Things have gone from bad to worse for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Antonio Brown, however, isn't giving his boss much choice.
It could also be due to a tweet from a former Steelers PR employee that insinuated Brown wasn't as good as he really is. When asked Tuesday if one of the NFL's most dynamic players has asked to be moved, Tomlin responded "no, no" and laughed. I believe that, but maybe it's best for Brown not to talk about trades or being traded next time around so we don't get confused.
Tomlin plans to provide Brown with a reminder on Wednesday when the team returns to practice.
Brown did not show up to UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Monday's team and positional.
Asked if Brown actually wants to be traded, Tomlin chuckled and said, "no".
That tweet came after Brown was seen arguing with Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner during the team's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. He's performed pretty well thus far - 18 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown is nothing to sneeze at - but apparently has been unhappy in the days following Sunday's loss. They opened the year by tying the Cleveland Browns, a team that entered that game having lost 49 of its previous 53 games. Nothing Brown has done off the field is helping the Steelers. "There were some negative exchanges on the sideline". He then opened up the forum for question, and it didn't take long for the Brown questions to roll in. He famously punched a Gatorade bucket in Baltimore last September and a few times had semi-heated exchanges with former offensive co-ordinator Todd Haley. I'd just as soon leave all of those things in-house. "He's a competitor. He wants to be the best in the world and he probably is".
Tomlin would not clarify whether or not Brown's absence was excused but he did say, "I'm looking forward to visiting with him [Tuesday]".
When wide receivers coach Darryl Drake attempted to calm down the superstar wideout, Brown immediately walked away from Drake and turned around to make additional remarks. This is a volatile situation that is still developing, and fans can only imagine what Brown might do next.
Asked if he's exhausted of Brown being the same player he's asked about repeatedly regarding social media issues, Tomlin bristled, then pointed to his team's 0-1-1 record heading into a Monday Night Football matchup with the 2-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"He was not. No", Tomlin said. "He's going to continue to be". Tyson Alualu, same thing, as he works his way back from his shoulder injury. Marcus Gilbert with a hamstring, and Ramon Foster is managing a knee injury. Berry has a net average of 34.8 through two weeks, a full 5 yards lower than his net average in 2017. Tomlin said it's possible the team could work out punters with Jordan Berry struggling.