John Harbaugh says Ravens have 'moved on' from Mike Tomlin sideline incident

The Baltimore Sun

As the NFL continues to investigate the sideline incident involving Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to determine what level of discipline he'll face, the Ravens say they've already turned the page.

Tomlin -- who wasn't penalized for sideline interference after nearly colliding with kick returner Jacoby Jones during a 73-yard kickoff return Thursday night -- and the Steelers are expected to face a six-figure fine from the league within the next few days.

As far as the Ravens are concerned, it's not a big deal because they wound up winning the game.

"Truthfully, we've moved on from that," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "It's out there. It's something that's in the league's hands. I thought it's been addressed a lot and everybody's talked about it about 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. So our focus really is Minnesota. It's really not that play. In the end, the good thing is it worked out. We won the game and we had enough points to win the game at the end. So we've moved on from that."

Harbaugh acknowledged that the NFL did send a memo and video from vice president of officiating Dean Blandino last week that included a reminder about the need to stay back on the sideline.

Harbaugh was asked if he ever has to be told to stay back.

"No, I don't need anybody to keep me back on the sideline," Harbaugh said. "Mostly when the play's coming right at me, I'm pretty adept at getting out of the way. Those guys are big and move really fast. It's good to stay out of the way."

Tomlin is one of the newest members of the influential NFL competition committee that includes Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.

When asked if Tomlin should be held to a higher standard considering he's on the competition committee, Harbaugh replied: "I think everybody should be held to a high standard. We're in the National Football League, no matter what the issue is, and I know that every coach in this league believes that, certainly. So, I'll be good to leave it at that."

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