Pittsburgh Steelers Standing Behind Frustrated Antonio Brown

It's been an odd couple of weeks for Antonio Brown, but the Steelers are supporting him

After Hours with Amy Lawrence
October 30, 2018 - 6:30 am

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It’s been an odd couple of weeks for Antonio Brown. He threatened a reporter, criticized offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner during a game, posted a trade-me tweet, and was a no-show at practice Monday.

What is going on with AB?

“There’s a lot of layers to this,” TribLIVE Sports Steelers reporter Chris Adamski told Zach Gelb, who was filling in as host of After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “When teams are winning and these things are happening, it’s not that big of a deal. People shrug it off. But when a team is off to a bad start – certainly by their standards – it becomes a lot bigger deal. His teammates (Wednesday) were lined up sort of behind him. Not everybody was lining up behind (Le’Veon Bell).”

The Steelers tied the Browns in Week 1 and lost to the Chiefs in Week 2, and it’s possible Brown wants more balls coming his way. He is tied for the team-lead in receptions (18) with JuJu Smith-Schuster but is third in receiving yards (160).

“There’s some frustration there with the Steelers losing (to Kansas City),” Adamski said. “There’s frustration for Brown. He certainly hasn’t been passed by JuJu Smith-Schuster, but he’s been passed this season so far in terms of production out of him through two games, and that’s a little bit part of it. But I think this is something with the Steelers, they’re in lockstep letting this kind of blow over and they’re standing behind their guy for now. We’ll see if six or seven weeks from now if they’re at 2-6-1 or something like that if that continues. But if they get a win Monday night, maybe this will all be old news.”

The Steelers will face the Buccaneers (2-0) on Monday Night Football. Pittsburgh desperately needs a win.

“There’s always something around the Steelers the last couple years,” Adamski said. “When they’re 13-3, it’s one thing, but when they’re 0-0-1, it’s a little bit different.”