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Mike Tomlin: New ejection rule can change behavior

The NFL is expected to pass a rule that will automatically eject a player who incurs two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls during the Annual League Meeting this week in Boca Raton, Florida.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who played in one of the most turbulent games of the season against the Bengals in the opening round of the playoffs, thinks the rule is a good idea, and not because of an increase in power for officials.

"The goal is obviously not to eject people from the game, the goal is to change behavior," Tomlin said. "I assume they quickly will."

Tomlin sounded relaxed about the state of the game, especially the constant potential for change.

"Just think about our culture and how much it has changed in the last 12 years," Tomlin said during Tuesday's AFC Coaches Breakfast. "I embrace the change, I think if you're committed to being in this thing for an extended period of time, you better have an attitude that is centered around embracing the change and evolving with football, particularly because it's evolving and improving for the better."

Good for Tomlin. Last year was an interesting one for on-field conduct. Certainly, the tail end of the Bengals-Steelers game and the bevy of fines that initially were handed out to coaches and players was a concern. The Odell Beckham-Josh Norman incident at MetLife Stadium was another visible instance in a high profile spot. There is nothing wrong with providing a clear-cut consequence for those emotions.

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