Mike Tomlin will talk to JuJu Smith-Schuster about pregame dancing

NFL: DEC 21 Steelers at Bengals
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Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster‘s fondness for filming pregame dance moves on the midfield logos of opposing teams has drawn negative reactions in recent weeks.

Bills safety Jordan Poyer said it gave the Buffalo defense “extra fire” and Bengals safety Vonn Bell called it “disrespectful” before blasting Smith-Schuster with a huge hit that resulted in a fumble in Monday night’s loss.

During a Tuesday video conference, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about Smith-Schuster’s dancing. Tomlin said that he doesn’t think the wideout’s moves are “legitimate” motivation for what’s gone down on the field the last two weeks, but that he will “have a conversation” with Smith-Schuster.

Tomlin said that conversation would be about “respect” and we’ll have to wait a week to see if there’s a change to Smith-Schuster’s routine because the Steelers are at home against the Colts this Sunday.

61 responses to “Mike Tomlin will talk to JuJu Smith-Schuster about pregame dancing

  1. I remember Juju Smith Fumble was the good guy in the Antonio Brown feud. Turns out he’s no difference, just as much of a goof ball. Control your team, Tomlin. Look at how Tom Brady does it in Tompa Bay.

  2. My guess is that will be the last time we see juju make a fool of himself and the team before games.

  3. Culture problem over there. It’s been pervasive since the beginning of Tomlin’s tenure. It’s hindered them from being better than they’ve been.

  4. Sorry Mr.Tomlin, it is extra motivation for sure for opposing defenses and he was delivered the message by the Bengals last night

  5. The Steelers have a knack for drafting amazing receivers.

    They also keep repeating the same cycle: The “star” receiver becomes a diva, and the newbie becomes the fan favorite. I guess JuJu is now the diva and Claypool takes over, right?

  6. Latest steelers wr diva, will most likely bow up instead of learing from conversation. Another “me” instead of team player.

  7. Tomlin allows and condones this behavior. We’ve seen it time and time again. As a fan its getting harder and harder for me to watch.

    Well that and the Oline constantly missing run blocks and allowing the D to get pressure on Ben.

  8. At least Antonio Brown backed up his insanity. Juju doesn’t have the skills to back up his antics.

  9. Most adults, even if they are professional athletes know better than this.
    Juju should have learned from last week. It is embarrassing that a coach even needs to talk to him about this.

  10. Tomlin needs to stop his bs he know damn well teams are being motivated by these antics cause had he still been playing and another player tmdid what juju is doing he would have been first to send a message

  11. Did Tomlin also talk to his coaching staff about tripping players on the field? This guy is a clown.

  12. I was a big fan of this kid when he entered the league. Sad state of affairs when an adult man has to be spoken with about how he uses social media. He’s got 2 excellent young wideouts competing for targets with him and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is his last season in Pitt. Grow up, Juju.

  13. Tomlin should give Juju a choice: Either stop the extra-curricular activities and focus on what he’s getting paid for, or have a seat on the bench.

  14. “Tomlin said that he doesn’t think the wideout’s moves are “legitimate” motivation for what’s gone down on the field the last two weeks…”

    Tomlin knows full well that blatant disrespect isn’t tolerated. It’s that way in all professional sports and his team would respond to it if it took place in their house. He needs to call it out for what it is which is JuJu being a knucklehead, and then shut it down in no uncertain terms.

  15. Really? Motivation comes in many varieties, both small and large. Apparently, Tomlin has never before heard them play “Renegade” at Heinz Field. It gets the crowd pumped, and more than a few players have said the song gets them going even more than they already are. So, lets not pretend JuJu out there dancing (if you can call it that), stomping, and spiking the ball on the logo has zero effect on the other team.

  16. I’ve always found it suspect that a professional athlete needs “extra motivation”. If you’re a pro, you should be coming to the game with the same vigor every week; regardless of who you’re playing. And if something as silly as an opponent dancing on your logo is all it took for your team to wake up and play like pros, then there’s a deeper problem in your locker room.

  17. Let him keep doing it and let players keep putting the licks on him. The Bengals team was hitting hard last night and it was fun to watch.

  18. Maybe Tomlin should try to trip JuJu next time he heads to midfield before the game starts.

  19. C’mon man its a non issue. yes probably should dancing on the logo but the dance itself is fine. Let these guys have fun. Tomlin should really be talking to himself, the entire Offensive line and Big Ben.

  20. Hopefully he doesn’t stop… It’s rather poetic for a big mouth diva to lose after being a disrespectful bag.

  21. Tomlin knew he was doing it, these present day players and coaches don’t care about sportsmanship and respect.

  22. After a while, it becomes clearer that the problem isn’t just the individual divas but rather a systemic problem in the organization. Tomlin. Still a good coach though, not a great one, but the Steelers could do worse. Do what Belichick does. He never allows his players to give the opposition extra motivation. And yes, motivation matters. Ask anyone who has played a team sport.

