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.