Martavis Bryant: ‘You’re Not Going To Hear Me Complain’ Anymore

The words of Martavis Bryant yesterday, addressing reporters for the first time since acknowledging his frustration with his role in the Pittsburgh Steelers offense, indicated that he has no intentions of being a further distraction this year, even if everybody knows now he’s not happy.

Whether or not that’s ultimately how it plays out is another matter, and we won’t really begin to see for a few weeks, because Head Coach Mike Tomlin, according to Bryant himself, has elected to bench him for Sunday’s game against the Lions, and the Steelers are on a bye the week after.

It’s worth noting that he is being benched. He is not being suspended, nor is he being fined. Nothing is being taken away from him at this time except for some playing time, and Tomlin has benched players before. Though he was active for the game last year, Eli Rogers was benched. He and others, like Rashard Mendenhall, have responded well to the tactic.

How Bryant responds is mostly up to him. The quarterback, and the play-calling, obviously has its role here. But the manner in which he conducts himself is all his own from this point forward. He seemed to feel that he needed to express his frustration, and said that he doesn’t regret what’s happened.

But now he has said what he needed to say and is ready to accept the consequences. He was making plays against the Steelers’ first-team defense yesterday on the scout team, playing angry. He needs to bring that with him on Sundays and make the most of his opportunities.

While he implied that he wants to be elsewhere if he’s not going to see a bigger role, he did tell Will Graves among others yesterday, “If I’m not traded, I’m going to work my butt off here and whatever happens, happens. You’re not going to hear me complain or nothing no more, I’m just going to be quiet and let everything fall in place”.

The day before, he told Josina Anderson that he had not really spoken of his frustrations with anybody except Richard Mann, the wide receivers coach, so some of this was new even to his teammates and coaches. He hasn’t been blowing up on the sidelines and attacking inanimate objects. Just stewing to himself.

He said his plan following the bye week is to “just try to come back and finish up strong”, which is exactly what he should do. “That’s all I can focus on right now. What’s been done is done”.

I would really love to believe that Bryant means what he says and that he has the willpower and emotional maturity to follow it through.

I would really love to believe that this is just something that he needed to express and to attempt to address with his teammates and coaches after bottling it up and letting it fester, and that he can now accept whatever happens at this point on.

It will be up to him to back up his words with deeds.

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  • Mike Lloyd

    I’d like to believe that too Matt…

    I’m inclined to believe that he means…THIS year.
    Next year…
    Well it’s like Apollo Creed told Rocky. ‘There is no tomorrow’
    Sometimes life does imitate art.

  • Steeler Miller

    From what I can tell, his struggles this year aren’t due to a lack of effort. It’s more timing and game flow, and frankly at times sub par qb play. Therefore I’d say if he just keeps plugging along, things should pick up. He’s missed out on a couple of deep td passes by inches. How different is the narrative had he reeled in the deep td passes against Chicago and Jacksonville. He’s that close to this thing possibly being a non issue and having a somewhat productive season.

  • Steeler Nation!

    It would have made so much more sense to talk to his QB, OC, HC….anybody besides Josina Anderson and the media. This is the opposite of being productive. Ben has struggled some early. Some of the WRs have struggled to get open. AB has made a lot of big plays often without getting much separation. That has been an Achilles heel for Bryant. He has to be wide open and make completely uncontested catches most of the time. If there is any contact thru the catch point, it’s rarely a completion.

  • Michael James

    Exactly. That’s why him ranting on social media and running to ESPN crying about his targets was just plain dumb.
    At least keep it in the organization and talk to Ben, Tomlin etc. first.

  • Dorian James

    HE won’t complain, he’ll have his girlfriend and his agent do it for him LOL

  • francesco

    Sure it’s up to MB but it also up to Tomlin Haley and Ben to feed him the ball if they want him around for the future. If the plan is to continue as is then do the young man a favor and let him go. If the Steelers believe they don’t need him then let him go to a team that really wants him.

  • francesco

    Ben’s first read is AB. He will force it in triple coverage if he had to. Plays to MB are just afterthoughts.

  • MJK

    one thing is clear, we have a great group of recievers!! And Bryant will have to earn a spot now and stop leaning on talk, yes he is good ? but is he good enough

  • NinjaMountie

    You know, Ben has struggled this year, no doubt. However, he’s been a highly successful QB in this league for a long, long time. Wouldn’t MB have been better off waiting and seeing if Ben were going to break out of his slump before running his mouth?
    Also, I truly don’t mind honest criticism of Ben’s play this year. It hasn’t been good until recently. However, it is frustrating watching everyone give MB a pass on being a complete idiot and horrible teammate and then try and blame MB’s actions on Ben.

  • NinjaMountie

    Do you know why Ben forces balls to AB? Because he makes plays and catches them. Do you know why he doesn’t do it as often to MB? Because he often doesn’t make plays. If you were a QB which WR would you look to more often?
    You don’t feed a guy just to keep him around.

