Bouchette: Martavis Bryant Missed Team Meetings, ‘Called In Sick’

More fun from the Martavis Bryant daily drama. A day after an Instagram feud where he threw JuJu Smith-Schuster under the bus, Bryant reportedly did not show up for mandated team meetings today. This report comes from Ed Bouchette who, according to one teammate, said Bryant “called in sick.”

Bryant continues to express frustration with his role in the offense. He caught just one pass yesterday and targeted twice, the other a deep ball that he was unable to locate.

Per Joe Rutter, Smith-Schuster said he talked to Bryant about the Instagram comments and took the high road, saying there was no hard feelings.

We’re at the point where a 20 year old rookie is showing more maturity than an NFL veteran who is five years his elder. Which tells you all you need to know about the situation.

It’s unclear if the Steelers will accept Bryant’s skip or if they will issue some sort of punishment. Questions about Bryant’s immediate future will continue to swirl. Art Rooney II said last week the team would not trade Bryant but with each negative action he takes, the harder it will be to stand by that statement. Getting proper value out of him, however, will be nearly impossible.

UPDATE: Bryant’s agent says Bryant went to the doctor today.

UPDATE 2:

The Steelers are not expected to discipline Bryant and certainly have no plans to trade him before the NFL’s Oct. 31 deadline to do so, a source said, according to Bouchette.

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  • 695hoops

    He’s on that weed again.

  • Steve Johnson

    Ok, it’s time to suspend him, dress Justin Hunter. Better yet, it’s time for the Head Coach to have a long talk with the O/C, dial up some good plays in the Red Zone and when in short yardage.

  • PaeperCup

    *sigh*

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I don’t see how calling ahead saying he’s too sick to come in today warrants a suspension.

  • MattHat121

    Doesn’t want to face his teammates, coaches, or answer for his actions. Can’t bring himself to apologize. Small. Selfish. Dumb.

  • SwagDaddy330

    What a cry baby.

    Grow up Martavis.

  • MattHat121

    If he’s actually too sick for meetings and practice, he won’t play on Sunday.

  • Joe Craig

    He needs to be careful. I think the league is still watching!

  • mem359

    Or maybe he is taking a day to tell his agent and friends to stop spreading rumors that are making his job difficult.

    Probably better for fans to wait & see how it plays out, instead of jumping to conclusions and maybe driving away a player with potential. (Remember that Harrison was undisciplined and impulsive in his early years, and he turned out okay.)

  • MattHat121

    If he was actually at the doctor, will be a valid reason. Doesn’t excuse his social media statements, which while perhaps not suspendable, are going to invite questions/concerns from teammates, coaches, media.

  • Rocksolid20

    You are very nieve my friend .

  • Bradys_Dad

    I think that subject/topic needs to be changed to: who should we entertain as a trade partner and what would you be willing to trade for (keeping it to draft position) ?

  • melblount

    For those who think we can’t win without him…we made it to the AFC Title Game last year without him, and we’re 5-2 atop (albeit via tie-break) the AFC this season with him producing in 7 Games a whopping

    18 Rec, 234 Yds and 1 TD on 36 Targets.

    For those who think trading MB is absurd, ain’t gonna happen, we won’t get in return what he is really worth…consider that TODAY may very well be his high water mark for value, tomorrow may be less, the day after that even less, and so on, and that MOST of his value is potential.

    Some cancers are treatable, some are not. He has brought upon himself the look and feel of the latter.

    His Steelers days appear numbered, and he only has himself, and perhaps his girlfriend and/or agent, to blame for that.

  • Jones

    Continue to give him two targets per game that he can’t run a route/find the ball on & watch him slowly tank his own value by underperforming AND being a locker room cancer.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Depends how long the illness is. I’ve seen people miss a Wednesday or Thursday practice due to illness and then suit up for the game on Sunday.

  • Rocksolid20

    If Debo can sit , so can Bryant .

  • MattHat121

    It’s not jumping to a conclusion at this point; between last week’s reports, and yesterday’s social media comments, he’s driving HIMSELF away.

  • melblount

    Sounds about right.

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    Can his agent tell him this is not going work well in his favor when he becomes a free agent?

  • JT

    Should we start a pool on when/how he gets flat out cut?

  • Charles Mullins

    Skip Hunter, bring Ayers back.

  • melblount

    I’m in if’n when you post it.

  • Michael

    Another basket case who cluelessly unaware $500k per year is peanuts.

  • Ross McCorkle

    The picture you guys keep using cracks me up every time

  • DirtDawg1964

    Because he’s not sick. It’s not that hard to figure out.

    But they won’t suspend him. They may make him inactive. Or take some other measures. What won’t happen is Bryant getting his way on this. They will only continue to groom JuJu to take snaps from him.

    If Bryant continues to act like a petulant child he will eventually face team discipline. There are only so many times he can call in “sick”.

  • Dorian James

    No lower than a 3rd,MAYBE 4th, otherwise let him play out his contract,and deal with him

  • Jeff Papiernik

    At least I can spell naive

  • Michael

    MB is unaware there’s really only a handful of NFL QB’s could sustain his unfulfilled underachieved career if traded.

  • FATCAT716

    Lol

  • melblount

    Wondering if he said,

    “I’m sick in the head” or

    “I’m sick that I can’t do a bong today.”

    This clown is gotta be REAL close to firing up if he hasn’t already. Today may have been the day.

  • Cross Fire

    Probably the drugs did some things to his head. It may not be the real him acting out.

  • JT

    Everyone’s favorite reporter Ian Wrongreport claims to have spoken to 10’s agent. Says his client went to doctors this morning.

  • melblount

    MMJ doc?

  • Michael James

    Quick reminder: A lot of fans were bashing Rapoport last week, because the Bryant story was “100% made up” and “because Bryant already debunked those stories”.
    Well, sadly it’s absolutely clear now that Rapoport was right on the money and Bryant was lying once again. It’s plain obvious that Bryant is a immature fool and does everything to get out of Pittsburgh asap.

  • NCSteel

    Don’t give him a helmet this week.
    The comments have been real. The situation is real.
    The Steelers may be asking too much of him by asking him to earn back his right to play.
    However, on the other side of the coin, you have red zone issues, he’s standing there, a head taller than all the other kids in class, thats him in the back, the big tall stupid one.
    Sit him for a week then toss him one long one and one up for grabs red zone ball and see what he does with them.
    Good gracious with this guy.
    I was rooting for him too.

  • Michael

    There’s a 420 joke in there I can’t and won’t touch due to contractual obligations. Haha.

  • JT

    Dr.Dre said…nothing you idiots Dr. Dre’s dead.

  • DirtDawg1964

    Oh boy. Not a good look MB. You said all the right things. But actions speaker louder than words. And now, in the middle of what could be a legitimate run at the SB, you pull this.

    Meanwhile, the 20 year old is taking the high road. The guy who is already a better blocker than you and may have even more versatility than you. No, doesn’t have your speed. But he may be a better player. Without previous drug suspensions.

    And this is why we drafted JuJu.

    I still hold out hope for MB to have a game breaking moment. But that may all be going up in smoke. Pun intended.

  • Michael James

    Honestly, I just want him gone. If he’s indeed such a locker room cancer, the team and especially the young kids (Juju…) are better off without him.

  • Carl Mendelius

    The Steelers are PATHETIC in the red zone. MB is too talented to keep him out the play book, this is Haley´s fault, Ben should be ordered to throw MB the damn ball.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Would you be good within the division? Just curious.

