The Steelers’ problems go deeper than their 0-2 record, and they bubbled over along the sideline in the second half of Monday night’s game in Cincinnati.
There, wide receiver Antonio Brown confronted offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Brown angrily complained to the coach that not enough pass plays were called for him, several sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Specifics of the argument were hard to come by but sources say that Haley was upset by Brown’s actions and that the two were still seething about it Tuesday. Brown’s complaint to Haley was harsh enough and the reaction to it along the sideline volatile to the point that many people there noticed, although it was not shown nor apparently caught on camera by anyone, including ESPN, which broadcast the game.
Through two games Emmanuel Sanders leads the team with 22 targets, while Brown and Jerricho Cotchery each have 16. Eight targets per game extrapolates to 128 for the season. The 32 most-targeted WRs averaged 134.8 targets in 2012, so Brown is essentially seeing WR1 involvement thus far. Fantasy-wise, there isn't much difference between Sanders and Brown at this point, though the squeaky wheel usually gets the grease.