Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had a bit of a sideline outburst on Sunday – he only caught four passes for 34 yards – and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t thrilled about it.
“Unfortunate he reacted that way,” Roethlisberger said, per Steel Curtain “We all want the ball and want to make plays. Wish he would just come and talk to me.”
Brown broke open at the end of a play, but Roethlisberger didn’t see him. Instead, he threw a short check-down to the other side of the field, and it was incomplete.
To Brown’s credit, he was wide open. He didn’t really get open until time was running out for Roethlisberger and he’d already moved on, but it was likely a touchdown if the quarterback had somehow found him at the last second.
When the whistle blew, Brown threw his hands in the air, clearly frustrated. He then went to the sideline, where he grabbed a water cooler and threw it on the ground before shouting at some of the coaches.
Despite it all, Roethlisberger doesn’t seem to have lost faith in his star wideout. He just doesn’t want Brown’s emotions to take away from the team’s success.
“[Antonio Brown] is the best receiver in the world,” Roethlisberger said. “He doesn’t need to react that way. I just think this is causing a distraction we don’t need.”
Part of the problem is that Brown was angry in a dominating win over the Baltimore Ravens. Yes, he only had four catches and never scored, but the Steelers got a huge win over a division rival. The week before, Brown caught 10 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown, but the Steelers lost to the Chicago Bears. Brown’s best game was the team’s worst, and it will be an issue if he’s only focused on his own stats, rather than wins.
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