  • Jim McCarley

    I don’t hear Jesse James whining? With that being said, but JJ and MB in the game in the redzone and throw some jump balls….actually……the next time they have it first down inside the five, I’d run Conner up the middle four times in a row…if necessary. I must say that this team is as stupid as a team as I have ever watched play. Way too much talent to not score more TDs than they do….Put in Nix and Conner or Watson and if you can’t get five yards in four downs then so be it….You still have the opponent inside their own five , right? I get more and more confused about this team every week.

  • 太阳三联

    how do y’all know he isn’t seeing his therapist? Quit crucifying the guy already. Dudes happiness is prolly based on football and to not be performing and forgotten prolly got him emotional. I dunno, I seen the talent.. you just don’t give up on that

  • John

    Something is wrong elsewhere than just with Martavis. We were unable to use Coates effectively after about five games last year. We cannot get anything out of Hunter. And we are not getting anything from Martavis. We are going to need him or someone like him to beat the Pats and the other good teams late in the year. I hope this turns around somehow.

  • Michael James

    You can’t suspend him because of something like that. That’s obvious.
    However, his sudden “illness” is also very fishy to say the least. Right after a game where he was a non-factor once again (bottling the few opportunities he got) and after another incredibly dumb and immature instagram rant. Right after the night where he was baited into basically confirming that he indeed requested a trade and that the Steelers “just have to give him what he wants and then they can roll with Juju”.

  • DirtDawg1964

    You can’t order a guy to throw to a specific target. That’s one sure fire way to lose.

    The right read needs to be in place, guys have to be open and they need to make plays. That’s how you get the ball.

    Ben threw a nice ball to MB yesterday and MB looked like he didn’t want to fight for it.

    Let’s break this down. AB and Bell will see 35 to 40 balls between the two of them. That leaves about 20 for everyone else. And JuJu, Macdonald, James, Connor, Watson, Rogers, and even Nix, deserve a shot or two. Just like MB does. So how many balls will MB realistically see? Five? Six?

    He hasn’t earned the lion’s share of the offence. Until he can show he can be trusted, it ain’t happening.

  • Josh

    They can take a helmet away from anyone they want, the last I checked. It happened to 17 last year.

  • Zarbor

    So lets get this straight. So because YOU don’t hear JJ whining means that he isn’t? Interesting.

  • Alex Kozora

    That alone doesn’t. But if factors into “missing time so you can’t play,” just in the way if someone misses enough practice, doesn’t get enough reps, they can’t participate.

    Obviously, no one knows with 100% confidence if Bryant was/wasn’t sick but it’s easy to cast suspicion. Even if he was, why not go to a team doctor? Why not go after meetings? Why did it have to happen at the same time?

  • Bradys_Dad

    It’s like the old movie North Dallas 40, “when you call it a business, we call it a sport, when you call it a sport, we call it a business” there’s no good that will come of any of this at this point. It’s a true shame as you’re right, he was/is very talented. What’s done is done.

  • Biggie

    To many distractions still on this team. They need to nip this Bryant bull in the bud now. Still don’t get his whining when he missed so much time due to his own mistakes no one elses. Shut up and play, eventually he’ll get the ball once Ben feels he can trust him like he can Brown, Bell and JuJu right now. The other distraction is the horrible play calling in the red zone and short yardage which is all coaching, you could even see Ben get frustrated on absolutely stupid run call before the half. Dumbest call on offense this year possibly. When the heck are they going to let Ben run more no huddle, up tempo which is when he is most efficient.

  • DirtDawg1964

    It’s clear there is noise with MB. It’s equally clear there is no current reportable noise with JJ. He was not happy when Macdonald was acquired (that was reported) but instead of crying he went to work and tried to get better at his craft.

  • Rotten Sircus

    This is just not a good time for “BS” or fake media news ! The Steelers have been really patient with Martavious he needs to show some LOYALTY & Be a little more HUMBLE !!!

  • Carl Mendelius

    MB has superior talent than Juju and everybody else other than AB by far far far. He is being excluded from the offense. If MB leaves this would be Tomlin´s and Haley´s fault. You cannot win the SB by kicking FGs.

  • Pat Knotts

    very dumb grow up wtf

  • Ike Evans

    I’m on mb side…..Ben and Haley need to get there s**t together …..besides Mr. Rooney said they not trading him….buck stops there

  • Matt Manzo

    I think he needs to get high so he can relax!

  • Matt Manzo

    Maybe cuz they’re all over 6′ tall!

  • Sdale

    De Nile ain’t just a river in Egypt.

  • Matt Manzo

    I haven’t picked a side yet. I keep feeling Bryant but then the next day he says something stupid!
    I have a feeling he’s feeling the effects of withdrawal from the Mary Jane, and is super agro!

  • Carl Mendelius

    Agreed. Ben and Haley are pathetic in the red zone to be excluding a real talented player who has paid his debt to the NFL.

  • John Pennington

    Its time for the steeler organization to tell everyone why Ben is not or Haley is excluding MB in the game plan.Or if the team is phasing him out of the offense.Maybe things between him and Ben was never over.There is a problem can’t lie anymore.Time for Tomlin and the Rooneys to come clean so we all can move on.Just get as many draft picks you can get let him go if you dont want him on the team.But remember Ben was no saint either.

  • Paddy

    This is the third time he’s called in sick with illness, cut the SOB

  • colingrant

    What kind of doctor though? Psychiatrist?

  • Charles Mullins

    If Coates would have blown up in Cleveland I would agree with you, but I agree that we need to get MB rolling.

  • Charles Mullins

    He is going to need a new agent. Dude is either incompetent or needs to fire his client.

  • KiJana Haney

    I just don’t understand martavius at all. He keeps biting the hand that feeds him. I won’t be surprised if he is traded for a 4th or 5th round pick.

  • WilliamSekinger

    The Steeler organization doesn’t owe anyone any explanations.

  • melblount

    Somebody might as well TRY to introduce some FACTS into this mess…

    The great Julio Jones has been targeted 50 times in 6 games, or 8.3x per game.

    The all-potential, had one very good (50/765/6) season, suspended one FULL season, ONE failed drug test away from being suspended indefinitely, malcontent MB has been targeted 36 times in 7 games, or 5.1x per game.

    Where’s the beef again?

  • srdan

    This year yes

  • srdan

    I don’t think you can quantify his impact in stats alone

  • Michael

    are you sure it’s 3rd time? Site your source per reporting., plz.

  • melblount

    As I posted previously…MMJ?

  • lonnie

    This thing really has me torn because I can see both sides. I can understand his frustration because he was off a year and worked hard to get himself back in the league and he does have tremendous talent that seems to be going to waste. Yes we need to run Bell and throw to AB and there is only one ball but getting so few targets doesn’t seem right when you have a guy with his talent. Part of this I blame Haley.

    However he is needs to show some maturity and should show appreciation to an organization that stood by him and be a team player

    It would be best for him to keep his head down, work hard and be a team player and i’m sure the he’ll get his chances down the line.

  • jaison jaitley

    bottom line bench his butt and let him see us go to the superbowl. then trade him on draft day to cle or arz, or he can always go sit with mr rooney and thank him for sticking by him leave his office , fir his girlfriend and his agent and get back to work, he screwed us last season by getting suspendend time he sits his ass down and has a iron city thinks about who he wants to be, he really has been soft this year so has big ben hit the gym and act like your the best like ab and stop thinking u are

  • melblount

    Using that logic, then it would seem to be OK if Watson and/or Conner also bellyached over them not getting any chances in the RZ.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Ahh, somebody who actually has thought before they spoke. Well done sir. From your stats, it looks like Bryant is being targeted about the same as a #2 WR in the NFL…go figure.

