Shortly before the media session commenced at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills, Md., it was announced that Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had been fined $100,000 by the league for his interference with a kickoff return that almost cost the Ravens the game on Thanksgiving.
Here's what some of the players and head coach John Harbaugh had to say about it.
Wide Receiver Torrey Smith had the funniest reaction to the news, as he had not heard about it previously:
"Whoof." (while shaking his head and looking surprised)
"One-hundred thousand dollars, that's a lot of money. It's all funny because we won, had we lost, I'd be blaming them, I'm not going to lie. I can't say he did it on purpose because I don't know what he was thinking, but it definitely sends a message from across the league. It's not like he did anything, he stepped across the line, which definitely threw it off. You can say he did it on purpose, but you don't truly know. There's coaches in that white box all the time, it's not like he did anything crazy. [John] Harbaugh does a good job of staying back and I'm sure he'll take a couple extra steps back knowing that there's one-hundred thousand dollars out there."
Defensive Lineman Chris Canty:
"I think the punishment fits the crime. The NFL does a good job of disciplining its employees, so if that's what it is and that's what they determined, we'll move forward with that."
Head Coach John Harbaugh:
"The NFL does a great job in terms of on the field, we're all responsible - officials, players, coaches for what happens between the white lines. The NFL addresses those things, they've always done a great job with that and we respect that certainly. Those kind of things can happen, they do happen to coaches, players and officials, every single week and they're addressed with the National Football League, this one got more attention than most of them. We've moved on from that, we're on to the Vikings now. [I] respect the process, respect everybody involved, certainly respect the Steelers and Mike Tomlin completely and never really thought for one second that there was intentionality there, personally, and I think that's why I was able to make light of that after the game. We've been able to move on from that."
Quarterback Joe Flacco:
"I don't like when anybody gets money taken out of their pockets — players, coaches. I don't like to see fines, especially big ones. It is what it is, but I haven't really thought too much about it."
Cornerback Lardarius Webb:
"No reaction. That's them, I don't have nothing to say about that."
Outside Linebacker Terrell Suggs:
"Hey man, it's bad, is it not? I don't know what to say. It seems like it would suck. Any questions on the Minnesota Vikings?"