  • Bryant Eng

    Dumb, but young men learn life lessons the hard way some time. I think one positive is that he is expressing his feelings and frustrations rather then self medicating and abusing drugs.

  • francesco

    AB didn’t wait that long to tell everyone he was angry at Ben (Gaterade fiasco).

  • Blake Majors

    Give it a rest, AB and Martavis are not one in the same, not even close.

  • NinjaMountie

    AB threw a Gatorade container. He had an outburst. He didn’t take to social media to denigrate fellow teammates and the organization. If you can’t see the difference here there is a problem. Also, AB was reprimanded.

  • John

    I recall Troy Aikman says something similar about Alvin Harper versus Michael Irvin when he was the QB of the Cowboys. He threw much more to Irvin because he knew he would get to the right spot and have the timing down.

  • francesco

    I don’t recall AB sitting out.
    So you don’t think that what AB did (including Haley and Organization) was worse than what MB did?

  • Smitty 6788

    I couldn’t agree more.

  • falconsaftey43

    Yes and no. There job isn’t to make Bryant happy, it’s to win games. If the best strategy to win is having MB run deep every play to draw coverage away from AB, then that’s what they should do (not saying this is the best strategy, just illustrating the point). They have to be aware that it’ll upset MB and he’ll leave after his contract, but that’s ok, no everyone needs to be in their long term plans. Is it best if everyone is happy? certainly. But it’s better to win games.

  • francesco

    We are talking about behaviour.

  • NinjaMountie

    In no way do I think what AB did was worse than what MB did. I can’t stress how differently I see the situations. I’ve been around sports a long time and I’ve seen many tantrums on the sidelines. They all result in the coach saying, “Don’t do that again!” Players are never benched for singular incidents of that nature. If they keep doing them….yup, they’ll get a different, more severe, punishment.

  • billrubr

    He’s taken the first step to restore his place on the team. He doesn’t have to reinvent himself, just increase production to gain back the trust of his team and less importantly the fans.

  • Blake Majors

    I know that. How many times has AB been suspended again? Just like in society, when you screw up multiple times, you have a shorter leash than someone who hasn’t. Not sure why that’s so hard for you to understand. I think you just refuse to acknowledge this.

  • francesco

    What AB did was VERY loud for all to see. AB’s outburst in essence was calling out Ben telling him that he should be the primary WR target at all times. If that is not throwing your other teammates under the bus i don’t know what is.
    In contrast MB in a semi-quiet way stated that if the way he is being used on offense continues that he will play out his contract but will not resign. And then later he said that he was a better player than JuJu (which is true).

  • Rob

    This is a non-argument. AB was wide open, and Ben missed him. He wanted the ball as a means to help the team win, should have gotten it, and did not. Clear cut reason for frustration in the moment (which is important to note). No bad mouthing after the fact, and admitted he was wrong for his outburst.

    Bryant, trash talked his teammates, and team, asked to be traded, all the while smiling in their face each week. That’s not cool. He showed no desire to help this team win in his outburst. Just himself. And that’s the difference.

  • francesco

    What do you say about what AB did last year (taping the locker room).

  • NinjaMountie

    Ok! You have got to be trolling me now.
    Social media is semi-quiet? Wow, that’s absolute absurdity at the highest level.
    AB was upset over a singular play.
    If, as you say often, Ben is forcing the ball to AB all the time, coupled with the fact that AB is near the top in receiving stats league wide, why would his outburst be about anything other than one play?
    On a side note, his being a better player than JuJu is subjective. I’m not at all sure it’s true. He IS faster, I’ll give him that as a certainty.

  • francesco

    MB said his piece (whether you agree or not). AB likewise made a statement that placed him in a selfish light.

  • NinjaMountie

    Ok. How many passes (for poor conduct) should MB get? Lets start there. What does he have to do to warrant punishment in your eyes?

  • Rob

    His piece was filled with more disrespect to the team, than a desire to help the team win. I agree, he should get the ball more than he does. No one on the team disagrees with that sentiment, but he decided to rant to the media about how much he doesn’t want to be here if he isn’t force fed targets? These are not comparable situations at all.

  • pcantidote

    MB wants to be AB without putting in all of the work that AB puts in to be AB, and he has a woman in his ear telling him he is already AB which he clearly is not. Just shut up put your head down and work.

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    If you listen to Romo during the games, he thinks Ben struggles are due in part to not having a Heath Miller type of outlet. Why not use JJSS like Hines? It does seem Ben forces to AB. IMHO it would take pressure off and open things up with a more equitable distribution of the rock.

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    My thoughts too…he should’ve been suspended. Love AB but he has done some boneheaded sh*t.

