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Steelers miffed about report that Dixon took first-team practice reps

Though Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Monday that quarterback Dennis Dixon will start Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Falcons, the Steelers apparently weren’t happy about the decision of one or more members of the media to report that Dixon took the first-team reps at practice on Monday.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette pasted into his blog on Wednesday the contents of the team’s media policy, which had been given to the media earlier in the day.  “There’s really nothing new to it, but the Steelers want to re-emphasize it after people began reporting that Dennis Dixon was running the first team in practice on Monday,” Bouchette writes.  “That’s supposedly a no-no.”

The irony here is that one of the “people” who “began reporting” that Dixon got the first-team reps on Monday was . . . Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  (Twice.)  And we’re having trouble finding other “people” who committed that specific transgression.  Alan Robinson of the Associated Press didn’t do it.  Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review didn’t do it.

The summary of the team’s media rules and regulations begins with a clear, bright-line rule regarding the issue of practice reps:  “Media are prohibited at any time from reporting which players take repetitions with the first, second or third team, etc., as well as how many repetitions players take during practice.”  (Emphasis in original.)

And the memo contains this admonition to the “people” who reported on the number of reps taken by Dixon:  “Media that continue to violate club policies may have their access to
the team’s practice facility or on game days subject to review.”

The secrecy seems a little unreasonable, since most teams include one or more players or assistant coaches who would blab to someone in the media (or to someone who can then blab to the media) the identity of the quarterback who took the first-team reps at practice, which then would allow the information to be reported.  Moreover, with Tomlin acknowledging on Monday that Dennis Dixon will start Sunday’s game, the violation seems to be minor at best — unless Tomlin announced the starter only because word was already out that Dixon had gotten the first-team reps.

The fact that Bouchette published the list of media rules raises other interesting (at least to us) questions.  Did the Steelers suggest that he should do it?  If so, were the Steelers expecting a stronger acknowledgment/apology from Bouchette that he’d violated the rule?  Or did Bouchette post the policy on his own, and will the Steelers be upset that he blew the whistle on their policies and their procedures for enforcing them?  Finally, was Bouchette’s recent decision to blast the “national media” for repeating Tomlin’s comments to Adam Schein and Rich Gannon of Sirius NFL Radio part of an effort to make amends with the organization for letting the cat out of the bag regarding Dixon taking the first-team practice reps?
   

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50 Responses to “Steelers miffed about report that Dixon took first-team practice reps”
  1. drumbug71 says: Sep 9, 2010 6:59 AM

    It’s funny that, throughout last week’s cuts, everyone was quick to say “Mike Florio was the first to report it” or “Adam Schefter of ESPN noted it first.” Now, when the team got ticked because it was leaked, the reporter says “Well, SOMEONE did it…NOT ME!” haha

  2. drumbug71 says: Sep 9, 2010 7:00 AM

    Mike Wise leaked it.

  3. ravenfan820 says: Sep 9, 2010 7:08 AM

    More fun in squealer nation…now when they lose it is the reporters fault.
    Before we had the refs, the weather, Squealer haters, etc…. Normally the 706 super bowl trophies they have won as enough to “overcome” those incredible odds stacked agisnt them. Will that be enough to overcome the “reporters” agisnt them now??
    Only time will tell in squealer land…..

  4. CharmCity207 says: Sep 9, 2010 7:25 AM

    Dennis Dixon is frail.

  5. Richm2257 says: Sep 9, 2010 7:30 AM

    Gawd, I can’t wait for football to actually start; your “what did the president know, and when did he know it?” mentality is really starting to make my head explode, Florio.
    That last paragraph made my eyes bleed. You’re starting to act like Carl freaking Bernstein.

  6. AllThat says: Sep 9, 2010 7:33 AM

    Ben leaked it on the golf course didn’t he?

  7. njhitman says: Sep 9, 2010 7:40 AM

    ravenfan820 says:
    September 9, 2010 7:08 AM
    More fun in squealer nation…now when they lose it is the reporters fault.
    Before we had the refs, the weather, Squealer haters, etc…. Normally the 706 super bowl trophies they have won as enough to “overcome” those incredible odds stacked agisnt them. Will that be enough to overcome the “reporters” agisnt them now??
    Only time will tell in squealer land…..
    ———————————————
    Well Tweety bird fan don’t you just love all the trophies I know there a lot of them to look at over in B more NOT .

  8. joetoronto says: Sep 9, 2010 7:46 AM

    In retaliation, Mike Tomlin has announced that the Steelers will unleash hell this year.
    A different kind of hell from last year though.

