Mike Tomlin didn’t see Antonio Brown pouting, will “continue to challenge him”

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After a week filled with plenty of discussion about his decision to post video from the team’s locker room on social media, wide receiver Antonio Brown had a quiet game in the Steelers’ season-ending loss to the Patriots.

The aftermath of that game hasn’t been without some drama where Brown is concerned, however. Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Media reported that the Steelers are concerned that Brown puts too much focus on his personal statistics and not enough on what’s best for the team. The report went on to say Brown was pouting after a DeAngelo Williams touchdown against the Patriots and that coach Mike Tomlin spoke to Brown about the issue in 2015.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Tomlin said that he didn’t see Brown pouting during the game and was asked more generally about where things stood with Brown heading into the offseason.

“We all need to get better in all areas,” Tomlin said. “I am going to continue to challenge him in the way I have challenged him over the course of his career to continue to find new ways to be an impact player for us. To continue to grow within the role that is his role on this team. He is a dynamic player. There are responsibilities that come with being a dynamic player, I am going to ask him to continue to grow in those areas.”

Tomlin said those things were important for all players, but they seem particularly big for Brown as he enters the final year of his current contract. When discussing the locker room video, Tomlin said incidents like that are “often why you see great players move from team to team.”

With Ben Roethlisberger talking about the possibility of not playing next season and issues involving Brown front and center, there will be plenty of attention on how things play out in Pittsburgh over the coming months.

42 responses to “Mike Tomlin didn’t see Antonio Brown pouting, will “continue to challenge him”

  1. Who’s feeding the bs on this story? Brown can be seen in the pics clearly cheering after the TD. I’m confused. Is the reporter making some fake news or front office leaking fake news?

  2. There’s a lot of things Tomlin didn’t see – starting with his defensive alignment.

    I would suggest he learn to write things down during the game (pencil and paper) – much like the HoF coach does on the opposite side of the field, so he can ‘remember’ to make adjustments at halftime.

    This guy just isn’t head coach material.

  3. I’m a Ravens fan who trusts his eyes and my eyes saw AB be the first person to put his hands up in celebration on this touchdown in question. It is as clear as day and I cannot for the life of me understand why this report has any merit. Said it before in a post and I’ll say it again… I hate the Steelers but I hate lies and false reports even more. BTW Ben ain’t going anywhere he’s just doing the drama queen spiel. Ben will be back, AB will be back, and the Steelers will be back to where they left off and life will go on (Hope I’m wrong though)

  4. Nothing to see here. AB will be back and better than before. He wasn’t the only player with his head down on Sunday. And as for his stats, please somebody tell me that Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, and all the greats didn’t care about stats because they did. They all do.

  5. “This is a non-story. As is the hyperventilating about Ben’s comments. Both will be on the field Week 1. Bet the house on that.”

    Or in Pittsburgh, the single-wide.

  6. Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Media doesn’t have credibility in my opinion. She has a history of glaring missteps in her coverage. No story here…and I’m a Ravens fan, too…

  7. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    Jan 24, 2017 3:49 PM
    This is a non-story. As is the hyperventilating about Ben’s comments. Both will be on the field Week 1. Bet the house on that.

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    Agreed. Tomlin and Ben are just a little butt-hurt over the beating they took on Sunday. Antonio doesn’t really care one way or another.

  8. Did anybody notice how the latest Steeler Super Bowl run started with the arrival of Hall of Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and ended when he left. Small Ben in Big Games doesn’t do so well when he is not handed a steady stream of 13-9 wins.

    But at least the Steelers have Mike “Why you trippin’?” Tomlin and all the “RAH RAH SIS BOOM BAH!” he brings to the table.

  9. I didn’t see it either but let’s be honest here. This is the same guy, apparently, that was surprised Tom Brady was gonna throw passes on sun night. Cuz the patriots did the same thing they have done the last 15 years. It surprised only the Steelers. Weird. You could have taken any steelers fan from a bus stop in downtown Pittsburgh and he would have had that defense better prepared for the afccg.

  10. “Mike Tomlin didn’t see Antonio Brown pouting, will “continue to challenge him””

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    Oooooo – cheer off!

  11. The offseason drama has already started. Big Bens not going anywhere and either is AB. Both will be just fine.

    Now start working on coaching changes and better defensive personnel.

  12. Any think it’s a coincidence that he and Odell are very good friends? They both need to grow up and quickly. They are not criminals, but childish behavior makes it very hard to route for them. This coming from a Giants fan.

  13. This is complete BS. You know CBS would have been all over it if he was sitting over there pouting. What were they expecting him to do, handstands and cartwheels? Now, he does do some showboating stuff that I don’t care for, but I have never seen an interview where he claimed that he is the be all, end all of the offense. Further, an interview such Aditi Kinkhabwala’s has no merit. Who were the mysterious Steeler sources? No sources equals made up in my book…I don’t care what team or what player they are reporting on.

  14. citizenstrange says:
    Jan 24, 2017 4:00 PM
    Did anybody notice how the latest Steeler Super Bowl run started with the arrival of Hall of Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and ended when he left. Small Ben in Big Games doesn’t do so well when he is not handed a steady stream of 13-9 wins.

    But at least the Steelers have Mike “Why you trippin’?” Tomlin and all the “RAH RAH SIS BOOM BAH!” he brings to the table.

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    With all due respect, Belichick and the Pats made LeBeau look pedestrian. Seriously, Belichick destroyed him.

  15. .
    The Steelers fans I know are bitterly disappointed in the team’s performance on Sunday. It wasn’t that they lost. It’s that they were non competitive. They want someone held accountable. Barring that, they’ll take a scapegoat
    .

  16. Mike Tomlin should work hard in the off season on not calling the other team A holes. Which is really how the recent problem started, regardless of Brown’s mistake in posting the video. No A hole comment by the HC, no story.

  17. I don’t care if Brown was pouting. I do care–as is being reported elsewhere–whether he posted that locker room video because he has some sort of monetary deal with Facebook. That would call into question his excuse that he posted the video in a moment of spontaneous exuberance.

  18. With all due respect, Belichick and the Pats made LeBeau look pedestrian. Seriously, Belichick destroyed him.
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    As a Steelers fan, I can tell you that this is the case. The LeBeau 3-4 zone blitz scheme works great once the players are familiar with it. Even more when you have dynamic HoF calibre players like Polamalu. However, Belichick and Brady have it down pat. The last time I can remember the Steelers beating the Pats with Brady behind center was Ben’s rookie year and even then, they destroyed us in the AFCC game at Heinz.

    They need to come up with a new scheme when they play the Pats because the ‘same old’ isn’t cutting it.

  19. Pittsburgh players admitted they were not prepared for the Tom Brady flea flicker, yet Tom Brady used the same play against the Ravens, the Same Ravens the Steelers played two weeks later! Guess watching film isn’t a Trip thing.

  20. Nofool is MIA. Thats what happens when trash talk all season and then your team gets smoked. Weak sauce

  21. He had a big enough smile on his face when he was leaking locker room video in violation of team and league rules. Now that he’s laid an egg in New England and faces possible suspension next year, he’s back to sulking and feeling sorry for himself. As the song goes:

    “Tears of a Brown. When there’s no one around.”

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