Martavis Bryant Says He Won’t Play Against Lions

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant went off on a teammate on social media Sunday night after the team’s home win over the Cincinnati Bengals and his frustration carried over some in a Monday interview with Josina Anderson of ESPN. On Tuesday, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated that Bryant wasn’t going to be traded. However, Tomlin did give some indication that the wide receiver would receive some sort of discipline for his recent outburst on his Instagram account that included him saying hes a better player than rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

“He was out of bounds with some of his actions in terms of what he said on social media. It will be dealt with appropriately so,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “That ball is in my court. I have not visited with him yet. To be quite honest with you yet because I’ve had bigger fish to fry.”

Tomlin didn’t stop there, however.

“I’ll visit with him [Bryant] at some point. When I do, I’ll rain down my judgement and we’ll move forward,” Tomlin said Tuesday of the situation with Bryant. “He is a good guy to work with in the building and has been. We’ve been very clear about this process about getting him re-acclimated to us. Not an easy one but he’s worked diligently. I like his approach but he said some things when he’s not around us that are somewhat of a distraction. I say somewhat because we are having to field questions regarding it. Not because it’s high on my damn agenda but because I am fielding questions. It is somewhat of a distraction so we’ll deal with it as such and move on with it. Again, that will be done a little bit later, let’s move on to Detroit.”

On Wednesday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reported that Bryant was demoted to the scout team during practice and that the wide receiver said after practice was over that he won’t play Sunday night against the Detroit Lions. The wide receiver also reportedly said he was not fined by the team for his actions.

After his Sunday night social media outburst, Bryant reportedly called in sick on Monday and Tomlin was asked Tuesday if his absence was excused.

“I think you guys had the correct information. He was at the doctors. So, if someone’s sick, you have the excuse,” Tomlin said.

With Bryant now set to be inactive Sunday night, fellow wide receiver Justin Hunter will likely dress in his place. Hunter has caught just two passes for 11 yards in the two games he’s played in this season.

  • T R

    what if JuJu is in concussion protocol still. Steelers just roll with Brown, Rogers, DHB, Hunter, oh yea and Bell.

  • Gizmosteel

    I hope the discipline includes an apology to the organization for standing behind him last year, another to Juju for the slight, and yet another to the team for the distraction.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Damn, this is way more drama than I expected.

  • The Tony

    So if we miss JuJu. Looks like another 40 touch game from Bell

  • Reader783

    Guess they feel confident about the concussion…? I hope.

  • Sean Norman

    This hurts the team. I get that MB was being a jerk, but we’re trying to win a SB here.

    I would have hit his pocket book, but kept him on the field. The reality is we haven’t used him properly so he feels (rightly or wrongly) that his hard work in the off season is going unappreciated. And why the hell isn’t he getting the ball in the red zone, where we’re struggling.

    Tomlin needs to get with Haley about MBs role. Benching him does not help the team.

  • nutty32

    10 going on IR for twitter thumbs?

  • Greg Payne

    Wow. I really didn’t see that one coming. But I’m glad the message has been sent loud and clear. Team first.

  • Brian Miller

    Yeah, about that…

  • Reader783

    I think it helps the team in the long run. MB was hurting the locker room, the locker room morale is way more important in the long run this season than 1 game.

  • David LaVeck

    Bryant learned a valuable lesson, it can always get worse…

    Tomlin does not play, this will end any other such distractions going forward.

  • Darth Blount 47

    This is an example of cutting off your nose to spite your face.

  • Sean Norman

    Ok. So we lose this game because we don’t score enough points. This game ends up being the difference between playing NE at Pit or or in Foxborough.

    Think it through. Every game counts. Leaving another playoff game to the refs in NE is not a recipe for a championship. You gotta think big picture.

  • David LaVeck

    You can’t play a guy with his recent and past track record no matter how good he is.

    Plus he wasn’t helping us win games yet anyway.

  • T3xassteelers

    Wonder if this is more of a 1 game suspension or a sign of things to come..

  • David Henderson

    Has he played this year at all?? Trade him to Cleveland!!!

  • David LaVeck

    Maybe if he did this to Bell or Brown, not him, what has he done so far?

    Potential is only worth something if realized.

  • srdan

    Regardless the gameplan will be to run. They are struggling stopping the run, and they lost Ngata.

  • T3xassteelers

    Okay but what really has MB done this year asides from Min game? He was trending downwards and fast too. Hopefully this straightens him up.

  • Reader783

    Ya, I am thinking big picture. We don’t bench MB, locker room notices that winning 1 game is more important than team values and supporting teammates. Locker room morale falls, team implodes and we lose out. THAT is the big picture.

    Obviously exaggerated, but team comes first. We should be able to win anyway.

  • melblount

    This is an example of what a person who was inherently dumber than bag of rocks, then smokes dope for several years, evolves to.

  • srdan

    Classic yinzer overreaction.

  • dany

    Probably. Even when you want to send a message, you gotta be sure you have the depth to win

  • srdan

    I’d love that. Especially if Nix gets to be on the field for those 40

  • Sean Norman

    I agree he’s not helping us. But I disagree as to why. We aren’t using him properly. He’s not getting the ball in the red zone, with his size and our failures there that’s a schematic lapse. More importantly, he’s getting a ton of sky and cloud coverage: deep outside and 8 yards off the ball. And we’re throwing go routes at it. We need to be bringing him back to the ball: comebacks, stop routes, back shoulder. If they’re going to play off, then let him drive on the ball and come back. We’ve done little to none of this.

    I get that’s he’s being an ass. I agree. But he’s right that his talent is being mismanaged.

  • dany

    I wanted to see a breakout game from him but it’s probably for the best. Let it all quiet down a bit

  • SteelersDepot

    Not sure how I managed to put a picture of AB in there. lol

  • srdan

    I personally expected it to be the first quarter

  • srdan

    It’s a great pic of Martavis missing

    Leave it

  • The Tony

    It shows MB helmet but not Bryant, so it works

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Agreed. Been saying this for years. You want to give Bryant that much respect and flip your hips and run? Great! I will take those nearly automatic 10-15 yards all day.

    Why is Ben not doing that? Haley? Tomlin? Come on, guys, wake up!

  • Ike Evans

    There’s no consistency on this team….no wonder they play how they play

  • colingrant

    Real opportunity lost by him. Lions game offered a fast indoor track and Ben probably wanting to start slinging to him, especially if Shuster doesn’t play. This could propel him though. Coach-ability hasn’t been an issue. Desire hasn’t been an issue. Handling unmet expectations are the only issue. That’s solvable. Sitting down is part of the solving.

  • Sean Norman

    I think it’s overkill, but the Lions are beatable. Their D is garbage. If we keep the ball in Bell’s hands and keep he Comeback Kid on the bench, we can win convincingly. We tend to play well on national TV, so this game isn’t a huge worry.

    Going forward, though, we need to rethink our offensive strategy. We’ve got too much talent to have some few explosive plays.

  • T R

    whew I was wondering. I was about to send you some training camp pics of Bryant. LOL

  • John Pennington

    Sometime in life you have to take your lumps and MB is now taking his.Maybe he will learn everything dont always go your way.Take this like a man MB learn and grow from this.It will make you a better man and person.Get rid of bad people whispering in your ear.You dont need them.Just saying.From someone who has been there done that.

  • T R

    the starting QB at Cleveland will make Bryant a HOFer.. oh wait

  • Kick

    I think it’s time to trade him or let him go.

  • Sean Norman

    Also: Wentz and Prescott are having tremendous success with play-action slants. This draws up the linebacker and opens up easy throws against off-coverage. Especially in the red zone. With the threat of Bell, they’d have to respect it.

    Easy yardage all day long.

  • srdan

    I personally think we have the same issues we had last year. Nobody to attack the middle of the field. JuJu will get there eventually, but in my opinion the same struggle we had without Green last year persists.

    McDonald was a really good signing, right now only paying major dividends in the run game. Hopefully he suits up. I thought that catch from our endzone vs the Chiefs would get him going. And it appeared that way until he left.

  • The Tony

    Absolutely. My fantasy squad would too

  • Darth Blount 47

    He hasn’t been totally worthless. But he also hasn’t gotten 84 targets like Brown has. Let that sink in… 84 targets!!

    Playing WR involves more than just catching the ball. By all reports, Bryant is blocking rather well on run plays and still commanding safety help to open things up for other people.
    One has to wonder, what would Bryant’s numbers be if he had 84 targets?

    Also, punishments shouldn’t depend on your hierarchical placement within the team. I disagreed with many on who here who made a huge deal over AB’s locker room streaming, but if social media is the true culprit for Bryant’s apparent “suspension,” one should rightfully wonder aloud why Brown perhaps didn’t sit out the AFC Championship. Perhaps it was because of the game-magnitude? Or perhaps because Brown has different rules? I know that situations are subjective, but I stand by my original comment in that.. the question is simple: Who give you the better chance to win because of their talents? Martavis or Justin Hunter?