  9. SDW2001 says: Sep 9, 2010 7:47 AM

    Why should we care if the Steelers are “miffed?” Do they really think that Dixon taking first team reps is not going to get out somehow? Just announce him the starter and be done with it.

  10. flake13 says: Sep 9, 2010 7:51 AM

    six

  11. ArtModellsPimp says: Sep 9, 2010 7:52 AM

    This isn’t news (which in itself isn’t news, considering that it comes from PFT).
    Teams use reporters to help themselves, and reporters use teams info to keep their jobs…always have and always will. But lately, the Steelers seem to be willing to draw attention to their dirty laundry…and it’s hard to figure out why. Bouchette just seems addicted to drama…and the Steelers keep him in business…but for what purpose? Or is Tomlin that stupid?
    Hopefully, with the season beginning, all of this extraneous BS will just go away.

  12. My Coke Can says: Sep 9, 2010 7:52 AM

    It is unbelievable this year with the media! They are wrong 90% of the time and now this. Quit with all the tweeting and sticking your nose where it shouldnt be.

  13. Rogue says: Sep 9, 2010 8:06 AM

    Dixon may be frail, but he is illusive

  14. IStateYourName says: Sep 9, 2010 8:11 AM

    Further down in the fine print…
    “Media are prohibited at any time from reporting which players take liberties with their female guests at golf tournaments or college bars.”

  15. Laxer37 says: Sep 9, 2010 8:11 AM

    Sorry, I came here looking for news.
    None here.

  16. Tomthebombtracy says: Sep 9, 2010 8:17 AM

    There are three sports talk stations in Pittsburgh and actually one of them, 93.7 The Fan, was promoting itself all day as the one to first report. Also, 4 TV stations have regular reporters at practice.
    I think Bouchette may not have broken the story but felt obligated since he was already beaten to the punch.

  17. Kaz says: Sep 9, 2010 8:18 AM

    So much drama. And they still talk about the Bengals like we have all these issues with our “unstable” lockerroom, and bad characters… Yet you never hear anything like this coming out of Cinci. Weird huh.

  18. AttackRaven says: Sep 9, 2010 8:21 AM

    All so stupid…did anyone think Charlie Batch would be taking the first team reps?

  19. bobinpuertorico says: Sep 9, 2010 8:21 AM

    The Steelers should be upset, because this type of reporting could upset their man of the year candidate, Saint Ben Rapistberger, the patron saint of rape. Poor Ben has already suffered far too much, it is time that the media gives him the respect that he deserves.

  20. 4ever19 says: Sep 9, 2010 8:27 AM

    One would think the Steelers have more important things on their agenda.

  21. stillayinzer says: Sep 9, 2010 8:31 AM

    Things have gone too far when you are writing stories about the stories. Think about it…

  22. mkelley says: Sep 9, 2010 8:34 AM

    Florio sounds miffed at Bouchette from his early article admonishing the “mainstream media”. You shouldn’t take it so personally Florio, I doubt anyone anywhere considers you mainstream media.

  23. Just JTO says: Sep 9, 2010 8:40 AM

    The best thing about football is that games are actually decided on the field – not on a stupid web site by retarded fans (yes, you ravenfan820).
    I will personally laugh my ass off when the Steelers beat the Ravens with Big Ben not even in the stadium.
    We will see who crows after that game. We will see.
    God, I love football!!

  24. dixon_cox says: Sep 9, 2010 8:46 AM

    This site has become a tattle tale site for reporting. All Florio does is pontificate about what is what, who or when is correct. Let’s talk about football and the games not about who has reported what incorrectly. Quit chastising the real media and get back to the witty sarcasm that made this site famous.

  25. Crazy Nick says: Sep 9, 2010 8:47 AM

    Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, does anybody know which NFL franchise has:
    1) The Most Wins ?
    2) The Highest Winning % ?
    3) The Most World Championships ?
    “It’s good to be the King.”

  26. Crazy Nick says: Sep 9, 2010 8:52 AM

    @Kaz,
    Because nobody in the country gives a rat’s ass about the Bengals.
    Win something. And maybe your pussycats will get some “ink.”

  27. spar says: Sep 9, 2010 8:59 AM

    Anyone else surprised Bouchette survived the Steeler cuts this year?

  28. realitypolice says: Sep 9, 2010 9:28 AM

    They name a guy the starter and then get mad when it “leaks” that he took the first team reps? WTF!?!?
    I’m really starting to hate the Steelers. Seriously. Did you read that entire “media policy”? Who the hell do these arrogant fools think they are?
    And how ungracious of them to criticize their official team mouthpiece, Ed Bouchette, after he so helpfully did their dirty work for them the other day.
    And to any Steeler apologist who is going to scream “every team does this!”:
    Prove it. If every team has a media manifesto like this in print, you should easily be able to dig up at least one with a little research. If you can’t, then keep your mouth shut.

