Todd Haley Says Antonio Brown Has Gotten Even Better

Earlier in the offseason, Carnell Lake remarked Antonio Brown looked even better than before. And his offensive coordinator agrees.

Speaking with Bob Labriola on Coordinator’s Corner, Todd Haley said he’s seen Brown take his game to new heights.

“I haven’t seen anybody who does what he does,” Haley told Labriola. “And I think Carnell is right on. You see more burst, you see even better play speed.”

Brown is the league leader in yards through two weeks with 244, well ahead of second place. And his 16 receptions are just one back from the league lead and the most of any wide receiver. Jason Witten’s 17 paces the group.

As Haley usually circles back to when talking about AB, he praised Brown for his work ethic, saying he “outworks everybody” and “I’ve learned not to put limits on that guy.”

Brown’s speed is certainly one thing he’s noticeably improved throughout his career. He ran a 4.57 at the NFL Combine in 2010 but last May, posted clips of him running 4.35, which would make him one of the fastest receivers in the league. He probably isn’t at quite that speed but either way, he’s still plenty fast. Brown has also spent his career gaining weight. Entering the league at 186 pounds, he’s now in the 195 range, making him an even harder target to take down in the open field.

Haley stopped short of saying he’s the best receiver he’s ever coached, probably to avoid slighting anyone in his past.

“I have been around some great ones. A couple that will probably end up in the Hall of Fame. AB, I know, is trying to be the best there is. I’m happy to be apart of it.”

As Steelers’ PR assistant Dom Rinelli tweeted earlier today, Brown will become the fastest player to 650 catches come Sunday.

Best in the game? You better believe it?

Best ever? It’s not impossible.

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  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    The best receiver I’ve ever watched play. So dynamic, so versatile, so dedicated, so dependable, and so friggin good. This guy was a sixth round pick. A SIXTH ROUND PICK! You can’t get any better than that!

  • BlackAndGold97

    I would like to thank Mike Wallace for turning down the Steelers contract offer in 2012 therefore allowing us to give the money to AB…bullet dodged!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I liked AB and Wallace as a tandem, but you could tell Brown was itching to break out. I’m definitely not mad at Wallace for going elsewhere. I remember dbs saying AB was the better receiver at the time it happened!

  • Mengus

    I sometimes wonder if we as a fanbase truly appreciate this guy’s greatness. From the helmet catch his rookie season to the Immaculate extension, this dude delivers when it matters most and also game to game routine plays. It was his performance during the 2015 Raiders game when he had 304 YFS when it finally hit me just how awesome he is. 304 yards!

  • francesco

    Haley should use AB in the slot position
    more often. Then you can use MBryant and DHB on the outside. Eli and/or JuJu can run a reverse just to confuse the DB. This will allow AB to get more receptions.

  • Brenton deed

    What if “the Alien” catches his bug???

  • Brenton deed

    How about Brady in the sixth?

  • Pghomer

    Well there’s that…

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Uhhhhhhhhh, he’s a good qb. What do you want me to say? I’m talking about a wr named Antonio Brown.

  • I checked out AB’s college tapes when we drafted him, and I thought he looked special and would be more successful than most projected. I never guessed he’d be in the conversation for GOAT…but he is [or he will be when he hangs up the cleats]. Bravo, AB! Well done!

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    I wouldn’t use DHB as the other outside guy in that situation just because he’s not a true threat. I think Juju would be better in that spot even with way less speed.

  • nutty32

    He’s so unstoppable that it’s easy to forget about his crazy good hands. Usually only see hands like his on slow, undersized guys that lack any kind of explosiveness and have to catch everything to stay employed. There’s nothing AB can’t do at top notch levels, physical or intangible.

    Randy Moss probably the only WR I’d draft ahead of AB, all time.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I don’t think ppl get it. They only see him pulling up in a Rolls Royces, doing live streams, and celebrating. They don’t realize the work he put in to get there. How many records do this guy have to break to get the recognition he deserves?

  • Michael Mosgrove

    But you haven’t todd.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    AB is widely considered top 3 WR in the NFL. Pretty sure he gets plenty of recognition.

  • Terrible Towlie

    his performance in the motor city bowl was all you needed to see to know he was special

  • Jaybird

    Skool- trust me -we get it. I think he’s actually better than Jerry Rice. I doubt he will last as long and put up Rice’s huge numbers, but I think AB is a better route runner, has better hands and has the best sideline toe tap I’ve ever seen. I Know a lot of people will say I’m crazy for saying AB is better than Rice, but I think AB is about as good as it gets.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I know, I know! Was on my soapbox for a quick sec! You see I got the most comments in this thread! That’s my favorite player and I remember ppl saying he didn’t deserve the big contract and whatnot. He’s the hardest worker in football, IMO!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Sorry, my AB rants get so crazy! Tons of recognition still isn’t enough recognition for me!

  • Paul Rainey

    He came to work EVERY day when he was unhappy with his contract. A true professional, an ultimate Steeler and the best wr in the league. Couple that with the fact that he is a great human being and a great family man and you can not ask for more. I am overjoyed that he is a Steeler.