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    The Steelers Are the Most Gloriously Dysfunctional Team in the NFL

    The Steelers Are the Most Gloriously Dysfunctional Team in the NFL

    Is Pittsburgh bound to have a season from hell? Maybe. But Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and Co. are the league’s most compelling theater.

    By Danny Heifetz
    Sep 18, 2018

    It is rare when the NFL has an off-the-field story line that can be classified as “fun.” Yet the Steelers are rapidly approaching a level of drama and pettiness usually reserved for the NBA. One of the most famously reserved franchises in American sports has become a quasi sideshow, and we need to soak in the silliness while we can.

    This week’s episode began when Antonio Brown, the drop-kicking Madden cover star who arrived at training camp via helicopter, tweeted “trade me” at a former Steelers public relations employee on Monday.

    The tweet came one day after Brown was seen yelling at new offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner on the sideline during their loss to the Chiefs. Pouring lighter fluid onto the fire, Brown did not report to the team facility Monday. Head coach Mike Tomlin said at a Tuesday press conference that he wouldn’t get into “whether or not [Brown] was excused.” Later, Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that Brown was attending to a personal matter and that he did not want to be traded. This may all blow over by the end of the week, but it does not bode well for the Steelers’ 2018 prospects that Brown isn’t even the only All-Pro on the team creating drama.

    While Tomlin was deflecting questions about his superstar wide receiver, a video emerged of his superstar running back Jet Skiing in Miami.

    Bell, who has yet to sign his franchise-tag tender in his complex standoff with the team (and may or may not own apex swamp predators) has already been flamed by 60 percent of the Steelers offensive line this season, including comments such as: “He makes us all look kind of stupid a little bit. … Just sit out the whole year then” (guard David DeCastro); “Here’s a guy who doesn’t give a damn” (team union representative and guard Ramon Foster); and “Man up and tell us what you’re going to do” (team captain and center Maurkice Pouncey). Listen to any Steelers fan (seriously, any Steelers fan) and you’ll hear much worse.

    While Bell is enjoying his extended vacation, his replacement, James Conner, has become a bona fide hometown hero. As a Pitt alum who hails from Western Pennsylvania and who beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2016, every aspect of Conner’s journey to the Steelers’ starting running back job feels like a cheesy movie — until he takes his helmet off and reveals the worst haircut in professional sports.

    The look is spreading. Conner told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that he plans on changing his haircut throughout the season, but didn’t say he’d opt for something more traditional, which means there’s a chance it could get worse.

    If the first two weeks of the season haven’t been enough of a circus, Stormy Daniels’s lawyer — all of America’s plotlines are converging — tweeted on Tuesday, “We have no further comment at this time regarding the details relating to Ben Roethlisberger in the book.” You can peruse the details on your own time.

    This internal chaos is mirrored on the field. In Week 1, the Steelers turned the ball over six times and tied the Browns. A week later, they didn’t turn the ball over once, but still lost to the Chiefs, 42–37. As Football Outsiders’ Scott Kacsmar noted, NFL teams that scored 37 points at home with no turnovers were 386–0 since 1940. With the Steelers’ performance Sunday, that figure is now 386–1.

    For Steelers fans, this is cruel and unusual. For everyone else, this is delicious. On Monday, the Steelers will take on the suddenly excellent Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by Grand Theft Auto character Ryan Fitzpatrick. Pittsburgh might start a humiliating 0–2–1 as their internal grievances are aired in front of the nation. Monday Night Football is appointment television again.

    https://www.theringer.com/nfl/2018/9...eon-bell-drama

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    The Steelers Are the Most Gloriously Dysfunctional Team in the NFL

    Is Pittsburgh bound to have a season from hell? Maybe. But Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and Co. are the league’s most compelling theater.

    By Danny Heifetz
    Sep 18, 2018

    It is rare when the NFL has an off-the-field story line that can be classified as “fun.” Yet the Steelers are rapidly approaching a level of drama and pettiness usually reserved for the NBA. One of the most famously reserved franchises in American sports has become a quasi sideshow, and we need to soak in the silliness while we can.

    This week’s episode began when Antonio Brown, the drop-kicking Madden cover star who arrived at training camp via helicopter, tweeted “trade me” at a former Steelers public relations employee on Monday.

    The tweet came one day after Brown was seen yelling at new offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner on the sideline during their loss to the Chiefs. Pouring lighter fluid onto the fire, Brown did not report to the team facility Monday. Head coach Mike Tomlin said at a Tuesday press conference that he wouldn’t get into “whether or not [Brown] was excused.” Later, Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that Brown was attending to a personal matter and that he did not want to be traded. This may all blow over by the end of the week, but it does not bode well for the Steelers’ 2018 prospects that Brown isn’t even the only All-Pro on the team creating drama.

    While Tomlin was deflecting questions about his superstar wide receiver, a video emerged of his superstar running back Jet Skiing in Miami.