  29. andyprough says: Sep 9, 2010 9:28 AM

    Hopefully all the reporters will just chill out regarding Dennis Dixon. He’s taking over for a few games for a team that played terrible during the stretch last year, and that is introducing multiple rookies and new faces into their offensive first team unit, their short-yardage sets, and their three- four- and five-receiver sets.
    Let the young guy play a little without all the over-the-top scrutiny. It’s not as if Ben would have gone 4-0 if he had not been suspended – he certainly didn’t show that last year. This is a team with a lot of roster turnover, that’s going to take awhile to gel.

  30. ravenfan820 says: Sep 9, 2010 9:33 AM

    Can’t you squealer fans come up with anything else than SIX. No of us care. Those six trophies mean nothing once that year is over.
    Good for you, you have six, but last time I checked you do not get any extra points for having won a superbowl. The Ravens have one and the score is still 0-0 when every game starts.

  31. Jack Lambert's Dentist says: Sep 9, 2010 9:36 AM

    @Kaz,
    Teams like the Steelers, Patriots, Cowboys etc. drive the NFL bus. Teams like the Bengals change the flat tires. Please know your place in the League food chain.

  32. BigBear123 says: Sep 9, 2010 9:37 AM

    Much ado about nothing.

  33. BC says: Sep 9, 2010 9:45 AM

    That has to be the stupidest media policy I’ve ever seen. Who do they think they are, the Patriots?

  34. Just JTO says: Sep 9, 2010 9:53 AM

    @ravenfan820 …. THANK YOU!!! Yes, all games start out 0-0. That is correct, sir. So, bad mouth the Steelers all you want because your rants against them have no effect on what transpires on the field.

  35. Shawn says: Sep 9, 2010 9:59 AM

    ravenfan820 says:
    September 9, 2010 9:33 AM
    Can’t you squealer fans come up with anything else than SIX. No of us care. Those six trophies mean nothing once that year is over.
    Good for you, you have six, but last time I checked you do not get any extra points for having won a superbowl. The Ravens have one and the score is still 0-0 when every game starts.
    Well correct me if i’m wrong, but I would think that the franchise with the most championships has a history of finding good coaches, players, and winning. So therefore that franchise would be better than the rest. If I were a rookie or free agent I’d want to play for the Steelers cause they have the best resume for success.

  36. ropeadope says: Sep 9, 2010 10:01 AM

    ed bouchette is one of the best nfl beat writers there is. it’s discouraging to think that the steelers are pressing him about something so trivial.

  37. Nosredna says: Sep 9, 2010 10:02 AM

    Here is a thought…….
    Shouldn’t CornFlorio be subject to the same “rules” as the rest? Or is he given a pass because he is not a journalist, just a failed attorney that runs a sports blog and cuts/pastes what those more reputable write?

  38. Holeinone09 says: Sep 9, 2010 10:07 AM

    @ravensfan820 says:
    Those six trophies mean nothing once that year is over.
    * * * * * *
    That is what I would expect someone to say that is jealous and frustrated. If you honestly don’t think that having won over 13% of ALL the Super Bowls is a major historical accomplishment that if the Ravens did it you would be proud of and would refer to it, then you are a liar and not really a serious football fan, sorry. The main goal is to win the Super Bowl, period. No Steeler fan has to apologize for the tremendous success of our team, nor should we forget their wonderful accomplishments. And we won’t.
    GO STEELERS!!

  39. Patsfan1776 says: Sep 9, 2010 10:08 AM

    When did Al Davis take over the Steelers?
    Why are the Steelers irrationally fearfull of the media reporting who the qb is this week? It isn’t even news. It is a fact. It will be news in a few weeks from now if BR is available to play and Dixon is the qb running the 1st squad but right now it really isn’t news.

  40. steelersmichele says: Sep 9, 2010 10:38 AM

    Even though I love reading things about my team, I’m starting to wonder why some of this stuff is being posted.
    It’s starting to annoy me, so I can only imagine how it makes non-Steelers fans feel.

  41. John B Steeler says: Sep 9, 2010 10:39 AM

    CharmCity207 says:
    Dennis Dixon is frail.
    —————————————————–
    Good thing no one can hit the QB anymore.

