LATROBE, Pa. – In the playoff win in Cincinnati, he had Antwaan Randle El throw back to Ben Roethlisberger who then found Cedrick Wilson for a touchdown. In Super Bowl XL, he had Randle El throw to Hines Ward for a touchdown.
On Saturday at St. Vincent College, Ken Whisenhunt mixed it up even more. Now he's beginning to use defensive players to score touchdowns.
The Steelers' first week of training camp came to a rousing conclusion in front of close to 20,000 fans with the second installment of goal-line, a live tackling drill where the offense gets four chances to score a touchdown from the 5-yard line.
The first-team defense again kept the first-team offense out of the end zone, and when the second-team offense lined up over the ball for its chance, Brett Keisel moved from defensive end to tight end and James Harrison moved from outside linebacker to fullback.
And so when Charlie Batch threw a play-action pass to Harrison for a touchdown on second-and-goal from the 5-yard line, that meant Keisel and Harrison were two players smack in the middle of trash-talk heaven – they had been a part of the defense that kept the offense out of the end zone, and they were part of the offense that scored a touchdown.
"The defensive guys didn't want us talking trash to them after James scored, but we had to, a little bit," said Keisel. "It was fun."