Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown told reporters that he understands why he was benched at the end of last week’s game.
“Coach got me and Ben together [on the sideline] and talked about the execution of the play and what transpired,” said Brown, who leads the league with 61 catches and is on pace to break Hines Ward’s single-season receiving record (112). “From there, coach thought it was best I don’t go back in the game for the last series, so he came to me and told me we’re going to keep you out this series but just stay with me.”
“I can’t afford to be in miscommunication with Ben. I can’t afford to not have my depth and not be where I need to be. Being on this football team and being the No. 1 guy, I got to take responsibility to give the team my best, and Coach thought I wasn’t giving my best. Coach made the right decision.”
Tomlin stated that he benched Brown because he didn’t give them “quality execution from an assignment standpoint.”
Brown claims that he lost focus and had a hard time executing after being outscored by the Patriots 31-7 in the fourth quarter.