Steelers should be more concerned about Antonio Brown than Le’Veon Bell

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Pittsburgh’s effort to concoct a strategy for tagging and trading running back Le'Veon Bell is a luxury that the Steelers can’t presently afford. Because they currently have a pot boiling far more violently than the elixir of loose ends relating to Le’Veon Bell.

As noted by Dan Katz a/k/a Big Cat during Friday’s PFT Live, the Steelers should be far more concerned about resolving the situation with receiver Antonio Brown. Bell won’t be playing for the Steelers again; Brown still could. That’s where the team’s focus currently should be.

Not that there will be an easy solution. Brown wants out, and the Steelers should welcome him back only if he will commit to ending a chronic habit of tardiness and defiance. So how can they crack down on a guy who doesn’t want to be there?

Maybe the passage of time will help. Maybe it won’t. Regardless, the time they’re wasting on coming up with a scheme for finagling a draft pick for Le’Veon Bell is time they could be investing in devising the best strategy for moving forward with Brown, either with Brown as a member of the team or with Brown traded to the highest bidder.

27 responses to “Steelers should be more concerned about Antonio Brown than Le’Veon Bell

  1. “So how can they crack down on a guy who doesn’t want to be there?”

    Simple fix here folks: Teams should be able to suspend pay from any Player that refuses to ‘work’ – It’s called REALITY………….

  2. Drop them both and find players who want to be part of a team instead of ONLY looking out for themselves with unrealistic expectations and limited maturity.

  3. “Regardless, the time they’re wasting on coming up with a scheme for finagling a draft pick for Le’Veon Bell is time they could be investing in devising the best strategy for moving forward with Brown, either with Brown as a member of the team or with Brown traded to the highest bidder.”
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    There’s 24 hours in a day and we’re 209 days away from opening day. That’s 5,016 hours the Steelers can spend to resolve BOTH issues.

    Not sure why you think it’s one or the other proposition.

  4. I really don’t get why the Steelers would want to keep such selfish, distracting player on the team. I realize they’re built to win now, but what kind of message are you sending when you tolerate this stuff?

  5. It’s Mike Tomlin’s fault for not doing what the GM/Owner are supposed to do? Something seems awry here. It’s the GM and owners jobs to work out contractual issues. It’s the coaches job to coach the football team. And it’s the players’ jobs to police themselves. Nowhere in Tomlin’s contract does it say he’s a psychiatrist who controls who gets punished and who doesn’t.

  6. Is there something in the water in Pittsburgh? Since the franchise emerged from the dark ages when they hired Noll, they have been consistent winners absent this kind of turmoil. Now, they have gone from 0 to 61 in the drama department. I would trade both Brown and Rothlisberger. But #7 is not going anywhere. And what team would think that they could keep Brown happy? I just laughed when I re-read that last sentence-that in today’s NFL(and some other sports)some star players are willing to blow up team chemistry(insert another/better word) because they are unhappy. Even after they have been paid.

  7. I assume the Steelers are currently working to get rid of both of these guys. The Rooney’s have a lobby full of super bowl trophies, so they would be the last franchise I’d waste time worrying about. Unless I missed it, the Rooney’s aren’t asking for advice about how to run an NFL franchise. In fact, I’m thinking they’re the model for how to run the perfect franchise.

  8. Team chemistry is so overrated. Guys don’t have to like each other, they have to work together. There are millions of companies with several working parts who don’t get along and they still find ways to turn a profit. The Steelers have been a perennial playoff team under Tomlin.

  9. youngnoize says:
    February 8, 2019 at 11:04 am
    It’s Mike Tomlin’s fault for not doing what the GM/Owner are supposed to do?

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    No but it is Mike Tomlin’s fault that he runs the team like a frat house.

  10. Trump’s Tiny Hands says:

    Bell wanted to be in Pittsburgh… he just wanted to be properly compensated for doing so.
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    So he signed a contract even though he didn’t think it was proper compensation?

  11. I cannot envision a scenario that has Antonio Brown playing for the Steelers next year. He trashed his QB, asked to be traded, doesn’t want to be the #2 WR, and now has legal troubles. Plus, he’s on the wrong side of thirty.

  12. What happened to the Steelers I have hated for so long? Mentally tough, lunch pail in hand, ready to out physical my team into submission? Now they need daily mental counseling sessions and a Dave and Busters on site to keep all their man children entertained. It’s comical how fragile the mighty Steelers are now.

  13. “Pittsburgh’s effort to concoct a strategy for tagging and trading running back Le’Veon Bell is a luxury that the Steelers can’t presently afford.”

    Has anyone actually confirmed that the Steelers are really pursuing this to any serious degree? I read Dulac’s article about this. It’s incredibly thin on any detail that would indicate that the Steelers are actually exploring this, or if it’s just a suggestion someone floated out there.

  14. There is a simple solution here. Call Jerrah Jones and offer to trade Trip Tomlin for the babysitter Jerrah used for Dez. Everyone wins. AB will be better off with the much needed constant supervision. The Steelers will be better off as the can hire an HC with some cajones. And Jerrah will have the kind of leader he likes waiting in the wings to be HC when Garrett gets all these HC offers Jerrah was talking about.

  15. Novel idea, I know, but I’m betting most NFL front offices can focus on more than one player at a time.

  16. I have never seen a team is such disarray. These distractions are going to drag the Steelers down all through the off season, the pre-season, and the regular season. (there won’t be a post-season) I can only imagine how many draft busts these guys are going to get tricked into taking while they struggle to placate the growing team of ME FIRST malcontents. What an absolute mess.

  17. The steelers can’t tag anyone under the guise to trade him. The tag was intended for long term signing. I think with what rooney has publically said for both of the hemoroids, neither in in there plans to sign again.

    The way these idiots are acting up with their tweets, there is fewer teams wishing to take a chance on them at any price.

    Keep talkin and yappin guys you’ll be playing in Canada before you know it!

  18. So much talent. So much drama. So little return on their investment. So little success.

  19. Kind of a silly premise to say they can only do one thing at a time. Just because the Bell situation is getting press doesn’t mean they aren’t working on both issues (and more).

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