New Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians was offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers when Antonio Brown was a rookie.
And talking from afar, Arians does not like what’s occurring with the Steelers’ All-Professional large receiver.
“There’s an excessive amount of miscommunication, an excessive amount of … diva,” Arians mentioned Tuesday on The Adam Schefter Podcast. “I’ve heard so many tales — I like Antonio — he performs as arduous as anyone on Sunday and he practices arduous. He is simply gotta make higher choices off the sphere, be on time, do a few of these little issues.”
Arians advised Schefter that the Brown he is seeing in the present day isn’t who he noticed when the workforce drafted the large receiver in 2010.
“He was the toughest working,” Arians mentioned. “He and Emmanuel Sanders, boy they went after it as a result of Mike Tomlin used to inform them, ‘two canine, one bone.’ And at the moment we had Mike Wallace, Hines Ward, I imply we had a fairly good run for one in every of them to get on the sphere. By the top of the season, they have been each profitable for us to go to the Tremendous Bowl.”
The Steelers misplaced to the Inexperienced Bay Packers within the Tremendous Bowl that season. Arians stayed as offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh for an additional yr however left after eight seasons with the workforce in 2011 to grow to be offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts. He grew to become interim coach when head coach Chuck Pagano grew to become in poor health and was named AP Coach of the Yr for main the workforce into the playoffs. He additionally won Coach of the Yr with the Arizona Cardinals in 2014.
Brown’s absence from Week 17 practices resulted in a benching for the Steelers’ season finale in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals, and through that week Brown had a flare-up in a workforce setting.
Final week, workforce president Artwork Rooney II advised the Pittsburgh Put up-Gazette that Brown wouldn’t be launched however “all different choices are on the desk” concerning his future with the workforce. He additionally mentioned that it might be “arduous to envision” Brown as a part of the workforce when it studies to coaching camp in late July.