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The Pittsburgh Steelers have been here before.
02-19-2019, 09:57 AM,
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have been here before.
Often in fact.A jarring early-season misstep filled with mental breakdowns and missed opportunity is kind of their thing.So too White DeSean Jackson Jersey , it seems, is finding new ways to explain the erratic behavior of All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown.Even a day removed from a 42-37 home loss to Kansas City that dropped the two-time defending AFC North champions to 0-1-1, the talk didn't center on a defense that gave up a franchise-record tying six touchdown passes , but on the latest outburst by the talented if mercurial Brown.The four-time All-Pro — who caught nine passes for 67 yards against the Chiefs — responded to a tweet by a former team employee who suggested Brown wouldn't put up his eye-popping numbers without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger by suggesting "trade me let's find out."The post caused an immediate stir on social media but not in the Pittsburgh locker room, even after cameras caught Brown venting on the sideline in the second half and slowly trudging off the field even as his teammates celebrated Roethlisberger's diving 3-yard touchdown run with 1:59 to go that pulled the Steelers within five.Brown did not make himself available to media afterward and was nowhere to be found Monday, leaving his teammates to try and explain away his behavior. Again."I'm not worried about his frame of mind," veteran wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey said. "I know football is No. 1 to him. He works his butt off to be the great player that he is. As long as he brings that same energy in practice and brings that same energy to the game, I don't have any problem with him, because I've seen guys who don't care in this league and they don't last long."The issue with Brown has never been work ethic. The former sixth-round pick is the only player in NFL history to post five consecutive seasons with at least 100 receptions. Yet the 30-year-old has become increasingly volatile. During minicamp he complained about having the spotlight on him , then arrived at training camp in a helicopter . He called a reporter who noticed him limping off the field during workouts at Saint Vincent College — in full view of fans — a clown. Last Friday he issued a bizarre soliloquy about his status, calling himself "an exceptionalism" before adding he's "not an ordinary guy."Of that there is no doubt. And his teammates stress there is no issue with everything that comes with having Brown in the fold."AB is a hell of a player and I'm glad he plays for our team White Bryan Anger Jersey ," defensive end Cam Heyward said. "It's as simple as that. I wouldn't trade him for anybody in the world."At the same time, Heyward made it a point to steer the topic away from Brown, who had nothing to do with Pittsburgh's defensive issues against the Chiefs."If we ain't talking about football, we're talking the wrong thing," Heyward said. "All this other stuff is beside the point."The point being the Steelers find themselves preparing for a Monday night trip to surprising Tampa Bay (2-0) at crossroads, familiar territory during their run to four straight playoff berths.Last fall, it was the national anthem debacle that preceded an overtime loss to Chicago. Two years ago they started 2-0 only to get drilled on the road in Philadelphia by a rookie quarterback named Carson Wentz. In 2015 they celebrated the first day of October by blowing a fourth-quarter lead at home to Baltimore. Back in 2014 they allowed Tampa Bay's Mike Glennon to spark a late rally at Heinz Field, one of two games the Buccaneers would win all season.Each time, the Steelers chose patience over panic. Each time, they recovered to reach the postseason."I think you panic when you know you've lost control," Heyward Bey said. "We haven't lost control."Maybe Youth O. J. Howard Jersey , but it looked like that way at times against Kansas City. The secondary, playing without injured veteran cornerback Joe Haden, looked flat-footed at times and lost at others. There was no pass rush to speak of — the only sack came when Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes crashed into nose tackle Daniel McCullers. After spending camp talking about improved communication, the Steelers spent plenty of time looking at each other before Mahomes snapped the ball, as if trying to figure out where they were supposed to go."We've got to make sure we're on top of each other," cornerback Mike Hilton said. "We've got to make sure we know what we're doing so explosive plays like we gave up yesterday don't happen all the time. It's a copycat league, so some team might be doing the same thing Kansas City did."A team like, say, the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay is unbeaten thanks in large part to 35-year-old quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has gone over 400 yards in each of Tampa Bay's first two games. What looked like a mismatch two weeks ago looks far different now."It's a big week," Heyward-Bey said. "It's a Monday night game. It's prime time against a team that's thrown for a lot of yards and scored a lot of touchdowns and are confident. We've got to find a way to light our fire and put theirs out." Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense are eager to play again. They're going to have to wait an extra day.They want to put a forgettable performance against Kansas City in the past and prove themselves this week against an upstart Tampa Bay offense. The Steelers will see where they stand during their first prime-time appearance of the season Monday night against veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the undefeated Buccaneers."We want to get that rotten taste out of our mouths and just get back to playing football White Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey ," defensive end Cam Heyward said on Friday. "It's a great opportunity against a good offense."The two-time defending AFC North champions are winless through two weeks. The Steelers (0-1-1) are off to their worst start since 2013, which was also the last time they missed the playoffs.Last week, Chiefs first-year starter Patrick Mahomes became the second player to throw for six touchdowns against Pittsburgh, and the first since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly did it for Buffalo in 1991. Mahomes threw his six scores to five players and finished with more touchdowns than incomplete passes."We've got a lot of stuff to prove," linebacker Bud Dupree said. "There's a lot of speculation of us not being a good defense, but we know in our heart and soul that we have one of the best defenses."The Steelers statistically boasted a top-10 defense last season. They ranked No. 5 in yards and two spots back at No. 7 in points, while also establishing a franchise record for sacks in a season.This season has been much different. The defense has allowed an average of 31.5 points and close to 400 yards per contest through two games."We just want to be established and known as one of the best defenses," cornerback Joe Haden said. "We haven't really put that on tape for the first two games. The quicker we can get back out there, the quicker we can show everybody what we can do."Haden expects to play Monday after missing last week's game against Kansas City with a hamstring injury. The ninth-year veteran was a full practice participant for the second straight day Friday. Haden will be a welcome addition to a defense that had communication issues, lacked a consistent pass rush and couldn't get off the field.Defensive coordinator Keith Butler said this week that he simplified the game plan to allow players to play fast, improve communication and eliminate big plays through the secondary. Butler felt his players tried to overcompensate and do too much at times against the Chiefs."I jumped offsides when we were down because I was trying to time the snap and get to the quarterback http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers....aro-jersey ," Dupree said. "Somebody has to make a play and I was trying to put it on my shoulders and make a play, and sometimes that's trying to do too much."Tampa Bay (2-0) is off to its best start in eight years and features the NFL's top-ranked offense. The Bucs are unbeaten thanks in large part to Fitzpatrick, the 35-year-old journeyman who has thrived with suspended quarterback Jameis Winston sidelined. Fitzpatrick is playing the best football of his 14-year career, throwing for 819 yards and eight touchdowns in Tampa Bay's first two games.The Steelers insist their defense is prepared for the challenge."We're just ready to go," Heyward said. "I'm ready to move forward. I think we cleaned up a lot of problems. We had a lot to address, but it won't be addressed until Monday. Hopefully, we can put on a good performance."NOTES: S Morgan Burnett (groin), G David DeCastro (hand), T Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) and DE Stephon Tuitt (illness) did not practice on Friday. G Ramon Foster (knee) and DE Tyson Alualu (shoulder) were full practice participants for the second straight day.
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