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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2018 season was utterly unacceptable at too many levels, not least in the standings.

The Steelers plummeted from 7-2-1 to 9-6-1 and out of the playoffs. Only one word describes that: “collapse.” We had been talking about home field and a bye. Now we’re discussing what should have been and the NFL Draft.

Three of the Steelers’ defeats and their tie were intolerable: the losses at Denver and Oakland because those teams stink, losing at home vs. the Los Angeles Chargers because the Steelers blew a 16-point halftime lead, the tie at Cleveland because the Steelers blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead.

The coaching was rotten. Replay challenges were stupid, made based on what Mike Tomlin saw on the scoreboard. Tomlin routinely mangled clock management. Tomlin opted to not use Ben Roethlisberger for four series in the Oakland loss despite the injured quarterback being cleared to play. The Steelers’ special teams led the NFL in penalties. The Steelers were the league’s most-penalized team in the season’s first half. As is tradition, Tomlin didn’t have his team properly prepared for inferior foes. Witness Sunday’s lackluster effort against injury-riddled Cincinnati.

It took the Steelers 16 weeks and 12 missed kicks to replace the NFL’s worst kicker. Then Matt McCrane came in and went three-for-three on field goals. That kind of accuracy would have come in handy during a few of the Steelers’ losses.

Ben Roethlisberger threw a league-high 16 interceptions. He was otherwise brilliant, but that’s inexcusable.

The Steelers had zero playmakers on defense, getting just 15 takeaways (third-worst in the NFL) and finishing minus-10 on turnovers (fifth-worst).

The Steelers made mistake after costly mistake. Their latest loss, a week ago at New Orleans, was a microcosm: critical fumbles by JuJu Smith-Schuster and Steven Ridley and a head-scratching fake punt decision by Tomlin on fourth-and-5.

The season is a blurry nightmare of forced throws, missed kicks, dropped interceptions and linebackers covering wide receivers. It’s punctuated by moments of insanity, like tight end Xavier Grimble being too dumb to settle for scoring a touchdown at Denver, instead forcing his own fumble by running over a defender at the goal line. Don’t forget Roethlisberger’s five turnovers at Cleveland.

The problems started in the offseason: After Ryan Shazier’s career tragically was cut short, the Steelers didn’t do enough to properly replace the man who was the key component in their defense. Shazier couldn’t be duplicated, but Jon Bostic clearly didn’t come remotely close.

The Steelers can’t be blamed for not agreeing to Le’Veon Bell’s unreasonable terms, but they didn’t have a proper handle on where the situation was going, and the trickledown rattled the locker room in the season’s early going. Inaccurately assessing the Bell situation also left lots of cap space on the table, money that might have been used to better remedy Shazier’s absence.

The season was a disaster given its potential. The instances of stupidity, sloppiness and selfishness are far too numerous to mention in one column.

It was a stink sandwich, and everybody should take a bite: owner Art Rooney II, Tomlin, GM Kevin Colbert, Roethlisberger, all the coaches, all the players, the equipment managers and the ball boys.

But if you’re expecting significant changes, they won’t be forthcoming. A sacrificial lamb or two might be offered, like defensive coordinator Keith Butler (at least his platoon contained Tyler Eifert on Sunday) and special teams coach Danny Smith, who can’t possibly be fired enough. Smith should be fired, rehired, then fired again. The Steelers’ special teams were slapstick.

That’s where all that stupidity, sloppiness and selfishness comes from: stubbornness and arrogance. Every decision the Steelers make is correct. Just ask them.

The Steelers would rather be right than do better.

There’s no point discussing Tomlin’s future. He stays, for sure. He had another winning season, after all. He never has had a losing year. Did you know that?

Sarcasm aside, replacing Tomlin wouldn’t guarantee better results. At any rate, Tomlin is in no danger of being fired, ever.

