Mike Tomlin’s not worried about Antonio Brown’s celebrations

AP

Mike Tomlin might not like the penalty, or his best player risking injury, but he’s not about to tell Antonio Brown to stop celebrating.

After his star wide receiver scored a late touchdown on a punt return and proceeded to mount the goalpost (failing, however, to stick the dismount), Tomlin didn’t seem particularly concerned.

“I didn’t see it, but I’m sure we’ll rehash it and rehash it 1,000 times in the next six days and suck all the life out of it,” Tomlin said, via Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Tomlin at least deserves credit for consistency, as he’s always taken a laissez faire attitude about Brown’s celebrations. It’s probably because there are enough of them to mean good stuff is happening to celebrate.

Last year when Brown did a somersault after a 71-yard punt return score against the Bengals, Tomlin said: “It’s funny to me sometimes that people think I can stop a grown man from doing something like that. What do you want me to do? Not play him?”

This year, when a 56-yard score against the Browns was punctuated by a front flip, Tomlin replied: “Awesome play. Sick celebration. Move on.”

Is there a chance Brown could hurt himself with his gymnastics? Sure. There’s also a chance he gets hit by a piano falling out of the sky.

At the moment, Brown has 93 catches for 1,310 yards, leaving him second only to Julio Jones in those categories. So he has plenty of reason to dance.

And at a time when fun can be scarce, Tomlin’s not about to try to curb the enthusiasm of his best player.

36 responses to “Mike Tomlin’s not worried about Antonio Brown’s celebrations

  1. well at least he didn’t go into the goal stand head first, kind of bizarre “celebration” , but it got the desired impact, attention.

  2. That was awesome. He needed to slow down a little more before launch. That way he could have held on and stuck to the goalpost pad. That would have been epic.

    Kudos to Tomlin for not being a super serious turd about the whole thing like so many people around this league tend to be.

  3. every week I see dozens of celebrations, some entertaining, some just moronic (like Brown’s), yet every week I hear dozens of knuckleheads says something about the NFL not being fun any more.

    What the…?

  4. To think that AB and Manny Sanders were fighting for a roster spot, and then getting a helmet Sunday, and now look at them. One of the early Tomlinisms about them was there was ‘two dogs, one bone” in terms of playing status.

    The other thing about AB is that he announced and then quickly unannounced a holdout this past training camp eve…..with 3 years left on his contract. Evidently Hines Ward, who went through the same thing, talked him out of it.

    It’ll come around this summer, too, and no amount of Skittles endorsements, announced this week for AB, will offset the short money deal he signed after the Steelers could not resign Wallace.

    Issue will come around again because between Bell, Wheaton, AB and Martavis Bryant, they can’t resign them all.

    On these receivers it’s amazing to me that Manny Sanders, who ended up with Peyton, is the only one that bettered himself as a value when he left. Not Plaxico, not Nate Washington, not Santonio Holmes, not Wallace…..the common denominator…..a real QB in Big Ben.

  5. I’m not against celebrating a score on a big play, so long as it’s quick and silly/fun and doesn’t directly taunt players or fans. So the ONLY problem I have in this instance is a girl could have been significantly injured by it, and if that’s where Steelers’ security always stand someone then Brown should have known it. And get her moved before the next time (I don’t want to see that celebration stopped). But I do hope he apologized to her for inadvertently kicking her butt, grabbing her jacket and pulling her hair, yet I’ve not seen that or anyone’s concern about that aspect in the 4 articles I’ve come across on it.

  6. “It’s funny to me sometimes that people think I can stop a grown man from doing something like that.”

    I actually find his celebrations entertaining, but if you wish him to refrain then tell him so. I’m confused why it’s funny that people assume a head coach has authority.

  7. The Steelers offense is scary good. Antonio Brown is uncoverable, Martavis Bryant can be a #1 on any other team, Wheaton is a solid #3, and Heath Miller is a great TE. DeAngelo Williams has been great but this offense would be even better with Leveon Bell back in there. This offense is capable of shredding any defense in the league except for maybe the Broncos. And that’s a big maybe.

