A.J. Brown: I’m not a diva, but of course I want the ball

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FOX cameras caught Eagles receiver A.J. Brown visibly frustrated on the sideline with 5:11 remaining Saturday night. Brown admitted Wednesday he wanted more opportunities.

The Eagles, though, ran it 44 times and threw it only 24 in an easy 38-7 win over the Giants.

“They throw the ball to me 100 times, I’m going to want it 101 times,” Brown said, via Tim McManus of ESPN. “Me personally, I just feel like I can change the game at any moment. Getting the ball often keeps you going, keeps you in a rhythm. It definitely puts you in a zone; you’re locked in. Of course I want the ball.”

Eagles coach Nick Sirianni talked to Brown on the bench and indicated this week that Brown was frustrated with his targets. Brown caught three of six passes directed at him for 22 yards.

Sirianni, though, defended his star receiver’s outburst, saying he wants his receivers to “crave the football.”

Brown clarified Wednesday that wanting the ball doesn’t make him a diva.

“I’m never the receiver to go on the sideline or try to cause problems on the sideline. I’m not that guy,” Brown said. “I think that’s what you could describe as a diva, but I’m not that person.

“I’m a guy who goes up and talks to the quarterback and talks to the [offensive coordinator] and do it that way. I’m not a guy that’s going to cause commotion on the sideline. That’s not who I am. I’ll never be that guy.”

Brown, acquired from the Titans for first- and third-round picks, finished fourth in the NFL with 1,496 receiving yards and tied for third with 11 receiving touchdowns.

13 responses to “A.J. Brown: I’m not a diva, but of course I want the ball

  1. As Ned Stark used to say, everything before the word “but” is horse you know what.

  2. Watching him sit on the bench pouting and then the tool bag of a coach coming over to console made me sick. I hope the 49ers beat Philly.

  3. Brown has been a beast for the Eagles this year and also a great teammate. Sorry to the haters but that is not going to change. The Birds are stacked with Brown, Hurts and Smith for years to come.

  4. Im not a diva but>>>>>>> ive heard that before somewhere. All diva WR says that.

  5. So your dominating a playoff game and instead of celebrating with your team your pouting on the sideline cause you didn’t they yours? Yeah that’s a diva. I wonder if he would’ve rather lost and had 200 recieving yards instead.

  6. He was mad about not getting more targets in a blowout? That’s the definition of a diva. A team player would be thrilled their team was winning by so much.

  7. If you want to approach this with any reason whatsoever, you look at consistent actions. Brown has never been known to be a diva – in fact, he’s pretty widely considered a good teammate.

  8. “I just feel like I can change the game at any moment.”

    That’s great, unless the coaches have the game where they want it and don’t want it changed. When your team is manhandling the opponent, the last thing they want is something to change.

  9. He was mad that they pulled him in the 4th because (How did you guys not see it, and instead go with this narrative..), he was slow to get up and grabbed his hamstring.

    Game was in the bag, so they sat him. Wasn’t about ball distribution.

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