  • Doug Sawyer

    I’m pretty sure you never seen MB play if you don’t think this guy makes plays or has hands …a team a woeful as the steelers in getting TD’s it’s absurd to not throw to this guy more to open up the field

  • francesco

    AB is getting 80% of targets (more or less) and then makes a scene (gatorade) because Ben missed him open on one play!!? Would you be ok if MB did the same thing in that situation?
    Social media…i’m not on twitter and i’m not on facebook. I wait to watch the game on tv.
    Being on this blog is more harmful than i can imagine.😊

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    I think AB’s locker room stunt was on par with MB’s meltdown(s)…different but just as heinous. AB is elite is the difference. Martavis no yet and may never be but he has potential…that’s why the Steelers haven’t Santonio’d him…yet

  • NinjaMountie

    Ben had some rough games. What’s compounded the perception that he’s horrible is that he had that game against JAX. If it weren’t for that game we’d be thinking he’s had a slow start to the year as opposed to him being done.
    Personally, I think he’s still got a lot left in the tank. I think he needs to settle down and distribute the ball better. I also think that play calling needs to improve.
    I agree with you and Romo. He does miss Heath and he needs to get over it and find someone else to be a “Heath” for him.

  • NinjaMountie

    I wouldn’t be upset if MB had done that and not had a past history of doing it. Had he done that a couple games ago instead of taking to twitter I would have said Tomlin needs to sit that boy down and have a talk with him. That’s it.

  • NinjaMountie

    I think they are totally different. Again, there was malicious intent with one and one was just a boneheaded way to celebrate.

  • francesco

    That’s what he plans to do.
    And I’m ok with MB putting the team on notice. You may not approve the way he went about it but I’m glad he put it out there and remove the spin the team would have made on this matter.

  • Larry Kraus

    You guys must not have read his quote. Pittsburgh Steelers offense, indicated that he has no intentions of being a further distraction this year, even if everybody knows now he’s not happy.

  • NinjaMountie

    I’ve seen every single game he’s been in. He makes NO WHERE near the amount of plays that AB does. He doesn’t make any where near the amount of spectacular plays that AB does.
    I’d have to ask if you’ve ever seen AB play if you think there is a comparison between the two.
    Also, the conversation was about forcing balls to a player and which one you trust more. Which one would you trust more?

  • Larry Kraus

    Notice the end of tge sentence he reminds everybody that hes not happy lol. So much for keeping his moith shut lmao.

  • pittfan

    The team is trying to the best public face on this for his own benefit. He needed to be benched. Hopefully he doesn’t follow the “I’m a victim” path and he just gets to work improving himself

  • francesco

    Not sure i understand what you mean “for his own benefit?”

  • NinjaMountie

    NAME………………… REC..TAR..YDS….AVG…TD….LONG….20+……YDS/G…..FUM….FUML….YAC….1DN
    Martavis Bryant……..18……36….234…..13.0…..1……..51……..4………..33.4……….0………..0……….67……..9
    JuJu Smith-Schuster..17….27….231…..13.6…..3……..31……..3………..33.0……….0………..0……….90…….13

    I don’t know MB. Why don’t you tell us how much better you are than JuJu again.
    Notice the receptions-to-targets, TDs, YAC and 1DNs.

    He may indeed be a better WR than JuJu. If he is he better start showing it. Can’t use the opportunities as JuJu has done more with less.

  • francesco

    I think JuJu is basicall acting as a hybrid slot receiver/ TE.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I was thinking the same thing since this is how it started in the first place.

  • NinjaMountie

    I know I’ve seen him line up in the slot a lot but I don’t know the percentages at all. Honestly, I can’t say for certain I remember him lining up outside though I’m sure he has. I trust someone on here has the charting stats.
    I like JuJu. I think he’s a great WR.

  • francesco

    They are used in two different positions. MB plays outside and has usually a DB playing man to man. JuJu plays inside and is usually in zone coverage. Let them switch positions and then get back to me.

  • EdJHJr

    Somebody find out how he got on espn

  • Doug Sawyer

    you are being ridiculous …not many players ever have made plays like AB you make AB even better by throwing to Bryant

  • Steeler Nation!

    Feed the ball to someone who cannot make contested catches and has a very limited route tree? Ain’t happening. He has to add some tools to his toolbox. The “if they want to keep him around in the future” part is funny. Like he has a great resume and a lot of power in this situation. 2 suspensions, next to no trade value, and he will NOT be getting a 2nd contract in Pittsburgh. The best he could do now is shut up and help the team win. We ALL want him to be more involved, but what he did was no way to go about it. If he makes plays and helps us win, somebody might still make him a decent offer in a year and a half. Right now, he’d get a low 1 year prove it deal.

  • heath miller

    you sir are dead in .. been needs to forget heathhhhhhhh… hes done.. gone.. now look for JJ or vance or X or even JU JU or rodgers as a safety valve… he needs to move on … find a new heath

  • francesco

    Whatever.

