Wherever Antonio Brown and the Steelers go, drama appears to follow.
Brown has been Pittsburgh's No. 1 option for the past half-decade, and is a likely first ballot Hall of Famer. Nonetheless, his overall disdain for the normal, dry personality of an NFL star has gotten AB in trouble from time to time. That continued in Week 17, as Brown was benched after a disagreement with a teammate during Wednesday's practice.
Who was this teammate, one might ask? None other than Ben Roethlisberger.
The altercation that led Antonio Brown's benching last week was with Ben Roethlisberger. Im told it was fairly ugly and the WR was totally in the wrong. He went AWOL essentially for the 3rd time this season dating back to training camp— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 31, 2018
Whether it be Big Ben calling out teammates, Brown seemingly poking the New England Patriots superpower before a damn playoff game, or Le'Veon Bell's contract dilemma, the Steelers cannot separate off the field issues with success on the gridiron. It's their weak link, and surely a factor which reflects poorly on Mike Tomlin.
Roethlisberger and Brown are the focal points of this story, but Tomlin's inability to deal with even the simplest of locker room dramas speaks to his pure ineptitude to hold players accountable. This is all too familiar to Steelers fans.
So Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown quit on Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers this year?— Scott Carasik (@CarasikS) December 31, 2018
Have to wonder what the real issues are in Pittsburgh. Tomlin might need to go. https://t.co/exwlOj1Wpy
Heads will roll in Pittsburgh, but given how averse this organization is to change, it's unlikely any major moves are made in response to yet another organizational embarrassment.