Job security in perpetuity does not make Tomlin a better coach. It further convinces him he’s always right. At Baltimore, John Harbaugh’s seat was extremely hot. So he benched quarterback Joe Flacco in favor of Lamar Jackson, made his defense hyper-aggressive and the Ravens won six of their last seven. But even when the Steelers floundered, they kept doing the same things.

So Tomlin will return. But he should be forced to make changes in his staff, made to cede authority in replay challenges and clock-management situations to a hired expert in those fields and surrender final say in personnel/draft decisions to Colbert. (Similar has occurred in the past, like when Tomlin was required to “retire” offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. But, despite worse results since, Tomlin’s power seems to have grown.)

But little or none of that will happen.

Get ready for more of the same next year. Roethlisberger said he wants as much continuity as possible, and his reasoning is obvious: He’s only going to play maybe two more years, so why start over, especially with a new coach?

But Tomlin just doesn’t demand enough of his players when it comes to professionalism and focus. He never has.

Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown are more concerned with their brands than they are about the Steelers and winning.

Does that negatively affect the Steelers’ results? Who knows?

But consider New England. To the naked eye, the Patriots seem a shell of their usual selves. They rarely sparkle, or even pass the eye test, and that includes when they win. The Patriots (and Tom Brady) looked decidedly ordinary when the Steelers beat them a couple weeks back.

Yet New England went 11-5 and got a first-round playoff bye.

That’s discipline, structure and accountability. Qualities the Steelers could use more of, along with humility.

Perhaps that’s just nit-picking. Hey, I heard Dytto is going to choreograph the next Pizza Hut commercial.

Mark Madden hosts a radio show 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WXDX-FM (105.9).

 


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Was told this afternoon by a source that Antonio Brown threw a ball near/at feet of Ben Roethlisberger and walked out of practice. Post-Gazette reporting Brown skipped Sat walkthrough and expected to play Sunday. He didn’t.

Skipping meetings, throwing a ball at a teammate, "deciding" not to practice, skipping the Saturday walkthrough? WTF.
Good Lord what a poop-show. Mikey Tomlin sure runs a tight locker room, doesn't he?


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51 minutes ago, WMJ77 said:

this says it all

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2018 season was utterly unacceptable at too many levels, not least in the standings.

The Steelers plummeted from 7-2-1 to 9-6-1 and out of the playoffs. Only one word describes that: “collapse.” We had been talking about home field and a bye. Now we’re discussing what should have been and the NFL Draft.

Three of the Steelers’ defeats and their tie were intolerable: the losses at Denver and Oakland because those teams stink, losing at home vs. the Los Angeles Chargers because the Steelers blew a 16-point halftime lead, the tie at Cleveland because the Steelers blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead.

The coaching was rotten. Replay challenges were stupid, made based on what Mike Tomlin saw on the scoreboard. Tomlin routinely mangled clock management. Tomlin opted to not use Ben Roethlisberger for four series in the Oakland loss despite the injured quarterback being cleared to play. The Steelers’ special teams led the NFL in penalties. The Steelers were the league’s most-penalized team in the season’s first half. As is tradition, Tomlin didn’t have his team properly prepared for inferior foes. Witness Sunday’s lackluster effort against injury-riddled Cincinnati.

It took the Steelers 16 weeks and 12 missed kicks to replace the NFL’s worst kicker. Then Matt McCrane came in and went three-for-three on field goals. That kind of accuracy would have come in handy during a few of the Steelers’ losses.

Ben Roethlisberger threw a league-high 16 interceptions. He was otherwise brilliant, but that’s inexcusable.

The Steelers had zero playmakers on defense, getting just 15 takeaways (third-worst in the NFL) and finishing minus-10 on turnovers (fifth-worst).

The Steelers made mistake after costly mistake. Their latest loss, a week ago at New Orleans, was a microcosm: critical fumbles by JuJu Smith-Schuster and Steven Ridley and a head-scratching fake punt decision by Tomlin on fourth-and-5.

