Listen: Antonio Brown, Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers discussed on Mut & Callahan
"This weekend's results. The Pittsburgh Steelers. Mike Tomlin had his end of season press conference yesterday, and he loves to do that. Now, look, I don't listen to it on days when I don't have a reason to listen to it. But I get the feeling that on days when he knows there will be plenty of questions on one or two specific topics. He does this long rambling preamble. And I don't know what the purpose of it is. I think it sets the narrative in the agenda for the questions because he did address. His version of what happened with Antonio Brown. Now there are holes there are gaps. There are questions that need to be answered in the problem is when you have that press conference approach where it's one question after another until the PR person yells out two or three more some of the things don't get addressed. Because there is kind of an incomplete picture that painted on Wednesday. Antonio Brown says he's having lower body soreness knee. Specifically created the impression you in practice. But on the practice field is where the alleged incident with Ben Rothlisberger occurred and Antonio Brown disappeared. And Tomlin skips over Thursday. I'm told Thursday Brown was a no call no show. Now, I don't know how he ended up back in the facility Friday. And I don't think Tomlin was asked a specific question. Did he actually show up Friday or did you just talk to him on the phone Friday? And Tomlin told Brown. Go getting MRI on your knee. Didn't send anybody with them. I talked to somebody with another team. And there was laughter. Like, you never do that. You don't just tell the guy. Go get your own MRI. You send somebody with them to get the MRI. That's just what you do. Brown. Never got the MRI. There's a chance that it was just communication between Tomlin and Brown and Brown never showed up Friday. And then after Tom told Brown and go get the MRI. I never got the second Tomlin never heard from Brown again until Sunday morning. When. Brown's agent drew Rosenhaus called Mike Tomlin think of how unusual that is. And think of how other coaches would Bill Belichick would have dealt with an agent calling him on game day wouldn't have been taking the call. The agent calls. Mike Tomlin says hey, Antonio's ready to play and Mike says, well, you know, what too bad he didn't show up on Saturday because Tomlin explained that. When you've got a guy who is a veteran key part of the team even though Friday is a key workday to prepare for Sunday. And usually approaches you don't practice Friday. You're not playing Brown would have been one of the exceptions. But Brown went AWOL, literally. No communication after Friday. So Tom undecided on Friday guys not gonna play period. And you know what? And I know that the injury reporting angle of this is secondary to what the Steelers are going to do with Brown. And what the issue is. But the Steelers really do need to be concerned are going gonna get in trouble with the league. And I don't know where you're twenty five thousand dollar fine. I remember earlier this year the raiders didn't downgrade Colette Yosemite from questionable out when he didn't travel when they played the charters, and they got fined twenty five grand. He's just the fact that the league would do something to point to the violation that people are waiting to see if that happens, but when you decide on Saturday, the guy's not playing and you continue to have him listed as questionable and you. Don't downgrade him to out. That's that's a problem. That's a violation of the of the rules. And when you also list on Thursday that he didn't practice due to a knee injury. Not because he didn't. Show up for work. Now, you rarely see that on an injury report because it rarely happens or maybe I should say you never see it on an injury report because it never happens. So. Just weird strange stuff. And at one point after Mike Tomlin explained what it occurred. He was asked whether or not he believes Tonio Brown quit on the team. Here's what he said. You can describe it in whatever ways you want to describe it. But there was a lack of communication there that can lead to thoughts and things of that nature that can go in many directions. The bottom line is that we're playing a significant game. He didn't do a good enough job of communicating. No being available in hours leading up to that performance. So we needed to make decisions decisions pertinent to getting prepared to play in that performance. So I've been really clear about outlining what transpired level of communication and things of that nature. So obviously there are some things within that audit. You can infer certainly I'm not saying he quit on the team. All I'm saying is. In the days before critical game. He just was nowhere to be found. It's one of those. If the answer isn't unconditionally unequivocally. No, he didn't. Then the answer is. Yes, he did. Tom also was asked whether or not the team would be trading. Antonio brown. I'm not speculating on what life is going to be like going forward. What I am going to do is address the circumstances. And then move on from there. Yeah. They can't come out and say we're done with him. We're trading can't say that. Because then they have no leverage the key leverage in any trade discussion is the ability to say, screw it. We'll just keep him. Now, maybe