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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’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: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 2:54 pm

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

holtzman again proves the media people are worthless......

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2011 2:12 pm

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

I hope that this "reporter" gets his "What's the frequency, Kenneth?" moment , courtesy of some random Steelers fan. B-O-O-M! "Down goes Frasier! Down goes Frasier!" Hey, maybe old Larry Holmes is a Steelers fan.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 1:19 pm

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

Tomlin probably just took one from Dubya's playbook. The "trick play", just like WMD's in Iraq, could have been nothing more than a ruse to get one side to commit resources to a situation that doesn't exist.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 11:59 am

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

I am no Steeler fan by any stretch,  but Tomlin is a old school hardass.  He would only say somthing if the dumdum reporter had it coming.  However leave it to the Patriots fans to use this story to say how great and brilliant Belichik is.  With 3 consecutive playoff losses often in the Pats own building.  A recent history of suspect calls like the 4th and 2 against the Colts couple years back.  A botched "trick play of his own against the Jets, as well as refusing to trust his defense and kick the ball away.  If you ask me for a big playoff game,  Tomlin or Belichik?  I'm taking Tomlin every time.

Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2011 11:19 am

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

OK, the 'reporter' violated an ethical understanding.
Ban him from your practices.
Sends strong message to other reports.
Move on, nothing to see here.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 8:57 am

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

"Trick plays are for losers"

There are no trick plays.  Unless you are going to just run straight ahead (just play smash mouth football, Mano-a-Mano) all plays are "trick plays".  On every play you want to get an advantage by making the D or an individual player think you are going to do something else.  From the basic run fake on passing plays, to a trap play you are trying to "Trick" the Defense or an individual player.  The only difference in the so called Trick plays and 90% of all the plays called is the level of creativity in the design of the play.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 8:46 am

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

Everyone makes fun of Belichick's tell the media nothing act but it looks like when dealing with the media he was right.  I bet Tomilin will now start treating the media more like Belichick does.

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2011 2:36 am

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

"Trick plays are for losers"

That's probably the dumbest comment I have read on these boards, this week, anyway.  EVERY NFL team runs trick plays, from fake punts to flea flickers.  I recall a Super Bowl winning team scoring a touchdown on a trick play a few years ago.   Guess that defeats your argument......

Since: Dec 16, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2011 11:29 pm

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

You’re an idiot. First, the sports writers are given special access to the practice facilities through the week. So, idiot, the writer watched the practices, asked 2 players what a specific play was & then reported it 4 hours prior to the game. All of this same stuff happens every week with every team in the league with every special access sports writer. The difference is that this writer broke the code of being given Access = Silence on what is observed or discussed. Clearly, he wanted the Ravens to win & tried to influence the outcome of the game by breaking the sports writer’s ethical code in the process.  

Second, trick plays are just one aspect of all sports. There are trick plays in every sport, you idiot. So, to say that trick plays are for losers is just plain stupid. Grow a brain before you share the wind coming out from between your ears.

Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:26 pm

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

Let's just hope this "reporter" snitch in my book, does not get the courtesy of Pittsburgh Steeler interviews anytime in the near future.  But also, Tomlin is smart enough to know not to give details of a trick play to the media, because we all know they live for printing anything to make money and cannot be trusted.  So as much as I hate saying it....Loose lips sink ships Mr. it up until after you win the SuperBowl, then take pride in talking about all the trick plays you used to score TD's.

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