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Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

Posted on: January 19, 2011 3:05 pm
 
M. Tomlin wasn't pleased a potential trick play was released before Pittsburgh faced Baltimore (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When ESPN.com’s Bob Holtzman wrote last week about a potential trick play the Steelers possibly would use vs. the Ravens, I wondered about the fall-out.

Holtzman reported that if the Ravens got into a certain defense, Pittsburgh had a trick play it had never run before ready to go and that it involved WR Antwaan Randle El (but would not include him throwing the ball).

Today, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin let Holtzman know he wasn’t happy about the report.

As USA Today recaps, Holtzman asked Tomlin a question today about how much time it takes to prepare for Rex Ryan’s defense.

Responded Tomlin: "It depends on whether or not you give him my plays, you know," Tomlin said.

And he wasn’t joking.

Football coaches, generally speaking, are some of the most paranoid members of our society, and they take great pains to make sure nothing regarding game-planning is leaked. Reporters, generally speaking, adhere to the rules of not writing about potential plays – trick or otherwise – they see while watching practice. It’s understood that much of what you see at practice is not for public consumption.

It’s also why some teams keep practices off-limit to non-local reporters. Holtzman is a very good, very experienced reporter, so he must have known he would face condemnation when he reported on the trick play.

My question: was the scoop worth it? Especially since the Steelers ran no such play in their win vs. Baltimore.

If you follow this link, you can see the video of Tomlin today and judge for yourself. Holtzman's question occurs about the 1:35 mark.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:09 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:53 pm
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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 6:41 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

My bad stang7222, and my apologies to the rest of the forum for my politically tinged post.

 

 

It was my poor attempt at a Dennis Miller-esque take, probably one of your heroes stang, on the idea of trick plays and subterfuge. The point being that there was no trick play. The trick was that Tomlin wanted the Ravens to believe that there was one. Creating a deception for Raven players and coaches to get what he wanted.

 

 

Perhaps my analogy to the Bush admininistration and the Iraqi war was too harsh. But you'd have to admit, stang - Bush, like Tomlin, wasn't too happy when his trick play (bogus CIA intelligence on WMD's in Iraq) was revealed by the media. 




Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

I'm sorry that the Repub-machine has brainwashed you... poor thing



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

Ok the poll is how many phantom holding calls will be called on a punt return or on a defensive lineman on the center this week?

I say 2 against the Jets in $hitsburgh

Says the guy that posted

waaaaaaaaa-waaaaaaaaaa-waaaaaaaaaaa



And holding a guy's arm down is illegal.

He is no Ed Reed - EOS

Exactly. Ed Reed would never jump over the line of scrimage to make a tackle or even blitz.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

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Ok the poll is how many phantom holding calls will be called on a punt return or on a defensive lineman on the center this week?

I say 2 against the Jets in $hitsburgh

BY the way.....

Can we get off the Polomalicules clown....  how many times did this guy get lit up or how many miss tackles did this fool have last week?

He is no Ed Reed - EOS



Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

Hey world,

    Your revisionist history is humorous.  If you remembered corectly, Sadam Hussien wouldn't let UN weapons inspectors into facilities suspected of containing WMD's.  The belief that Iraq possesed WMD's was based upon UN reports and CIA intelegence.  The fact that none were found is irrelevant. 

If a man tried to rob a bank;  All the while stating he had a gun and behaving like he had a gun, wouldn't it be the smart move in regards to the greater safety to assume he has a gun?

I bet you voted for Obama too.  Sucker.

One born every minute...........



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

Smokin Joe's last name is spelled with a Z not S.



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

If Tomlin didn't want the reporter talking about the play, then he shouldn't have mentioned it.  Moving along.


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