The season is a blurry nightmare of forced throws, missed kicks, dropped interceptions and linebackers covering wide receivers. It’s punctuated by moments of insanity, like tight end Xavier Grimble being too dumb to settle for scoring a touchdown at Denver, instead forcing his own fumble by running over a defender at the goal line. Don’t forget Roethlisberger’s five turnovers at Cleveland.

The problems started in the offseason: After Ryan Shazier’s career tragically was cut short, the Steelers didn’t do enough to properly replace the man who was the key component in their defense. Shazier couldn’t be duplicated, but Jon Bostic clearly didn’t come remotely close.

The Steelers can’t be blamed for not agreeing to Le’Veon Bell’s unreasonable terms, but they didn’t have a proper handle on where the situation was going, and the trickledown rattled the locker room in the season’s early going. Inaccurately assessing the Bell situation also left lots of cap space on the table, money that might have been used to better remedy Shazier’s absence.

The season was a disaster given its potential. The instances of stupidity, sloppiness and selfishness are far too numerous to mention in one column.

It was a stink sandwich, and everybody should take a bite: owner Art Rooney II, Tomlin, GM Kevin Colbert, Roethlisberger, all the coaches, all the players, the equipment managers and the ball boys.

But if you’re expecting significant changes, they won’t be forthcoming. A sacrificial lamb or two might be offered, like defensive coordinator Keith Butler (at least his platoon contained Tyler Eifert on Sunday) and special teams coach Danny Smith, who can’t possibly be fired enough. Smith should be fired, rehired, then fired again. The Steelers’ special teams were slapstick.

That’s where all that stupidity, sloppiness and selfishness comes from: stubbornness and arrogance. Every decision the Steelers make is correct. Just ask them.

The Steelers would rather be right than do better.

There’s no point discussing Tomlin’s future. He stays, for sure. He had another winning season, after all. He never has had a losing year. Did you know that?

Sarcasm aside, replacing Tomlin wouldn’t guarantee better results. At any rate, Tomlin is in no danger of being fired, ever.

Job security in perpetuity does not make Tomlin a better coach. It further convinces him he’s always right. At Baltimore, John Harbaugh’s seat was extremely hot. So he benched quarterback Joe Flacco in favor of Lamar Jackson, made his defense hyper-aggressive and the Ravens won six of their last seven. But even when the Steelers floundered, they kept doing the same things.

So Tomlin will return. But he should be forced to make changes in his staff, made to cede authority in replay challenges and clock-management situations to a hired expert in those fields and surrender final say in personnel/draft decisions to Colbert. (Similar has occurred in the past, like when Tomlin was required to “retire” offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. But, despite worse results since, Tomlin’s power seems to have grown.)

But little or none of that will happen.

Get ready for more of the same next year. Roethlisberger said he wants as much continuity as possible, and his reasoning is obvious: He’s only going to play maybe two more years, so why start over, especially with a new coach?

But Tomlin just doesn’t demand enough of his players when it comes to professionalism and focus. He never has.

Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown are more concerned with their brands than they are about the Steelers and winning.

Does that negatively affect the Steelers’ results? Who knows?

But consider New England. To the naked eye, the Patriots seem a shell of their usual selves. They rarely sparkle, or even pass the eye test, and that includes when they win. The Patriots (and Tom Brady) looked decidedly ordinary when the Steelers beat them a couple weeks back.

Yet New England went 11-5 and got a first-round playoff bye.

That’s discipline, structure and accountability. Qualities the Steelers could use more of, along with humility.

Perhaps that’s just nit-picking. Hey, I heard Dytto is going to choreograph the next Pizza Hut commercial.

Mark Madden hosts a radio show 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WXDX-FM (105.9).

 

Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh post Gazette has the same sentiment as you. Thank you for your analysis.  Rooney's are a bare majority but also the  minority owners of which One of the 6 minority owners lives in the area. ALL ownership should be  disappointed and responsible. Another year of bad defensive secondary play.

