got to give iv'e seen ben get smashed late and no flag was thrown also did anyone see von miller blow up sanchez afull 8 seconds after the pass was thrown and wasn't flagged

RIVERS OF STEEL
11-19-2011, 01:35 AM
Get rid of that ridiculous new kick off rule.

LarryNJ
11-19-2011, 08:02 AM
Anybody think this will actually change anything? I would like to think so but I'm not holding my breath even with the clout the Rooney's have with the NFL.

I don't think this individual meeting will change anything. Grouped together with all the other meetings yes it will. It will probably be a couple years but I don't see how the owners can let it continue. It's a problem that extends well beyond the Steelers to every team.

BlitzburghRockCity
11-19-2011, 06:51 PM
There's no doubt, some things have to change. Sooner or later these owners and players are going to have to make a stand and get the interpretation of the rules changed, change the rules, or do something because the amount flags being thrown is beyond unreasonable. Until the officials figure out what they are going to call and be consistent with it, every game will be a crap shoot.

CoachC
11-19-2011, 10:40 PM
I wish it would create a change in how this game is called by these officials! It is becoming flag football!

BlitzburghRockCity
11-20-2011, 02:02 PM
During their meeting, Tomlin showed Goodell film of all the hits that the Steelers have been flagged on. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall of that meeting.

Raleigh Steel
11-20-2011, 03:18 PM
During their meeting, Tomlin showed Goodell film of all the hits that the Steelers have been flagged on. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall of that meeting.

i hope he had video of all the hits against the steelers that were not flagged. a little compare and contrast type thing.