Cam Heyward: We want AB here, but you don’t let your brothers down

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There’s been some reports about the response of unnamed Steelers players to wide receiver Antonio Brown‘s absence from practice and inactive status in Week 17, but defensive end Cam Heyward was willing to put his name on his thoughts when discussing Brown on Wednesday.

Heyward made an appearance on WDVE and the Brown saga was a major topic of conversation. Heyward said he didn’t know the extent of what was going on with Brown until just before the Steelers faced the Bengals last Sunday and he said that the wideout has “a lot of mending” to do with teammates as a result of how things played out last week.

“We all want AB here, but to be a part of this team you can’t do that,” Heyward said. “You don’t let your brothers down. It hurt more knowing that there were multiple people in that locker room giving everything they’ve got. … I think everybody wants AB on the team, but we’ve got to be on the same page. From the top to the bottom we all have to be accountable for it. I’m sure [General Manager] Kevin [Colbert], Coach [Mike] Tomlin will be talking to him. Going forward that’s unacceptable. We all sign up for this game and we all sign up to be part of this team.”

Heyward said he feels “unfortunate situations” have chipped away at the Steelers too often in recent seasons and that the team “can’t crack” in 2019. That requires putting things back together after a messy end to 2018.

53 responses to “Cam Heyward: We want AB here, but you don’t let your brothers down

  1. If Big Ben, AB and JuJu are all return to Steelers next season, the backbiting will continue and dysfunction will escalate. Steelers front office knows this, but are between a rock and a hard place on how to resolve the situation.

  2. Love this Steelers but this is two years of drama. Football is entertainment but it is also a business. Get the ship in order, or get used to sitting home watching the playoffs on TV.

  3. They are not your brothers. They are your co-workers.

    That said, the Steelers should trade him to a team in California so that he losses money from that State’s higher taxes. Fair punishment while also getting something back for the team.

  4. This team has regressed from getting destroyed in a SB to being Tebowed out of the playoffs to having Blake Bortles dismantle them at home to disintegrating before our eyes. Now they’re overtly lying to the NFL and the public because they’re too embarrassed to admit they’ve fully imploded. Time to sell this junk heap for scrap. Not worth saving and the unruly obnoixious fans don’t deserve it anyway. Looking forward to the time when someone can lose a game without blaming everything on the refs.

  5. Each passing year under Tomlin this team has regressed.
    It hasn’t mattered the talent level. They find new ways to screw it up.
    I think every team has players like Bell, AB, and Ben.
    The better coaches are able to manage the personalities and get them to play as a team.
    That simply hasn’t happened under Tomlin.

  6. Meh, hollow comment.
    Take an actual stand man..
    Do you want his talent, or do you want a selfish, egotistical diva becoming a full blown disease on your sideline?

  7. I’m not here to support Ab, but big ben ain’t no saint either. Wasn’t he the same guy that said he has earned the right to point he’s team out and talk about it in public??

  8. Shelf life expiration WR diva date well past. T.O. and Moss had already played for three teams by now. Only a fraction of AB headaches have hit the light. Someone else’s problem come September. Get a pick and do what they always do, draft a receiver. Like changing a light bulb.

  9. jonathankrobinson424 says: “It ALL starts with the HC. Tomlin…you are NOT a very good leader or head coach. Time to replace him this off-season.”
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    Right. Tomlin’s only 131-71-1 (.648) which is better than every other HC not named Belichick. Better than Sean Payton, John Harbaugh, Andy Reid or Pete Carroll. And because there are so many other great head coaching candidates just sitting on the coach waiting.

    Obviously, he’s doing something right. Perhaps he knows his team better than you.

  10. Humiliating and dysfunctional chain of events. This team is in disarray. Man-up and clean house.

  11. wolverineinnc says:
    January 3, 2019 at 8:00 am
    These wide receivers and their egos… geesh!

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    Eh plenty of divas at other positions too. Really only 2 WRs that come to mind is AB & OBJ.

  12. It’s too late for that Cam…the Steelers have enabled Brown for too long…and paid him too much money…now Brown has the Steelers by the balls…His contract all but guarantees he can’t be cut or traded…why on earth would Brown suddenly behave…?

  13. The Steelers franchise fell in love with the ‘superstar’ paradigm which has many benefits when its all working, but more when times get tough and agendas divert from the whole to individual. It’s not a bad thing as it is human nature, especially in a profession where careers are brutal and short. However, the Steelers organization, one in which off-season drama, much less in-season drama used to be non-existent, lost its identity and must find its way back to its roots. Run the ball, attack opponents down the field and smother teams on defense. The sieve-like defense many Steelers fans have been subjected to over the past six or seven seasons is the direct result of overspending on offense.

  14. They are paid the big bucks to support the team however that is. If he wants to sit at home he should be docked his paycheck from week 17. If i walked out and went home i wouldn’t be paid.