  • NinjaMountie

    That’s just silliness. Do you really want me to post MBs numbers next to ABs? I mean, if the only criterion is outside to inside then I’d be happy to do that for you. Here:
    NAME…REC..TAR..YDS….AVG…TD….LONG….20+……YDS/G…..FUM….FUML….YAC….1DN
    Bryant….18……36….234…..13.0…..1……..51……..4………..33.4……….0………..0……….67……..9
    Brown…..52…..84….765……14.7….3……..51…….12………109.3………1………..0……..255……34

    I’m sure the only reason for this disparity is Ben forces all his passes to AB.

  • Doug Sawyer

    Bryant has single handedly broken games wide open …if they think he doesn’t matter why not just suit up Justin Hunter all year…yeah that would be brilliant …and I guess JuJu will just be no one because AB is there…you’re not thinking…why do we have so many problems scoring TD’s if AB is so freaking awesome?it’s because he is doubled and tripled in the redzone …only a moron would not be throwing to Bryant and the Todd has been a moron from time to time for sure

  • heath miller

    dead on again .. no way you can equate AB beating the crap out of a defenseless gatorade container and MB running his mouth on social media… sure AB did the twitter or youtube thing in the club house but it w not ot trash a teammate it was all in fun .. was it wrong? yes… stupid? sure was .. but was in dont intentionally to hurt anyone or meant to be a me first or team distraction ? NO .. and therein lies the difference .. again you are dead on point ninja

  • heath miller

    you cant even compare the two .. hell NO what AB did was not done to intentionally attack anyone or meant to be a distraction … not even close

  • NinjaMountie

    This is my point, Doug. I think you aren’t understanding the conversation we were having. No biggie.
    I’m simply saying there is a reason Ben trusts AB more than MB and that reason is because AB is more trustworthy.

  • francesco

    Can you post MB’s first year with the Steelers and JuJu’s first year?

  • heath miller

    ninja.. just let them go .. if they see AB a worse let them go .. i see it exactly as you do and agree with you .. they see things differently … doesnt mean they are right and we are wrong .. or we are right and they are wrong.. just means we all see things differently .. HEATHHHHHHHHHH

  • heath miller

    i think tomlin is tooo slow to talk to his players when he knows there is obviously a problem .. he needs to be more po active and not wait for things to blow up

  • NinjaMountie

    One would be complete and the other would be incomplete.
    How about this then. You are down on Ben so much, why don’t we just talk about his good years and use that as a current evaluation. Or do you want to stick with what they are doing now?

  • francesco

    Right on. The reason MB is in starting lineup is because he beat out DHB Coates Hunter Hamilton Ayers.
    JuJu is playing a different role so cannot compare.

  • jconeoone C

    I still am confused on why he wants traded so badly. Is it targets or lack of ‘big’ plays down the field? Is it he feels disrespected by juju having the same playing time as himself?

  • steeltown

    He did this to himself. He’s lucky he’s playing at all and he should be grateful the Org stood by him through his suspension. Just go out there and play hard, if the Steelers dont re-sign him someone else will and they will do so based off of what he does moving forward, on AND off the field. Period.

  • Gizmosteel

    MB was good 2 years ago and could break open a game with a long TD. He is not that same guy anymore after sitting out a year. To be fair Ben isn’t the same either. But the point is that MB is not as good as he thinks he is.

  • francesco

    But if MB is not being utilized correctly? Bubble screens with hardly any blocking up front. Deep overthrown or underthrown Hail Mary throws? And you want to evaluate?

  • Brian Miller

    This generation of people have issues properly communicating to other adults face to face. They are so used to texting or talking in a chat room, that when it comes to a one on one discussion of problems or frustrations, many tend to express themselves accordingly. I have seen it a lot interviewing people right out of college, or going into college. Just seems like the times we live in, many would rather complain on Twitter or Facebook then talk to other human beings.

  • francesco

    We won’t know until he gets another QB.

  • NinjaMountie

    He had plenty of bubble screens his first year.
    You seem to want to put all the blame on others. Why? Are you MB?
    Very confusing why you are so enamored with MB. He’s got talent, no doubt, but he’s never warranted the pedestal you’re putting him on.

  • NinjaMountie

    AB seems to be able to still “get his” with this QB. They both line up outside, too. 🙂

    Ooops, sorry. AB does come out of the slot sometimes. I’m certain that must be where 97% of his production is coming from.

  • francesco

    His role has been reduced to just being a decoy. Run 10 15 40 yards downfield so as to free up AB. If he gets any targets its because it was an afterthought or a designed play went wrong.

  • NinjaMountie

    Too many MB worshippers and Ben haters on here today. I’m out. Have a nice day peoples (even the ones I disagree with, lol). Go Steelers.

  • francesco

    To find out…let AB sit out and see how well Ben can play.

  • francesco

    I’m just fighting for him because I believe in him and want him to succeed. And I have great pleasure watching him catch and run like the wind. If he can’t do it with my team then I want to see him do it with another.

  • Steeler Nation!

    Haha! He’s the one that’s been put on notice.

