Steelers try to protect practice from prying eyes

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Paranoia is as common in the NFL as confusing rules changes.

And the Steelers have taken the natural next step to make sure no one is watching their practices.

According to Mark Kaboly of The Athletic, the Steelers have constructed a “huge plastic-bag-like structure” to block the view of their fields. The de facto  privacy fence can be moved up and down, and obscures the view from a new building which went up next door a few years ago.

I will leave that somewhat mystical,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “I will let you hypothesize the origins of that. . . . This is interesting times with drones and so forth. We do what we have to do to prepare and be ready to play on a level, fair competitive playing field.”

It’s hardly a new idea, though other teams have planted trees or taken other measures to keep peepers out.

And depending on the size of the big baggie, it’s unclear if Tomlin will be able to keep the black helicopters at bay, or whether the guy on the grassy knoll with the umbrella will still be able to get a glimpse.

41 responses to “Steelers try to protect practice from prying eyes

  1. Todd Haley will be dressed as a custodian but his cover will be blown when he puts the paper towels on the toilet paper rack.

  2. And here comes the Pats fans with their presumed innocence, article 46, PSI findings, Goddell analysis, cap space,asking mom for more hot pockets, re-posting comments with Svengali like rebuttals. Not realizing this was the intention.

  3. I hear Tomlin is also wearing a tin foil hat to guard against that which he prefers to leave as mystical.

    When you get consistently out coached you reach further and further into the paranoia bin to construct a reality that shifts the blame from your own failings.

  4. On the surface thats just funny. But I know the Patriots have a dome over one of their fields. And if anyone wanders down around the end of the Trader Joes building to that spot where you can see some of the practice fields there is quickly someone there to nicely ask you to move along.we went down that service road in a little convertible to check it out (my brither was visiting from the West Coast so it was worth letting him steal a look), went down and turned back. Looped around the lot and headed back for another ‘innocent’ trip down the road. A guy in a golf cart intercepted us and asked us to not keep doing it. Which of course indicates after doing it once we had then been tracked around the (crowded with shoppers) parking lot by cameras and a guard radio vectored in to intercept us as soon as it was obvious we were going to do it multiple times. The security there knows exactly the vantage points and keeps them from getting leveraged.

    So all teams worry about this not just the Steelers. A building went up that offers a vantage point, they are going to address that just like any team would.

  5. Yeah, the Steelers are such an innovative offensive team, I’m sure everyone wants to know what they are doing…

  6. Kraft probably paid for that building next door to be built in the first place.

  7. What’s the difference? Tomlin and the Steelers wear their tells like a sign around their necks.

    Solving that team isn’t an issue just playing it straight.

  8. 700levelvet says:
    August 23, 2018 at 3:01 pm
    And here comes the Pats fans with their presumed innocence, article 46, PSI findings, Goddell analysis, cap space,asking mom for more hot pockets, re-posting comments with Svengali like rebuttals. Not realizing this was the intention.

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    That would be just as stupid as trying to say the Pats built their dome because they were worried about the Steelers. Its clear that to the Pats the Steelers are just one of 31 other teams, but to the Steelers the Pats are the all encompassing boogeyman. The thought process shown on every article proves it.

  9. hoosierhandicapper says:
    August 23, 2018 at 3:19 pm
    Kraft probably paid for that building next door to be built in the first place.

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    Sometimes buildings go up in Pittsburgh for reasons that are not all about the Steelers.

  10. Good news for their matchup vs the Pasterisks this year.
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    Imagine the beat down the Pats are going to give Indy this year? Too bad, once a proud franchise is now the laughing stock of the NFL. Joke of a team and cesspool city.

  11. ikeclanton says:
    August 23, 2018 at 3:25 pm
    What’s the difference? Tomlin and the Steelers wear their tells like a sign around their necks.

    Solving that team isn’t an issue just playing it straight.

    6 3 Rate This

    And yet still successful. Knowing it’s coming and still losing. Ouch.

  12. Not surprising. Tomlin blamed the radio broadcast in the headset issue at Gillette on the Patriots when it was the NFL so at this point we should assume everything lays at the feet of the Patriots.

    News flash Mike … you don’t need a drone or a camera when your SB winning QB throws an interception in the red zone to end the game.

  13. Innovation and the Pittsburgh Rusty Nails are not usually associated. Who knew they had anything to hide… other than Big Ben’s abuse of female partners.