    Bell, who has yet to sign his franchise-tag tender in his complex standoff with the team (and may or may not own apex swamp predators) has already been flamed by 60 percent of the Steelers offensive line this season, including comments such as: “He makes us all look kind of stupid a little bit. … Just sit out the whole year then” (guard David DeCastro); “Here’s a guy who doesn’t give a damn” (team union representative and guard Ramon Foster); and “Man up and tell us what you’re going to do” (team captain and center Maurkice Pouncey). Listen to any Steelers fan (seriously, any Steelers fan) and you’ll hear much worse.

    While Bell is enjoying his extended vacation, his replacement, James Conner, has become a bona fide hometown hero. As a Pitt alum who hails from Western Pennsylvania and who beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2016, every aspect of Conner’s journey to the Steelers’ starting running back job feels like a cheesy movie — until he takes his helmet off and reveals the worst haircut in professional sports.

    The look is spreading. Conner told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that he plans on changing his haircut throughout the season, but didn’t say he’d opt for something more traditional, which means there’s a chance it could get worse.

    If the first two weeks of the season haven’t been enough of a circus, Stormy Daniels’s lawyer — all of America’s plotlines are converging — tweeted on Tuesday, “We have no further comment at this time regarding the details relating to Ben Roethlisberger in the book.” You can peruse the details on your own time.

    This internal chaos is mirrored on the field. In Week 1, the Steelers turned the ball over six times and tied the Browns. A week later, they didn’t turn the ball over once, but still lost to the Chiefs, 42–37. As Football Outsiders’ Scott Kacsmar noted, NFL teams that scored 37 points at home with no turnovers were 386–0 since 1940. With the Steelers’ performance Sunday, that figure is now 386–1.

    For Steelers fans, this is cruel and unusual. For everyone else, this is delicious. On Monday, the Steelers will take on the suddenly excellent Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by Grand Theft Auto character Ryan Fitzpatrick. Pittsburgh might start a humiliating 0–2–1 as their internal grievances are aired in front of the nation. Monday Night Football is appointment television again.

    https://www.theringer.com/nfl/2018/9...eon-bell-drama
    I have this sneaky feeling that they will put up a W next monday night for the nation to see, and everything will be ok, even if it is just for a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfelix73 View Post
    I have this sneaky feeling that they will put up a W next monday night for the nation to see, and everything will be ok, even if it is just for a week.
    probably.
    they could win out, but if they dont go to/win the super bowl with the talent on this team(again) the season is a failure
    over paid janitor......
    and proving it every year.........

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    These articles, and the media (local and national) are jokes. Tomlin has a firm grasp on the team, AB, Bell,Dupree, etc are all wonderful teammates, and all is well in Steeler Country. I know this for fact, cause a few posters here told me so

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    Quote Originally Posted by squidkid View Post
    probably.
    they could win out, but if they dont go to/win the super bowl with the talent on this team(again) the season is a failure
    Talent? I keep reading this. Where? How? Talent does not get completely dominated in all phases of the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyhawk View Post
    Talent? I keep reading this. Where? How? Talent does not get completely dominated in all phases of the game.
    once again, all you have to do is go thru the last 10 drafts and see what the real fans had to say about all of our picks. almost all A drafts.
    plus, we have an elite qb the best wr and best rb in the league. add in the best center and best guard and above average tackles and serviceable(steeler type) tes
    defensively, our dline is awesome, olbs, one great, one still being developed. we drafted incredible play making athletes in the secondary for several years now. our only weakness is ilb, but the steelers arent at fault for that because shazier got hurt

    AND most importantly, our regular season record under tomlin is great, so there must be tons of talent
    over paid janitor......
    and proving it every year.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyhawk View Post
    Talent? I keep reading this. Where? How? Talent does not get completely dominated in all phases of the game.
    that was my first exact thought also...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    that was my first exact thought also...

    see above and feel free to dispute anything that i wrote
    over paid janitor......
    and proving it every year.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by squidkid View Post
    once again, all you have to do is go thru the last 10 drafts and see what the real fans had to say about all of our picks. almost all A drafts.
    plus, we have an elite qb the best wr and best rb in the league. add in the best center and best guard and above average tackles and serviceable(steeler type) tes
    defensively, our dline is awesome, olbs, one great, one still being developed. we drafted incredible play making athletes in the secondary for several years now. our only weakness is ilb, but the steelers arent at fault for that because shazier got hurt

    AND most importantly, our regular season record under tomlin is great, so there must be tons of talent
    This isn't entirely fair. Shazier's loss was huge. Now, common sense would dictate that we'd try replacing him with, I don't know, another ILB. But, Tomlin and Co. had a new secret strategy that is sure to take the league by storm: fielding 8 DBs. The best part seems to be is, not a single one of them seem to have any idea where to line up or who to cover on any given play. Truly revolutionary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyhawk View Post
    Talent? I keep reading this. Where? How? Talent does not get completely dominated in all phases of the game.
    Typical squiddy false narrative...whatever makes it easiest to go after Tomlin...

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