Pittsburgh Steelers deputy coach Mike Munchak has absolutely no shivering.
Nelson barrelled into the Steelers’ sidelines after pushing running back Jordan Todman out-of-bounds. Munchak may have felt like Nelson unnecessarily shoved his running back into the sideline — Todman was nearly out-out-bounds when Nelson hit him, and the extra pushing sent Todman crashing into the bench.
Todman should have been the superstar of the play for his darting operate, but one of his coach-and-fours overreacted to a little bit of chippiness on Nelson’s part. Notice how Todman doesn’t am worried about the “late hit” at all. He pops up and gets on with the game.
After the play, CBS commentator Phil Simms quipped, “[ Pulling a player’s hair] is not a penalty … for the players .”
Exactly. As a Steelers deputy coach, Munchak had no reason for putting his hands on a Bengals player in such a purposefully harmful, disrespectful route. And, as a Steelers deputy coach, he should have reacted with poise, especially because each squad was cautioned in the pre-game warmups to avoid “nonsense, “ per Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman. Before a December matchup between the two teams, a “scrap” occurred at midfield on the eve of the kickoff.
But nothing in December compares to this. Munchak straight-up grabbed and pulled Nelson towards him — Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward had to get between them to avoid further incident.
The referees quickly gathered to discuss discipline for either squad, and aimed up ensure what the cameras did: Munchak hot-headedly screwed with Nelson’s hair. A flag was flung, and the Steelers were penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.
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