  • francesco

    Even if Tomlin told all the players to refrain from social media during the playoffs. You don’t see tat as a slap in the face to the Organization?

  • francesco

    Great back and forth with you today.
    But there are to many Ben apologists out there (I like Ben as a person…don’t get me wrong. There are those that like him as a player and not a person). And there are many JuJu worshippers out there too (because he rides a bike to work and he is a rookie…i get that).

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    I don’t disagree that they were different and one was malicious/frustrated and the other wasn’t. To me the equity lies in behavior detrimental to the team. One might argue that AB’s was more scurrilous because it put him above EVERYONE on the team whereas MB’s just through JJSS under the bus ( a douche move). Neither would be tolerated in New England’s locker room. Not a criticism on Tomlin just different styles…BTW

  • Josh

    um no. don’t start with the Patriot way. they’ve had murderers on their team, they picked up Blount who walked out on his own team and plenty of other bad characters. and they cheated the game of football multiple times. do not.

  • Taping the locker room after a win wasn’t a big deal. People either completely forget or were completely oblivious to the fact he was doing it ALL YEAR LONG and nobody including Tomlin cared, yes Tomlin was even if a few of them. It wasn’t until AB caught the coaches post game speech with profanity that everyone got all butt hurt.

  • LOL, great job exacerbating AB and downplaying Bryant. LOL

  • will

    ” I ain’t payin’ no mind to this…”

  • pittfan

    They reiterated publicly the value they see in him to the team.

  • Donte Williams

    yes yes yes Hard Punk Kore. no one gave a rats as about the FB live until AB who didnt have no clue what Tomlin was going to say caught the profanity on tape then every one started bytching and complaining. What Tay did was uncalled for in regards to dissing your own player and trying to put yourself over the rest. if he would have not ranted on social media I highly doubt any of us would have gave a shyt. oh yeah and not go running to ESPN media and complaining about something that he as a player should’ve went to WR coach first, if nothing changed then OC, if nothing changed then HC and so forth there’s level to complain just like an employer you to your point of contact supervisor before you jump over their head and go directly to manager or director or CEO. I hope he stands by his word and balls out the remainder of the year after the bye week. only time will tell.

  • I think you mean trolls!

  • steelersfan

    His word means nothing

  • Nunya

    Someone needs to show Bryant the numbers of Stallworth and Swann their first few years. They weren’t eye popping either.

  • Rick McClelland

    100% on target pcantidote. Could not have said it better.

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    I’m, yes. I’m starting because what you fell to realize is once you are apart of that team, regardless of past transgressions, you are in lock step or you are gone. Randy Moss is a prime example. BB will give you the chance but their are definitely conditions. The other stuff about cheating the game is an organizational decision. Otherwise it’s BB’s way or the highway. I would also say that Mine T’s level of authority is close to BB’s. Most successful orgs run that way. So yes, there I did.

  • Charles Mullins

    I ussually hate when people parrot what they hear Dave say, but he is on the money with Bryant needing to fire his agent. AB needs to put him in touch with Drew if Drew will have him.

  • heath miller

    Nope.. they work for the organization they DO what they tell them to DO

  • sixnine

    Did you see Shazier rip M.B on the DD show with Ike Taylor.He said basically everyone wants to make plays but you have to do the best with your opportunities… Sounds like its how most of his teammates feel.

  • heath miller

    i wouldnt believe a word this guy says … i cant even call him a man .. cant call him a boy or i will be called racist … so i will just call him a guy .. but his past record shows he is a liar. so why believe him now.. i hope he keeps his mouth shut but my guess is first or second week after the bye his mouth or the g/f mouth will be wide open and next time i’d sit him for 2 games .. HEATHHHHHHH

  • PaeperCup

    This stinks. Bryant can be soooo good.

    I really think he should have taken his lumps this year and work himself back into this offense and the teams good graces. It is my opinion that coming off a year suspension that what his own fault, this isn’t the time to be complaining about involvement in the game.

    Without the drama, he was still getting a helmet. He was still getting targets. He’s still WR2. He would eventually get his own as he works his way back. It’s not like he was being benched. After a year of going with the flow and just doing what you can, then next year I guarantee things would have been better.

    But his complaining, off the cuff comments, social media tirades, and possibly idiotic gf put him in a position that even that scenario looks unlikely.

    So unfortunate.

  • heath miller

    if he were smart (and hes not) but he would realize he can make a lot of money being a decoy … and doesnt have to worry if you can catch the ball o even see the ball coming your way .. HEATHHH

  • PaeperCup

    Ben Trusts AB to make those plays. I don’t think all the trust is there with Martavis yet, and why should it be after being gone for a year. That’s why I think MB has NOTHING to complain about. Patience would have done him good because eventually they would get better. First year off of suspension, he should have taken what he can (Which is still a starting role, mind you!). Next year things would have been much better, but now he’s blown that opportunity.