  • Sdale

    Thank you for that.

  • melblount

    “I keep feeling Bryant but then the next day he says something stupid!”

    LOL! I’m not even gonna try to clean that up, but perhaps you oughta.

  • melblount

    Some fans like talent. Others like production.

    I like the latter.

  • lone pistol

    I dont know about by far. If i had to pick between the two it would be juju. I didn’t expect this to be the case but it is. He may have more athletic ability but i don’t know if i would consider him as more talented just cause of that ability. I did not think he would unravel this season but it looks that way.

  • WilliamSekinger

    You don’t get more targets by watching footballs hit the turf less than 5 yards from you when you didn’t even make an effort. You get more catches by getting open, by out working the DB even if you are covered, and most importantly by making sure the ball isn’t picked off when it comes your way. Bryant hasn’t done any of those things this year.

    Edit: Ben isn’t throwing your way, because he doesn’t trust you, and I don’t blame him after seeing your piss poor effort Sunday.

  • Stairway7

    I don’t know if he called in before but they had him listed as “out sick” on practice reports two times (I think the week before last). The timing is definitely suspicious but I’ll give him the benefit of doubt until I hear otherwise. I have a close family member that was on prescription medication to help with a mental disorder and she got sick and fatigued until they got the dosage right. It could be he’s on something similar.

  • steelburg

    I wouldnt can you see him running go routes in a Ravens or Bengals uniform for the next few years? He would be just what the Doctor ordered for those teams. I don’t want him in the AFC period. I definitely don’t want to give a division rival any hope.

  • melblount

    And potential doesn’t win championships.

    You appear to be giving MB the benefit of the doubt that he takes the lid off the defenses and opens up stuff for AB. Put a reasonably productive #2 WR over there and you get the same/near same results for AB, and MORE production from the #2.

  • Rob

    Has anything blown up in Cleveland?

  • melblount

    If you liked that post, here’s one I posted on the other currently running MB thread…

    SI’s Jacob Feldman wrote a great article dated August 1, 2017 entitled, “Martavis Bryant Will Take the Steelers to the Super Bowl. Or Spoil Their Season. Again.” (It’s a virtual must read for anyone trying to formulate an opinion on this, well, dope.)

    It contains my favorite MB quote of all-time:

    “I smoked because I was able to,” he says. As for the drug program, “I never really paid it no mind.”

    Well, that favorite quote status has come under fire (sic) these past two weeks with MB’s ramblings but it is for the time being still holding the #1 spot.

    Trusting he’s gonna be able to outdo it – he’s sure practicing enough saying really STOOPID stuff. Should be just a matter of time.

  • francesco

    Ben is a poor QB.
    Focuses on one WR at a time whether they are double or triple covered. His career is over.

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    How did the appointment with Dr. Belicheat go? Did the good doctor like his copy of the playbook?

    Bench his whiny ass. Take away his helmet and dress Hunter instead. Suspend him for violating team rules and take away his paycheck. Do NOT release him or trade him to anybody except Buffalo or Miami. That’s what they want and what this crap is all about — New Cheatland TAMPERING with Bryant with all the subtlety and nuance of a sh*tler tweet!

  • melblount

    LOVE the Buffalo or Miami connection.

  • Rich Stafford

    Fans take this stuff way too personal. It’s a business people. He is trying to pull a “Blunt”pun intended. Sit him down until further notice.

  • 2020_Vision

    If they are not going to trade him, then PUT him in the effin’ game plan!!!! Why have this crap hanging over the team?!

  • melblount

    See my previous post about his YTD targets versus those of Julio Jones.

    Then re-think, or perhaps THINK for the FIRST time, your position.

  • steelburg

    You could also blame a declining Ben. The blueprint for success is to keep Ben passing attempts around 25 we have done that the last 2 games and the results have been good. The problem is they trained Juju to play both the slot and outside and Bryant only plays outside. So juju is the starting slot and the first off the bench for the outside positions. On top of All that juju is playing well. This team is turning into the Broncos in Peyton Mannings last year where they run heavy to protect the QB who is in decline. The days of gunslinger Ben are over and that doesn’t bold well for the highly talent group of receivers we have. Because I think Rogers is also a really good slot who is being underutilized.

  • melblount

    BTW, MB’s comment about how NOBODY helped him get back, how he gloriously did it all on his own…

    Does he NOT get that NOBODY was ALLOWED to help him?

    I didn’t think so.

  • JohnnyFootball

    The team has basically told Bryant he can do whatever the hell he wants, with no punishment. So this is going to continue and not stop. Why wouldn’t it? Cool Coach T probably gave him a pound and said “you good fam”. I mean I guess they will just hope it “blows over” like they did last week. That worked out fantastically. Everything is fine! Just more false rumors made up by the national media. And now the local one.I can’t WAIT to hear Ben spin this one tomorrow.

  • Charles Mullins

    …toilets come to mind.

  • francesco

    I see a good fit for KC or the Giants. I hope he gets traded so that I can enjoy his game again.

  • francesco

    Unlike yourself…Big, selfless, and smart.

  • 2020_Vision

    What does Julio Jones have to do with Martavis’ play in the Steelers’ offense? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!!! And I’m supposed to think!!!! SMH!!!!

  • Danny Porter

    3 things
    1. They need to bench him this week and send a message.
    2. He has absolutely no trade value. He was suspended all of last season and has not consistently.
    3. Haley needs to find a way to get him the ball. He is too talented

  • 2020_Vision

    Martavis could have 1000 targets, but if they are not well designed targets or well thrown balls the point is MOOT!!!!

  • francesco

    I’m with you. Couldn’t use Wheaton. Couldn’t use Eli Rogers. Couldn’t use Cotchery and so on and on.
    AB and Heath Miller that’s all Ben’s got.

  • 2020_Vision

    THINK IT OVER!!!

  • melblount

    Got it. You are incapable of thinking despite the (sic) 20/20 vision..

  • 2020_Vision

    The feelings are mutual.

  • Lukesaenz

    Let’s be real, though. This is very clearly a BS excuse. Maybe the dude needed a mental health day. Personally, I hope we can get him rolling in this offense, because his deep playmaking ability is indispensable, but I think the dude is clearly struggling to shake off the rust, and his chemistry with Ben is MIA.

  • melblount

    Well, at least you can feel.

  • Mark

    “For real, the weed is medicinal”….
    MB

  • lonnie

    Good point.

  • melblount

    “3. Haley needs to find a way to get him the ball. He is too talented”

    He’s been targeted 5.1x per game this season, and he ONLY caught 50% of them. (He had NO IDEA where that long ball to him was yesterday.)

    Is that really “too talented?” Are 5.1 targets NOT enough? Julio Jones ONLY got targeted 8.3x per game this season but he CAUGHT 68% of them. (Note to 20/20…IF you can think, you can draw conclusions from that.)

    Thinking (God forbid, do I have to?) and stats aside, he’s showing me very little this season of what we saw in his ONE very good season. As I said previously, I think he was a better player when he was smoking dope. Seriously. (See Lawrence Taylor and his drug of choice.)

  • Ike Evans

    Lol! He does seem like he needs to smoke

  • melblount

    FWIW, “(my) stats” are actually NFL Reference stats, free for use by anyone.