  42. ravenfan820 says: Sep 9, 2010 10:53 AM

    Merely reversing all of the logic you nitwit yellow and balck fans have been using for years.
    Six trophies equal nothing but six trophies…..they do ot mean a damn thing when the new season starts….
    Plus to Shawn on this nonsense…….
    Well correct me if i’m wrong, but I would think that the franchise with the most championships has a history of finding good coaches, players, and winning. So therefore that franchise would be better than the rest. If I were a rookie or free agent I’d want to play for the Steelers cause they have the best resume for success.
    Help us with when was the last time a big name free agent went to pittsburgh?? Typically the big name free agents leave pittsburgh….. I’m just saying…
    You all cannot have it both ways…..although I am sure you will all come up with tons of reasons why you can…the largest bunch of dumb asses among fans in the NFL….

  43. trickbunny says: Sep 9, 2010 11:01 AM

    Crazy Nick says:
    September 9, 2010 8:47 AM
    Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, does anybody know which NFL franchise has:
    1) The Most Wins ?
    2) The Highest Winning % ?
    3) The Most World Championships ?
    “It’s good to be the King.”
    ———————————————————————————
    Considering the NFL started in the 1920s, most people don’t really care about what’s happened only since 1970. Of course, if you’re a Steeler fan, you have no choice but to pretend that’s when history began. That way, you can kind of brush over the fact that the franchise was a horrible joke for the first 40 years of it’s existence. Sorry dude, the rest of us look back at the whole game- not just what’s happened since the merger. When you look back at the history of football, you start finding teams that have won “the big game” more times than the Steelers, like the Packers (12 titles) and even the lowly Browns (10 titles)…. and of course, that means the Stellers are not truly “number 1″ for anything, unless you’re handing out a prize for “Longest Stretch of Total Suckitutde”.

  44. Just JTO says: Sep 9, 2010 11:16 AM

    @ravenfan820 … Let me clue you in about free agents. The Steelers rarely if ever sign high-priced free agents because they build from within and won’t let some primadona come in an upset the apple cart. Before you retort by calling them cheap, let the record show that their way of thinking works better than the other way … Just ask the Redskins and (after this year) the Jets.
    As for big name free agents leaving Pittsburgh, dude … the Steelers keep the ones who still have lots left in the tank. About the only one they let get away too soon was Rod Woodson. Like I said before, whether it is league free agents or their own, their record is pretty damn good.

  45. Holeinone09 says: Sep 9, 2010 11:47 AM

    @ravenfan820 says:
    September 9, 2010 10:53 AM
    Merely reversing all of the logic you nitwit yellow and balck fans have been using for years.
    Six trophies equal nothing but six trophies…..they do ot mean a damn thing when the new season starts….
    * * * *
    Here is what it means. When the new season starts tonight, it means we BEGIN THE QUEST FOR TROPHY NUMBER SEVEN. Do you understand now? Wow, you just don’t get it, and will go to any length to make excuses to support your flimsy point.
    And BTW what does “balck” and “ot” mean? LOL.
    GO STEELERS!! GOING FOR TROPHY NUMBER SEVEN. BEN’S NUMBER LOL!!

  46. texasPHINSfan says: Sep 9, 2010 11:50 AM

    I don’t think most care about your desire to be the internet media police, florio. I know I sure as hell don’t care if Dixon was reported to be taking snaps with the first team, much less WHO reported it. who cares?
    stick to football news ;)

  47. ravenfan820 says: Sep 9, 2010 12:08 PM

    Just JTO…I bow before you infinite football wisdom…You are clearly much smarter than I….
    You are correct, the games are played on the field…let’s see what happens….. Enjoy your day

  48. BennyBoy says: Sep 9, 2010 1:34 PM

    “unless Tomlin announced the starter only because word was already out that Dixon had gotten the first-team reps.” Exactly.
    Tomlin had already said that he wasn’t going to announce his starter at QB. He only did so because Ed & Gerry Dulac had already reported it in PG+ and then later in the Post-Gazette.
    It actually surprised me when Ed did, because earlier this offseason he pointed out in one of his columns that it was considered a no-no to report for example that the team had practiced the screen pass all week or anything along those lines. He also was aware that Tomlin had decided against publicly naming his starter before the game.

  49. Steelintn says: Sep 9, 2010 8:57 PM

    Longest Stretch of Total Suckitutde? Sorry stupidbunny, your stains are taking over that title. Here’s a thought for you and the other haters who are always in the Steelers posts. How about posting in your team’s posts sometimes? Not really interested in that? Can’t blame you there. Not much to talk about. I guess you’ll just have to keep posting your stupid ass comments here and keep wishing they were true and the STEELERS will keep on winning.
    Go Big Ben and go STEELERS!!!!!!!!!
    #7 leading us to #7

  50. steeltiger34 says: Sep 10, 2010 11:15 AM

    They should ban Ed. He knew the rules. He probably forced Tomlin’s hand?

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