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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: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported


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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:24 pmScore: 61Rate This Post:

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

Did you read the article? It is understood that reporters that WATCH practice do not reveal things like this.  No Ethics by the reporter. 
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Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:24 pmScore: 61Rate This Post:

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

Did you read the article? It is understood that reporters that WATCH practice do not reveal things like this.  No Ethics by the reporter. 


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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:24 pmScore: 61Rate This Post:

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

Did you read the article? It is understood that reporters that WATCH practice do not reveal things like this.  No Ethics by the reporter.  Yeah,,but Brady and Surly Bellichick got three rings by videoing the practices for the Super Bowl.
No wonder "QUEEN" Brady looked so smooth!
Well he sure did not look smooth last Sunday7!



Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:27 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

Anyone left here that thinks CBS has experts?
I mean in the vernacular,,,like an expert is right at least of 80% of the times.
These people are worse than a coin toss!

You can bet they will take Green Bay and Pittsburgh this week,,its in their DNA code.



Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

Did you read the article? It is understood that reporters that WATCH practice do not reveal things like this.  No Ethics by the reporter.  Tomlin didn't TELL anyone what was in the playbook.  Work on your reading comprehension.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

the trick play should not have been reported before the game. the coaches try to apease the press as much as possible without giving anything away, anything like that should be looked at as confidential , sometimes things slip out, but integrity and professionlism by the press shoud have had priority over a story about there trick play. the play would, if successful, would make for a better storyline anyway.




Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

When I was a kid,,circa 1950/54,,and we choose up teams guys got left out. What those guys did on the sidelines was try to start fights amongst us players,,TRASH TALKING!
Today they are SPORTS WRITERS!



Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

Its a shame that the SUPER DUPER bowl is not being played in TUSCON!!
Sports writers in the surveyor's crooshairs!



Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

What is needed is the "TRICK PLAY" that decapitates Sports Writers! If , of course, there is anything to decapitate!



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

As I have said on a number of occasions trick plays are for losers! I recently was reviewing the 49ers record of the past 8 years and saw that the Colts had used a trick play to defeat the 49ers during the Colts' undefeated season run. 
If Tomlin is upset that someone leaked out his playbook, then maybe he shouldn't be telling everyone what's in the playbook in the first place. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 5:59 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

great post.   amazing what the Pats playoff record is after Spy-Gate, huh?



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Tomlin not happy that trick play was reported

I remember this in the NHL a few years back.  I think it was the Washington Capitals who's dressing room the media were in and they broadcast the game plan and the info on the white board.

Made me wonder why the media is allowed in these rooms and at practices.

Why not just schedule interviews for after the team meetings / practices??



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