  • Gizmosteel

    Why can’t there be another explanation such as the year away from football has eroded his execution of all this talent you profess he holds? Why can’t another option be that Juju is just as talented and is clearly on his details as Tomlin lines to states. With only 16 games and a ‘win now” mentality to take advantage of #7, how does intentionally blackballing MB help? There’s no conspiracy. Juju is playing better. Deserves the balls thrown his way.

  • ImMikeD

    Coaching staffs and drafts

  • Chris92021

    What if he is really ill?

  • Brian Tollini

    I think the Steelers have to take this stance whether they intend to trade him or not to trade to salvage any vaule he may have left.

  • Chris92021

    I refuse to believe that we as Steeler Nation should choose sides. Having said that, Todd Haley’s ineptitude will cost this team. He has to go ASAP. Judging by Big Ben’s comments about the run play at the end of the half yesterday, sounds like Haley lost his QB as well.

  • Michael James

    Lol what? Sorry, but how can anyone take the Bryant’s side here?
    Bryant gets targeted 5.1 times per game. Normal number for a #3 WR, which he is. He catches 50% of those balls, runs wrong routes and has some bad drops. When he actually catches the ball (not blowing any routes), he goes down right after the first contact, even when he’s barely touched.
    He’s simply not been good so far. Nothing to discuss about.
    Now even if he really wants to play the primadonna, at least don’t take it out on social media like a coward. Talk to Ben, Tomlin, Haley etc. like a man and don’t throw a 20-year old WR colleague under the bus, who has done nothing wrong.
    Icing on the cake is, that this guy should be thankful to even play in this league and for this team again, after all the drama he had already created. No, he comes back after being out of football for more than one and a half years and starts being poisonous after 5 (!) games again.
    MB is a full blown moron.

    And just for the record: Yes, Ben and Haley have been questionable so far this season. Absolutely. That is no reason at all for Bryant’s actions, though.

  • Conserv_58

    Whether he actually did go to the doctor’s or not I have to go by what Ramon Foster said and I think he spoke for several other players too. Ramon he said he’s over it. As a fan I’m tired of the ridiculous and unnecessary drama that has been going on with this team this season. It’s hurting the team. IMO, if he doesn’t have a legitimate excuse Tomlin should sit him.

  • srdan

    His deal is up at the end of this year. Whoever trades for him has to sign him at the end of this year.

    I think the AFCN is a a wrap already, so this year he can go play within the division.

  • pcantidote

    DHB — next man up.

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    We’re likely to get sympathy from the league in this, as usual — not! Giving him to their resurgent rivals might be better than keeping a Belicheat spy in the meeting rooms.

    Starting Smith-Shuster at this point is also a no-brainer. While no 20 year old rookie could be considered quite ‘polished’ yet, he seems to be embracing his inner ‘Baby Hines’ and is already more mature and RELIABLE than Bryant could ever be forced at gun point to be!

    Bryant sees demands that he get his head out of his ass and FIGHT FOR IT as people ‘hating’ him. He needs to FIGHT to get open, FIGHT like AB for EVERY ball thrown his way — FIGHT like a goddamn PROFESSIONAL to be better, instead of whining like a little kid playing Madden to be ‘given’ the ball more. Or ‘given’ ANYTHING in this league!

    Quarterbacks like Ben don’t give a damn what you as a receiver WANT, they only care whose open and likely to ‘catch the football’ and give him a new set of downs to work with, instead of giving up on the ‘too much like work’ route, waving at the pass now sailing ten feet over his head because he stopped running and making Ben look bad. Or worse, ending up in enemy hands and an INT on Ben! It’s all about who can he TRUST to keep his drive going!

    So how’s that very un-sexy receiver with the funny name and workmanlike tough guy rep ‘reach’ in the second look now!

  • EdJHJr

    The best part of all is Rapoport does not offer/suggest/comment on anything else.

    He just randomly called Bryant, for no reason, and happened to find out he had a doctor appointment. Then he said oh ok. Nothing else , talk to you later.

    Yes , the Easter bunny actually informed me of all that

  • cencalsteeler

    This drama goes against the philosophy in which the the Steelers approached the draft this year. It didn’t work for Wallace and it didn’t work for Blount. If theres an offer for a 5th round pick, I’d say the Steelers deal. That wr position is stacked and I was afraid some divas would start complaining about touches. I don’t see how DHB cant feel MB’s void. Other than his physical size and speed, I’m really not impressed with his athletic talent. And for those blaming Ben on those deep passes, I’d argue that MB doesn’t put in a full effort in running those routes. A big reason why the timing is off and he choses to go elsewhere with the ball.

  • steelburg

    I hope they trade him to the bears we can take Wheaton back for depth and a draft pick and he can play with the rookie QB who attempted 7 pass last week.

  • Chris92021

    Martavis Bryant, why oh why? I get it, he is frustrated because his last moments as a Steeler (2015 season), he was the 2nd option on offense to Antonio Brown (let’s not forget Bell was Burficted earlier that season, which saw DeAngelo Williams be the starting RB). Bryant thought that things would be the same when he came back from suspension. Well, no, things have changed. Bryant is now the 4th option on offense behind Bell, Brown, and Smith-Schuster. Heck, Bryant might be the 5th option if Vance McDonald is healthy and can prove he can be reliable.

    I get it. Todd Haley is not the best offensive coordinator in the league. He can’t create plays for Bryant to consistently get open like what Sean McVay has done in LA with Watkins and Woods. But this is also on Bryant as well. One, he failed enough drug tests to force the Steelers to semi-move on from him (drafting JuJu, picking up Justin Hunter) and he is now a decoy at best, an afterthought at worst in the Steelers offense. Bryant also has not improved since that last moment as a Steeler in 2015. He still can’t run precise routes, he does not have the most reliable hands, and he still can’t properly find the football when it is in the air (as seen yesterday again). Bryant is the best deep threat in the league right until the ball is within his grasp. Bryant is like the power hitter who is hitting .150 and is wondering why he’s benched. Well, because he is not good right now.

    Having said that, we are NOT trading Bryant. He needs to get that through his head. He is either going to play for us or no one else in 2017. If he really wants out of Pittsburgh, he will have to prove he can stay clean and be a part of the offense instead of demanding to be the focal point of the offense, which he never was or ever will be.

  • EdJHJr

    If you see johns comment below. Part of the problem is …..it does look like no matter what, this offense WILL only include brown and bell. 95 % of the time. And Ben will do his best to make that happen.

    I mean that’s exactly what it looks like.

  • Gautam Ramani

    He is better than Emanuel Sanders. We have got to find a role for him. Our passing game need some work.

  • Brian Tollini

    I can understand his frustration, this is the first time he put in the effort in the offseason and isn’t being rewarding with success. His immaturity is the problem though, he is pointing fingers in the wrong direction.

  • CountryClub

    The most important part of the Bouchette article is the quote from Foster. The players are already sick of the act.

  • PA2AK_

    Probably the worst 3 examples for whatever case you have

  • CountryClub

    The Steelers do no get bullied. He may get traded in the summer (for far less than people think), but they aren’t moving him this month.

  • melblount

    FWIW, I think the FO statement last week that, (paraphrasing) “No way we’re trading Bryant” COULD easily be positioning to preemptively cause ANY trade partner out there to ante up even BEFORE they inquire.

    Why? We’ve conclusively shown in the past that STATING someone is available or further, stating, “We want to trade this guy” does NOT work well. Those players USUALLY get cut.

    Maybe, just maybe, we’ve learned from those past mistakes.

  • thomas hmmmm

    Just the careers of top picks and qbs…. Poor souls didnt stand a chance there.