  • francesco

    I think he’s quite smart actually. GM’s look at production (receiving yards + td’s).

  • PaeperCup

    Which is exactly why he got a Helmet every Sunday. Bryant was still the #2 WR on this team, despite all that’s gone on. And he still wants to complain? The team wanted him involved, they put him on the field to be involved, and eventually he would play a bigger role. But this drama, completely unnecessary off the field stuff is costing him a chance to play.

    I can’t say much for what Martavis would do in the near future, but one thing is guarantee, you can’t make big plays from the bench.

  • Dale

    I’d rather see a fine. Benching him potentially hurts the whole team. Only he pays the fine. But I don’t know how the CBA might restrict the ability of individual teams to impose fines.

  • PaeperCup

    #1 difference, AB is not coming off a year suspension for breaking league policy. Martavis’ return probably came with a stern talk about not being a distraction and putting the team first. AB has nothing to prove, MB has everything to prove after his suspension. Both on the field AND off.

  • francesco

    I guess Tomlin/ Haley don’t believe in him like you and I do or they would be doing something about it. It’s not that MB is playing poorly but rather the coaches having decided that they can do better by having JuJu on the field twice as often as MB.

  • francesco

    Sounds like Tomlin needs to bench Shazier for speaking on social media.

  • PaeperCup

    You said not to far up the page that the 2 play different roles. Could it be that the different personel packages are why their is discrepencies between their snap counts? JuJu is going to become a big part of this offense because Ben is going to need to rely on his RBs, TEs, and slot receivers more to be effective in a down year.

    JuJu isn’t Bryants backup, JuJu isn’t taking Bryants job. But Hunter just did, and it wasn’t because he was outperforming Bryant.

  • Keith Evans

    …i think i prefered Martavis on dope!

  • Alan Tman

    The problem is that they know we believe in him, but they don’t trust who he is as a person. They are phasing him out. The play Juju scored on Sunday was ran to Bryant’s position last year. They want the fans who like him to think that he is unproductive and should be moved. But in reality it’s their call, because they are with him everyday. They know him better than us.

  • Dorian James

    And it will probably continue.

  • francesco

    Yes obviously running the ball more means that TE’s will be more involved than the WR’s. And JuJu being a more physical player comes into the equation. But for whatever the reasons…MB does not feel that he is part of this offense especially if his only job is to be a decoy 80% of the time. The Steelers perhaps are phasing him out on purpose
    and its their perogative. MB has called them out. Has put them on notice. Wants out as well if nothing changes. Brilliant stratsgy by MB. It’s a win win for both parties.

  • francesco

    If the intention is to phase him out then what MB did was brilliant.

  • PaeperCup

    Whatever they feel like they need to do to be a better team. If that means using him as a decoy so that AB can get the ball, then so be it.

    But whatever the reason, they did see value in him being out there. Even the few opportunities he gets we know he’s got the chance to break a big one. I highly doubt that they wouldn’t put the best players out there to help them win. I wish Martavis would see that. It’s a team sport, he has to know that, and his recent actions don’t show that.

  • gdeuce

    that RPO that he was supposed to look back to Ben when he was 10 yards downfield was designed to go to him

  • Thomas

    Now if he can just shut up his agent and his girlfriend, mission accomplished haha

  • Alan Tman

    Boy good thing they didn’t treat Ben like that when he had the same type things going on in his life.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I hope he absolutely shreds the New England secondary come Week 15.

  • Joey

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he wasn’t too concerned at first, but his gf/other friends got into his ear and convinced him otherwise. Now that he has been benched he probably is trying to navigate their hate, and truly find out how to be as productive as possible!

  • Crashcrash777

    Hey Heath! What are you doing now a days 😊

  • SwagDaddy330

    MB, is that you?

  • Biggie

    Definitely hoping for no more complaining, whining, distractions and whatever. Hopefully just working on developing. I do like the twitter I saw posted. “While Martavis spoke w/media, James Harrison yelled in background (joking, presumably):”HE STOLE JUJU’S BIKE! ASK HIM WHERE JUJU’S BIKE IS!”” That is just to funny.

  • PaeperCup

    maybe this is all a ploy to take Bryant off the radar for that exact reason.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I love a good conspiracy theory. Especially on the day that many of the JFK files are being released! Lol.

  • Matthew Marczi

    He was averaging 7 targets a game for the first five weeks. That’s plenty, and far from an afterthought.

  • Dan

    From the sounds of things, he’s been practicing well. He’s been out of sync come game time though.

  • francesco

    I guess you’re in the other camp.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I’m in the numbers camp. I don’t know what to tell you, but he had 35 targets from week one to week five. That’s eight more than Smith-Schuster has had all season. That’s more than James has had all season. That’s more than Bell had in the first five games.

  • Dan

    And by other accounts his on-field and practice field demeanor is good. So let’s hope for the bet.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Can a Dan directly respond to another Dan? Is the space-time continuum okay? That said, I agree with Dan, and also you, Dan.