  • srdan

    Tell us why please.

  • Matt

    MB is being utilized the same exact way he was before he was suspended. He has gotten at least 2 deep ball chances a game and has only come down with 2 for the entire season.

    He needs to grow up and if the Pats could do it with CHRIS HOGAN we could do it with Justin Hunter against the lions.

  • Sean Norman

    If Mcdonald could only squeeze the ball. He couldn’t catch a cold in SF, and his drops have followed him here. If I was to trade Bryant, TE would be my target.

  • srdan

    I’m not sure I trust Bens vision right now to throw those. Man if you miss that is going the other way for a score.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    If this don’t light a fire under his ass, I don’t know what will. Or maybe it will be an reverse affect… I’m so sick and tired of being sick and tired.

  • steeltown

    Excited to see more Rogers this week.

    AB and Hunter outside with Rogers in the slot

  • walter

    I have been reprimanded on my job for something I said on social media. I was warned if it happens again, i could be fired. People lose their jobs because of social media because you cannot deny that you said it. Its really a bad idea to post any negative feelings online.

  • EdJHJr

    Can I be his agent. Because his agent is an idiot, from what I see.

    Idiot is an upgrade from describing MB. I have no words

  • Charles Mullins

    Yeah Foster’s comment sold me on it being a problem. He did not seem happy.

  • Matt

    particularly about your employer… with bad grammar… having trouble giving this guy the benefit of the doubt more and more

  • T R

    yea I like that his helmet is siting there

  • srdan

    I think a good target would funny enough with the Lions. Ebron hasn’t been what he was suppose to be. They have a good second in Pettigrew. Bryant isn’t going anywhere. This is a superbowl or bust team. And you don’t give up talent in that situation no matter what.

  • Sean Norman

    These guys don’t listen to their agents. That ship sailed a long time ago. They just do what they feel and eat the consequences later. Ever watch “Ballers”? It’s a pretty accurate representation of that relationship.

  • Intense Camel

    Ben hasn’t exactly been on target with those deep balls though. It’s not all MB

  • T R

    yea several folks have been fired and lost jobs cause of social media. that’s for sure.

  • EdJHJr

    Get ELI in more.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Many are easy. The back shoulder requires great timing by both parties. I’m telling you it’s there to be had.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’m really not happy about this. What was really the crime here? Expressing thoughts and emotions over Instagram? That deserves a suspension? God forbid… You would have thought Martavis kicked somebody in the head after a play or something.

    I guess Martavis would have been much better off had he just put out a rap song detailing his feelings.

  • T R

    Big game for DHB, get him on your fantasy team.

  • Sean Norman

    Then why not play him? If it’s about keeping talent on the field, why not fine him and play him?

  • Intense Camel

    That’s a bit too easy for Haley’s liking.

  • Matt

    Tell AB that! guy never gets balls on the money anymore. Earn that money mr bryant

  • Frank Martin

    Good. Someone needs to teach Bryant that there’s no “I” in Pittsburgh.

  • Sean Norman

    Actually, it’s the second letter…

  • srdan

    I can’t pick a side, the Gemini
    Prophesize if we living
    lol

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Reader –

    I was going to post my thoughts, but you’ve just summed them up better than I could. So I’ll just say Amen.

  • Michael Janosko

    How would you think that not having Bryant will cost the Steelers this game vs the Lions? It’s not like they are benching a Bell or an AB…….Martavis has contributed next to nothing this season thus far……

  • Darth Blount 47

    Man, Bell is on pace for a Barry Foster amount of carries. And well… we all know how well that eventually turned out.

  • walter

    LOL

  • Intense Camel

    AB has almost 3 times the targets.

  • TsarPepe

    I want at least one person among those who questioned the Steelers drafting Ju Ju in the 2nd, to come out and say, “I was wrong.” And these people were not in the minority. It now turns out that the Steelers were absolutely right. They knew what they’re dealing with in Bryant, and they knew that WR is a top priority, even when very few of the fans saw it.

  • NW86

    A legitimate question. I presume you are suggesting that they could be looking to trade him after all, and sitting him to avoid an injury that would stop any potential trade. I don’t think that’s the case – I think it’s just a disciplinary action – but it is a fair question to ask.

  • srdan

    My theory would be after the debacle following the Chiefs game last year with social media, the team sat down and drafted rules and informed players. One of the rules would have to be to not bad mouth teammates. There are holes in that argument but could be possible.

    Tav took a shot at coates when juju was drafted. Not sure man

  • NW86

    I was wrong. I have no problem admitting it.

  • NW86

    I’m thinking Hunter.

  • srdan

    Please fill us it, because that is music to my ears.

  • DJ

    Hey things are bad now but lets remember how bad the situation was when Martavis was smoking cannabis in his free time. Let’s just be thankful that his livelihood was stripped away from him so men in suits could teach him that he was a criminal and depressed. Otherwise things might be really bad on and off the field.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’ve already eaten my crow, but I’ll gladly eat more if I can have an excuse to open another bottle of deliciously decadent Cabernet.

  • walter

    I have a government job so I really have to be careful or remain anonymous. Lucky for me nobody here at Steeler Depot knows my true identity so I can post what I want and they cant complain to my employer lol. But I have been burned on Facebook. If I swear online, Im fired. But I try not to ever do that.

  • Reader783

    Revise: There is no “I” in Steelers

  • David LaVeck

    Good points but even with 84 targets he doesn’t do what Brown has done with those, not this year anyway.

    I do give him credit for running his routes and blocking, both noble functions for a true WR!

    He has been his own worst enemy for sure, much like most people.

  • This whole situation has me so pissed off! WHATEVER!

  • Jon Hartman

    um, no. juju is #2 wr this weekend. ab, juju, rogers, heyward bey and then hunter.

  • Axe Skot

    So what? He complains if he doesn’t get that many touches and he turned down a long-term contract. I say run him “until the wheels fall of.”

  • David LaVeck

    I will read this, thanks for the post!

  • walter

    Never talk bad about your employer if you want to stay employed. Thats common sense.

  • Sean Norman

    Not “will cost us”, just “could cost us”. And I understand the locker room argument and the discipline argument. I understand this move, I just think it may be heavy handed. We end up in a shootout with Stafford and we haven’t got JuJu (concussion protocol) or Bryant (benched) we could be in for some trouble.

    On balance, a first quarter benching does the trick without hurting the team. We can beat DET. I’m confident. But I don’t like the idea of shooting ourselves in the foot just to make a point.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Agreed. I can’t make the case he’d be better than Brown, no one is. But the difference in this league between 36 targets and 84 are astronomically different. Especially when a bunch of those are “hope and prayer” deep ball shots, 50 yards downfield.

  • Matt Manzo

    Damn. I’m all for some form of punishment but I really wanted him on the field vs the Lions!
    Hunters time to shine!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Assuming JuJu clears concussion protocol.

  • John

    I was really hoping for an early long TD to bryant against the Lions and putting it all behind us. Oh well. He is talented.

  • srdan

    Why man? We are 2-0 since all this started. Argument should be that this is strengthening the team.

    Only media (and us) cares about this, inside the lockeroom they would just say “next man up”.

  • Sean Norman

    It’s a stupid rule. Especially given how the NFL pumps these guys full of highly dangerous and addictive opiates. But. he knew the rules, and by his own admission wasn’t even sure he wanted to play football.

    Hopefully this is ironed out by the time we play NE. I just can’t stomach another loss to the Cheetahs.

  • Darth Blount 47

    “The standard is the standard.”

  • razaard2

    Am I being delusional hoping Bryant will man up and start behaving like an adult?
    I enjoy so much watching this kid play, in the best moments he looks like randy moss wearing a Steelers jersey. But then he continues getting more and more stupid. And even bad at football this year.
    I just want the 2015 Martavis back =/

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    This could be a trap game Sunday night. Need a total effort.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I’ll admit that not only did I think drafting a WR in the 2nd was the wrong position, but I also thought Juju specifically would be a bust. I will retract my first statement, but it’s too early to tell on the second one. He’s a rookie and could grow into a beast or be a journeyman type receiver. Who knows?

  • razaard2

    Agree partially, but they threw him several deep balls that were up for grabs and he simply couldn’t catch them. Two or three of those taken to the house and there would be no drama whatsoever. I’m Bryant number one fan (as a player) but he is not doing his part, he is simply not playing well

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I don’t think you can call a game where we’re only a 2.5 point favorite a trap game. A trap game is a game you should win by a comfortable margin just by showing up. The Colts game in a few weeks will be a trap game. They’ll be ready for Detroit. It’s a primetime game against a quality opponent on the road. They’re not going to overlook them.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Hunter S.Thompson’s quote on the “dope fiend” says it all perfectly.

