A lot of coverage has circulated around star WR Antonio Brown being unhappy in Pittsburgh. Rumors of a confrontation between Brown and QB Ben Roethlisberger started to come out after Brown reportedly walked into the locker room in the middle of a “must win” game and didn’t return. It was later reported this was due to an injury, but shortly after that rumor also began to circulate that Brown requested a trade out of Pittsburgh. This creates quite the buzz around the NFL, especially for a player on Brown’s level. There were even talks of Brown having a landing spot in Tampa and with receivers like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and the possible(willing) return of DeSean Jackson back to the fold, the addition of Brown would create a match-up nightmare for any defense. Before you get excited, however, new HC Bruce Arians doesn’t care for the idea. He spoke to ESPN’s Adam Schefter saying,
“From afar, there’s too much miscommunication, too much … diva,” Arians told ESPN. “I’ve heard so many stories — and I like Antonio, he plays as hard as anybody on Sunday, and he practices hard. He’s just got to make better decisions off the field, be on time, do some of those little things.”
So Arians respects the craft, but not the attitude. This is understandable, and while any coach might be able to rein in a player with passion and willing to make an effort, Arians just doesn’t seem to buy his conviction with his off-field issues. As far as things go now, if it’s up to Bruce Arians, Antonio Brown won’t be a Buccaneer.