Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tomlin Critical of Officiating after Cleveland Game

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tomlin Critical of Officiating after Cleveland Game

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CLEVELAND - Steelers coach Mike Tomlin might be a little lighter in the pocket for Thanksgiving after he criticized the officiating after the Steelers' 24-9 victory Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

The Steelers were penalized eight times for 70 yards and Tomlin apparently was upset with his defense having to stay on the field after penalties kept drives alive.

"We were on the field more than we needed to be," Tomlin said. "I thought the officiating was questionable at times. Maybe that had something to do with it. I just thought it was questionable. I thought there were some bad calls, or some no calls."

Tomlin did not go into details about which calls upset him, but one of the questionable calls was a roughing the passer penalty against linebacker Lawrence Timmons in the third quarter. Browns quarterback Cody Kessler sustained a concussion on the play, but Timmons did not strike Kessler in the head as referee Brad Allen stated after throwing the flag. Kessler's head struck the turf when linebacker Ryan Shazier dragged him to the ground.

"Obviously you don't want to have any concussions when you're the quarterback," Browns tackle Joe Thomas said. "It's tough because I think he's been doing a really good job."

"I did miss him," Timmons said of the play in question. "He saw me coming as Shay was pulling him down. I went right over top of him."

Thomas, though, didn't agree with Timmons: "I just kind of caught the end of the play when I was looking up on the replay and to me when you have a quarterback, scrambling, running out of the pocket and they get targeted with a shoulder or a forearm to the head, I know in college football they throw you out for something like that. Hopefully the legislation in the NFL is trying to eliminate that type of play because quarterbacks get hurt when they're getting hit like that and that's something that you don't want to see in the game."

Burns on the rise

Rookie first-round pick Artie Burns registered his second interception of the season, stopping Cleveland's first drive when he picked off Cody Kessler at the 4.

Burns is the only Steelers defensive back to record an interception this season. …

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