  • steeltown

    Not if JuJu is still in protocol

  • Craig Strong

    Dude, Martavis is not a difference maker. If the Steelers lose it won’t be because Martavis wasn’t playing.

  • EdJHJr

    Also , the real story is how they got to the interview. Did espn call him. If so he got screwed by them. Not to mean he couldnt have declined.

    But the winner in that one was espn. Headlines at your expense. Terrible company.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I wonder if they have a feeling JJSS will clear protocol. I bet that MB wouldn’t have been suspended this week otherwise.

  • Darth Blount 47

    We gave Barry 390 carries in 1992 and “ran his wheels off” and then he missed 7 games the next year and 6 the year after and then retired at age 26.

  • walter

    LOL

  • David LaVeck

    Yeah unfortunately a lot of his targets have been bad, the deep ball game is not there this year.

    I usually don’t mind the deep ball but there is a time and place for it and not on 3rd and 1!

    They need to build up to it not just go for the homer in off the bat each time, been a drive killer all year.

  • Kick

    He is become a distraction, he looks like a me guy. The only reason he is dealing with issues coming back after a year suspension is because of his own actions. I would trade him in a heartbeat for Emanuel Sanders.

  • David LaVeck

    Don’t forget this is kind of a two week benching with the Bye the week after, I bet this played a part as well.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Considering he is and should be the future of the franchise at this point, I’d say that would be a horrendously stupid idea. If we win the Super Bowl, we’ll need Bell to repeat. If we don’t win the Super Bowl and Ben retires, we’ll need Bell to help carry whoever it is we replace Ben with. If Bell continues playing like he is and stays healthy, there is almost no doubt he’ll get the Franchise Tag next season. I sure as hell don’t want to run Bell “until his wheels fall off.” Not yet.

  • RyanW

    Great decision by Coach. Send the message loud and clear.

  • It pisses me off because this kid has such potential, but he squanders it. He could be such an asset to us winning another Lombardi if he would just get his mind right. It frustrates the Hell out of me! I always thought he was going to be one of the great ones, but I’m having doubts. I wanted to be a team that had two great WRs like we did in the 70’s. When he first added to the team, I wrote him a message on facebook and told him I pictured him and A.B. as our next Swann & Stallworth-type tandem. He responded with, ‘Thanks man! Black & Yellow for life!’ I wrote him back and told him he must learn that it’s Black & Gold. He never responded back after that.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I hope you are right on all counts… except for the Colts being a trap game

  • Tom

    Sadly, I’m not too sure that Martavis will “get” the message.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Exactly.

    Hunter usually is spot on with his analysis on life and absurdity.

  • Dan

    History has indeed shown, he’s not the best message getter.

  • Gizmosteel

    We have the chance to beat NE in the reg season and get a game up.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I won’t say I was wrong because I still think it was too early for a WR given other needs, but I am really loving the JuJu pick regardless of Bryant. Of course I never said I hated the player, just the position and round.

    Here is the thing people need to keep in mind. Even without Bryant last year we went to the AFC Championship game and what cost us wasn’t lack of another receiver. So even if we assumed Bryant would be trouble that still didn’t make WR a huge priority IMO. We still had Coates with a high upside, AB the best in the game, Bell out of the backfield, and Rogers as a good slot guy.

    So depending on the reasonings people had, there is really no crow to be eaten. Unless they simply thought Bryant wouldn’t continue to be trouble.

  • Dan

    I think this kind of thing is the hardest to predict. Could be some day soon everything will click and we’ll have a super star for years to come. Or he could sulk and self-medicate and it’s all over. This is a key juncture in his life. It appears from the outside, the team is handling it right. It’s all up to him now.

  • Dan

    This is probably best in the long run. Hope he responds correctly. Also hope Juju is out of concussion protocol by Sunday.

  • John Noh

    When did he enter the protocol? Did he fall off the bike?

  • Darth Blount 47

    I think he got a headache from reading all of this crap about Bryant.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Glad Tomlin went “extreme” here and took his helmet from him. A partial benching or fine would have been too soft IMO because we have seen Bryant isn’t a quick learner. You have to hit hard until reality hits home. It is also good to see Tomlin really come on strong here because of the view from the outside of him being a real players coach which is sometimes viewed as detrimental.

    I am giving him an A+ for this one.

  • Dan

    The annals of the NFL are full of this same story. The names and details vary, but the story is the same. Some people’s heads just ain’t on right. Some people rise above and conquer their demons, some don’t. Hope he does.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Literally not one person has said that Bryant is hurting the locker room. At least none that I have read.

  • melblount

    MB is perhaps now about to enter the next (almost textbook) fateful phases of his life

    1. Relapse
    2. Release from the NFL
    3. Struggling to “feed the family”
    4. Bankrupt
    5. Crimes and misdemeanors

    Don’t know why but the name Chris Henry keeps coming to mind today as well.

  • Darth Blount 47

    If our locker room is that fragile, with a 14 year HOF QB, a Coach who has been here for a decade, and a LB who rules the roost like Deebo, combined with veterans up and down the O-Line, then we got more problems than I realized.

  • melblount

    Amen brother. I would rather lose without this clown than win with him.

    I actually think we’ll be a better team without him though.

  • Dan

    I’m sure there have been warnings if not expicit club policies against what he did. Given his history he doesn’t have a long leash. I imagine after last week, he was spoken, and after this week, discipline is in order. None of us see what happens behind closed doors, but I give Tomlin the benefit of the doubt here.

  • Darth Blount 47

    It’s possible, but according to everyone in their interviews, not only has communication on the issue been lacking, but this all caught many people out of left field.

  • SteelCity

    I agree. You do not trash a co-worker. Point blank period.

    “juju is nowhere near better than me fool all they need to do is give me what i want and y’all can have Juju or who ever else.”

    That is unacceptable. I doubt anyone here walks around their office saying they are better than their co-workers or posts to their social media that they are better than their co-workers. I would hate to work in that type environment and think most of us would as well. That is the standard here and why it is different than any situation I can remember.

    If someone can remember some other incident like this please correct me and especially if their was not this level of punishment.

  • melblount

    Great posts from a national site:

    “I wonder if the scout team throws him the ball.”
    “I’m just glad to see he returned JuJu’s bicycle to him.”

  • Intense Camel

    If only Haley was this active on social media, damn it!

  • Steeldog22

    I think it’s cumulative, going all the way back to the beef with Coates. Tomlin probably told him it needs to stay in the locker room and not social media after last week and then this week it goes even further. I don’t like him sitting a game, but something had to give, and he needs to know that shiny new FA contract is not going to come from anybody if he spends the next year and a half on the bench

  • Could not agree with you more. Great points… all of them.

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    Sounds about right. Game shirt and JuJu’s chance to start. Good luck EVER getting this kid back OUT of that JOB! Should take about 15-20 pro-bowl years!

    Which should put the right peg in the right hole. Bryant’s more 3-4 long shots a VERY good game to the end-zone primadonna dance number 4 misfit toy type, than the blocking and slogging to the sticks every down type. Let him and Eli fight for the slot job, if either are prepared to BRING IT!

    That room maybe starting to shake out.

  • Tom

    Never draft a player whose tattoo count is higher than their IQ

  • It pisses me off because this kid has such potential, but he squanders it. He could be such an asset to us winning another Lombardi if he would just get his mind right. It frustrates the Hell out of me! I always thought he was going to be one of the great ones, but I’m having doubts. I wanted us to be a team that had two great WRs like we did in the 70’s. When he was first added to the team, I wrote him a message on facebook and told him I pictured A.B and him as our next Swann & Stallworth-type tandem. He responded with, ‘Thanks man! Black & Yellow for life!’ I wrote him back and told him he must learn that it’s Black & Gold. He never responded back after that.

  • Intense Camel

    There it is, the dumbest thing I’ve read today.

  • melblount

    So basically you’re saying if a draft prospect has just ONE tattoo…

  • Darth Blount 47

    Scroll down… there’s more in the running.

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    From the TWO horse collar slam downs in a row on back to back plays that refs never called and announcers never mentioned! Wonder if they would have mentioned it if James Harrison did that?

  • Darth Blount 47

    Haha. I’m thinking of going as Todd Haley for Halloween. But the bar that holds the costume party is literally called “The End Zone” so I’m not even sure if they’ll let me in the place.

  • Dshoff

    That’s EXACTLY what I was thinking! Nobody is going to see DHB coming, and Ben and him have hooked up before to some success.

  • derp_diggler

    By putting him on the scout team, isn’t he available to be claimed by other teams provided they place him on the 53 man roster?

  • melblount

    That would be the practice squad.

    But I like where you’re going with that.

  • KaiDex411

    clever

  • derp_diggler

    Oh. Ok, thanks. I thought they were one and the same.

  • Generic Steelers Fan

    This is a good decision, he needs to be sat for at least one game. A rare good call by tomlin.