  • pittfan

    Real question is can Dan disagree with Dan and still be civil? Which Dan do you Ban?

  • Nolrog

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say he’s not done complaining.

  • J.

    The real positive is JuJu taking the high road.

  • pittfan

    MB didn’t “call anyone out” or put them on notice. You’ll notice he is the one riding the bench Sunday. I hope he notices and learns who’s the boss and who isn’t.

  • Nolrog

    Here’s the difference between Bryant and Brown.

    Brown:
    2013: 110 catches, 1499 yards, 8 TDs
    2014: 129, 1698, 13
    2015: 136, 1834, 10
    2016: 106, 1284, 12
    2017: 119, 1749, 7 (Projected)

    Bryant:
    CAREER: 94 catches, 1548 yards, 15 TDs.

    So when Bryant starts putting up those career numbers EACH YEAR, then he can talk. Until then, he should shut the F up.

    Production buys you a long leash.

  • pittfan

    Perhaps, but hopefully now it will be done in the proper manner. MT is very good with his players but passive aggressive like Martay are difficult to work with because they bottle things up. Martay needs to learn better ways to voice his concerns.

  • Nolrog

    As I said above. Production buys you a long leash. AB gets away with that stuff, dirty dancing in the end zone, video taping the locker room, because he produces as the best receiver in football.

  • francesco

    What i would like to know is how many snaps MB was in compared to JuJu this past weekend?

  • Matthew Marczi

    Bryant played more than Smith-Schuster Sunday, especially in the second half.

    Specifically, Bryant played 18 snaps in the first half, JuJu 25. In the second half, it flipped, 20 to just 7. So Bryant played 38 snaps, JuJu 32.

    Even more specifically, Bryant was on the field for 17 passing plays, JuJu 18. They ran the ball more in the second half, though.

  • francesco

    I will be rewatching the 2nd half tomorrow. I will assess it then. JuJu only having 7 snaps on the second half does not make sense unless he got injured especially since as you say they ran more than passed.

  • Dan

    Seems Disqus does not require unique userids. I noticed this before, but just recently put the image on the profile. I’m the better Dan.

  • The only thing that makes less sense than JJSS getting less snaps in last week’s second half is this crusade you are on against just about everyone.

    HOLY SHYT!!! GIVE IT A REST!!!

  • francesco

    You’re right! I was thinking about that today. I got very exhausted having to defend MB. But it was also my pleasure and duty as a fan.

  • Now you should know what it feels like to defend this team, coaches, and players against wave after wave of blood thirsty trolls operating off of nothing but knee jerk reactions.

    I highly doubt that will change anything for you…

  • That’s one helluva conspiracy theory.

    The truth is, if the coaching staff wanted to phase him out, why wait for him to come back from his suspension?

    You guys who want to fuel this narrative will go at any length to paint the picture you want, huh?

  • francesco

    If you wish to know…i follow the Steelers for aesthetic reasons alone. I like the logo and the team colors of white black and gold. I hope that this doesn’t disappoint you. Everything else about the team is up to debate and scrutiny.

  • Applebite

    Leaving social media alone for awhile would help matters. People and trolls tend to take your words and add their own context to them. So taking a page out of the Book of Timmons, going ghost on social media may resolve things for him.

  • Sounds like a disgruntled Browns fan that comes here to purposely troll to me.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I mentioned the same thing. It’s a sad reality but completely true.

  • SteelersGeek4Lyfe

    This whole episode surprises me, given that he was a ghost on social media during his suspension.

  • Steelersville

    Bryant too often gives up on his route and is about the easiest player on the team to tackle. This is about trying to get more money this off season. If he doesn’t get the numbers he has nothing to leverage for an extension or hold out. Now his focus is playing hard and work for a free agent contract. He is done with the Steelers after next year, as they don’t do contracts this way and never will.

  • John Phillips

    I’d rather see him do it to them in the playoffs 🙂

  • francesco

    In the early 70’s i was to make a choice between the Steelers Dolphins or Redskins. I chose Steelers and never looked back. What’s your excuse?

  • Darth Blount 47

    Ed Bouchette wrote an article in the PPG that I only just saw. He echoed the same sentiments I said a few days ago. The article is entitled: “Did Martavis Bryant really do anything wrong?”

    In it, he goes on to say almost exactly what I had said. Bouchette: “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.”

    He goes on to say: “The NFL has rules on discipline, although not exactly spelled out what that discipline can involve. As part of a personal conduct policy adopted by the league three years ago, it states: “Everyone who is part of the league must refrain from conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the NFL.”
    It goes on to list various things such as arrests, etc. Nowhere does it say a player can be disciplined for asking to be traded or for boasting that he is better than a rookie teammate.”

  • Brenton deed

    Yes and Martavis won’t get the sulks with Deebo!

