The latest dramatic turn of the winless Pittsburgh Steelers' chaotic season unfolded this week when a report surfaced in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that wide receiver Antonio Brown got into a sideline confrontation with offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
Brown reportedly lobbied for more throws in his direction during a 20-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
“Did not happen, there was no confrontation,” Haley told reporters. “That all I can say. There was no problem whatsoever between he or I. When things aren’t going good, and for things not going well, I thought those guys have handled it well.”
What's undeniable, though, is the Steelers' ineffectual offense.
With 19 points scored, they rank third from the bottom of the NFL.
“I'm not happy with anything right now,” Haley said.
The Steelers rank 31st in total offense and rushing offense, and 26th in passing offense.
“Nineteen points in two football games is not going to win a lot of football in this league,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “If you would have told me we would have scored 19 points through the first two games, I would have told you we would have had an opportunity to be 0-2.”
Is the problem with the offensive personnel, Haley's play-calling or both? Tomlin didn't point fingers.
“There's been a problem with our functioning,” Tomlin said. “There's been a problem with our production. There's been a problem with our points. You can point to whatever you want to point to in regards to that, and, obviously, if the plays aren't working well, then we're susceptible to that judgment.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.