  23. I find it disturbing that players need motivation to play hard. Not trying to defend JuJu’s stupidity, but how and why does him dancing or not change how a defensive player brings it or not? Seems weird to me. If I was a coach or GM, I would only want players who can bring it at 100 percent without having outside influences having to be manifested.

  24. “Can you imagine doing that 20 years ago?”

    Terrell Owens literally did worse twenty years ago by celebrating twice on the Dallas star during a game after scoring a couple of touchdowns against the Cowboys.
    Wide Receivers have always been clownish divas.

  25. The pre-game antics are stupid, little doubt about that. But Shuster does play with courage and somewhere along the line someone needs to have his back too. Showing rookie #18 all the love, a much lesser player btw, that will unlikely motivate Shuster to fall in line.

    JuJu was a very productive player, and the one way street attitude of the club will unlikely make him all that loyal. Dallas played the same game with Beasely in his final year, how smart was that?

  26. If you’re going to dance on someone’s logo, at least do it when they are all there. Go pull a TO, score a TD and have the courage to do it midfield at that moment.

  27. MiaButtreeks says:
    December 22, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    What an idiot. Can you imagine doing that 20 years ago? Deserves to be a target.
    ==============
    Can you imagine thousands of teenagers taking videos of themselves eating Tidepods and putting it out there on the internet for all to see 20 years ago? No, because there was no social media where acting like an idiot gets people to follow you.

    BTW, Mr. Schuster has been doing this all year. Interesting that no one, including opposing teams, seemed to care when the Steelers were undefeated.

  28. The Steelers are becoming the fraud team we all thought they were plus they are head and shoulders the most disliked team in the league, it’s not even close.

  29. Someone should show JuJu the tape of what happened to T.O. after he danced on the Dallas star. He later scored a TD and was promptly lit up by George Teague. It’s a really bad idea to disrespect any team, no matter what their record is. Every hit seemed extra-violent last night.

  30. He has the type of personality that makes him popular when they win, but he looks like a clown when they lose. It’s best to wait until after the game to celebrate.

  31. I can’t imagine Chuck Noll would have let that happen. Juju would have done that once and Noll would have read him the riot act and sat him down. It’s too bad the team doesn’t have a leader to tell him to stop being so childish. He’s put a target on himself now and teams will be looking to clock him…..and he asked for it.

    As far as his play on the field…..three catches for fifteen yards and that big fumble. Maybe he should put less effort into dancing before the game and more effort in performing during the game.

  32. The Steelers are becoming the fraud team we all thought they were plus they are head and shoulders the most disliked team in the league, it’s not even close.
    You have a big grudge against the Steelers so just speak for yourself.

  33. The Steelers are becoming the fraud team we all thought they were plus they are head and shoulders the most disliked team in the league, it’s not even close.
    You have a big grudge against the Steelers so just speak for yourself. Love to know where you got the most disliked team from you and you puppy is hardly a National Consensus.

  34. Not sure how Tomlin can change him. Tomlin let Bell and Brown destroy the team and set the example for ME FIRST football. Also, Tomlin tried to trip a kick returner so who’s going to listen to him lecture about misconduct?

  35. could you imagine if this clown did this in the 70s against the Raiders?……he’d be legit dead.

  36. He won’t do it in Cleveland or else it could be a helmet to the head. Ask Mason Rudolf about running his mouth and dancing…….

  37. Not sure how Tomlin can change him. Tomlin let Bell and Brown destroy the team and set the example for ME FIRST football. Also, Tomlin tried to trip a kick returner so who’s going to listen to him lecture about misconduct?

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    Remember The Rays…..you know a killer(Lewis) and a wife beater(Rice)…..so your comment about Tomlin is an oxymoron, but expected and after five years stale.

    JuJu is not AB which doesn’t require a microscope to see just an unbiased eye.

  38. I remember when Florio would sound off about what was happening in Pittsburgh.. It was when they were ‘looking past’ a few games and Tomlin was talking about the Patriots game. Florio sounded off about it. Seems like the same sort of thing is happening right now but it was glossed over because of there win streak… I am no way a Tomlin hater and maybe this is due to his longevity in the league but I don’t think these issues happen with other coaches. Almost wonder if this will end up being a Mike McCarthy situation.

  39. Schuster-Smith got his butt handed to him on a couple of plays in that game last night. Maybe that will make him think twice about dancing on another team’s logo.
    Personally, I hate all these dopey celebrations these players do now. I see defenses make a good play and they all run to the end zone so they can pose for the camera and see themselves on the screen. Then, in the 4th quarter, they are so winded they have to come out after 1 or 2 plays to get oxygen or water. So maybe if they didn’t waste that extra energy celebrating, they could stay on the field and do what they are paid to do.
    But of course — they never think of that.

  40. I remember when the Steelers were a classy organization. This immature act is not at all classy.

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