The Steelers’ problems go deeper than their 0-2 record and they bubbled over along the sideline in the second half of Monday night’s game in Cincinnati. There wide receiver Antonio Brown confronted offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Brown angrily complained to the coach that not enough pass plays were called for him several sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Specifics of the argument were hard to come by but sources say that Haley was upset by Brown’s actions and that the two were still seething about it Tuesday. Brown’s complaint to Haley was harsh enough and the reaction to it along the sideline volatile to the point that many people there noticed although it was not shown nor apparently caught on camera by anyone including ESPN which broadcast the game. Brown was targeted three times in the first half when he caught two passes for 35 yards from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger according to the official statistics from the contest. He wound up being targeted with nine passes for the game catching a team-high six for 57 yards with a long of 18. Fellow starting wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught three of the four passes that came his way in the first half for 71 yards and finished with five receptions for 78 yards; he was targeted a team-high 10 passes in the game. But it was Jerricho Cotchery the No. 3 receiver who was targeted most often in the first half. Roethlisberger sent five passes his way during the first two quarters although none connected. Cotchery finished with three receptions for 59 yards and tied Brown with nine passes attempted to him. Sanders also was targeted more often than Brown in the first game against Tennessee with 12 passes recorded for him; he caught seven for 57 yards. Brown caught five of the seven passes attempted for him in the opener for a team-high 71 yards. In that game Cotchery also had seven passes attempted for him; he caught four for 34 yards. So after two games Sanders has been targeted a team-high 22 times Brown and Cotchery 16 times each. Sanders leads the Steelers with 12 receptions for 135 yards and Brown a close second with 11 catches for 128 yards. This is not the first time Brown has complained to coaches and teammates about not getting enough passes thrown his way. It happened last season as well sources said although not to the point where it elicited the kind of reaction it got from his Monday night sideline eruption.
Antonio Brown 'Angrily Confronted' Todd Haley About Targets Monday Night
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Sep 18