Mike Tomlin Blasts NFL For ‘Joke’ Penalties After Steelers’ Win Vs. Falcons

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Mike Tomlin has spoken and he is not pleased with NFL officials.

The Steelers head coach has had his fair share of drama this NFL season — between Le’Veon Bell’s holdout and Pittsburgh’s 2-2-1 record — and now he’s voicing his opinion about the way the games are being called.

As you’re probably aware, there have been plenty of questionable calls around the NFL this season. The new lowering your helmet and roughing the passer rules have made life difficult for defensive players. And after the Steelers’ 41-17 thumping of the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Tomlin didn’t hold back.

While the head coach agreed the correct call was made on both of linebacker Bud Dupree’s penalties for grabbing the facemask, he voiced his overall displeasure with the officiating so far this season.

“But some of the other stuff, man, is a joke,” Tomlin said, via ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “We gotta get better as a National Football League. Man, these penalties are costing people games and jobs. We gotta get ’em correct. And so I’m pissed about it, to be quite honest with you. But that’s all I’m gonna say on it.”

Both T.J. Watt and Jon Bostic questionably were flagged for roughing the passer and unnecessary roughness against Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on Sunday in Pittsburgh’s Week 5 win, which probably was the source of Tomlin’s frustration.

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