    Unless they lose the game. If they lose, I (and I’m sure many other generic Steelers fans) will be looking for blood and completely take back my compliment of Tomlin.

  • melblount

    Yeah, I even read a post the other day where some guy seemed most upset that he started Bryant on his FF team last week based on the news that he would be more involved in the offense vs the Bungles.

    Oh wait…

  • ryan72384

    I’ve always thought he resembled Chris Henry as well. Freakish physical talent like Henry as well.

  • melblount

    Not me. I dislike Mikey far more than most, but this is a GREAT disciplinary action .

    As I posted below, I would rather lose without him than win with him. But I actually think we’re a better team without him, at least at this particular moment in time.

    Looking ahead to next week’s drama…

    MB posts: “Hunter is (sic) no where better than me.”

  • dillon degroot

    And what has Tay done to help us score points? He has one TD…Hunter could produce at that level through 7 games.

  • Donte Williams

    I dont think the Steelers can fine him think there is a protection clause in the CBA for players in regards to teams just fining them for misconduct.

  • Talyn Scarbrough

    As much as it pains me to say, this was kind of needed. Bryant needs to chill out. I understand he’s exceptionally talented and wants to be a part of the game but Tomlin did what he had to do.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Here’s hoping that JuJu is trending in the right direction. I have to imagine the team expects he’ll clear protocol if the current #2 is going to be inactive. I’m fine with drawing up a game plan that sees more work for JuJu, Rogers, and even Hunter and Hey-Bey.

  • Dshoff

    I wouldn’t be surprised if DHB gets a lot of snaps and catches a long one. I’d go to him early.

  • capehouse

    Solid move by Tomlin. Guy doesn’t deserve to see the field right now with the rest of the team.

  • melblount

    Good god. EVERYBODY knows by now that JuJu is in concussion protocol, right?

  • Talyn Scarbrough

    And about 10x the production lol.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    We’ve seen Hey-Bey run the jet sweep before, too. Which is a play Bryant has been featured in more recently.

  • melblount

    Looking ahead to next week’s drama…

    MB posts: “Hunter is (sic) no where near better than me.”

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Not sure what you’re flustered about. But…OK.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    called it.

  • Rocksolid20

    So to use him properly , as you say , do you take touches from Bell or Brown ?

  • Intense Camel

    False, sorry.

  • gdeuce

    what are you talking about, we couldn’t keep up scoring with the Patriots in the championship game because no receiver besides AB stepped up

  • melblount

    Deleted.

  • Mike Lloyd

    I guess Tomlin wants mines…

  • derp_diggler

    Ian Rapaport is now reporting that the benching is not actually for his comments on social media, but because Juju’s bike was found in his garage.

  • Intense Camel

    Will be interesting to see if the tone remains the same if we lose next week’s game.

  • Darth Blount 47

    You can’t do better than that after taking time away from your day from the “Baltimore Beatdown or Ebony Bird” blog. Or is it the “Cincy Jungle or Stripe Hype” that you prefer. Or wait, don’t tell me, is it really “Dawgs By Nature or Dawg Pound Daily” that you live at???

    No one can really take you seriously when you trash the Steeler players and coaches at every turn you wanna-be Clemente Bridge troll. Go back and read through all of your comments, all you do is bash the Steelers. I’ve come across others like you on here. And I call you out every time. Go back to those other places where you belong. You’re missing your shift over at the Factory of Sadness.

  • Rick McClelland

    The only decision that could be made by a coach (insert supervisor/leader here.)
    Do you know what you do with a hunting dog that is too dumb to hunt? You shoot it. Period.

  • melblount

    Now that’s funny! (Thanks, Terry.)

  • Rocksolid20

    LMAO

  • Actually I think this bodes better for a win against the Lions that otherwise, i.e., playing MB with a promise–if possible–to get him more touches. I say this because now, presumably, we roll with AB, Rogers, Hunter, DHB, and Juju if he’s not in concussion protocol. Are Rogers and Hunter anywhere near the athletes [or receivers] that MB is? Of course not! On the other hand, I definitely think a highly motivated Rogers/Hunter will outperform an MB playing with giant chip on his shoulder. I also think that Ben will be especially on-point in In spreading the ball around and making key connections with Rogers, Hunter, Juju, and his TEs. fact, Tomlin’s handling of this wholly inappropriate ‘me first’ drama gives the team a chance via this game to show their support for their coach, their teammates, the organization, and its ‘team first’ historical culture. After seriously being concerned about another potential letdown re this game, I now expect a Steelers win in another ‘statement’ game. At the end of the day, we may point to this game as when MB made the offense come together and the team better as a whole.

  • Rocksolid20

    You have to care first , and he didn’t in college and he doesn’t now .
    Thinks he’s entitled . Let him work for a living like us fans do .

  • melblount

    Anyone heard anything from MB’s girlfriend about all this yet?

  • pcantidote

    He got what he deserved. Expressing frustration is one thing. Negativity towards individual teammates is not acceptable.

  • francesco

    I just want a 2005 Ben.

  • pcantidote

    What is MB going to post when DHB goes off for 90 yards and a TD?

  • Chris Ellis

    This.

  • Bradys_Dad

    The appropriate action. You don’t reward bad behavior. It sends the message that too many players fail to recognize, no “one” is greater than the team. I applaud Coach T.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i still question the juju pick. obi melifonwu, adam shaheen, and many others could have had a bigger impact.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    hunter, rogers, and hey bey will all get targets. book it.

  • John Westbrook

    We haven’t been using the deep ball much anyway, and DHB is a good Blocker. I just hope the coaches have the players prepared, and I hope Todd Haley makes better decisions on 3rd downs.

  • SteelersGeek4Lyfe

    Perfect.

  • Rick McClelland

    Agreed. To your entire comment.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Key word(s) there are “scoring with”. We shouldn’t have had to but our defense was terrible and got torched by Brady. DB’s and LB’s were the highest priority and we did get the LB but no DB in the 2nd.

    On top of that we can’t forget the fact that Bell went out early with an injury. Which again, he was basically the number 2 receiver and our offense moves through him anyway.

  • John Westbrook

    I like MB but yes it’s time to go, he isn’t even owning up to his punishment, he’s blaming it on social media, time to grow up !!!

  • lyke skywalker

    Well, he can spend some quality time with his new *girlfriend* this Sunday. That one seems full of wisdom and foresight.

  • will

    You should learn about leadership and accountability. This is the exact correct action to take by MT and Colbert. This sends the correct message to the entire team.
    I bet MB’s girlfriend is really upset.

  • Matt

    I love it. Finally someone stepped in and told a whiny crybaby that this is not how one performs adulting (By the way, when the heck did “adulting” become a word? It sounds like we’re raising ducks or something). Anyway, now a guy who never complained on Instacrap that he’s been inactive most of the year can take the whiny guy’s place.

  • HiVul

    All the best coaches game plan based on spite, didnt you know?

  • Matt Manzo

    Sounds like Juju practiced fully today!

  • MJK

    Bryant needs to earn it, he hasn’t done that

  • Matt

    I won’t complain if we lose. this was the right decision all the way around. we’ve been winning without Bryant anyway. but in the larger picture you cannot let a whiny crybaby take over the locker room and allow others to think they can do the same. this might be the Brand New Me generation but football is still a team sport

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Eh, I don’t see no other way to punish him. I mean I hate to say punish, because like I’ve said a gang of times all of this is erased with a big game from him, but I sit back and think, Martavis has been suspended what twice already? He already has said foul things during the year long suspension and during training camp, and top it off with JuJu issue, then talking to them people, (Josina Anderson) I can’t even deal. Something had to be done outside of cutting him or trading him. Idk. I hate it, I hate talking about. I’m breaking my second promise of not talking bout it again. I still to this day think he will kill the rest of season. I’m just soooo over it! We winning games, why are we still on this? AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH BOOOOM 😱💥💥💥

  • Kevin Schwartz

    I love Michael Wilbon, but he called Bryant “Martavious,” which is one of my pet peeves that’s strangely common amongst commentators.

  • StolenUpVotes

    Hopefully it serves as a reality check.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    thinking he may get booed the rest of the season at home games and away I hope not though, the first game he should

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I say it like that. I feel ashamed…

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Ha, didn’t mean to be a hater. I just can’t figure out why when it’s clearly spelled Martavis. And, a lot of commentators do it.

  • mrallnite111 .

    ” OTHELLO COMES TO PITTSBURGH ”

    Starring – Mike Tomlin as Othello & Evil Roethlisberger as Iago.

  • JT

    Does Bryant have different rules than Brown? Yeah I think he does. I think guys like Bryant, Bell, and hell you could convince me Harrison have earned different treatment than everyone else. But it’s not because of his place in the team hierarchy….it’s because of his checkered behavior history.

    I think they want to win with Martavis in January/February, more so than just this Sunday. And he clearly hasn’t learned his lesson otherwise. So I think they’re trying to bash him over the head with the lesson that his behavior is not okay.

