Antonio Brown ‘confronted’ Todd Haley on sidelines

The Steelers are off to an uncharacteristic 0-2 start, and frustration seems to have begun mounting.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that receiver Antonio Brown “confronted” offensive coordinator Todd Haley on the sidelines during the team’s Monday night loss to the Bengals.

Brown “angrily complained” he wasn’t getting enough targets. In the game’s first half, he was targeted just three times. His tactic worked to an extent, however, as he finished the game with nine catches for 57 yards.

Still, Brown and Haley were still “seething about it” on Tuesday. Peculiarly, no video footage of the supposed incident has emerged.

While Brown is showing shades of Keyshawn Johnson by asking to be thrown the damn ball, his complaints are largely justifiable.

Brown is the team’s top wideout following the departure of Mike Wallace, and possesses game-changing ability. That third-string receiver Jericho Cotchery had more first half targets (five) than him is a glaring indictment of Haley.

Of course, this is far from the first player to take umbrage with Haley. Last season, Ben Roethlisberger was rumored to be frustrated with Haley’s system, and finally admitted as much in July.

Look for the Steelers to feed Brown the ball in Week 3, if only to prevent things from really getting out of hand.

Zack Kelberman
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  • To me Antonio Brown is simply not a #1 WR, he’s a guy that can play off of other people and put together some big games but when he’s your top guy you have problems. I don’t think he can really cut it going up against the top shut down corners in the league. One thing working against him is that he is only 5’10, that’s secondary receiver height. I think he’s trying to assert himself as the #1 guy by this move, but he’s gotta show it on the field first I think before he starts getting up in coaches faces.

    I don’t really think Mike Wallace is a real #1 WR either, if he stayed here or in Miami. He’s a #2 deep threat guy to me. Last time Pittsburgh really had a true #1 WR, which I think you have to be in order to make a move like this, was Plaxico.

  • Good for A.Brown if it were me i would take him for a little walk. He has no business coaching in the NFL. It is so obvious that he is one of the biggest reason the Steelers are struggling.

  • BTW. you sir don’t have a clue.

  • Loose Lid

    Based on Haley’s on-going odd and paranoid behavior I wonder if a mental health day is in order. His actions are not random enough to be mere coincidence this is a repeating situation; Haley alienates those closest to him must be a character flaw.

  • irwin

    When will the top brass see Haley is a Big Mistake? Till they own up we all(Steeler fans) will suffer. Never thought I would be ashamed if having Steelers on my truck. Wake up soon, or season is over. And you will lose good players to win to other teams. I call it the Hines/Haley jinx. So far I am right…

  • Giovonni Pratt

    I blame the front offices of the steelers. First the handling of Hines Ward deciding to cut ties while he still was effective was dumb and he could block, plus they lost his on field leadership skills. Next, the front office handleings of Bruce and mendenhall Bruce worked well, and I understand Mendenhall wasn’t himself last season, but Isaac redmen couldn’t gain two yards running in a peewee football league. Finally, the elephant in the room Todd Haley, he has yet to make or try any real adjustments, it’s the same establish the run first tactic that doesn’t work. Even if he does make the adjustments he doesn’t stick to it long enough to show progress Todd Haley should have been let to as soon as the steelers went 0-4 for preseason

  • Not Just Haley

    First off, Antonio Brown needs to shut his trap. He’s not a #1 receiver. He is a poor route runner, which in turn limits his options of being open. He really ticked me off last game when he just fell down in the middle of the field, when the closest guy to him was 3 yards away. He could have at least tried going to the sideline and up field, but NO he just fell down like a little “you know what”.

    Secondly, Isaac Redman should not even be on the roster. I never liked Redman. The only reason he made it on the team was because he did good in the Redzone, during camp. Yet, he hasn’t done squat while with the team, and the team has been the worst in the redzone for the past few years. He would be on the practice squad on every other team in the NFL, yet Tomlin has a hard-on for him.

  • Not Just Haley

    Third, Now you’re starting to see coach Tomlin’s team and coaching. Tomlin is all talk and no production. He talked his way into this coaching job and the Steeler head honchos bought into it. Now we’re stuck with him. The more players we lose from the Cowher era, the worse the Steelers are going to get.

    The sad part is Kevin Colbert is probably going to be the scapegoat in this and get fired before anyone. Haley may get the boot, but may get the benefit of the doubt. Tomlin will not get fired, because the Steelers don’t just fire head coaches, which is unfortunate. Your starting to see Tomlin’s players play now and it’s not looking that pretty, is it?

  • Jacob Melon

    ^^^This guy’s an idiot