Mike Tomlin, the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, had a quip in response to ESPN’s Bob Holtzman divulging that Pittsburgh was planning on using a trick play against Baltimore.
During Wednesday’s press conference Holtzman asked Tomlin, "What extra time and preparation does it take to prepare for a Rex Ryan defense?" To which Tomlin responded, "It depends on whether or not you gave him my plays."
The exchange can be seen at the 1:30 mark of the video above.
The fact that Holtzman reported on the trick play has been up for some pretty big debate. One report from Yahoo calls is an “egregious breach of reporting etiquette.”
I actually agree with that. Many reporters see trick plays and game-plan quirks when they cover a team day to day, but the fact that he reported on one of those quirks does call Holtzman’s credibility into question to a certain degree.
I mean, if I were a coach running a practice, I would not want someone to be there who could damage my chances of winning.
Over the years, the Steelers have been very successful when running trick plays. They have used them in the most important games to change momentum or even to get their offense rolling.
Either way the trick plays are a big part of the Steelers offense and in a defensive struggle against the Baltimore Ravens, a trick play could have caught them off guard and changed the outcome of the game.
However, the fact that Holtman had let the cat out of the bag at least let the Ravens know to look out for something.
Good for Tomlin calling out Holtzman.