  15. myspaceyourface says: The better coaches are able to manage the personalities and get them to play as a team. That simply hasn’t happened under Tomlin.”
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    Tomlin has the second best record (131-71-1 .648) behind Belichick… and those NFC coaches like Sean Payton or Pete Carroll don’t have to face Belichick/Brady every year like Tomlin does and drag down their winning percentage.

    Maybe he is “managing the personalities” just fine and the “drama” is what drives the best performance out of each of them.

  16. AB real problem is how the team and players handled the Leveon Bell issue. Too many players spoke about another mans money. Also every week Mr. Interceptor Thrower (Big Ben) threw other players under the bus without taking responsibility himself.

  17. All this drama, because AB got mad that JuJu got team MVP, and he didn’t. He’s absolutely pathetic.

  18. akira1971 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Right. Tomlin’s only 131-71-1 (.648) which is better than every other HC not named Belichick. Obviously, he’s doing something right. Perhaps he knows his team better than you.

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    Tomlin may in the end result be a very good coach at winning tough games. He is not a good coach in keeping diva personalities in check. He’s also not great at getting the team prepared for weaker opposition. Other coaches have these same problems too. But they also usually, by now, get fired.

  19. these receiver divas are protected just as much as QB’s, can’t touch them after 3 yrds, can run pick plays and push off defenders to catch the ball with one hand…bring back the bump-and-run and watch the ego’s of the divas deflate in a hurry…

  20. Akira1971

    “Tomlin has the second best record (131-71-1 .648) behind Belichick… and those NFC coaches like Sean Payton or Pete Carroll don’t have to face Belichick/Brady every year like Tomlin does and drag down their winning percentage.”

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    Tomlin has that record because of the talent on his team…similar to Mike McCarthy only having a winning record because he has A. Rod. A better coach would’ve already won another Superbowl with Pittsburg’s roster.

  21. akira1971 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Right. Tomlin’s only 131-71-1 (.648) which is better than every other HC not named Belichick. Better than Sean Payton, John Harbaugh, Andy Reid or Pete Carroll. And because there are so many other great head coaching candidates just sitting on the coach waiting.

    Obviously, he’s doing something right. Perhaps he knows his team better than you.
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    Tomlin has had a HOF QB, a top 2-3 O-line, the best RBs and WRs in the league and a good-enough defense for years now – much more talent than any of the other coaches have had to work with. Every year they are picked as a SB team and every year they find new ways to fail. All of that is on the HC.

  22. To me it starts wit the coach and GM. The coach has to keep a tight ship and the GM has to have his back.

    Make fun of NE and Belichick all you want but one of the biggest reasons for the success is the way that team is run. Their time is ending but the run of success has been as long as it has because they have had the leadership on and off of the field that is necessary to sustain it.

    The Steelers have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL, granted they have 2 SB wins recently but no way that team should have missed the playoffs this year. It is a shame to have wasted the talent they have had, particularly at QB WR and RB!

  23. When team game like football, has a team that will endure, put up with or just excuse players actions time after time, that is what causes cracking of the team.

    You can’t quit on your brothers during the week where the last game played has to be a win in order to make it to the playoffs (yes with a little help that didn’t happen , but at the time no one knew that)

    He threw it away and said screw you to the team….. that is the purest example of a loner…diva…selfish stat driven clown… not a team mate.

    AB… loved ya as a fantasy player… but as a teammate… your the worse.

  24. Life-long Steelers fan here, but real leaders don’t let their organizations descend into this type of chaos. Tomlin needs to go.

  25. I am not sure I care what Cam thinks – over rated over paid.
    To many games he disappeared and did not make an impact play

  26. Cam Heyward and Tuitt are so overrated. Good players, but overrated. That’s part of Pitt’s problems on D.

    Their front 7 is weak overall. Dupree is a bust.

  27. carloswlassiter says: “Tomlin has had a HOF QB, a top 2-3 O-line, the best RBs and WRs in the league and a good-enough defense for years now – much more talent than any of the other coaches have had to work with.”
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    Antonio Brown was the 22nd WR picked (195th overall) in the 2010 draft. Pro Bowl LT Alejandro Villanueva was UNDRAFTED. So was your starting LG Ramon Foster and RT Matt Feiler. James Conner was the 105th pick behind eight other RBs. Mike Tomlin COACHED these guys up. You know, doing HIS JOB.

    And every team has talent. Seriously, winning in the NFL is just HARD. Payton/Brees has only one SB and more losing seasons than Tomlin, yet no one in New Orleans is stupid enough to demand Payton be fired.

  28. Might as well throw away the 2019 season too. As long as Tomlin is in charge Steelers players and fans can look forward to sitting at home during the playoffs. He’s nothing more than a puppet. He let AB run the team and now all he does is suck up to AB. Now the team has imploded because of his absolute lack of leadership and control. In effect, the players probably look at him as a joke. It’s pretty bad when your players have to step up to lead the team while the coach is busy enabling AB.

