Why anyone was surprised by Antonio Brown’s little fit on the sidelines Sunday is beyond me. He’s had similar temper tantrums before and he very well likely will again. This doesn’t make him a “bad guy” or a “bad teammate” because he’s far from the first receiver to go through this. Unfortunately the issue isn’t going to die anytime soon as it was a topic of conversation for both Ben Roethlisberger and Head Coach Mike Tomlin today.
Brown is ultra-competitive and like most great receivers believes he’s open on every single play. But, as Tomlin pointed out in his press conference today, “This is not Brown’s first rodeo. He needs to be professional.”
Ben Roethlisberger took it much further however during his morning radio show on 93.7 The Fan saying Brown’s actions were “unfortunate” in both the way he acted and that it occurred at all. Making this situation all the more worse is that CBS analyzed the play in which Brown broke open late making everyone believe that it was entirely Roethlisberger’s fault.
Many fans do not understand how quarterback play works and because they are often too lazy to actually research it they instead just bitch because of what they see. Brown was not the first option and if he were, Ben had already moved on to the other side of the field. News Flash! Quarterbacks miss open receivers ALL THE TIME!
Because Dan Fouts went into detail on it and then of course we had Brown’s tantrum on TV as well, fans have put way too much into what should be a non-issue. Brown is not the first ‘diva-type’ receiver to play in the NFL and he won’t be the last.
I’ve written many times on this site that Roethlisberger and Brown often go through these ups and downs. Furthermore, Roethlisberger’s frustration level with other receivers not named Brown has just about reached it’s peak. If you haven’t been paying attention to who gets a helmet and who gets on the field each week then I don’t know what to tell you.
It isn’t just Roethlisberger though either. Look at the way Brown rips away from Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley. Haley was tired of Brown’s actions long before this event occurred and that’s the worst kept secret in Pittsburgh.
I understand Brown’s frustration; I really do. But when he does this stuff when his team is winning it makes him look like a spoiled brat not getting his way. Football is the ultimate ‘team game’ and regardless of how one does, the ultimate goal is winning.
Not throwing tantrums.