Report: Antonio Brown mad about lack of targets
- By Kevin Patra
- Around the League writer
- Published: Sept. 18, 2013 at 09:49 a.m.
- Updated: Sept. 18, 2013 at 10:48 a.m.
Pittsburgh Steelers fans aren't alone in their frustration with offensive coordinator Todd Haley's play calling.
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown confronted Haley on the sideline during the second half of Monday night's 20-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Brown "angrily complained" that not enough plays were called for him, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reported Wednesday, citing several unnamed sources.
Bouchette also reported that Haley didn't appreciate Brown's actions, and the two were still "seething" about it on Tuesday.
Brown was targeted just three times in the first half of Monday night's game and ended up with nine total targets, catching six passes for 57 yards. Fellow receiver Emmanuel Sanders was targeted a team-high 10 times and caught five passes for 78 yards. The elder statesman of the group, Jerricho Cotchery, was Ben Roethlisberger's most-targeted receiver in the first half with five passes (all incompletions) and ended the game with four catches for 34 yards.
Brown, the man the Steelers decided to give a six-year, $43 million contract in 2012, also complained last year about not being targeted enough, Bouchette reported.
The Steelers are an absolute mess on the field right now. It's not surprising that the frustration boiled over to the sideline. Haley is going to remain under fire, especially if the passing offense continues to struggle behind a banged-up, shaky offensive line.