Dissension in Pittsburgh

Dissension in Pittsburgh
September 18, 2013, 9:15 am
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And here we go.

With the Steelers at 0-2 and their offense looking anemic, you knew it wouldn’t be long until tales of discord started coming out of Pittsburgh. So here’s one: Wide receiver Antonio Brown and offensive coordinator Todd Haley got into it on the sideline during Monday night’s loss to the Bengals because Brown was complaining about not seeing the ball enough, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette writes: “Sources say that Haley was upset by Brown’s actions and that the two were still seething about it Tuesday. Brown’s complaint to Haley was harsh enough and the reaction to it along the sideline volatile to the point that many people there noticed.”

Does Brown have a point that the Steelers aren’t trying to get him the ball enough? Maybe only if you think that they should throw at him a lot more than fellow wideouts Jerricho Cotchery or Emmanuel Sanders. According to statistics cited by Bouchette, through two games, Sanders has been targeted by Ben Roethlisberger 22 times and Brown and Cotchery 16 times each. Sanders has 12 catches, Brown 11 and Cotchery seven.

Bouchette further says: “This is not the first time Brown has complained to coaches and teammates about not getting enough passes thrown his way. It happened last season as well, sources said, although not to the point where it elicited the kind of reaction it got from his Monday night sideline eruption.”

The Steelers get another prime-time slot on Sunday night against the Bears. If their offense continues to look not ready for prime time, Brown might not be the only one complaining.