Pittsburgh Steelers’ Head Coach Mike Tomlin will speak to the media at Noon Eastern on Wednesday. Many of the questions will no doubt address the current situation with Antonio Brown. The one question I would like to hear a media member ask is “Why can’t you keep these problems in-house?”
As we enjoy the first hours of 2019 I find myself less concerned with AB and more worried about the state of the locker room. This team is like the Hoover Dam with leaks increasing by the minute.
Over the last several days how many times have you heard or read a reporter say “an unnamed Steeler told me…?” Hey, Steelers, how about zipping a lip huh? Why do you guys continue to put stuff out there? If you want to send a message to a specific player or coach then do it within the locker room. Reporters are just doing their jobs and if they find a player willing to throw some dirt why wouldn’t they report it?
Maybe this is a sign of what the future holds for professional sports. Instead of doing things the right way and keeping issues inside the business or in this case, the team, it will be about airing grievances publicly. You know? As is the case with social media today? If you don’t like the way someone does something you throw it out there on Twitter or Instagram. It certainly seems like that’s the approach many Steelers are taking.
That said, I give credit to tight end Jesse James who did not hide behind the “unnamed Steeler” moniker used by many others. He referred to the Steelers as the “The Kardashians” in article today by Jacob Klinger of PennLive.Com. You know it’s bad when a local kid and lifelong Steelers’ fan is considering going elsewhere.
Perhaps this team needs to reach rock bottom before it can actually achieve the success so many of us believe and know it can. It’s way closer to the bottom than it is the top currently and they can only start ascending again if they learn to deal with their problems in-house and not in the court of public opinion.
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