Roethlisberger Doesn't Believe AB Wants To Be Traded, He's Just Frustrated

'I’m a much better football player because of Antonio Brown'

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September 18, 2018 - 11:13 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - On Monday Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown addressed a critical tweet that he wouldn’t be as good if he was on another team and didn’t have Ben Roethlisberger as quarterback by saying, “Trade me, let’s find out.”

Roethlisberger said during "The #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show" on The Fan Tuesday that Brown’s behavior is due to frustration.

“He’s a competitor and he wants to be the best in the world and he probably is the best in the world and he wants to make every play and catch every ball and every touchdown, which is what every player wants to do,” said Roethlisberger. “You know he took it out on some people and I give Randy (Fichtner) a lot of credit for not losing it on him but you know it’s just one of those things that I think in the heat of the battle and you’re losing the football game, it’s just tough on anybody.”

“I don’t I think he just  . . . just another reason why I don’t do social media right? Guys get under your skin and find a way to do it,” said Roethlisberger. “I don’t think he wants traded. I’ll speak with him tomorrow and maybe I’ll have a different answer after that but I don’t think that.”

Roethlisberger says while the team is angry and frustrated, he recognizes that it’s early in the season.

“You lose a game at home; you never want to do that. Obviously, you want to be perfect at home and make it really hard for teams to come play us at Heinz Field but really it’s early in the season. It just means we can’t go undefeated.”

The critical tweet came from former Steelers PR employee Ryan Scarpino. Roethlisberger says he enjoyed his time with him but now he hears he is highly critical of the Steelers.

“I’ve heard that he really goes after a lot of myself, AB, Coach Tomlin, Mr. Rooney. I heard he’s very animated on social media.”

Brown only talks to the media on Fridays so he did not speak about the subject. Roethlisberger says AB will take his time to gather his answer and that whether or now Brown spoke yesterday, his teammates would still have to answer questions about it.

“Whether he spoke or not yesterday, we’re all going to get asked questions because something happened and that’s the world we live in, we live in a world where we have the freedom of speech or texting or tweeting . . . so he’s going to have to speak and when he does I’m sure he’ll have plenty of time to have cooled off an think about what he wants to say and be real poignant with his answers,” said Roethlisberger.

Brown also threatened a reporter on social media last week saying he would break their jaw, Linebacker Bud Dupree  responded to a critical fan mentioning his girlfriend in rather unflattering terms.

Roethlisberger says that a lot of the currently players only know social media and says “it’s hard to break habits and they enjoy using their platforms to reach fans and there definitely is some good that comes with it but I think if you’re going to do it you have to not get caught up in reading all the extra tweets . . . where you get in trouble is when you start responding to other people. 

Roethlisberger says he doesn’t hear about most of the off the field and social media antics until later because he doesn’t have a social media presence.

“A lot of stuff I don’t know about until other guys in the locker room tell me about it because they’re on (social media) . . . I guess as an old school guy, I just kind of shake my head and say man it’s crazy how times have changed,” said Roethlisberger.

While the distractions can be bothersome, Roethlisberger doesn’t think that the off field antics are a distraction when their on the field.

“You got to this level for a reason right? You got here because you’re talented. You’re able to put things behind you. You’re able to focus . . . I would hope that guys would be able to do that and really just go out and do your job and put the off the field things behind you and really just focus on your brothers and trying to win for them.”

On the field Brown has been a target 33 times with 18 catches so far this season, a much lower percentage than normal.

Roethlisberger says he believes it’s a combination of all the double and triple and his accuracy.

“There are times that I’ve forced a couple balls to him instead of taking someone else . . . so I’ll take the blame for the low completion percentage to him and I’m not worried about our chemistry. I don’t know if he got fired up about the tweet me getting credit for him but I’m a much better football player because of Antonio Brown.”

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