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John Harbaugh: We've Moved On From Tomlin Incident


The buzz around Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin stepping onto the field during Thursday night's game continues.

And Head Coach John Harbaugh was asked about it once again on Monday as the league prepares to reportedly hand down its punishment.

Tomlin was standing on and even over the six-foot wide white line during receiver/returner Jacoby Jones' kickoff return when the receiver whizzed past.

Harbaugh said he is aware of the league's rule that coaches must stand behind a white line on the sideline, and he was then asked if he needs to help in staying behind it. Teams often have a coach on the sideline who keeps players from walking onto the field.

"No, I don't need anybody to keep me back on the sideline, especially when the play is coming right at me," Harbaugh said, inciting laughter from the media. "I'm pretty adept at getting out of the way. Those guys are big and they move fast, and it's good to stay out of their way."

Tomlin is one of* *eight members of the NFL's Competition Committee that works on league rule changes, serving alongside Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome. Harbaugh is on the subcommittee.

The Ravens head coach was asked if those on the competition committee should be held to a higher standard.

"I think everybody should be held to a high standard," Harbaugh said. "That's a rule in the National Football League, no matter what the issue is. I know that every coach in this league believes that. So I'll probably leave it at that."

Harbaugh said he's seen the videos with different angles of Tomlin stepping onto the field. "I don't know how you cannot see all that stuff," he said.

But then he changed the subject. The Ravens won, 22-20, in the end.

"Truthfully, we've moved on from that," Harbaugh said. "It's out there, it's something that's in the league's hands. I thought it's been addressed a lot. Everybody has talked about it from every angle. I really don't have anything to add to it. It doesn't matter what I think or anybody else thinks; it is what it is and the league will handle it.

"Our focus really is Minnesota. It's really not that play. In the end, the good thing is that it worked out and we won the game. We had enough points to win the game in the end, so we can move on from that."

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