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Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Tomlin supporter of taunting penalty

PITTSBURGH -- The NFL's increased emphasis on the taunting penalty has been a lightning rod for criticism through the first half of the season, but Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is a proponent of the rule and its enforcement.

"We're just trying to clean our game up," Tomlin, a member of the NFL's competition committee, said Tuesday. "We embrace the responsibility that comes with being the role models that we are.

"This game being played at the highest level, we understand that people who play at a lower level watch us and often mimic the things we do and how we conduct ourselves and just largely as a league competition committee specifically, there was a desire to improve in that area.