  29. Ben made a lot of great plays and was a plus for the team. Interceptions happen – some are tips some are forced plays – some are jus dumb. I am perplexed why James Connor gets a pass in this discussion. Two years in a row where he missed games at the end of the season. The great coach Chuck once said it is hard to be a great player if you aren’t on the field

  30. carloswlassiter says:
    January 3, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Tomlin has had a HOF QB, a top 2-3 O-line, the best RBs and WRs in the league and a good-enough defense for years now – much more talent than any of the other coaches have had to work with. Every year they are picked as a SB team and every year they find new ways to fail. All of that is on the HC.

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    Okay, but Tomlin’s also had input on drafting the talent you mentioned (Roethlisberger excluded). Some of his teams have definitely underperformed, but if you’re going to knock him, you can’t just overlook the things he’s done right in the same breath.

    Part of the underperforming is on Tomlin, but if you look at the Steeler teams over the past 5-7 years, a little hard to identify the actual leaders on either side of the ball (not convinced that the players view Roethlisberger as an actual leader. Otherwise, who is — Hayward and DeCastro?). Even if Tomlin is ultimately where the buck stops, that’s not something he can directly control or change. Ditto on the fact that no one (Tomlin, Colbert, Khan, ARII, etc) could have predicted that Bell or AB would turn into the distractions they have when they were drafted. Steelers are stuck on that one, though, because both players are sufficiently good (both among the top 2-3 at their respective positions) that you’re not just going to toss them aside if there’s any possibility of making it work.

  31. I am a big Mike Tomlin supporter. Having said that, it might be time to move on. This is not coming from a “fire that bum… he stinks… I hate him…” perspective. Instead, it’s just time to move on. There are some things going on that suggests his players are tuning him out and because of it, it is just time to move in a new direction.

  32. akira1971 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Antonio Brown was the 22nd WR picked (195th overall) in the 2010 draft. Pro Bowl LT Alejandro Villanueva was UNDRAFTED. So was your starting LG Ramon Foster and RT Matt Feiler. James Conner was the 105th pick behind eight other RBs. Mike Tomlin COACHED these guys up. You know, doing HIS JOB.

    And every team has talent. Seriously, winning in the NFL is just HARD. Payton/Brees has only one SB and more losing seasons than Tomlin, yet no one in New Orleans is stupid enough to demand Payton be fired.

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    When did Tomlin start coaching the O-Line, WRs and RBs? Mike Munchak, HOF O-lineman, and the current O-line coach is the reason the Steelers have a good O-line w/ later rounds or undrafted players. Tomlin’s area of expertise is defense, particularly the secondary. Here is a list 1st round picks on defense – Heyward, Jarvis Jones, Dupree, Artie Burns, Watt, Edmunds, Haden (Brown’s pick). What has Tomlin done with these guys? You talk about Sean Payton/Brees underachieving at least they were good on offense. It is really difficult to understand what is Tomlin’s contribution to the team.

  33. akira1971 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Antonio Brown was the 22nd WR picked (195th overall) in the 2010 draft. Pro Bowl LT Alejandro Villanueva was UNDRAFTED. So was your starting LG Ramon Foster and RT Matt Feiler. James Conner was the 105th pick behind eight other RBs. Mike Tomlin COACHED these guys up. You know, doing HIS JOB.
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    They’ve drafted well and developed their players well. But ultimately the measure of a team’s success is playoff success, and in that department they have fallen short for about a decade now. If they keep Tomlin, does anyone who is not a Steeler-toadie really think they are going to win a SB in the coming years?

  34. wryly1 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 7:47 am
    If Big Ben, AB and JuJu are all return to Steelers next season, the backbiting will continue and dysfunction will escalate. Steelers front office knows this, but are between a rock and a hard place on how to resolve the situation.

    One of the ways to resolve the situation is to replace the head coach. Tomlin has lost control of that locker room.

  35. Tomlin has that record because of the talent on his team…similar to Mike McCarthy only having a winning record because he has A. Rod. A better coach would’ve already won another Superbowl with Pittsburg’s roster.

    And who out that roster together? Besides the QB there is not another player on the team that hasnt been brought in under Tomlins tenure. He has underachieved, but that doesn’t mean he is a bad HC. There is only one HC in the league that has been more successful.

  36. The last decade has seen the Steelers decline like no team in the NFL. Every team has its ups and downs but the Steelers are definitely headed further downward. Four days after failing to make the post season and everyone is calling for everyone else’s head. What does that say? This team needs a fresh start in a new city with a new name and a new fan base.

  37. Tomlin. Goes to 2SB 3/5 after Cowher last SB. No credit: It was Cowhers team. Develops Roethlisberger Brown Bell into stars. No credit: Why didn’t he win with a loaded team? Manages a bunch of ego maniacs to winning record: no credit: Why doesn’t he run a tight ship? Best winning percentage outside Belichick no credit: He was a diversity hire.
    If it’s so easy why doesn’t everyone do it?

  38. “Cam Heyward: We want AB here, but you don’t let your brothers down”.

    AB only has 3 brothers – Me, Myself, and I.

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