ORLANDO, Florida – The Pittsburgh Steelers support Antonio Brown at the Pro Bowl.
The captain of the Center, Maurkice Pouncey, said that he thought his team could solve his problems with Brown while receiving his fellow JuJu Smith-Schuster, pointing out that he did not want Brown to be traded.
The Steelers are looking for Brown after the All-Pro receiver did not show up for the last day of the season on Saturday, and cut off all contact with the organization.
"We are a group of brothers, we have been together for a long time," said Pouncey. "You can not tell me that a good phone conversation or a discussion can not do things properly."
Pouncey compared Brown's relationship with the quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to brothers who sometimes have a dispute but find ways to come to terms. Pouncey also contested an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Brown would have thrown a football at someone when visiting Wednesday on week 17. "That did not happen", did he declare.
Brown got upset and left the round table after Roethlisberger wanted to do a hot reading and the team put somebody else in training, said a source to Adam Schefter of ESPN, who also reported that Roethlisberger and Brown had spoken after the fact and that Brown had felt underestimated by some in the organization.
Pouncey thinks that time can heal problems and that every star player with whom he has evolved has had an advantage, a determining factor.
"The mere fact that it's two Hall of Fame players, that's one reason it's so high," said Pouncey about Brown and Roethlisberger. "Rightly, I agree that everyone has opinions and everyone can talk about things.
"But honestly, I think, and I've been playing football for a long time, things are going to work out … it's the best duo in Steeler's history." "If you do not want to talk to two members from the Hall of Fame who have played with each other and done so together, I just do not understand what "the team" is anymore.
Smith-Schuster, who replaced Brown in the Pro Bowl following an injury, said he had contacted Brown and that he had not heard anything but pointed out that players are on holidays at this time of the year and that contacts are minimal. He "no doubt" is waiting to chat with Brown soon, he said.
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Smith-Schuster won the Steelers' Most Valuable Player title after voting for his teammates after 111 passes and 1,426 yards.
"He's helping the team a lot – not just me, he's improving the team," Smith-Schuster said, explaining why he did not want Brown to be traded. "Obviously, I do not control the situation, but if I could, I would not want that to happen."
Asked about Brown's source of frustration, Smith-Schuster responded that he was focusing on himself.
Brown recorded an NFL record with six seasons of 100 consecutive catches and led the league with 15 touchdowns in 2018. During the season, several coaches and players pointed out that Brown's ability to shoot doubles teams defenses Helps to unlock the attack for other game leaders.
But the tension seemed to rise all season. Brown had a crisis of meaning against Kansas City during the second week, and the next day he tweeted "swap me, let's find out" to a former Steelers employee who had made the suggestion that Brown should thank Roethlisberger for his production. . Coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged after the season that it could come a time when Brown's antics would outweigh his positives.
Pouncey said the problems inside the NFL locker room are overflowing when a team loses. The Steelers finished with a 9-6-1 record, losing four of their last six games, to end up in the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
"We have a lot of great players in this team, we should be in the playoffs," said Pouncey. "Honestly, I think we should keep playing.For the reporters who have been following this team for a long time, for fans who have been following for a long time, I understand that it's disappointing, believe me." This is disappointing for us, we all want it, every time such things happen, you can sometimes forget some of the bad things that have happened over the years, and when you win, everything is fine. "