    Will it work? That’s another story. But Bryant certainly has earned a ride on the pine.

  • razaard2

    Lol who doesn’t
    2015 Bryant is a more reasonable expectation though haha

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Honestly, I couldn’t tell you why. It just looks like it should be spelled Martavious! I can’t explain it, and I’m pretty good with grammar.

  • Matt

    I’ve noticed a lot of commentators saying his name like that.. isn’t that a basic part of your job is to get the person’s name right?

  • pittsburghjoe

    If Ben retires, there will be no need to rent Bell for one more year. It’s rebuild mode with no franchise QB.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Haha, yeah, when I first heard it I went and checked to make sure I was saying it right. Martavious is a reasonable name – just not his.

  • Doug Andrews

    Appropriate move even though Martavis has a right to be more involved in the offense throwing the youngster SS under the bus on Social Media can’t be tolerated.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Yup, had to check it myself at first because I figured maybe it was spelled differently or pronounced differently than I thought, but I think it’s just one of those things.

  • Darth Blount 47

    That’s fair. I simply disagree that this “behavior” deserves a suspension.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    I’m not upset with him wanting the ball more – that just seems to be how skill players roll. RBs want carries, WRs want targets.

    But, it’s 7 games in, they’re still figuring out the offense, and you kind of went nuclear right when the team is getting on track.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Haha. I think the punishment should have been a fine. Or a stern talking to by the coach, which clearly hadn’t happened yet if you listened to Tomlin’s interviews. This seems to me like that giant step before the smaller one. Especially with the BYE just next week!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Now I understand the method to the madness, Lol.

  • sixnine

    lmao

  • Matt

    the first couple of times I heard it like that I went and checked it too LOL

  • NCSteel

    I think sometimes it’s bigger than the “next game”.
    Every now and then someone just does something really crummy. Comparing yourself to a teammate and painting them as inferior to you ( even if you’re right ) publicly is not sportsmanship, it’s not being a good teammate and it’s not acceptable in a business setting either.
    You don’t walk up to a client and tell him your better than your coo worker. Sometimes you have to say, hey I can’t have this, for the overall long term good,
    I have to show people that they just can’t do this. I think thats where coach is at. Probably hates to have to do it but doing nothing leaves the door open to it happening again. Even if they lose, I’m behind coach T.

  • Darth Blount 47

    No way, that makes no sense with the team the way it is currently constructed. Look at Deshaun Watson. You never know with this touted QB class in ’18, if we could find another Roethlisberger-lightning-in-a-bottle or not. I’d def want Bell here to provide stability and taking a ton of stress off the young buck.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Listening to Michael Smith on the 6 right now and he’s suggesting a trade because we have enough mouths to feed. Honestly, I think it’s worth keeping him, mainly because he’s easily our best deep threat, and that’s a dimension of the offense that can take us up a notch. Maybe if we still had Coates and he was playing better, but JuJu is more of a possession receiver so I don’t think he’s going to step into that role.

  • JT

    To me (and I’d bet willing to be to Tomlin) he crossed the line when he brought JuJu into it. More than Xs and Os, more than accolades, hell you could even argue more than winning itself, Tomlin has showed he puts team above all else. That’s why he’s earned the reputation he has and built teams that survive the most turbulent of waters. If Tomlin loses the locker room, he loses everything. And yeah, JuJu is probably a good enough guy to let something like this go. But Tomlin has to show that he doesn’t stand for this on his team.

    My own opinion, is that if Bryant hasn’t gotten it by now he never will. So it’s probably a lost cause and therefore this game is more important. But I get what Tomlin is trying to do.

  • Reader783

    This might wake everybody up at least.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I said it clearly in another comment you may have seen…. if the locker room is that “fragile,” to be lost over Bryant’s social media musings, then we got bigger problems and issues than I thought.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    It’s just no way around it. They probably smoothed everything over already, but is coming up again, and for me I do not like bad mouthing your brother in arms. I can’t say I’m a fan of that, but i will ride or die with this team and MBryant I’m still rooting for That guy!

  • JT

    Fair. But I do think the margin between success and failure is more razor thin than it appears from the outside. My counter wold be if Bryant is the key to beating the rudderless Lions, we have got bigger issues than I thought 😉

  • Nick Ewry

    The thing is that MB and everyone else can be upset about his involvement in the offense but it isn’t going to increase. If anything, I could see JuJu taking an even bigger piece of the pie after the bye week and becoming the clear #2 WR by seasons end.

  • John Noh

    Random. Just needed to get a Shakespeare reference in, I’m guessing?

  • Kevin Schwartz

    How’s his speed? In other words, could he be a deep ball target if we gave him those routes? My understanding is that the isn’t really that type.

  • John Pennington

    Life lessons are hard to deal with.Im just happy I had a a great Dad to help me through the lessons of life.I dont know what man figure MB had in his life but I wont ever turn my back on a brother who is struggling in life.Stay strong MB it works out at the end but only you can do the work.We never get what we want we get what we need.Remember that and you will be ok.My Dad told me that and he was right.Good luck dont quit on the team or Yourself.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Apparently he ran a 5.54 40 at his Pro Day. Not really blazing speed.

  • John Noh

    AB? Damn, that’s pretty harsh for Dave posting a photo of him, no?

  • Reader783

    This may be our first disagreement on the boards ever, what a milestone.

    I think it is reasonable that a couple team members were getting mad. I read some other commenter (Charles Mullins) say Ramon was mad (I don’t know his source), but I know that everyone on the team LOVES Juju and can’t appreciate Martavis trashing him 1 week after they all defending his “trade request” report.

    Also, MB has been getting A LOT of crap from former Steelers (Trai Essex, Batch), so I can only assume some of the older vets and players have the same feelings, they just don’t outwardly express them because they’re being professionals, unlike MB.

    I mean at some point, enough was enough with MB. Get off of social media, this was like 3 weeks in a row of him complaining, having his baby mama complain for him, calling out a teammate, saying “I need more reps or I’m out of here”…like what kind of teammate is that?

    You saw how hectic it got after that anthem protest with all the backtracking, etc. so Tomlin decided to nip this in the bud before anyone in the locker room had to have an opinion.

  • NCSteel

    I usually agree with you but like I just replied to someone else. Comparing
    Yourself with your teammate and painting them as inferior to you publicly is bad sportsmanship and a textbook example of a poor teammate. One of the worst things you can be in sports. The poor guy has never had anyone explain that to him on a one on one level. Coach probably hates to do it but no coach worth his salt can have his teammates doing that to each other.
    It’s bigger than just “the next game”. Its the overall, long term business model and sports model that must be protected. It’s a little thing yes, but that does not excuse it. You can’t leave the door cracked open to that kind of stuff.
    It will push the door open and run your business or your team into the ground over time.

  • Reader783

    See my above response to your comment

  • JT

    I think the Joe Haden signing also plays a huge role here. The JuJu gamble is only paying off because the defense is over achieving right now. If the secondary was still being picked apart like last year, would we be as happy about JuJu? Have to keep things in perspective.

  • Nick Ewry

    Playing WR is about more than running fast in a straight line and catching the deep ball. In fact, that aside, JuJu already does everything else better than MB. JuJu is the Boldin/Dwayne Bowe type Haley prefers anyways.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    I know that, it’s just the one thing that Bryant does well that really complements Brown, and that we don’t really have anywhere else except maybe DHB. It’s not everything, but it’s not nothing either.

  • JT

    Yes. If you truly want to question the value of human existence, go read Cincy Jungle. It’s a wasteland of incomplete thoughts, crackpot theories, and broken dreams.

  • Nick Ewry

    I assume you meant 4.54……and I believe that is faster than AB’s 40 time at his Pro Day.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Ha, yeah. Brown actually ran a low of 4.38.

    Either way, again, I wasn’t suggesting that this makes him a bad receiver, or that he shouldn’t potentially become the #2. Simply saying that Bryant has a skill set that’s not completely replaced by JuJu taking over.

  • Mark

    Run his wheels off. His style will not age well. Eventually that delayed burst will disappear.

  • Rich Stafford

    Once again beat writers on top of the story. This tells you all you need to know about the lack of respect the Steelers have for local media. It was reported Steelers wouldn’t sit MB. Reminds me when local media reported that Russ Grim was the new steelers head coach and an hour later the team announced Mike Tomlin as the new skipper. Local media is scooped every time. I follow national guys they always get the story first.

  • Steeler B

    what a waste of talent. the experiment with him may be over.

  • Steeler B

    no sympathy, hope he washes out back to the rat hole he emerged from.

  • francesco

    Tomlin: MB I told the media i would discipline you.
    MB: Do as you wish.
    Tomlin: I could say you had something to do with JuJu’s bike and the reason why you will sit out a game.
    MB: Just be honest coach.
    Tomlin: Ok you will not play because you had nothing to do with JuJu’s bike.
    Ben: It’s best MB. My arm is sore throwing long anyways.