  8. streetyson says:
    Dec 8, 2015 9:05 AM
    I’m not against celebrating a score on a big play, so long as it’s quick and silly/fun and doesn’t directly taunt players or fans. So the ONLY problem I have in this instance is a girl could have been significantly injured by it, and if that’s where Steelers’ security always stand someone then Brown should have known it. And get her moved before the next time (I don’t want to see that celebration stopped). But I do hope he apologized to her for inadvertently kicking her butt, grabbing her jacket and pulling her hair, yet I’ve not seen that or anyone’s concern about that aspect in the 4 articles I’ve come across on it.
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    That’s a wild exaggeration of what happened to that woman. You can see from the picture that his hands are well above her jacket and above where he could have grabbed her hair. And I watched it live and didn’t actually see any part of his body touch her.

    She was clearly startled, but was never in any danger of injury. Lighten up.

  9. Is there a chance Brown could hurt himself with his gymnastics? Sure. There’s also a chance he gets hit by a piano falling out of the sky.
    _______

    I know you probably think the chances of either of those things happening are 50-50 (it either happens or it doesn’t), but probabilities don’t actually work that way. Brown frequently does gymnastics after scoring. Pianos only fall out of the sky in Road Runner cartoons.

  10. “Mike Tomlin’s not worried about Antonio Brown’s celebrations”

    Why would he, he intentionally got in a players way during a live play and smirked about it. #showsomeintegrityOmarEpps

  11. There will be nothing to celebrate when the Steelers are eliminated from the playoffs.

  12. dumbaseinstien says:
    Dec 8, 2015 9:46 AM
    Shouldn’t be a penalty…this “don’t offend” crap is exactly that.
    ===

    I thought it was pretty telling that they showed the official who threw the flag afterwards and he was laughing.

    There is something wrong with a league that forces a man to penalize something he thought was hilarious.

  13. Speaking of playoffs……I don’t think that team that wears purple and black are getting anywhere near them.

  14. It is hard to imagine an NFL head coach having no control over one of his players taking a STUPID 15 yard penalty.

    But I guess when you’re on your way to a 5th consecutive year with zero playoff wins a Sunday night home win over the (at the time) 6-5 Matt Hasselbeck led Colts is your Super Bowl.

  15. Better start flagging the “Lambo Leap” if you’re gonna flag stuff like this. Same crap whether it’s a wall of a goal post. NFL has different standards for different teams.

  16. Don’t worry Mikey….Brown won’t get hurt this week against the AFC North Champion Bengals…..he ain’t gonna sniff the End Zone!
    WHO DEY!

  17. The George of the Jungle celebration was fun. You can see that he isn’t malicious, taunting or otherwise being negative with it. Yeah, it is a dumb penalty, but when you’e up by 31 you can afford the long kick. I could see being up in arms about it if the Steelers had been down by two touchdowns, or if the game was close enough that the field position was important, but it wasn’t. This was a blowout and he was enjoying himself.

    I understand why it has to be a penalty, because I do recall all the orchestrated celebrations getting way out of hand, but I don’t think we need to be all that upset about it.

  18. I’m a Browns fan, but I respect the hell out of Coach Tomlin AND the Pittsburgh Steelers. I know some people say that I shouldn’t – and yes, I still hate them, but I respect them and their way of doing business. I wish my Browns and a tenth of the Steelers business acumen, but sadly we are terrible and will be for the foreseeable future.

  19. The celebration was flagged because he went to the ground, which I believe the rule is specific about. Boys will be boys, no harm done.

  20. There will be nothing to celebrate when the Steelers are eliminated from the playoffs.

    I guess you are mad the Ravens are already eliminated Skippy?

    People can’t deal with his honesty and his intelligence…..he treats his men like men.

  21. What, tell a player not to do something? Why how can I? I’m just the head coach!

    No Mike, you can play him.

    Just tell him to cool it with the not-necessary potential-for-injury showboating.

    Or if you don’t want to tell him, show him tape of the two guys who tore their ACLs celebrating sacks last season.

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