  • srdan

    I never said anything about potential. But if you watch the all22, he takes the safety with him a heck of a lot. But his impact in the running game is felt as well. Watch the stiff arm from yesterday by bell, look for 10 on that play. Look at other plays too.

    If you solely want to look at #s, I agree with you, but there is much more to football.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Must have see his psychiatrist.

  • Scott

    MB is still a deep threat opposing secondaries have to respect. Take him out of the lineup and AB will be double teamed and kept in check. The AFC championship game was a perfect example of that when the passing game was ineffective. Yes he’s making immature comments and that needs to be addressed, but removing Bryant would have a negative effect on the offense.

  • J.

    Im pretty sure Cotch had some very key catches for the Steelers during his time here.

  • thomas hmmmm

    I think he has other issues going on in his personal life that he needs to work out. I think he needa to drop that girl also that put his business out there to begin all this bs.. People are playing him

  • pittsburghjoe

    This type of stuff makes my interest in the game continue to wane.

  • Dorian James

    If the price was right? sure.
    The price tag would be higher for a division rival then a team in the opposite conference

  • 太阳三联

    He gets the most ridiculous looks tho like 50yard bombs or -3 yard screens with a guy already keyed in on it. His bread and butter now imo is the quick slant/post and they aren’t running it often enough for him.

  • afrazier9

    I’m going to say that Bryant Is wrong for the way he is handling it, but the Steelers are wrong for the way they are handling him on the field. Are offense for some dum reason goes into a play not to loose offens by strating to run out the clock with 8 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. which does nothing but keep the other team close. the last few games like they were being sarcastic they lined up play after play and ran the ball even when the teams are lined up with everyone on the line of scrimmage including the coach. The offense has been horrible with all the weapons we have to be so dry and predictable is crazy.

  • Kick

    He could be but the timing is suspect.

  • Chris92021

    Yeah, agreed. Then again, his timing has been suspect all season….

  • pittfan

    I guess He Who Shall Not Be Named can quotes sources when he’s got em.
    Hopefully the doctor Martay went to go see is at his rehab. The dude is obviously under a ton of stress. Overcoming an addiction and having to toe the NFL guidelines for reinstatement. Being tossed into the line up with no preseason work. Now this.
    I would not mind seeing him sit it out a week, then with the bye to get his head screwed on straight. There’s a lot at stake here.

  • melblount

    “…but removing Bryant would have a negative effect on the offense.”

    Maybe, maybe not. It depends in part in WHO we would replace him with. We have some solid options.

    Overall, I think removing him at this moment in time would have a POSITIVE effect on the offense, especially on Ben, who could simply be able to forget about the malcontent, self-centered, me-me-me player who HAS TO BE wearing out his welcome in the locker room and the huddle.

  • Larry Kraus

    I’ve been a Steelers fan since 1969 or 70 and the way this team is acting I really don’t think they deserve to win a 7th this year. This isn’t a team it’s a group of players worried about stats not winning a coveted trophy.

  • Ike Evans

    He didn’t start as the #3 wr …..he had more snaps then juju this week…so that little stat you dropped is moot

  • pittfan

    stinging comments…but true.

  • mem359

    The only words out of Bryant’s mouth so far was that he wanted to say.

    Last week’s report was from a reporter who was flat-out wrong about Ben in the past. This week’s report was second-hand (someone told him that this was what he heard). It could be right, or it could be rumors running rampant.

  • melblount

    Other than Bryant, who are you referring to as “a group of players worried about stats?”

  • steelburg

    His deal isn’t up his contract tolls due to him being suspended last year so they have him for an additional year. If Ben retires next year the next QB will need every weapon he can get so I wouldn’t budge on trading him unless the deal someone offers knocks me off my feet if I was them.

  • ATL96STEELER

    The elephant in the room is who?

    cough, cough, Haley, cough, cough.

    Seriously…I said I wasn’t going to complain after a dbl digit margin win, so don’t take this as a complain…merely facts.

    WR1 has 84 targets
    RB1 has 42 targets
    The balance of the receiving corp…MB, JSS, JJ, Grimble, Rogers, and McD have a combined 115 targets.

    Too much OFC is going thru 2 players…that’s not going to win a SB, and imo it probably won’t get out of the AFC.

  • melblount

    Bryant apologists and sympathizers need to ask themselves,

    “Do I REALLY want this kind of MB drama during the playoffs?”

    Seriously, do you?

  • Alex K

    Bryant is being an idiot. But I still don’t understand why we don’t seem to use him when he is on the field? Why does our offense not seem to have a #2 or #3 receiver?Why no jump balls to him in the redzone? He made some plays there in the past.

    No saying he’s right but the offense is still struggling, why not give the guy a shot? Juju has made a few plays but isn’t lighting the world on fire.

  • Paddy

    Actually it’s his fourth, 2 during Ravens week and one during Jaguars week. Then today. Source 97.3 The Fan Joe Starkey among others

  • srdan

    In that case I want him here if we have him next year as well. Thanks!

  • Pete DelleGrazie

    Are we under any delusion this will work out? This guy is so gone. Not only did this clown complain about not getting the ball, he claims to receiving no support after failing 36 drug tests. Addition by subtraction…bye bye clown

  • hdogg48

    As a person that just celebrated my 29th year of
    sobriety from alcohol and substances I can tell you that abstinence is just the
    first step.

    Even if you are going to the meetings and working your program
    there is still the relapse stage that even though you are not
    drinking or using you still display the behavioral characteristics
    of a substance abuser. Those of us in recovery refer to
    this as a “dry drunk.”

    MB has obviously had to deal with some issues these last two
    weeks. If he banged off today to see his substance abuse
    counselor I say cut him some slack…it’s not like he’s
    had a relapse, it’s that he is emotionally vulnerable
    and fragile in this moment.

    I know football is a tough guy’s game, but if you look
    at it objectionably and compassionately he is not punking out…just taking
    care of himself. If he had the flu you wouldn’t want
    him spreading it through the locker room. He deserves
    to have the time to collect himself.

  • Larry Kraus

    I say trade him to the browns he’ll be the number 1 receiver there and they have plenty of money.

  • ryan72384

    I can’t stand the way he is acting but I understand his frustration I really do. He has known nothing but big plays and success since the second he stepped onto a football field and now suddenly we have an offense that is phasing him out and can’t seem to find a way to get him involved. He has every right to be angry in my opinion because yesterday just seemed to be a blatant screw you from the coaching staff. Give the guy some opportunities to make some plays and if he can’t do it eventually deactivate him and dress Hunter. Receivers like Martavis have to be involved in an offense to be effective. He likes the glory and the big plays and stats so what? When he’s making plays he’s engaged in the game and that would make this offense scary good.

  • Jimbo

    Bryant is definitiely has no appreciation for the team that stood behind him with his stupidity.
    he is not going to be a number one WR for the Steelers. Too much talent ahead of him.
    Make him trade bait ,,feed him over the middle a few times a game, and let the highest bidder win.

  • Pete DelleGrazie

    There’s a lot of head scratching stuff going on with the offense & He may have a legit (and expected) gripe if you hear the how Tomlin describes it BUT he went after a 20 year old rookie teammate for no reason & suggested that he was not supported during his struggle….HAS TO GO

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Doctors can’t cure being a beyotch.

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    I agree with a lot of your post, but Watkins is having a similar season to Bryant. I think he may have 1 more touchdown but he’s not exactly setting the world on fire.