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Report: Antonio Brown has requested a trade

By SAM QUINN

Antonio Brown has requested a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. According to La Canfora, Brown did not demand a trade, but told the Steelers he would prefer to be moved. His report states that "Brown has issues with Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger," and that he "feels like the coach is too aligned with the QB." This comes in the heels of reports that Brown was benched for missing practice and getting into an altercation with Roethlisberger last week.

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https://247sports.com/nfl/pittsburgh...est-127148046/


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Antonio,

I notice you don't have a nickname. How does T.O. II sound? What is the first thing you think of when you think of Terrell Owens?  A talented wide receiver. Competitive as are all who reach his level. But when things weren't going well he would turn on his teammates and coaches both publicly and in private. He moved from team to team spreading his poison leaving a bad taste in everyone's mouth along the way. You've joined his ranks. 

And to Mark Madden, the author of the original post above, you're not far behind.

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Antonio,

I notice you don't have a nickname. How does T.O. II sound? What is the first thing you think of when you think of Terrell Owens?  A talented wide receiver. Competitive as are all who reach his level. But when things weren't going well he would turn on his teammates and coaches both publicly and in private. He moved from team to team spreading his poison leaving a bad taste in everyone's mouth along the way. You've joined his ranks. 

And to Mark Madden, the author of the original post above, you're not far behind.

 

He is Lil TO. he also will be broke by the time he is 40 with his spending habits.  Like TO. he is 30. the Steelers should give him the Leveon Bell treatment. Be here a certain time or you will not play the season. Go ahead and pay him. he's 30 and starting the downside of his career for a receiver. Sitting out a whole year will not be good for Brown's future.  Maybe he ought to go smoke a little with Bell. And what's up with james harrison?

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james harrison

bell

troy

HMM, maybe they all hate tomlin


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He is Lil TO. he also will be broke by the time he is 40 with his spending habits.  Like TO. he is 30. the Steelers should give him the Leveon Bell treatment. Be here a certain time or you will not play the season. Go ahead and pay him. he's 30 and starting the downside of his career for a receiver. Sitting out a whole year will not be good for Brown's future.  Maybe he ought to go smoke a little with Bell. And what's up with james harrison?

guess who

https://mobile.twitter.com/maskedsingerfox/status/1080649312357380097


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Steelers may consider hiring Kevin Greene as new OLB coach

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ByBRYAN DEARDO 

Kevin Greene was a member of Pittsburgh's famed Blitzburgh defense. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, electing to go in as a Steeler despite spending just three of his 15 NFL seasons in Pittsburgh. He was part of a Super Bowl winning staff while serving as the Packers' outsider linebackers coach during Green Bay's victory over the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. He is a member of Pittsburgh's Hall of Honor while being enshrined in the Steelers' first-ever induction class. 

He should now be considered to join Pittsburgh's staff as the team's new linebacker coach. 

Considering Greene for Joey Porter's old job should be a no-brainer. In 2009, as serving as a coaching intern on Pittsburgh's staff during the team's 2008 training camp, Greene began his five-year run as the Packers' OLB coach. Greene worked closely with Clay Matthews, who was a rookie when Greene started his coaching tenure with the Packers. Under Greene's watch, Matthews earned Pro Bowl honors in each of his first four NFL seasons while being tabbed as an All-Pro during the Packers' 2010 championship season. In Super Bowl XLV, after receiving a pep talk from Greene, Matthews delivered one of the game's biggest plays when he forced a fumble of Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall. Matthew's forced turnover helped hold off the Steelers' comeback bid while giving the Packers their fourth Super Bowl victory. 


“He came in a smart kid,” Greene recently said of Matthews. “I was able to show Clay specific techniques one time and he could replicate it.” 

Matthews, who now has 83.5 career sacks and six Pro Bowl selections to his name, says that Greene played a significant role in his team's Super Bowl victory back in February in 2011. 

