Mike Tomlin: JuJu Smith-Schuster taunting Vontaze Burfict was worse than the hit

During the Steelers‘ come-from-behind win over the Bengals on Monday night, Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster decked Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict with a high block that concussed Burfict and ended his night. But according to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, that block wasn’t even the worst part of the play. Instead, it was how Smith-Schuster reacted after leveling Burfict when he stood over him and taunted him.

On Tuesday, Tomlin told reporters that Smith-Schuster’s decision to taunt Burfict was worse than the hit itself.

“I haven’t had an opportunity to see the television copy often times particularly in HD — that provides the best case scenario,” Tomlin said, per NFL.com “I’ll stand by my statement last night that his actions after the hit are more disturbing than the hit itself. Often times plays like that are teachable moments. When you look at it you have an opportunity to talk about ways you can be safer and so forth. He is a better sportsman than he displayed after the block and you got to acknowledge that. He’s got to work hard so people understand the type of man he is from a sportsmanship standpoint and that’s not something that’s going to happen overnight. That’s just the reality of plays like that.”

He isn’t completely wrong. The block itself

Article source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/mike-tomlin-juju-smith-schuster-taunting-vontaze-burfict-was-worse-than-the-hit/

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