  • Michael James

    He got his chance to prove himself and clearly didn’t use it. Once he got a well placed deep ball, he failed to locate it in the air. Same story as his dropped TD in the Chicago game.
    So yes, he may be #2 WR on paper, he clearly isn’t on the field and that’s mostly on him.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Holy cow, sensibility on Steelers Depot? That’s weird. Where is your pitchfork, Mister?!?!

    Not so side note: Truly congratulations on the sobriety streak. That’s tough stuff for sure. 30, here you come!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Yes. And I even want Brown live-streaming the whole sordid affair.

  • Michael James

    He failed miserably on several perfectly thrown deep balls this season.
    That’s not even the point though. If he wants to talk about the point you just brought up, that’s fine. Go to Ben, Haley, Tomlin and have a talk with them. Nothing wrong with it. His behaviour though, bitching around on instagram and throwing teammates under the bus, has been nothing short of disgusting.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Honestly, I think Bryant may have just been sickened by not being included in the Hide & Seek…

  • JNick

    I get that, but the other side of that argument is, how much do you want to scale back on AB and Bell before it starts affecting the team negatively. It’s a hard decision because those two can single handedly take over a game and win it. I think they need to scale back and distribute the workload more, but then you risk taking the ball out of two of the biggest playmakers in the NFL.

  • ND_Steel

    Alex, can you break down MB? Use, routes, targets, open or no? Any of this a legit beef? Guy seems like a special talent, but obviously not part of the game plan.

  • 太阳三联

    The chicago one maybe but that ball was far and low. Gotta see the film on yesterday’s cus that looked like a punt not a pass. And saying ju ju is not better than him is not throwing the Under the bus.. tf you expect him to say as a competitor. Coates maybe but looked what happened to him.. so he was right cus Coates got shipped like nothing and after all this drama we will not trade him. I’m glad too cus he’s a beast a deserves more looks not more snaps. Also at the same time this run first team now its not like 15′ so he does have to understand that.

  • 太阳三联

    Ben throws people under the bus at least 3-5 times a season. Sometimes it’s that spark

  • The guy has been smoking weed all his life. He gave it all up. Gotta be messin’ with his head a bit. I say we give him more time. He still has great potential.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I got 5 on it…

  • gdeuce

    it’s so distracting, how will the team ever focus with this dark cloud hanging over them?

  • ND_Steel

    Haley sure does seem to pigeon hole people into roles. And it does seem there is a gap between Ben and OC. I wouldn’t be against a change. Bye week is coming, this will be an interesting if offense lays an egg in Detroit.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    Yes, that would be great. Please be sure to include red zone targets. I don’t feel like I’ve seen too many balls thrown his way down there. Maybe I’m just imagining that…

  • Mr jack

    So True!

  • ND_Steel

    Wow, great perspective…well said…and I echo Darth, congrats on your sobriety.

  • Mr jack

    In order for the steelers to reach their full Potential they will need Bryant,so Big Ben needs to start being the Big ben of 3 years ago.

  • Chris92021

    I have been convinced since last January that Haley isn’t the right guy for us. I am all for some healthy conflict between the OC and the QB (just like the rest of us in the real world where we the workers know our place and the employers know their place but are still open to listen to what the workers have to say). Right now, it seems that Big Ben wants to scream out what he really thinks about Haley but knows he can’t.

    I hope we don’t put up an egg in Detroit because we need the win if we want to get that playoff bye, which is the only way we are going to have a shot at the Super Bowl (this team isn’t like the one in 2005 that can go on the road and win against equal or better opponents). However, given that under Tomlin that nothing changes unless something humiliating occurs at least twice, I doubt a change is coming anytime soon.

  • SouthernSteel

    Can u take Prozac in the NFL? Maybe that could help

  • Ehrren Lee Phyzeque

    Right. Spot on. But we always have the option to be just be as dumb as a other fools on this board and simply excuse the quarterback as usual and put all the blame on the frustrated talented individual who can’t insert himself into the game nor throw himself the ball

  • ND_Steel

    Legit, they don’t seem to be on the same page.

    Don’t know if they have a decent option in waiting. Was Munch ever an OC? Haley learned from the LeBeau situation not to groom a replacement.

    And, Ben would probably stick around longer with Ayers…who may be available after this year.

  • John Pennington

    Wonder why Tomlin and Haley just don’t come out and say they are phasing out MB or what’s really going on between Ben and MB.The Rooney need to get out in front of this if the coaches wont.Time for the truth.If the team didn’t want him back then why didn’t they trade or release him instead of this soap opera.

  • e. smith

    Listen to podcast opening jingle. Does that sound like Dave Bryan going ‘yeeeaaahhh’?

  • Kelly Johnson

    Really disappointed in the way he has been handling himself. He is making himself look bad and causing a disturbance on a playoff caliber team that has hopes to make the Super Bowl. It’s a bad look for him and it’s a bad look for the Steelers. Nothing positive is to be gained for him by publicly complaining and I don’t understand why he doesn’t understand that. Not sure what can be done at this point…I can’t see the Steelers trading him at this point of the season. I can see it after the season. He is frustrated for not getting more passes and as a fan I am frustrated for the way he is acting and hurting the team.

  • SouthernSteel

    I just want mines…MB must love Gold Rush…think he will have plenty of time to start a mining company after a short NFL career

  • Dan

    He hasn’t shown he’s earned a bigger part yet. He’s still very rusty, and that issue has been discussed to death. But he’s not really in position to complain. His trade value is probably not very high (pun not intended).

  • Jaybird

    If it’s prescribed by a doctor- yes. Brandon Marshall is bipolar and takes mess for it.

  • WB Tarleton

    I get it but still…

    What’s the beef?

    1) We have JJSS because of uncertainty around Bryant that was Bryant’s fault. So, we had to draft a WR.

    2) JJSS has been more productive (about the same yards but 3TDs).

    3) JJSS does not give up on routes and is balling every play.

    4) JJSS blocks like a maniac.

    5) JJSS has not created a single headache for this team. The vets and coaching staff treat him like a son/little brother because he is so likable.

    Should it really be so difficult for MB to see why he is not getting the playing time?

  • ATL96STEELER

    Bell and Brown are both at the very top of their positions in the league…obviously the majority of the touches should go thru them.

    A good DEF with a decent DC (typically what you find in JAN) is going to be able to slow down two weapons…especially in the RZ.

    The other side of the argument is hopefully more TDs in the RZ.

    This is just one ex. of why it’s hard for me to be all in with Haley.

    12 sec left in the half…1 timeout in hand….off the Bengals time out, 2nd and goal from the 5 they go heavy pkg with AB the only WR in a route…they hand it to Bell for -1 yd, call timeout and kick a FG with 3 secs.

    Forgetting about the versatility for a minute…Why not a quick pass on 2nd down, and get two shots at the end zone?

  • francesco

    All you got to do is stack the box and stop LBell. Then double cover AB and you have Steelers scoring less than 20. Most often you will lose if you score under 20.

  • Michael James

    That’s the point. He’s a bonafide knucklehead and doesn’t get it.
    Hence him somehow dragging Smith-Schuster into this debate on instagram in an ridiculously immature argument with some fans that would make 14 year old girl blush.

  • Rick McClelland

    Just keep in mind that JuJu was drafted to replace Bryant. The Steelers had no idea on draft day if weed head was going to be reinstated or not. JuJu was a good pick and if memory serves me correctly, Steeler great Lynn Swann recommended him.

  • Rocksolid20

    It would only be an issue if we were losing . Leave it alone .

  • 太阳三联

    Dude said ju ju is better and @ him and he responded how a competitor should respond. Would I like him to show it on the field? Duhhh but he’s not getting consistent looks with consistent high percentage throws plain and simple.