the Steelers end up finding themselves in a situation where they're auctioning Antonio Brown. So it doesn't matter. Whether or not they have these screw it will just keep him card. The giants. And we'll talk about this later. They set up the with Odell Beckham junior. We're just gonna keep him. If there are any trade discussions. Because they're making it clear, they're not going to trade. And that's how you maximize your leverage trade. What trade what are you talking about trade trade? So there's only so far that Mike Tomlin can go. But a lot of this also depends upon what Brown wants no Browns post in these bizarre messages on Twitter while Tomlin's tournament new when verbally at this press conference. And also there are reports that teammates believe Antonio Brown. Wasn't injured. I don't think he was injured. And he's not the first guy to tap out of a game late in the season with an injury that would have allowed him to play earlier in the year. He's not the first won't be the last. But it's rare that it happens when you're looking at a must win situation. And maybe he just thought, you know, what there's no way the Browns are going to beat the ravens. So I'm just wasting my time why am I going to risk injury in this stupid game? Especially when they don't value me. They didn't make me the team MVP and the more. I talk about that. And the more I discussed that with people the more I become convinced that the vote of the players that resulted in juju Smith Schuster being named the team MVP was a major factor in Antonio Brown. Having a stick up his but on the day that it all blew up. Now, you've got teammates who have sticks up there. But about Antonio Brown Cam haywar on WD in Pittsburgh talking about Brown's skipping out on the team. Here's what Hayward said. As a teammate you want that? Great talent. And we all want AB here. But to be a part of the year don't lecture brothers down. And it hurt more knowing that there are multiple guys that lock will give it guy. And I'll never question. What AB doesn't let field but not going full strike and still not doing it. That's what hurt more. But you know, I think going forward. I think everybody wants team we all got the same page. You know, I'm sure Kevin and Qassam where we are we talking to all, but that's unacceptable. He's right. He's right. And look it's hard to come back from this. When you're a great player it makes it easier. But the real question becomes that conversation. I was trying to get Chris Simms to engage in with me yesterday where Chris played the role of Mike Tomlin, and I played the role of Antonio Brown. And Chris started to do it. Then backed off because he knew what I was going to say as Tonio Brown coach. I appreciate your perspective. I understand your concern. I just think it's time for me to move on. How do the Steelers handle that one coach? I don't wanna be here anymore. Coach if you think I was a distraction when I wanted to be here. Wait, do you see what I'm like when I don't wanna be here. We're not handle. What's that? I know how to handle it. They just had a whole season. We're left Belden play. Well, but the thing is do you take the position that if you don't wanna play for us take a seat don't show up and we'll start collecting signing bonus money back play for us or play for no one. And if you're essentially retiring, you always a bunch of money or right? And they've got it's three point eight million per year times three it's eleven point four million. They can get back from him. If he would if he would essentially retire if he would never play for them again. But what do you get? What do you do when you have an asset that you could maybe trade this has the potential to become Teo two thousand five all over again? And it's drew Rosenhaus right in the middle of it. He's and military loans, and he's right in the middle of this. And he's already put himself in the middle of it by being the guy who called Mike Tomlin on Sunday saying, hey, Antonio's ready to play. Now, if you wanna trade him, I'm looking at the compensation and I did the math yesterday during the PF PM podcast. But I want to make sure that I have it right here. He's due to pocket fifteen point one to five million this year, and it begins with a two point five million dollars roster bonus that is payable March seventeen. So probably gotta make a decision by then. Next year. He gets eleven point three million the year after that twelve point five million add it all up if you wanna trade Antonio Brown. You've got under contract for three years at total compensation of thirty eight point nine to five million dollars. When you consider they've paid more than thirty three million for two thirty eight point nine for three is a pretty good deal networks out to twelve point nine seven five million per year. That's a pretty good deal. If you're a team that wants Antonio Brown for three years, assuming that he will show up and not be a pain in the butt for you. That's the risk. You're taking if you acquire Antonio Brown. Has he? Changed will he change? Will. He be happier in a new spot. And are we paying too much for a guy? Who's now on the wrong side of thirty. Let's take a break when we return I mentioned Odell Beckham junior. Dave Gettleman was asked about trading OB Jay gave a different answer. But does that mean the door is closed on the possibility of the giants trading Beckham more PF t live right."