  • Bradshaw

    I understand fans are passionate but with that passion they seem to lose all reason. MB is frustrated. He said some things on social media that he shouldn’t. He has now been demoted by his coach. Him not playing in the next game is his punishment. It doesn’t mean he is the worst player ever. He at least cares. He at least wants to be on the field. A minor fix in his methods and he will be able to use that energy to help the team. Patience is needed by all involved… including the passionate, irrational fans who criticize MB for the wrong reasons.

  • AndreH

    Mike Tomlin is an idiot… When Antonio Brown did his social media rant after a win in KC last year did he discipline him for that infraction? Hell no!!! He played the next week in New England. He said he disciplined him but I don’t put much faith in what Mike Tomlin says. In my opinion Mike Tomlin appears to be root of the issue. This franchise would never allow its players to be me-first…but under Mike Tomlin it has gotten out of control.

  • SwagDaddy330

    I love it. Can’t have a cancer running the locker room. Like Tomlin said “There’s bigger fish to fry.”

  • Kevin Reich

    There goes the Superbowl. Need MB to win it and he’ll shut it down after being benched.

  • mokhkw

    Wot mo drama?

    I think the B in ” Killer Bs” stands for a derogatory term which rhymes with “hitches” tbh.

    Ben, Bell, Brown, Bryant…..the Killer B******. Sad that we have to deal with Cowboy levels of drama when there was a time that would never be the case.It’s hard to cheer for a team when they have so many drama queens imo.

  • lone pistol

    This is a true statement in my mind

  • francesco

    To B or not to B.

  • GravityWon

    This absolutely was the correct choice. That is why Tomlin is a good coach. I don’t want a Marvin Lewis coaching the Steelers.

  • GravityWon

    Nor should the other Steelers be complaining to the media or us fans about Martavis. I’m sure they’re taking it up with him the right way. The team has probably learned from their fiascos earlier this year.

  • Applebite

    This is fine. They’re pretty loaded at WR, after all….

  • Don

    I love Ike Taylor, but he says that all the time, too.

  • HondoCogburn

    Proof that drugs really do kill brain cells. The team stood by this junky during his multiple suspensions and this is how he pays them back, trade him to the 49rs and let him see how it feels to lose.

  • AndreH

    Good…how about average? Allows this crap to fester and seep out of his locker room. Then get testy with the media when ask questions.

  • GravityWon

    I admit it and wanted a safety to replace Mitchell after a year or two. However only time will tell. I’ll need to check back in a couple years to see if any of the safeties that were still available make the Pro Bowl.

    Plus DB help would have been a higher priority if Haden and Wilcox weren’t picked up.

  • PaeperCup

    I felt that the Steelers were very patient and accommodating to him during his suspension. As much as they could be. When he returned he was welcomed with somewhat open arms, but I bet it came with some promises. Promises that he wouldn’t be a distraction, that he’d stop thinking about himself and start putting hte team first. Don’t seem to be getting that from him.

  • GravityWon

    Can we agree on better than Marvin and leave it at that?

  • Bradys_Dad

    I disagree – this is cutting out the cancer before it spreads. You can’t use social media in this forum and not expect repercussions. What kind of signal do you send the team if you reward his childish behavior? Do you see Deebo crying about snaps? This “kid” needs to grow up.

  • Arthur Branch

    AB fights for every ball thrown his way. MB has to have a ball hit him in the hands to catch it.

  • Darth Blount 47

    You’re not “cutting out” anything. RELEASING him would be “cutting out,” this is a poor attempt at exercising authority by hurting your team’s chances to win a game. Unless you honestly feel Justin Hunter is a better Wide Receiver than is Martavis Bryant.

  • Darth Blount 47

    It’s been just the opposite, Ben said he’s been a “great teammate.”

  • Intense Camel

    I think every receiver has to have the ball hit them in the hands to catch it don’t you think?

  • Superdriller316

    So is this the first case of someone being punished for using their first amendment rights? If you can deactivate a player for a social media post why can’t you deactivate a player for kneeling? Guess the first amendment argument doesn’t exist then.

  • Axe Skot

    Didn’t think you could tag him after next year and he turned down their best offer for a multi year deal. I’m a big fan, but explain to me how he’s their future? You really think they’re going to offer him a better contract next year? He’s their present, no doubt about it, but that’s all that’s for sure. If I’m Tomlin, I’m not worried about tomorrow with Bell.

  • MC

    I hope Hunter has a breakout game. Long shot but it would be a very welcoming sight and some humble pie for Bryant.

  • MC

    Different scenarios. Brown was celebrating a win, was doing it with good intentions albeit it was still stupid and backfired accordingly. Bryant however, is coming off two seasons with suspensions, dogged a teammate in Coates in the off season and now Juju.

    Prior to the facebook live, Brown didn’t really have a track record. Brown is also a much better player and more vital to the team than Bryant is.

  • Work Toward

    Insulting a coworker on social media can be damaging/defaming to the person’s career. The act of Kneeling is a first amendment demonstration. Sir, go to your local community college for insight… lol

  • heath miller

    i agree that tomlin should have addressed it sooner .. the minute he thru JU JU under the bus i would have given him 30 minutes to be in my office ..

  • heath miller

    no he wont .. dont think so

  • heath miller

    impressive sir .. nice post

  • Work Toward

    Why punish him When Big Ben skills are the problem. Red zone and 3rd down efficiency…. 100 million dollar privileges and second string skills… Spread the ball around to get everyone involved.

  • Work Toward

    It’s unfortunate that the team doesn’t have a mutually respected leader. Steelers linebackers use to control the team. Now we have killer babe bees raising/leading the young. The New age seems to be strictly winging it…?

  • Work Toward

    No Sir… You’re so way off it’s borderline racist if you had power…

  • David Henderson

    Right along with Sammy Coates!

  • Work Toward

    Todd: The Lord is my Shephard I Shall Not Want…

  • Work Toward

    Probably the one you’re visiting soon?

  • Work Toward

    It’s not… Haley is just complex with deficiencies.

  • Work Toward

    When playoffs arrive Juju will be on the back burner.

  • Work Toward

    It’s Ben’s Arm Strength…

  • Work Toward

    Slot receivers privileges…

  • Ehrren Lee Phyzeque

    PREACH!!!!

  • Ehrren Lee Phyzeque

    He didn’t bring JuJu into anything. MB was responding to a by someone else who brought Juju into it. he didn’t start that but he ended it though.

  • JT

    Contrary to what Bryant thinks…you don’t have to engage anyone on social media. If he “ended it” he would be playing Sunday. But because he fed into it instead of doing what’s best for him and the team and quietly doing his job, he’s out.

  • Mark

    Disagree, there are enough pieces to stay competitive. We win we run the football, sprinkled with some timely pass plays. I would love to see Dobbs run the run/pass option offense with LeVeon. Ben leaving allows us to easily pay Bell and bulk up the WRs and Oline.

  • Mark

    The biggest gaff was going to Josina Anderson on ESPN to voice your displeasure. He could’ve gotten away with a hefty fine. But the ESPN was over the top.

  • Reader783

    Ya I’ve been saying this elsewhere too, I don’t even know if I’m convinced that the Juju Instagram crap was going to get him suspended, but talking to ESPN (and of course what he said to ESPN) before your coach or QB? Ya, come on MB.

  • Steeler Nation!

    Maybe, but we live in a different era than the 70s Steelers. Mean Joe scared the shitz out of Swann and Stallworth for beginning to pack up some belongings prior to a playoff game. I would bet they were literally terrified by what he might do to them. While Bryant could use a severe butt kicking from Deebo or Heyward, he knows it isn’t going to happen. Thus he continues to act like he does.

  • Stairway7

    The 1st amendment only applies to the government restricting your right to free speech. A private employer can restrict your free excercise of speech and control your behavior by contract.

  • gdeuce

    haven’t needed him to win any of the games this year

  • Steeler B

    wow. your so clever, and you add value too. no, you really do….

  • 2winz

    James Harrison was “randomly” selected for a drug test upon your comment!

  • John

    If anyone thinks this move will hurt the Steelers then just look at Bryant’s stat line from the Bengals game.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Well, I mean we can tag him again next year, which gives us guaranteed Bell for 2018. And many people think this could be Ben’s last year, so if that were so (for the record I think Ben more than likely plays in ’18) we’d have Bell to help the Rookie or whoever we signed/trade for. Instead of us having to play a new QB AND an essentially new RB, if it were handed over to Conner next year.

    Plus, we have the next off-season to negotiate another long-term deal with Bell. If h e rejects that again (which something tells me he won’t but we’ll see) then we tag him to keep him here for ’18. Then, after ’18, we get yet another chance to lock him up with a long-term offer. If he said no, technically we could tag him a 3rd time (like the Redskins can with Cousins) but I doubt that would happen because of cost. Even so, we will have had multiple opportunities by then to make him a good enough long term offer to say yes to.