  • Jason Vancil

    It would suck for him if he had to get a real job.

  • Rocksolid20

    Ya and look were that got you .

  • Frank Martin

    The Steelers’ one-man drama club.

  • Rocksolid20

    Agree , no lower than a #3 . Or deal with him .

  • michael young

    Does anyone else see the irony here? He couldn’t stay on the field for the Steelers due to his own issues. They stood by him for over a year. The Steelers cannot get their offense firing on all cylinders for half a season and he’s ready to bounce.

    I’d keep him and sit him until the end of 2018. Just on prescedent.

  • pittfan

    32 yrs here and I agree 100%.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    I kind of get it. It’s going overboard, but I can see why he’s frustrated. As someone pointed out below, he’s been pretty successful on the field from the beginning of his career. Regardless of whether it was his own doing, he spent a year getting his head on straight, trying to come back and not end up out of the league. Now, he’s back, and he’s barely done anything.

    Personally, I think he should be patient. The offense is figuring it out. If he’s as talented as people think he is, there will be a place for him. We still need/could use a deep ball threat. It’s not like we haven’t thrown any deep balls up for him – they just haven’t worked out. That happens with boom-or-bust plays.

    As for the IG thing, I don’t know. I’m not on social media, and as a pro athlete, you need to be know to be careful. But, I can see getting frustrated by someone talking trash to him and him over-reacting.

    Unless there’s something wrong that we don’t know about, I don’t see any reason why we can’t get Bryant involved in the offense. It’s not like it’s Coates taking over his targets, where the skill set overlapped. It’s 7 games in. We’re looking to make a deep playoff run.

  • Sdale

    He’d be smokin’ pole for weed money in a week.

  • Sdale

    The problem is, at this point, he has no trade value because teams know he’s going to be such a cancer for us that we’ll likely have to get rid of him at some point. He’s tanking his own trade scenario by being such a diva. Our only chance of getting ANY value at this point is some team that thinks they’re one fast guy with questionable hands away from winning the SB.

  • Darth Blount 47

    All I know is, he’s a lethal Hide & Go Seek player. He went right to the goalpost and found Bell. 😉

  • walter

    MB has been through a lot. He gave clean urines for a year and was still not allowed to practice with his teammates but he persevered. He says stupid things online but who doesnt? We still want him on the team and we need him. If he was playing good, this probably would be a non issue. The concern here is that he is not the same player he was 2 years ago. I hope MB stops being concerned about others, stops blaming others and becomes the NFL player that we all thought he could be. Right now it appears he is lost. He was given the number 2 wr spot on a silver platter but he has done nothing to show he deserves it. C’mon MB work harder or you will be sitting on the bench period.

  • Constantinople

    bingo. human nature always shows itself out.

  • Constantinople

    absolutely not

  • lyke skywalker

    Don’t piss us all off. Steelers Nation does not appreciate these shenanigans.

  • Constantinople

    mmmmnah that’s okay, we’ll just take the draft pick, they can go ahead and keep wheaton

  • Constantinople

    nah, sorry, i don’t want any part of him playing against us this, at least not this season.

  • walter

    We would be lucky to get a 5th round. thats all we could get for Santonio Holmes

  • walter

    What drugs?

  • EdJHJr

    Not to repeat , but let’s see the stats, on Bell and Brown versus everyone else.

    Easy for me to say but to me he seems like his life depends on trying to get brown the ball. Then every now and then he sneaks a chance to somebody else, like nobody would notice

  • Reader783

    I guess the beef would, hypothetically, be whether or not MB is even being given the chance to be as productive.

    Nobody could reasonably disagree that JJSS was drafted as insurance and trained to be a blocker by Hines in camp (something Martavis did not participate in). The only true question is whether or not MB is being short-sticked. I too would love to see WHAT routes Haley has him running and WHEN. Is he just running streak after streak? Is he running lazy routes and it’s his own fault? This would make it clear to fans whether or not MB has a legitimate gripe.

    I know yesterday that Eli Rogers got 3 GOAL LINE reps. WHAT?? Eli is just not big enough to have an impact at the goal line, at least MB can win a jump ball.

  • Reader783

    Wes Lyons alert?

  • WB Tarleton

    I understand the point but opportunities are earned.

    JJSS is working harder, producing more, running complete routes, blocking better, and not causing headaches.

    If all of that does not warrant more playing time, then what does?

    I don’t see why MB or anyone should expect him to get more targets if he is not taking advantage of the ones he has and is generally not doing as much on the field.

    To get more targets, play better than JJSS.

  • walter

    ha ha surely you are joking

  • WB Tarleton

    PS I have no doubt that MB is the better athlete with a higher ceiling.

    But JJSS is the better football player today.

  • Reader783

    Ya I mean I think it’s pretty darn clear that JJSS is gonna get more reps because he’s the blocking WR in training. MB has to accept that, he probably can’t.

    I still think that those goal line reps he is losing to Eli are pretty telling.

  • Zzopp Aoe

    Agree completely. It’s going to hurt free agents and rookies that want to come to our team. If every single play is for two people. DeAngelo Williams love it here and Pittsburgh loved him. But when Bell came back, what did he get about five carries the rest of the year. After leading the league in rushing for the first few weeks. For some reason Haley and Tomlin only want them 2 get the ball.
    And then the same thing will happen. When we get to new England they will shut them to down and we will need to rely on other people. Get them involved now!!!!

  • WB Tarleton

    Agreed.

    The thing about talking football is that we never know the complete story. We don’t see in the complex or team practices.

    I suspect his conduct in there is equally appalling. Lazy. Temperamental. Etc.

  • Dan

    Who doesn’t say stupid things online? A good 30% of us on this board!

  • Dan

    Similar comments from Heywood. Does seem he’s done more harm than good for the team lately. Hope it gets turned around and his talent is realized again in Pittsburgh.

  • Generic Steelers Fan

    Cut him and sign Santonio Holmes!!!!!!!

  • WeWantDaTruth

    The Steelers front office CANNOT cave in to this guy’s childish antics. He either plays for the Steelers, or he doesn’t play.

  • Matt

    Guy is an idiot… Pissing into the wind…. No good team is going to want to deal with his crap…

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Well the smoke is getting darker ,no pun intended…no real reason to trade the guy if he wants out but if he cannot produce let him rot on the sidelines. His people are creating this drama and making it impossible to get any value for him that is even worth dealing him anyways. Did anyone see Bryant on the last play when they scrolled to the sideline, he looked like we just lost by 20 points and he had 3 fumbles. Everyone else seemed happy with the victory.

  • NinjaMountie

    I think the Steelers should cave to his demands! I absolutely do! I think he should get what’s his. Let him have what he deserves.
    Make him inactive for the rest of the year, because that’s exactly what he deserves.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The sad part is who do we have to take the top off the defenses? Wheaton and Coates were both dealt which leaves Bryant. I guess DHB could but Bryant isnt as expendable as we think IMO.

  • NinjaMountie

    Justin Hunter for such a limited role.

  • walter

    lol. Some of the posters here are pretty careful with what they say. But the other 70 percent?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    oh yeah…did forget him

  • Jakobson

    Bitter much?

  • JimK-51

    How many sick day’s do you get in A season???
    I know it would be nice to have the MB of old,(minus) the weed, but how long is it gonna be before the weed demons return, if they return…
    Maybe they should see how high of A pick they could get for him before that happens??
    Man I hate to see his talent going to waste..

  • Steeler Nation!

