Reporters are often granted privileged information in pregame production meetings, with the understanding that they'll keep their mouths shut until what was said manifests itself on the field.
ESPN's Bob Holtzman broke the code on Saturday, letting the world know about Pittsburgh's plan to use a trick play when Baltimore is in a certain set — even saying who it would involve.
"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," he reported, according to ProFootballTalk.
He went on to say that the play will involve an unconventional passer other than Antwaan Randle El, but that Randle El will be involved in the play in another role.
One league source responded to the leak, "What a moron. Steelers will be pissed."
While no specific information was given, the Ravens could have the prior knowledge that Randle El won't be the passer if a trick play begins to develop — information that could be pivotal in snuffing it out.