Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger calls Antonio Brown's sideline tantrum 'a distraction'

Annette Crawford
October 4, 2017

Brown was mad that on a play where he was wide open, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not even bother to look in his direction. Brown reacted by flipping a Gatorade cooler and shrugging off offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Roethlisberger said he wished Brown has handled the situation a little more quietly. But Roethlisberger said his read on the play took him to the left side of the field, away from Brown.

Brown could've distracted himself, Tomlin said. But he heard about it after the game and was asked about it Tuesday at his weekly press conference. It doesn't need to happen. "There's also a lesson to be learned and a lesson to be taught". That said, if Marrone can get the Jags to play a predominantly clean game, they could have a chance to beat a team that has struggled with a similar issue.

"It's like a kid being excited for Christmas", Brown told reporters, per Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. You're expecting that play on that day.

A little frustration is one thing. "That goes a lot further than having a temper tantrum". He was praising the receiver in the interview, saying, "AB is the best receiver in the world, maybe one of the best to ever play the game".

Roethlisberger missed a third-down pass to Le'Veon Bell in the second quarter, but the CBS replay showed Brown running down the middle of the field with no defenders around him. He's superhuman on the football field, and when that happens it nearly brings him back to being a mere mortal, if you will. "Sometimes there are not enough footballs to go around to everybody".

"I'm not trying to call AB out".

"That's just nothing more than a competitor wanting the ball every single play", Roethlisberger said. He finished with just four catches for 34 yards from nine targets, which gave him his worst performance in terms of receiving yards since Landry Jones came off the bench to replace Mike Vick against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6 of the 2015 season.

In January, both Tomlin and Roethlisberger chastised Brown for streaming a video live to social media from the Steelers' locker room as the pair were speaking to the team following a playoff win over the Chiefs.

The Steelers love that. "But we've got to control it. If he does not, it can work against him, it can work against us", Tomlin said. Those are some lessons you learn along the way. JuJu sitting right next to him and looking at that, and what's JuJu thinking?

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