    Point is, we are gonna have a lot of chances to keep Bell. And I think we should. The Offense runs through him, right now, more so for us than it does any other RB in the league by percentage. So unless something happens, Bell still have quite a few years before he even turns 30.

  • Milton Farfara

    Bryant is at a crossroads. The road to the left and we’ll see no change. The benching will happen and he’ll continue to play his way off of the team either during the offseason or when his contract expires, proving those that think he really is a brain dead brat correct. The road to the right will be his ” come to Jesus ” path and we’ll end up seeing a focused, unselfish, great team mate, player, and overall grownup version of MB that becomes the person and player some of us were hoping to get back once the suspension was over. Personally I’ve been rooting for the guy that put his head down and turned his life around to make it back. MB, the hard part is done I hope you choose the right path and help the Steelers win #7.
    GO STEELERS! ! !

  • Delboka

    After watching his interview, he does not seem like a humble person.

    He wants way out of Pittsburgh.

  • gentry_gee

    I don’t see how not playing him is going to do any good when the offense already sucks as it is on third downs and in the red zone. This just further diminishes his role and sets him behind further.

  • HondoCogburn

    Valid points, but Ben, I think, has earned a pass, also factor in Haley’ play calling and there’s enough blame to go around.

  • Steeler Miller

    As much as I’d love to see Eli and Hunter step up and have big contributions Sunday Night, we have to get Martavis right. We are only a Ben, Brown or Bell injury away from not only wanting Martavis to be the guy he was 2 years ago, but NEEDING him to be that guy.

  • Iulo

    indeed… I remember him very well…
    I was young but all I wanted to watch on sunday was him..
    Barry was a special player… could have been a hof

  • Superdriller316

    You’ve missed my point.
    I’m calling out the HYPOCRITES.

    I know the 1st amendment doesn’t apply to a private business. Just like it doesn’t apply to private colleges, only public ones.

    There was such outrage for the possibility of benching of a player for kneeling from these leftwing kooks, where is the outrage for being benched for a social media post?

    If there isn’t outrage over a social media post then they can’t use 1st amendment argument for kneeling.

  • Superdriller316

    One is no different than the other. If a team says stand and you don’t. That is failure to do what your told. That’s detrimental to the team. This isn’t the first time a player called out a teammate on social media. Most of the time it’s done to reporters.

    Both are disrespectful.

  • Nick Ewry

    I guarantee you that is not the case. With the infatuation people have with MB they fail to realize that even before his suspension DHB was eating into his playing time. Now we are going into the bye week and Bryant is nearly splitting snaps with an ascending rookie WR. I’m betting that JuJu starts playing much more after the bye week but even if that were to not end up being the case I can’t see him playing any less. For the physical gifts he has MB is simply not as good as he is made out to be. Statistically speaking, MB’s target % is on par with where it has been in his previous seasons. He just isn’t capitalizing on his opportunities. Part of that might be on Ben but I have yet to see him underthrow MB so there is nothing to believe that arm strength is the issue.

  • Bradys_Dad

    You honestly think that with a week of the World Series, the onset of the NHL and NBA seasons that this isn’t a cancer at this point? If these idiotic, childish comments weren’t an “issue” then the sports world would have stopped talking about it and moved on days or now weeks ago. There’s no way that Hunter or even DHB can hold a candle to MB positionally, this I agree with, but what he’s doing and has done is bad for focus and discipline. You really think that some kind of punishment isn’t warranted at this point? He needs to take responsibility for his actions (and words) and recognize that they both come with consequences. So MB is the one hurting the team here, no one else. He made this bed, he needs to lay in it.

  • Jim McCarley

    I’m not so sure this was a good thing because if the Steelers lose because of a lack of WR play, then it simply stokes his fire even more…But, if they come out and win handily, it has the opposite effect….They better hope that one of their other receivers not named Brown has a big game…I think what I would have done was just tell him that one more mention of a trade gets him demoted and possibly not dressed for any game for the rest of the season….this was his first reprimand this season, so a stern warning might have been better…they better come out and play well and win because if they do not, they just gave him more reason to complain and the media more sticks to stir that fire…

  • Dorian James

    I don’t have Twitter so if you guys don’t mind I’ll cast my vote here. YES get this dude under control so we can move on.
    In all honesty record and gameplay decide this is not the season I would have hoped for after the passing of Papa Dan. I always thought the best way the team could honor him was to try to live life a little more like him. This soap opera is taking things in the opposite direction

  • Dorian James

    And the Tomlin haters will have a good time blaming him for the rest of the week.

  • grw1960

    Another dumb move by M. Bryant,…. He should have kept quiet. Now the Lyons know he will not play and can game plan differently.

  • francesco

    MB was not an experiment. It was up to Haley’s peewee mind to come up with plays to make use of MB unique talents. Haley has failed so far and Ben is too old to care at this point since he is a few weeks from retirement.

  • francesco

    “He leads me beside still waters.” No greater words/ poetry in this world or the next to come.

  • francesco

    +1000

  • Alex

    He jus want what his.

  • Kevin Reich

    Way wrong. Wr does more than catch. His presence changes the coverage. He has had big plays and the schedule has been weak.

  • Kevin Reich

    There is more than stats and that was the Bungles.

  • Kevin Reich

    If they just gave him the ball it wouldn’t be a problem. Blame Haley and Ben for letting it get this far.

  • Kevin Reich

    4.47

  • Conserv_58

    I absolutely agree with coach Tomlin’s decision to sit Martavis because Martavis earned it.

    Listening to Martavis’ post practice comments made me roll my eyes in how he gave the same answers after he was suspended for violating the league’s drug policies. It ticked me off to hear him say that he didn’t know his tweets were going to go viral like they did. His answers show how immature and emotionally underdeveloped he is.

  • Jeff Dudash

    The Jags were struggling against the run, too.

  • Conserv_58

    What? Since when has there been a requisite number of reprimands players should get per season? You make it sound as if Martavis’ play so far this season is irreplaceable, which it isn’t. Two drug different suspensions did’t teach Martavis anything so what makes you think that a stern warning would have the desired affect? IMO, based on Martavis’ answers after his meeting with coach Tomlin there is no doubt that he is even more determined to get out of Pittsburgh as soon as he can.

    As for coming out and playing well, Justin Hunter is going to play in his place and if he can manage to get good separation and make two to three chain moving down field plays for the offense then it will be a successful afternoon. I can say without hesitation or reservation that Justin will be highly motivated to prove that he can handle the job. At least we know that the team will get 100% of his effort. Furthermore, for you to say that if the Steelers do happen to lose it would give Martavis more reason to complain and the media more sticks to stir that fire is plausible, but it would be completely unjustified. In Martavis’ case it would be career suicide.

  • Conserv_58

    This is just more unwarranted excuse making for a player that has yet to play up to his potential. By the way, the offense sucked on third downs and in the red zone with him starting so how is his not being on the field for one game going to make them play any worse than when he was on the field?

  • Conserv_58

    What’s that got to do with Martavis’ production or lack there of in that game?

  • srdan

    I’m sure you would. I’d trade him for deandre hopkins too, but that doesn’t mean the other team is willing to do it.

    And he is not a distraction, this is something only we as fans see that way. If this team can’t handle this, they won’t win anything anyway.

  • Conserv_58

    This is absolute nonsense. What has Martavis done so far this season that makes you or anyone else think the team can’t do without? What makes you think that Justin Hunter couldn’t command the same attention from defenses that Martavis has? You and others make it out as though Martavis is playing at such an elite level that they can’t win without him, which is unjustifiable nonsense.

  • Conserv_58

    His so called big plays have been far and few between so far this season. How many touch downs does Martavis have?

  • Conserv_58

    You’re out of line here. First and foremost, you’re talking about completely different circumstances, players and scenarios. The only common denominator being both players are guilty of being selfish, egotistical primma donnas.

  • PwndHearts

    let it go… “crazed obsessive desperately trying to shoehorn an issue into a situation that has nothing to with it” isn’t a good look.

  • Conserv_58

    That’s a well and good, as long as the recipient of that advice listens and adheres to it.

    Seeing how Martavis was suspended once for failing a mandatory drug test and said that he was sorry for hurting the team and the organization. He said he made a mistake, learned from it and will move on. A few months later he fails another drug test, gets suspended by the league for one year, fulfills all of the league’s prerequisites for reinstatement, knowing that one more slip up will end his NFL career. He returns to the team that drafted him and then stood by him during his year long suspension. He’s welcomed back with open arms. He said in interviews that he is excited to be back with his brothers and playing ball again. When asked if he would return to the starting lineup he said, “All I can do is take care of my business and work hard to earn the coach’s and Ben’s trust.”

