After hearing about Mike Tomlin’s $100,000 fine Wednesday, the Ravens were certain the punishment had gotten Tomlin’s attention. Wide receiver Torrey Smith had the most animated reaction.
"One hundred thousand dollars!" Smith exclaimed. “One hundred thousand dollars? That's a lot of money. ... That's in the past. It's all funny because we won. Had we lost I'd probably be blaming him, I'm not gonna lie. It's tough, you know. I can't say he did it on purpose, cause I don't know what he was thinking. It definitely sends a message across the league. “He stepped across the line, which definitely threw it off. You can say he did it on purpose, but you don't truly know. And there's coaches standing in that white box all the time, so it's not like he did anything crazy. (John) Harbaugh does a good job of staying back. I'm sure he'll take a couple extra steps back now knowing there's $100,000 out there."
Harbaugh said he never thought Tomlin got in Jacoby Jones’ way intentionally. Jones was not in the Ravens locker room during media availability to offer his opinion on the fine.
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“Those kinds of things can happen,” Harbaugh said. “They do happen to coaches, players, and officials. This one just got more attention than most of them. We’ve moved on from that. We’re on to the Vikings now. Respect the process. Respect everybody involved. Certainly respect the Steelers and Mike Tomlin completely. Never really thought for one second there was intentionality there, personally. I think that’s why I was able to make light of it after the game.”
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco also joked about Tomlin’s move after the game, and had empathy for the size of the fine.
“I don’t like when anybody gets money taken out of their pocket,” Flacco said. “Players, coaches. I don’t like to see fines, especially big ones. It is what it is. I really haven’t thought too much about it."
Since they play the Steelers twice a year, many Ravens have gotten to know Tomlin as a familiar rival.
“Tomlin, I got a chance to meet him in the combine when I was coming out,” said tight end Ed Dickson. “I had a lot of respect for him, I still got a lot of respect for him. He knows it was a bonehead move. He would have took the fine if it was $300,000. They made an example out of that, he’s going to eat that, he’s going to learn from it.”
Tomlin's move did not draw a penalty during the game. But a stiff penalty came Wednesday from the NFL.