TIOPS Inside Buzz
*Rumblings, Musings, Opinions*
1. More Leadership needed from Wideouts? Antonio Brown’s work ethic outside of game days to fine his craft is rarely matched by others. It’s what has made him into one of the NFL’s best receivers and saw him become the fastest receiver in NFL history to 600 receptions, doing it Sunday in his 96th career game.
But is Brown doing a good enough job in leading by example for an inexperienced wide receiver group?
Emerging is more and more talk in Steelers circles that Brown has been a bad apple at times and a bad influence on Sammie Coates, Eli Rodgers in critical areas such as attention to details and these inexperienced receivers learning to play the position the right away.
While Brown looks to the media and fan base as someone whose top priority is his stats, that’s how he’s also looked at by his teammates.
The organization lives with it because of how good Brown is but sources say coaches believe this group of receivers is strongly missing a Jericho Cotchery type for the young group of receivers to learn from.
Finding that type of veteran is surely going to be a priority this off-season.
2. McCutchen trade to lead to acquisition of Chris Archer or Sonny Gray?: Those close to Pirates manager Clint Hurdle say Hurdle has told members of the coaching staff he’ll be “stunned” as one source put it, if Andrew McCutchen is a Pirate when the team opens spring training.
The noise coming out of the organization is that a McCutchen trade could be a precursor Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"