Jets coach Rex Ryan was fined $100,000 by the NFL on Friday for using profanity in the direction of an opposing player or officials as he walked off the field after the Jets' 20-13 victory over the Steelers on Sunday.
Ryan's steep penalty was due to the fact that he is a three-time offender in the eyes of the NFL, having been fined twice in the past for public obscenities. He was fined $50,000 by the Jets in 2010 for flipping his middle finger at a heckling fan at an MMA event in Florida. He was docked $75,000 in 2011 for shouting a profanity at a fan as he walked off the Gillette Stadium field at halftime during a game against the Patriots.
Ryan was visibly upset after the game and was caught on camera shouting a profanity, but he wouldn't identify his target. Asked about his postgame language earlier this week, he joked: "I think I was saying 'thank you.' "
The Steelers' Mike Mitchell was not fined for blitzing the Jets' victory formation and trying to cause a turnover with seconds to play. His leap drew the ire of Ryan and his players.
"I thought that was kind of bush league," Ryan said Monday. "I can understand it in a short-yardage situation; you want to praise the guy for timing it right and all that stuff, there's no question. But in that part of the game, when we're just kneeling on it, I was surprised by it, to say the least. And disappointed."
Jets center Nick Mangold called it "a dirty play" and right guard Willie Colon said it was uncalled for. A skirmish broke out between the teams before the game resumed.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Mitchell's play was "unprofessional,'' blamed it on a miscommunication and added, "We don't want to play football like that.''
Jets linebacker Jason Babin was fined $16,537 for an unnecessary-roughness penalty on a late hit against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Quarterback Michael Vick was fined $8,268 for unsportsmanlike conduct during the game.