Good Thursday Steelers’ Fans!
Mike Tomlin has apparently laid down the law with both his team and Antonio Brown. It’s been reported by numerous outlets that Brown will play on Monday night in Tampa but that he has also been told he will likely be fined for missing practice on Monday. We do not know how much and we likely won’t ever know unless Brown tells us. What is interesting is the great chasm that this has created among Steelers’ fans. First, some believe he should be suspended for the game and claim Tomlin’s “in-house” discipline doesn’t work. Are these the same people who would also complain if AB not playing led to a loss? The other side argues that Brown being suspended only hurts the team especially since they are still looking for their first win. Are these the same people who ride with Tomlin no matter what? What’s done is done and the very bottom line here is the Steelers need to win and I don’t care how it happens right now.
You may have noticed a series of tweets yesterday from the Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac. These tweets focused on the relationship between Brown and OC Randy Fichtner. This is what we call “damage control.” For many years, the team has used Dulac to soften things when they go bad and this is yet another example of that.
Tweet of the Day… We really loved Darius Leonard in the Draft. He went much higher (2nd) than expected but boy could the Steelers use this guy right now.
If u haven’t seen Darius Leonard play … do urself a favor and do it. My goodness
— Booger (@ESPNBooger) September 19, 2018
The official injury report isn’t out as I type this but names to keep on eye are… Joe Haden who looks like a ‘go’ for Monday… David DeCastro will see how things go this week before a decision is made… Ramon Foster has a knee issue… Marcus Gilbert has a hamstring issue.
Please stop with the “this would have never happened under Noll or Cowher” stuff. Both of those coaches had their own set of disciplinary issues to deal with just as Tomlin is. Do the research and you’ll see. Furthermore, Mike Tomlin does bear a lot of responsibility for both on and off-field issues. However, there are plenty of other individuals who could step up too.
Wondering where to start with on defense? The Steelers were dead last in week two giving up over eight yards per play. Worse? The Chiefs faced only five third downs prior to their final drive. Oh and the Steelers also gave up over 11 yards per pass attempt.
Have a terrific day Steeler Nation!
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