“With his preparation, especially at our position, we were able to make some key plays in that game,” Matthews said of Greene’s impact on Super Bowl XLV. 

After a three-year hiatus from coaching, Greene served as the New York Jets' OLB coach over the past two seasons. While the Jets failed to produce winning seasons, New York's outside linebackers made significant strides under Greene, with three year veteran Jordan Jenkins setting a career high with 7.0 sacks this past season. Greene is now back on the open market after the Jets made a coaching overhaul immediately following the 2018 season. 


While Greene has proven himself as a defensive coach, he also has a unique understanding of the standard that exists in Pittsburgh. A member of a military family, Greene also understands the value of hard work, sacrifice and being selfless and how that applies to team sports. That attitude would surely be welcome in Pittsburgh, as the Steelers look to rebound after a disappointing 2018 season.


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Steelers hired former Bengals’ defensive coordinator Teryl Austin as senior defensive assistant with a focus on the secondary, per source.:duh:


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Austin’s defense became the first in the Super Bowl era to surrender 500+ yards of offense in three consecutive games.:popcorn:


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Mike Munchak, who had been a finalist for Denver's head coaching job, is making a lateral move from the Pittsburgh Steelers to serve as the Broncos' new offensive line coach.

"There's nobody better as an offensive line coach than Mike Munchak," new coach Vic Fangio said Monday. "The combination of his ability to coach the individual with his ability to coach the group, while also being a big part of the overall offense, is very impressive. Mike's experience and stature as a coach in the NFL make this a home run hire for us."

The Broncos also are allowing Gary Kubiak to interview elsewhere and have received permission to interview 49ers QBs coach Rich Scangarello for their offensive coordinator opening, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Monday because the Broncos haven't publicly commented on their offensive coordinator situation.

Kubiak, 57, who helped general manager John Elway hit the jackpot in the 2018 NFL draft while serving as his senior personnel adviser , was expected to run Denver's offense in 2019.

The Broncos decided not to bring back the old schemes and staff that Kubiak had in mind, however. So, the Broncos are letting Kubiak interview for OC vacancies in Jacksonville and Minnesota after initially blocking other teams from interviewing him.

In Munchak, the Broncos get another seasoned coach. At 58, he's two years younger than Fangio, a fellow native of Pennsylvania.

A former head coach in Tennessee, Munchak was a finalist to replace Vance Joseph , but Elway chose Fangio after being won over by his "death by inches" ethos regarding accountability.

Munchak instead gets the chance to fix the Broncos' chronically leaky O-line.

Last year, the Broncos lost three interior starting linemen to injuries and ended up using a guard at center and four tackles down the stretch.

 

Munchak was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection as a guard for the Houston Oilers from 1982-93 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001, three years before Elway's enshrinement. After his playing career, Munchak joined the Oilers' coaching staff in 1994, beginning a two-decade career that included a stint as head coach from 2011-13.

He spent the last five seasons coaching Pittsburgh's offensive line, and the Steelers have compiled a 54-25-1 record over that span.

The Broncos had split up their O-line duties last season between Sean Kugler (guards and centers) and Chris Strausser (tackles) but 2017 first-round draft pick Garett Bolles was still flagged for 11 holding penalties, one more than he had as a rookie.

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Report: Broncos Hire Mike Munchak To Be New OL Coach

By Alex Kozora
Posted on January 14, 2019

Some news you definitely didn’t want to hear today. The Denver Broncos have reportedly hired Mike Munchak to be their new offensive line coach, according to this report from Mike Klis.

Denver had been attempting to hire Munchak even after deciding to name Vic Fangio their new head coach last week. Munchak has family in the Denver area, one of the driving reasons behind his interest in the head coaching job and now, making a lateral move as the offensive line coach.

He was hired by the team in 2014 and is widely considered one of the best offensive line coaches in football. He helped transform a Steelers’ line that struggled for nearly all of Ben Roethlisberger’s career, turning it into a unit that has kept #7 upright and inarguably extended his playing career.

