Mike Tomlin reacts to the Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph altercation
What happened between Garrett and Rudolph was something that is rarely seen on a football field, let along on the professional level. Garrett snatched Rudolph’s helmet and used it to swing it at his head. The decision from Garrett significantly escalated the situation and led to retaliation from Maurkice Pouncey.
"That's one of the worst things I've ever seen on a professional sports field" pic.twitter.com/UdOrcDV7Y0
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 15, 2019
As one might expect, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about the incident after the game. He elected to give a vague response and stated that he wanted to ‘keep my thoughts to myself’ because the action spoke for itself. Choosing to remain calm-mannered was the right move by him.
“I’ll keep my thoughts to myself, you saw what happened at the end.”
Mike Tomlin when asked about the fight in his post-game press conference
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 15, 2019
The focus for the Steelers will have to shift from this incident and onto their upcoming matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12. The potential consequences of the situation are out of their control and should not be a focus. Rather, they should be focused on building a new winning-streak after having their streak of four consecutive wins reach its conclusion.
As for the Browns, they will face off with the Miami Dolphins in their next game. The upcoming week will be essential for them to shift their focus from the fallout of the incident back to preparing to close out the 2019 season on a high note, even if it has to be done without Garrett.
The NFL will review the incident and is expected to hand out a suspension to Garrett at the very least. There is the possibility of suspensions for others involved in the situation, too.