On Saturday, ESPN’s Bob Holtzman raised eyebrows in league circles by reporting, more than four hours before kickoff of the Ravens-Steelers game, that the Steelers had a trick play up their sleeves.
“Two Steelers have told me, if they catch the Ravens in the right defense, they have a trick play ready to go today that they’ve never run before,” Holtzman said. A league source predicted in response that the “Steelers will be pissed” about the advance disclosure of the play.
The source predicted right.
On Wednesday, Holtzman asked Steelers coach Mike Tomlin how much extra time is needed to prepare to face the defense of Jets coach Rex Ryan.
“It depends on whether or not you give him my plays,” Tomlin replied, per Gary Mihoces of USA Today.
Holtzman had no comment.