While the Steelers may not announce a move for days, Shaun Sarrett is the in-house favorite to be the new OL coach. The two have worked closely ever since Munch was hired. Had Munchak not been fired by Tennessee, it was very possible Sarrett would’ve replaced Jack Bicknell Jr. in 2014.

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Report: Broncos Hire Mike Munchak To Be New OL Coach

By Alex Kozora
Posted on January 14, 2019

Some news you definitely didn’t want to hear today. The Denver Broncos have reportedly hired Mike Munchak to be their new offensive line coach, according to this report from Mike Klis.

Denver had been attempting to hire Munchak even after deciding to name Vic Fangio their new head coach last week. Munchak has family in the Denver area, one of the driving reasons behind his interest in the head coaching job and now, making a lateral move as the offensive line coach.

He was hired by the team in 2014 and is widely considered one of the best offensive line coaches in football. He helped transform a Steelers’ line that struggled for nearly all of Ben Roethlisberger’s career, turning it into a unit that has kept #7 upright and inarguably extended his playing career.

While the Steelers may not announce a move for days, Shaun Sarrett is the in-house favorite to be the new OL coach. The two have worked closely ever since Munch was hired. Had Munchak not been fired by Tennessee, it was very possible Sarrett would’ve replaced Jack Bicknell Jr. in 20
 
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and this from Joe Starkey:

The truth is finally out. The world has learned that at least one notable member of the Steelers organization leans toward defiance and delusion.

Antonio Brown?

Well, yeah.

But I’m thinking of team president Art Rooney II.

I wasn’t in the room when Rooney addressed reporters Wednesday, but it sure sounded like he spoke defiantly, or at least defensively (good to see somebody plays defense around here) when asked about the perception of his team’s season as a “circus.”

“It’s nonsense,” Rooney said. “We didn’t achieve our goal of winning the division, but we finished half a game out and had a lot of opportunities to get there.”

Who’s he kidding? The Steelers collapsed like Jenga blocks. They crumbled in historic fashion down the stretch, even managing to lose to the ridiculous Oakland Raiders.

One could euphemistically characterize it as finishing “half a game out,” or one could simply tell the truth: The Steelers blew a 2 1/2-game lead with six games left, mostly on account of incompetence and dysfunction.

I mean, their best player quit before the final game, right?

Their quarterback was made to wait when he could have played in Oakland, right?

The way this season ended served as an appropriate encore to the way last season ended — with one of the more embarrassing home playoff losses in franchise history.

Losing big games, however, does not a circus make.

The circus part is everything else that has transpired since the beginning of last season. And for Rooney, Kevin Colbert or Mike Tomlin to minimize the breadth of the clown show is an insult to the team’s loyal fans.

Is this still a highly respected franchise? Of course it is. Big picture, yes. But it’s a punch line at the moment. Both can be true. Every single day brings a new social-media fracas (the latest involving Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and … wait for it … Bruce Arians).

That Rooney would scoff at the “circus” reference defies belief. His own players have referred the team as “Kardashians” (Jesse James, to pennlive.com) and “a reality show” (David DeCastro, to me).

In the past 16 months alone, we have seen …

— The coach guarantee an AFC Championship Game appearance that never happened.

— The team botch its national anthem plan to the point where fans were burning jerseys.

— A decorated veteran linebacker (James Harrison) force his way out of town by acting like a selfish jackass, then rip Tomlin to the point where he invited Brown to his house and made a video mocking the coach.

— The star running back (Le’Veon Bell) sit out the season and make his most notable public appearance in a racy strip-club video.

— Brown arrive at training camp in a helicopter, mysteriously disappear for a week, threaten to break a reporter’s jaw, be accused of tossing furniture off his 14th-floor balcony (nearly hitting a toddler), drive 100 mph on McKnight Rd., skip work the Monday after throwing a sideline tantrum, basically quit the team the week of a huge game, mock Rooney via social media (and have several teammates “like” the post) and ignore his boss’s calls to this day — AND THEN HAVE ROONEY SAY WEDNESDAY THAT BROWN WAS NOT A MAJOR DISTRACTION “UNTIL THE LAST WEEKEND OF THE SEASON.”

