Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team has moved past the Mike Tomlin controversy, but it's clear some of the players still are none too happy with Tomlin's actions on Jacoby Jones' long kick return on Thanksgiving night.
Harbaugh said at his Monday news conference that, "We’ve moved on from that. ... I really don’t have anything to add to it. It doesn’t matter what I think or what anybody else thinks. It just is what it is, and the league will handle it. Our focus really is Minnesota."
Still, some players who have spoken publicly since the Ravens' 22-20 win over the Steelers made clear that they still don't appreciate Tomlin's actions -- or his explanation. Tomlin insisted that he was watching Jones' return on the stadium video board and simply lost sense of where he was. At one point, his right foot was clearly in play, and Jones said he broke his stride slightly and veered to his right to avoid Tomlin. He was then caught from behind by Cortez Allen.
"I was upset," linebacker Josh Bynes told WNST Radio on Monday. "Like I told Jacoby the day after, I wish he would have ran right into him."
Chris Canty also took to a radio show on Monday night and suggested Tomlin's actions were intentional.
Bynes noted that he was on the field for the play as one of the kick return blockers, so he had a great view as Jones raced up the left sideline.
"From behind, I'm looking, and I'm like, 'What is he (Tomlin) doing?' He should have ran him straight over."
"I just think it's bogus," Bynes added. "He should be fined for that. ... As a coach, you just don't do stuff like that."
Bynes also said any question he had about Tomlin's intentions vanished the next day when he watched the play again on the coaches' game film.
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"All you see is him standing there, and he's looking at the big screen, and all of a sudden he sees Jacoby getting closer, and coming down the sideline, and he literally takes a nice, large right foot onto the field with his back turned.... It wasn't like, 'Oh, it was a coincidence.'"
"He was obvious," Bynes added. "He took a real big step, to get like that on the field, with your back turned. C'mon. Get outta here."
The league has yet to rule on any discipline for Tomlin or the Steelers, with a decision on fines or even the possible loss of a draft pick expected later this week.
"In the end, the good thing is it worked out," Harbaugh said on Monday. "We won the game, and we had enough points to win the game at the end, so we can move on from that.”