Steelers Fans Should Be Concerned About Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Drama

It's a soap opera in Steel City – and there's no end in sight

Taz and the Moose
October 30, 2018 - 6:30 am

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From Le’Veon Bell holding out to Antonio Brown no-showing for work, it’s a soap opera in Steel City.

How concerned should Steelers fans be right now?

“Very, very concerned,” two-time Super Bowl champion and current CBS Sports HQ analyst Bryant McFadden said on Taz & The Moose. “Historically speaking, you never associated distractions with Pittsburgh. You never had those two in the same sentence, and now as of late, they have become quite consistent as far as every year there’s some type of distraction.”

McFadden, 36, played for the Steelers from 2005-08 and again from 2010-11. He knows what it’s like to be part of a winning organization.

“When you win, when you’re successful, (distraction) kind of goes unnoticed,” McFadden said. “Right now they’re struggling, so these distractions become a bigger topic – and not to mention one of your best players is still not in camp. I think seeing how everything unfolded leading up to this season puts us in position right now where they currently are as far as being winless, struggling the first two weeks, and (having) a horrible performance against Kansas City, especially on the defensive side. And now there’s a lot of uncertainty (in) the program.”

The Steelers tied the Browns 21-21 in Week 1 and lost to the Chiefs 42-37 in Week 2. 

It remains to be seen when Bell will report to the team, but McFadden doesn’t see that happening anytime soon.

“I foresee him missing the first month of the season – at least four or five ball games – and clearly money is not an issue,” he said. “He’s standing his ground. He’s trying to show his worth. And let’s keep it real: I’m willing to bet he’s happy that they’re struggling right now. I understand people who say it’s a team sport. No question it’s a team sport. But remember: you only have one name on your paycheck. I’m just giving my personal opinion, but I’m willing to bet that he’s really enjoying seeing this team struggle.”

The Steelers (0-1-1) play the Buccaneers (2-0) on Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m. ET.