Mike Tomlin: Brown’s outburst “doesn’t need to happen”

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin likes the fact Antonio Brown is a “competitor.”

But he acknowledged that his star wide receiver crossed the line with Sunday’s jug-tossing outburst, after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn’t see him running wide open downfield.

It doesn’t need to happen,” Tomlin said, via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It shouldn’t happen. Hopefully, he learned a lesson through that.”

Brown has already gotten a scolding from Roethlisberger about the incident, saying it was “a distraction none of us really need.”

Of course, that creates another level of distraction in and of itself, but the Steelers have dealt with more than their fair share of issues during their 3-1 start.

As it pertains to Brown, Tomlin seems to understand there’s a fine line you have to walk, and he wants to stay on the right side of it.

“A.B. is a competitor, we all know that. It aids him, it aids us,” Tomlin said. “He has to control [his emotions]. If not, it can work against him, it can work against us. Those are lessons you learn along the way.”

Now, the Steelers have to learn how to get everyone on the same page, which doesn’t seem to be the case at the moment.

16 responses to “Mike Tomlin: Brown’s outburst “doesn’t need to happen”

  1. But the whole point of being a good cheerleader is to get your side to raise their voices! I’m just surprised Trip isn’t already acusing Belichick of jamming Ben’s radar.

  2. Brown and Bell have become cancers to Steelers….just like Giants w/OB last year, it slowly destroys .

    Call it the T.O. syndrome…gonna cook Pitts this year

  3. It’s clear that the players don’t respect Trip as a coach. First AB clowns Trip in the locker room with the video. Bell threw Trip under the bus by telling any media outlet that would listen that the “coach” knew all about the seriousness of the injury that kept him out of the AFCCG. Has Roger finished his investigation yet because I haven’t heard of any punishment for that blatant and admitted cheating? Ben is so frustrated the lack of leadership that he threatened to quit.

  4. 5’8″ 170 lbs.

    The poor little guy disappears behind GIANT offensive linemen and GIANT defensive linemen.

  5. two things-

    how’s he going to learn a lesson when there were no consequences for his actions coach?

    Second, since when is a QB passive aggressively calling out a teammate on the radio “scolding”?

  6. Everyone talks about Brown’s work ethic – which is second to none. Then, he doesn’t this crap. What is the deal w/ these diva receivers?? Larry Fitz is a pro – clowns like Brown & Beckham need to learn from him.

  7. It was a childish temper tantrum.
    Most likely Tomlin spoke to him privately about it with minor consequences (probably just the scolding).
    All that said, Brown is going to get 15 targets this week.

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