Anything else?

Well, another receiver (Martavis Bryant) jealously ripped a teammate, demanded a trade and got suspended; the quarterback publicly shredded Brown last year and criticized him this year for running a bad route; then-offensive coordinator Todd Haley injured his hip in a bar fight; and the offensive linemen eviscerated Bell as a player “who doesn’t give a damn” (Ramon Foster). Oh, and Brown was recently seen dressed up as a cartoon hippopotamus. And all of that is just the stuff we know about.

Circus?

What circus?

On the other hand, Rooney gave hope to those demanding tangible action when he sidestepped a question regarding Tomlin’s expected contract extension.

I’m betting Tomlin still receives an extension this summer, as is customary with two years left on his deal. But when asked about it, Rooney said, “Those are things we’ll get to sort of later in the offseason.”

That was in sharp contrast to his response regarding an extension for Roethlisberger, who has one year left on his deal.

“I think we feel good about trying to extend his contract,” Rooney said.

Here’s hoping Rooney keeps that Tomlin extension in his pocket. Tomlin hasn’t earned it. He certainly hasn’t earned a raise. He has taken two talented teams nowhere the past two years. He has won all of three playoff games in the past eight years, one a gift from the idiot Bengals.

Tomlin, too, has helped create a permissive atmosphere in which Brown and others figure they can do and say whatever they please. He is the ringmaster of this particular circus — and how he ever believed he could escape Oakland without using Roethlisberger is unfathomable.

What’s more, Tomlin should have told Brown to stay home for the Bengals game. The fact Brown received his game check is sickening. The players union might have pushed back, but Tomlin should have suspended Brown that Saturday and challenged any union pushback (perhaps scoring his first successful challenge in three years).

Denying an extension would be the best way for Rooney to make the atmosphere around here a little less comfortable — and make it known that he is highly dissatisfied with the state of the team.

But is he?


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they cant leave fast enough

Morgan Burnett - DB - Steelers
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Steelers S Morgan Burnett wants to be released prior to free agency.
Burnett reportedly felt as if he played out of position with the Steelers as a linebacker in dime packages and wants a fresh start. He has two years remaining on his current deal. If granted his release, Burnett would likely sign on with an interested team as a full-time safety.
Source: Ian Rapoport on TwitterJan 19 - 4:16 PM


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I hate to say it, but Tomlin has lost this team. They have SOOOO much talent, but so much turmoil that Tomlin has allowed to go on. I despise Belacheat and the Cheats, but he does enforce discipline. Tomlin has no discipline at all with this team. I keep saying, please let Tomlin go and hire Mike McCarthy, a Pittsburgh native and a winning coach. I know, pipe dream.......


 

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wow has AB turned into a ...a... a mess and an bum.... I'm not liking my steelers much right now


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Looks like Art Rooney is in Florida and wanted to meet with AB. Brown refused. He’s acting like he’s a free agent.. at this point I’d announce that he’s off the market and will be a Steeler through the end of his contract. Let that little b**** squirm.



This all day. And when he doesn’t show up you suspend him and/or fine him for conduct detrimental. 

What likely happens however will be Rooney caving like a b**** and taking whatever garbage offer he gets then claiming that’s the best he could do.


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Bye, bye AB! Here's to hoping you and Bell land with a team like the Jets, Buffalo or Cleveland....and hoping you learn a little respect. UGH!!!


 

"If I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football player, and you damn well better believe I would be a Pittsburgh Steeler."

 

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Bye, bye AB!    you were only worth a 3rd and a 5th....you and chuckie are going to have fun, all of your baby mommas just got a raise too.....glad you are gone, enjoy your money


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