Early gamesmanship?

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Even with a new Lombardi trophy in tow, the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to find ways to deflect attention and try to take pressure off them going for their seventh Super Bowl ring.

At Tuesday's owners' meeting in Dana Point, Calif., Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked who is the favorite in the AFC North next season?

Here was Tomlin's response: "You gotta like Baltimore. They won 11 games last year with a rookie head coach and a rookie quarterback. [The Ravens are a] physical football team. They have a great defense. They have a quarterback that proved he is their quarterback of the future. He is a guy on the rise. You have to respect that."