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Old 11-18-2011, 05:13 PM   #1
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Default Tomlin, Goodell discuss rules regarding illegal hits

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Published: Nov. 18, 2011 at 02:03 p.m.
Updated: Nov. 18, 2011 at 03:42 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers 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, 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 tight end Ed Dickson, which resulted in a $40,000 fine, 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
I have to give Mike Tomlin a lot of credit here for not only going up to bat for his players, but also trying (maybe in vain) to prevent the NFL from drifting further towards flag, or 2 hand touch, football. Fans of every NFL team should be behind him on this.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:55 PM   #2
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Default Re: Tomlin, Goodell discuss rules regarding illegal hits

Goodell questioning Tomlin during the meeting regarding Tomlin's views on the league's policies probably went something like this

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Old 11-18-2011, 07:15 PM   #3
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Goodell questioning Tomlin during the meeting regarding Tomlin's views on the league's policies probably went something like this

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Old 11-18-2011, 07:39 PM   #4
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Default Re: Tomlin, Goodell discuss rules regarding illegal hits

GODell isn't going to change. We can't forget how he stormed on the scene. Anyone could tell he was dead set on protecting players from bodily harm. Ryan Clarks hit was in my opinion a huge play in the game. I know we didn't win that game but what he did was seperate player from ball with that hit. He didn't lead with his helmet but with his shoulder. The league states you cannot hit a defensless player but was he defensless? He had the damn ball. If you can't handle catching the ball over the middle on a streak then stay your butt at home. If Clark lays up there that's a 30 yard completion. Is that what the league officials want?

What they should do is fine Flaccopuss for throwing that ball with safety help. Who's to blame.
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:24 PM   #5
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He prolly had Tomlin there to explain to him that the Steelers are the most fined players.
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:48 PM   #6
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If Tomlin thinks a meeting with Goodell will save the Steelers players penelties and fines he is wrong. That trip did about as much good as Obamas "Buisness" trip to Hawaii
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:09 PM   #7
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If Clark lays up there that's a 30 yard completion. Is that what the league officials want?

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That is exactly what they want. They want more scoring more TD's. More Offense less defense. It is the way football is going sad to say but it is only going to get worse.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:13 PM   #8
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I just had a dream: Rooney and Tomlin visit GODdell's office all Pulp Fiction style...
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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

And now we know the source of the problem. Always suspected that Fisher was a *****.
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:06 PM   #10
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This just in: The meeting between Tomlin and GODdell was a hit. In fact, it was such a big hit, James Harrison got fined $35,000 for it.
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