  • Brenton deed

    On another note I notice santonio Holmes is around … another prodigal son who matured too late to maximise his talent.
    Also remember Eric Green? Same story… Martavis seems more immature than “bad”.

  • Ken Krampert

    Young people don’t do face to face. Social media is the easy way out. Its much more difficult to voice your opinion or displeasure when you have to look your boss in the eye. It is the punk ass millennial mentality.

  • MC

    There is no future for MB in Pittsburgh. Winning is the ultimate goal of a football team and they are winning without his contributions and the contributions of others such as Juju and a solid run game. He needs to focus on himself less and on the team more. Once again, its about winning, not making sure everyone gets their fair share of targets.

  • MC

    exactly.

  • MC

    We’ll see if he keeps his word on this, he’s been dishonest in the past remember.

  • Alan Tman

    The facts are you have heard his affection for JUJU and he prefers tough physical blocking receivers. So that was not necessarily a need pick, but coaches preference. Naturally, he wants to be right, so you see it’s not quite a stretch. I don’t know why this seems so unreasonable.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Ed is full of it. He goes on to talk about conduct detrimental, and even mentions that Tomlin himself called all this a distraction. What Bryant did was conduct detrimental to the team, without a doubt, and that’s why he’s not playing.

  • Matthew Marczi

    You’re right, it doesn’t make sense. It’s almost as if they played Bryant in the second half just to assuage his ego.

  • Vic

    What if the Steelers were to deactivate MB for the remainder of the season, then trade him during the off season?

  • Darth Blount 47

    Heck, if what Martavis has done is “conduct detrimental to the team,” most on here would argue that Todd Haley is guilty of “conduct detrimental to our healths.”

  • Conserv_58

    Since when do you take what that overbearing wind bag says as being legitimate or founded on solid reasoning? Common sense dictates that what Martavis did is most assuredly conduct detrimental to the team. The fact that his negative comments have gone viral throughout the press and the NFL community they have caused considerable angst and consternation within the Steelers organization, especially his peers. Any attempt to position Martavis as being a misunderstood victim is misguided and disingenuous excuse making, at best.

  • Conserv_58

    A year away from the team will do that. Le’Veon took the whole offseason off and it took him five games to get his legs under him along with his timing with the OL.

  • Steve

    The narrow miss was Bryants fault for not looking back earlier than he did and he didn’t pick up the ball till the last minute. Will say Ben has had an off year, with his long Bomb throws but this may because many teams know this and are up on the Steelers trying to throw the home run ball.

  • Steve

    JuJu has had a bad week, between his bike being stolen and concussion protocol.

  • heath miller

    nope .. he is their boss

  • heath miller

    yep

  • heath miller

    signing at a lot of cards shows.. i’ll be signing at a Huge Show in cincinnati nov 24 25 26 its fun and you can pick up a few bucks 🙂 thanks for asking

  • Jack Hambert

    I think Dan stole other Dan’s bike!

  • Dan

    If there’s a reward for its return…maybe

  • Alan Tman

    Lol

  • Mark

    Does anyone expect to see emotional maturity from this guy? Give me a break. He will be ambiguous the remainder of his short career.

  • Charles Haines

    Seems like has has the same agent as Bell and needs different “consul”.

  • Darth Blount 47

    The point being, not everyone shares your or the pitchfork mobs view. Including those in a nationally syndicated role whose job it is to cover and comment on all things Steelers. You don’t have to agree with him. And nor do I in every instance. But I respect his position as far as the fact he has covered the Steelers for over 30 years now.

    And if “common sense” dictates that what Martavis did was “conduct detrimental to the team,” why are we 5-2, dominated last week’s game, and are the #1 seed in the AFC? Personally, I haven’t seen much tangible evidence of “detriment” anywhere and I’ve been looking. His play on the field actually says the opposite, as he opens up the Offense tremendously by commanding Safety coverages and he’s blocking very well for Bell and others who get the ball. Pretty strange brand of detriment.

    And please don’t tell me you know the inner-working of the locker room and how people feel. Because for every person you can name who may be annoyed with Bryant, I can name another who has come out and spoke well of him and defended him. Now AND in the past.

    I could give a rat’s behind that the “media” has tended toward hysterics and that lots of people have got caught up in that, since that is where this American society tends to almost exclusively nowadays.

    “Considerable angst and consternation within the Steelers organization?” Really? I doubt 98% of the players and organization could give a hoot. You and other make Bryant seem like some sort of pariah. I bet he has MANY friends and supporters in that building, including the coaching staff, thus why he never got cut or traded. Now OR in the past.

  • heath miller

    haha

  • Alan Tman

    Name one play Juju has made especially his TD’so he’s made that wasn’t design? He hasn’t beat anybody one on one. A shuttle pass any receiver on the team could have run. I know because The Outlaw ran it too! The Bengals TD was scheme. BTW that play was ran to Bryant’s position in prior years, maybe you guys are too gullible.