  14. If there is a bigger a-hole in the nfl who speaks likes this i haven’t heard him. Man could you imagine living with this guy and having a conversation with him? I’d want to slap him every minute of every day.

  15. Just remember the end zone pick was preceded by a game winning TD CATCH. Oh wait, it was overturned based on the tuck rule or something close to it.

  16. Belicheck was caught filming an opponent against the rules, fined $500,000, the team $250,000 and they lost a 1st round draft pick.

    Green Bay also caught the Patriots cheating but did not turn them into the league. Had the cheater been a team from the NFC I am not so sure.

    So Tomlin is probably just being safe. This sort of cheating has precedence.

  17. Green Bay also caught the Patriots cheating but did not turn them into the league. Had the cheater been a team from the NFC I am not so sure.
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    Did Green Bay also catch their QB and ball boys deliberately trying to over-inflate footballs beyond the specified limit and sneak it pass the refs?

  18. And yet still successful. Knowing it’s coming and still losing. Ouch.

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    In games that matter? Since when?

  19. If Tomlin actually coached his team to concentrate on ONE GAME AT A TIME, and not worry about a game, that you know, was six weeks away, maybe he’d actually bring home another Lombardi, and quit all this nonsense.

  20. Why would anybody need to steal “secrets” from Mike Tomlin? Even his own players know he is a joke

    Every thread on Tomlin always brings out. At last one jealous bigot.

  21. blessedunliketherest says:
    Did Green Bay also catch their QB and ball boys deliberately trying to over-inflate footballs beyond the specified limit and sneak it pass the refs?
    ==

    Its p-a-s-t the refs, not “pass the refs.” And no, the Packers’ QB did not try to sneak anything past the refs.
    NFL rules outline a specific PSI range in which all game footballs must be inflated. The key part of that rule says once footballs have been inspected by officials they’re not to be altered by players or other team personnel.
    Tom Brady was accused — I’m not saying he’s guilty or not guilty, just that he was accused of allegedly having the PSI in football altered AFTER they’d been inspected by game officials. If he or anyone else did that it would be in violation of NFL rules.
    Aaron Rodgers, who prefers a football at the higher end of the legal PSI spectrum, has long admitted he overinflates footballs BEFORE they’re inspected on game day, knowing that during inspection the officials will remove just enough air to make them legal, while still leaving them at the higher end of the acceptable PSI range. In other words, he gets a ball he likes without breaking the rules.
    There is a large and significant difference between what Brady was accused of doing and what Rodgers admits to doing. Of course, a simple bit of research before posting would have revealed that, but I suppose it’s easier to simply regurgitate something you’ve heard because you believe it fits your narrative.

  22. It is telling when people actually think that a head coach has anything to do with the construction plans related to the playing and practice fields upon which the team plays. Simple minds, simple conclusions.

  23. sasattack says:
    August 23, 2018 at 4:25 pm
    Just remember the end zone pick was preceded by a game winning TD CATCH. Oh wait, it was overturned based on the tuck rule or something close to it.

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    Actually no. The train wreck play where no one knew what they were supposed to do so Ben threw an interception was actually preceded by two train wreck plays where nobody knew what to do that burned off all their clock time and wasted two of the downs they had left. And those three successive train wreck plays where nobody knew what to do were preceded by a loooong game stoppage with plenty of time for any professional coach to pull his team together and draw up what they should do with their remaining clock (plenty enough) and plays (4, but they only used 3) in order to get the ball over the goal line that was RIGHT THERE in front of them. Instead they all stood around and stared at the jumbotron like a pack of idiots. Thats why they had the multi play melt down that wasted the very nice advantage they held in time, downs, and field position and frittered away that game. Disagree with that call all you want but it was not what lost them the game. It was poor coaching and a total lavk of organization and planning that made them choke away what they had.

    Also, what is all this talk as uf this one call cost the Steelers their shot at the SB? This was a REGULAR SEASON GAME folks. The Steelers run to the Superbowl was ended by the Jaguars. The Patriots had nothing to do with it, they were in a different city beating a different team that day.

  24. Don’t see the problem with it. I’m not sure why anyone would think that’s a good thing to let people see your practices. And I’m not sure why anyone would respect a team that needs to view a team’s practice footage in order to beat them, instead of just relying on their own schemes and players.

  25. Nofoolnodrool says:

    August 23, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Every thread on Tomlin always brings out. At last one jealous bigot.
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    Just a guy that gets out coached quite often. lol Look in the mirror buddy!

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