    Through no fault of his, Martavis’ was given the starting nod over players that spent all of off the season working to make the team. That gesture, alone, should have proven to him how much the coaching staff believed in him. A little over one quarter of the way into the season, Martavis’ girlfriend tweets that Martavis isn’t happy in Pittsburgh because he isn’t getting the ball enough. Martavis is confronted about his girlfriend’s tweet and tells the team that there is nothing to it and that he’s good with where he’s at. A week later, Martavis tweets that he’s not happy in Pittsburgh because he’s not getting the ball enough. When asked by the press to explain why he didn’t speak with the coaches he admitted to talking to coach Tomlin, but not about what was bothering him.

    So, what we have here is an ungrateful, immature, disrespectful, lying malcontent that didn’t have the decency and respect to confront his head coach behind closed doors, but rather took the coward’s way by airing his grievance via social media. I give coach Cowher a lot of credit for how he dealt with the issue during his Tuesday press conference. I also adamantly agree with what he said and how he said it because I know I would be fuming and seething with anger with having to be forced to deal with Martavis’ unwarranted and uber selfish temper tantrum, especially after having had to go through AB’s televised temper tantrum.

  • Conserv_58

    You had better not bet money on that because you’re going to lose.

  • Conserv_58

    No it is not! He’s still got plenty of arm strength.

    IMO, his not playing in the preseason games set him back in the same way Bell’s not showing up for the off season workouts and training camp and Martavis’ being out for a year negatively affected their play.

  • Conserv_58

    Are you sure about that number because if AB had run a 4.38 he would have gone higher than the sixth round.

  • Conserv_58

    Wilbon isn’t the only one. Most of the NFL talking heads call him Martavious because they’re too lazy to read the correct spelling of his name.

  • Kevin Reich

    His presence changes the whole defense. A receivers value is more than just catches.

  • Kevin Reich

    He’s not on the field in the red zone maybe that’s the problem.

  • Kevin Reich

    The same as Julio Jones. I guess he sucks also

  • Steelerbob

    Im just curious, but does bryant saying he is benched make it true? i keep reading he was demoted to the practice squad and that means he is out for sunday, but i see nothing where tomlin has said he is actually out. have i just missed it or is this just assumption?

  • On April 14th, 2014 at 11:45am, Steelers Depot posted a pre-draft podcast with NFL scout/draft guru Dave Te Thomas. At 40:23 into the podcast, Dave Bryan asks him:

    “Martavis Bryant, thoughts on him?”

    Dave Te Thomas replies, “Yeah, he’s going to wear eight digits on his jersey one day instead of two.”

    Dave Bryan, taken aback: “You…ah…think he’s that much of a problem child?”

    Dave Te Thomas: “Yeah, I’ve got enough history on this kid to know what’s going on here.”

    Dave Bryan: “That surprises me…I’ve seen the interviews and…”

    Dave Te Thomas: “Well, there are con artists out there.”

    Question: Did Dave Te Thomas accurately predict or identify character red flags [during the pre-draft process] that could have predicted MB’s off-field actions since he’s been a Steeler? Note: I previously posted this info on this thread along with a link to the podcast and with kudos to Dave Bryan and Steelers Depot. I assume its still ‘pending’ [i.e., blocked] because of the link.

  • Kick

    I have coached football at the high school varsity level and one of my rules is that I cut all cancers from the team. Cancers have a tendency to grow and cause more problems as the season goes on. I think MB is a real talent but he is acting like a spoiled child who didn’t get his way.

  • AndreH

    Racist. I doubt it. One thing I do know let us not be to critical of Mike Tomlin because people start thinking you’re a racist. But I just happen to be a person of color but that really shouldn’t figure into this equation.

  • pittfan

    It’s not Ben’s fault MB didn’t get his head around as he was supposed to on the fly route he ran against Bengals. The time he gets his number called he’s not ready. Nobody’s doing MB favors by pointing fingers.

  • Balok’s Plight

    Just the read the article… didnt think it shed that bad a light on him

  • Balok’s Plight

    I hear ya but trashing the young rookie publicly and sounding like a whiner after everything is not the Steelers way of doing business. Gotta show the team you are in control of this situation

  • gdeuce

    He has had a handful of big plays, most of the time he had been irrelevant and outplayed by JuJu

  • I’ll put this out there again…..someone please tell me who is out there available for the Steelers to hire if Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert are let go? Please give me names. Also, for those blaming Coach Tomlin for the behavior of a few, how many of you would have been happy if he sat Antonio Brown for the AFCCG last year? And please don’t tell me what the Patriots would do because they’ve had murderers and cheaters in their locker room for years. I’m old enough to remember how some of us acted towards Coach Noll late in his career and Cowher when he missed the playoffs for 3 straight years. We’re never satisfied. Complain, Complain, Complain!!!!!

  • gentry_gee

    Yes, that is a good point, funny even. I guess I had high hopes with this guy as a big target.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I advocated for a fine or a stern lecturing. And yes, that would be the extent of it were it my call. JuJu may have simply been taking the high road, but he immediately came out and explained that he and Bryant are friends and that he totally understands Bryant’s frustration and where he is coming from. I found JuJu’s comments not only diffusing, but enlightening as a snapshot to their current relationship on the team. Bryant’s comments weren’t made as a shot across the bow as two guys who dislike each other.

    The NFL is in mid-season form and is still the number 1 sport in America. So of course the people whose job it is to talk sports, are gonna talk about the Steelers. We ARE the leading team in the AFC after all, the team with more championships than anyone, and one of the biggest national/international followings. Do I think if this situation was happening on the Jaguars, it would get as much pub? No. But it would still get some.

    And again, I just simply disagree, when you listen to comments from guys like Ben, that MB is “hurting the team” with his comments. No more than Brown live-streaming or Bell and his rap songs. And how has MB not taken responsibility? He came right out and said that he does. Read and watch the interviews.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Eh, it feels heavy-handed to me. And how did Bryant trash JuJu again? I read in black and white the praise he gave JuJu. He just simply said that Bryant was better and that if we trade Bryant, Steeler Nation can have JuJu or whoever to fill his departed role.I never heard Bryant trash JuJu like people want to claim.

  • Dan

    Should have the caption, “Where’s his head at?”

  • Bradys_Dad

    I’ll just respectfully agree to disagree (for the most part). When you’ve lead young men in unfamiliar surroundings, on foreign soil and witnessed their sacrifices you tend to have a much more jaundiced eye towards these matters and perhaps I would be the wrong personality type to deal with these young men but then again they aren’t playing for their lives. I need to be much more disciplined with my opinions in these matters. All is well.

  • Doug Andrews

    Agreed… I’m sure he was hoping to pick right up from 2015 but clearly being out of football for an entire season has really set him back. I wasn’t expecting him to light it up this early in the season but maybe he gets it going after the bye

  • Kevin Schwartz

    40 Low: 4:38. 40 High: 4.59. Official time: 4:48 – according to the link that I can’t post because it gets flagged.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Did you catch the Ed Bouchette article that he posted in the PPG earlier today? He titled it: “Did Martavis Bryant really do anything wrong?” In it, he goes on to open by saying almost exactly what I said up above. Eerily similar, Ed, lol.

    “What exactly did Martavis Bryant do wrong to prompt the discipline from coach Mike Tomlin that will bench the wide receiver for Sunday’s game in Detroit?
    He asked for a trade? He said he is better than a rookie receiver?
    Golly, throw away the key, right? No athlete has ever said those things before.”

  • pittfan

    they always think of something…

  • Work Toward

    Well that’s is most appreciative coming from a 2015 Steeler fan

  • Mark

    Did you ever hear of Tomlin before he was HC? I didnt. But because there are “no big names” on the table doesn’t me there are not solid coaches available.

  • Mark

    I hope he goes. He is utterly useless. This situation will not improve.

  • Mason Dale

    Yes because I followed Tony Dungy as I do all former Steeler players /coaches and as a person of color, I try to keep an eye on all the upcoming minority coaches.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Sounds like 8-8 or 9-7 to me.

  • NCSteel

    I DO understand your point (and Ed’s) I have respect for the logical points you laid out there but when the fish stinks, don’t eat it.
    What MB did was against the unwritten laws of the locker room and workplace.
    Don’t drag your teammate or coworker into your fight for injustice in the world.
    It’s over. HOPEFULLY, coach explained why to him instead of just benching him. The man is still young and needs guidance to be the best PERSON he can be. I’m hoping he tears it up against the Colts.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Remember, he didn’t drag JuJu into anything. It was the trolling Bungles fan who mentioned JuJu, NOT Bryant. Martavis was simply responding to the troll that “JuJu was better” than he. It’s likely Bryant NEVER mentions JuJu’s name, had the troller not brought it up first.

    I too, hope he comes back with a real vengeance and tears up this terrible Colts D!

    (PS… I TOTALLY agree about not eating the stinky fish. 😉

  • Mark

    Wasn’t talking color. Keep it out of it.