Antonio Brown Says Everything Is Good Now Between Him And Todd Haley

According to a Wednesday morning report by Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had a confrontation with offensive coordinator Todd Haley during the Monday night loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Brown admitted Wednesday afternoon that he did indeed confront Haley during the game about his involvement in the offense, but also let it be known that everything is now smoothed over between the two.

“We’re good,” Brown said Wednesday after practice, according to Scott Brown of “We just talked about some things we could do better as a whole and what we could do to get on the right page to start winning.”

The incident between Brown and Haley must not have been a very demonstrative one or else the ESPN cameras surely would have caught it. Brown said Wednesday that he absolutely would like the ball thrown his way more, but also understands that he has to let the game come to him. He also blamed his frustration on the team not being successful to start the season.

“I guess that’s what happens when you lose,” Brown said.

The Steelers former sixth-round draft pick has been targeted 16 times through the first two games of the season and has registered 11 catches for 128 yards thus far. After the first two games last year, Brown had 11 catches for 153 yards on 18 targets, so it doesn’t appear as though he’s being shunned this season in the passing game.

When asked Wednesday afternoon if he knew anything about the tiff between Brown and Haley, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he was not aware of such a thing. He did, however, say that if there was some sort of disagreement between the two, then frustration likely played a roll in it.

“I don’t see it being a bigger problem than that,” the quarterback said.

This is not the first time that a receiver has asked for the ball during a game, and it certainly won’t be the last. Winning usually cures situations such as this and that is exactly what the Steelers will try to do for the first time this season Sunday night against the Chicago Bears.

Should they lose to the Bears and start the season 0-3; however, you can expect frustration from several other Steelers players next week.

  • steeltown

    I’ll say what I said before, which another commenter mentioned as well…
    I’d rather have my players and/or coaches showing fire and being visibly upset with their production when it is poor or below avg, rather than have players on the sideline laughing and joking around while the Team is losing. Period.

  • Henry

    If we start 0-3, I say they shut down Le’veon Bell for the year and move Matt Spaeth to the full term IR. No sense in either of them making their injury situations worse.

  • Henry

    well said. couldn’t agree more.

  • VaDave

    I didn’t see the Brown Haley flair up, but I did notice a very intense Brown trying to talk to Ben, who really didn’t appear interested in listening, and was trying to walk away.

  • Dan

    Sounds like there are troubles between some players and Haley and every time it manifests in some confrontation or remark that makes it to the media the participants get the order to “make nice” and say something positive to the media to counter. That doesn’t mean the problems aren’t still there. That being said I wouldn’t expect anything different given the current performance result. Nontheless it still needs solved; either the players need to execute better and/or Haley needs to plan and call better.

  • cencalsteeler

    This doesn’t bother me at all. What does bother me is Isaac Redman saying that the Bengals had more desire to win that game than the Steelers. Now that is troubling.

  • Mike Carroll

    I thought the effort was there for Steelers, and in all three phases. They just got beat.

  • Mike Carroll

    Disagree. It would be ridiculous to not look at Bell and find out what he can do if he is healthy this year.

  • steeltown

    What does he know, he got concust on the first play of the game!?

  • red planeteer

    Shut down Bell for the YEAR? In week 3? A rookie? No chance.

  • cencalsteeler

    His running style has been altered by Tomlin. He now slows down at the point of contact rather than running over some people. That is a direct reflection of him concentrating on not fumbling as opposed to running with authority. I said this yesterday, I don’t even think he is good for short yardage anymore. But, regardless of his contributions, he sensed that vibe out there on the field that the Bengals were hungrier than the Steelers. Also, a Bengal being interviewed on Sirius after the game confirmed Redmans thoughts- “You could tell out there, we wanted it more than they did”.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    It is too early to throw in the towel after just 3 games. The Steelers have been getting off to slow starts since the 2011 season. By the 5th game, I’m expecting them to find a groove and play the way we expect them to play.

  • steeltown

    Im sorry but of course a Bengals player is going to say that.. unless I hear it from someone like Clark or Timmons or even Ben (someone who played the entire game or atleast the majority of it I reserve judgment on whether that is a true statement

    On the other topic, yea I could see that.. I bet all the RBs are too worried about fumbling to put the hurt on opposing players

  • Aric Brown

    I was just talking with my fiance about the looks/play of guys like BB AB84 and Cotchery… it’s like theyve allready thrown in the towel…. the guys just look defeated, confused, and clueless as to how to right the ship.

  • Bob Graff

    This will keep happening like a broken record until Haley is gone. So stay tuned for part 3 of this offense more draws up the middle and bubble screens. Then when it’s 3 and long only sometimes try a [what would be for other teams] normal play.