    Bryant is faster, and he is taller. His hands are nowhere close. His judgement and ball tracking aren’t close. His route running isn’t close. He isn’t as good of a blocker. And obviously, he isn’t even close to being as smart. A highly underrated factor in the “talent” discussion. I wish MB would realize his potential, and I’d like to see it immediately. But give me the rookie with great hands, wins contested balls, and has a brain.

  • JNick

    I think we are coming to the same conclusion different ways.
    Haley needs to be more creative and design plays for his other offensive players. Haley needs to realize speed is less effective inside the 20 and look to get his 6 foot + guys involved
    And when in doubt, it’s never a problem to make sure you’re running the offense through Bell and Brown. I have more of an issue with what’s going on in the redzone than what’s going on with target breakdowns.

  • JNick

    It’s called being proactive and not reactive. It’s already an issue, however it’s not an issue that has lost us a game, yet.
    It did lose us a game last year. The AFCC game.

  • DAWAARE

    Totally understand his frustration
    But very childish act 🙁
    Can we trade him for a descent draft pick?

  • steelmann58

    Bryant needs to grow up and also the steelers need to find a way to get him involved.

  • MC

    I hope the next team this guy goes to is a niners or browns situation. Completely immature thinking he has the right to call out teammates (coates and Juju) after he hasn’t even played a full season cause of his drug use.
    Time to get Justin Hunter some practice time.

  • dany

    Can we sticky posts in SD? Thank you sir! Life first, then football. Of course we wouldn’t be talking about him if he didn’t have any football abilities, but that can’t cloud what we think of him

    in terms of football business, he’s a cheap asset with tons of potential. You grab on hold to that for as long as you can

  • ND_Steel

    What happened to all the big WRs this year? Bryant, Watkins, Pryor, J Matthews, K Britt, B. Marshall, Sanu,, D Thomas, etc. Even Julio Jones, J Nelson, Dez Bryant and AJ Green are down compared to their own standards. His struggles may be part of a bigger NFL trend where rub routes are in vogue.

  • Rocksolid20

    Then it’s simple , we keep him .

  • Rocksolid20

    Great reference .

  • Rocksolid20

    We still have Munch.

  • Rocksolid20

    And yet we still win .

  • Rocksolid20

    A third or keep him . Don’t give him away just because he’s a knucklehead .
    Bet with Beckham down the Giants would like to have him .

  • gdeuce

    Green is second in receiving yards, Nelson has 6 TDs

  • Rocksolid20

    Seems he has already decided who he wants to be .

  • Rocksolid20

    Yet we keep winning ?!

  • Michael Martin

    At this rate he will be a starter in New England come January. Must have gotten a call from Belicheat.

  • Rocksolid20

    Put him in a locked room with Debo for about 10mins .
    Bet his thinking will change .

  • Rocksolid20

    And yet we still WIN .

  • Rocksolid20

    Yet we still WIN .

  • Rocksolid20

    Won’t work , they have Coates already .

  • Rocksolid20

    Agree

  • Rick McClelland

    MB’s command of the English language is truly astounding. Something that requires less communication may be the way for him to go.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Hopefully the doctor he went to is a psychiatrist

  • will

    Has any other

  • will

    All that we read all during the off-season was that the Steelers offense would be unstoppable if MB would be cleared to play. Paired with AB, and Bell and Rogers. Defenses could not only focus on A.B. anymore. We all believed it. However, it has not materialized. I believe that there are many contributing factors. The OC seems to be having a bad season. Ben appears diminished in his skills. MB is rusty. They seem to want to justify AB’s huge contract with catches. I am sure there are other reasons but it is not working as planned.

  • Alex Townsend

    very hard thing to stop Lbell…

  • Michael James

    No respectable mature athlete gets into social media fights with fans. This is some pre-teen stuff right there.

  • michael young

    I have a great celebration for Martavis the next time he does score. Ben should put a binky in his mouth and put him to bed.

  • Paddy

    Why not DHB? A good teammate and probably faster.

  • SilverSteel

    No, no he’s fired. How dare he enjoy a sick day like the rest of us shmoes

  • Nolrog

    WR1 is the best WR in the league
    RB1 is the best RB in the league.

    You want to take the ball away from them?

  • SilverSteel

    Exactly 😎

  • SilverSteel

    He’s not fully reinstated yet. He better chill.

  • SilverSteel

    Luv it if it’s the Browns and we get a #1

  • Conserv_58

    Martavis is being reported as being unhappy in Pittsburgh and wants out, by several on line sites and every NFL news outlets. His girlfriend has Tweeted that she wants out of Pittsburgh because she thinks the Steelers aren’t appreciating her baby daddy enough by limiting his number of snaps. His agent is telling us he missed team meetings and practice because he was sick and went to see his doctor. So far all we have is unconfirmed speculation. This situation may be a, “Nothing to see here folks” benign scenario that is being blown way out of proportion or the reports are true. I want to hear Martavis tell us what is actually going on.

  • Conserv_58

    If the reports of him wanting out of Pittsburgh are true then I think it is necessary to remove that cancerous tumor from the locker room before it spreads.

  • Conserv_58

    The Steelers won’t cave in to his demands because they don’t have to. They know that they control his fate through the 2018 season and they also know that they wouldn’t get a Primonti Bros. sandwich for him in a trade. However they can bench him.

  • Arthur Branch

    That’s on Ben. They pointed out yesterday that he locks onto one receiver and does not flow through his progressions. A lot of times he throws to Brown while he is covered and Bryant is open.

  • Bradys_Dad

    So the new nickname for the flash group goes from Killer Bs to JuJu Bs? I kinda like it.

  • will

    I prolly seen the talent too!

  • Jim Foles

    Spreads?? the other 52 players are going to the SB. Bryant is a zit.. not a tumor.

  • ATL96STEELER

    No, just the opposite…let’s get to the crux of it here…I think Bryant and others should get more targets, but scoring RZ TDs is the objective. If more players are involved I think teams will have to play the Steelers more honest.

    As it is now…they’re bogging down in the RZ because they have become more predictable imo.

    BB in NE is not going to let Bell and AB beat them, certainly not in NE…people talk a lot about how BB has Tomlin out coached before the opening kickoff…we’ll see how it shapes up this year, but imo Haley’s scheme is pretty simple to defend.

    Another poster mentioned it…stack the box vs Bell and bracket AB…I think they’re going to face that in the playoffs.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Some of it is on Ben…but play design and who the #1 read is not on Ben.

    There was a time when Ben would throw to Nix or a FB, a Spaeth, he always sought out guys like Cotchery, lessor cast players.

    There was this talk about how Ben wanted Hunter and he’s largely the reason he made the 53…has 5 targets I think.

    Maybe they will start to use more players as the season goes along and they start playing the 2nd DIV games…agree Ben is part of it, but I think they need to use some short passes again getting quick guys like Rogers involved.

  • Thomas

    Tough to believably call in sick when the best doctors you have access to are at the team facility. Very disappointing overall, I thought the mental stuff was in the past.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Just sit him for a week and have a talk. He’s clearly lacking in maturity and could use a ‘big brother’ to help guide him some. Perhaps DHB is the guy once again.

  • 太阳三联

    And do you read some of these fans on here? They’re childish and disrespectful AF. Dudes a human being and can talk to whoever the fxck he pleases.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I like DHB but the question would be why do we not use him in that position occasionally now? I just do not think he is a good route runner.

  • Alex K

    Do you really want to dump a guy over some twitter comments? I’m sure Juju isn’t too traumatized.
    At worst he should be inactive or suspended. Still think we could be better utilizing him.