You’re kidding me, right?
A week after Steelers wide out Martavis Bryant complained to anyone he could find about his role in the Steelers offense and not getting enough catches, he was right back at it again today, complaining that he’d like to go elsewhere if he doesn’t start to get more opportunities to make plays.
At this point it really doesn’t matter to me what the team does with Bryant, but the bottom line is this team is a Super Bowl contender, and they had better make a decision soon on what to do with him – or he’d better start to keep his mouth shut so he stops clogging the headlines every week.
Bryant is a talent, there’s no mistaking that, but this team has a LOT of talented players, and a lot of them who realize they are not going to get the ball a whole lot when you have players like Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown playing.
Sunday Bryant was pretty much an afterthought in the Steelers offense, as he had one catch for three yards against the Bengals, but at the end of the day all that matters is the final score – and the last time I saw it the Steelers won the game with ease 29-14.
Bryant this season has 18 catches for 234 yards, no doubt numbers that could and probably should be better, but again the team is winning, as they have gotten back on track after a loss two weeks ago against the Jaguars.
Right now the formula for winning for the Steelers is to hand the ball off – a lot – to Bell, and when Ben Rothelisberger has to pass, look for Antonio Brown first, and then if he’s not around spread the ball around to others.
One player who has stepped up in the offense is Juju Smith-Schuster, who again on Sunday hauled in a touchdown, and he’s looking more and more like the number two wide out in the offense right now, not Bryant.
After whining and complaining, Bryant had the gall to say that he’s a ‘team player,’ which is outrageous considering he’s the one in the headlines due to his not being happy in his role.
“I mean, I’m a team player. I’m not trying to act like I’m being selfish, because I’m not being selfish. It’s I just want to help contribute, and I want to be the best player I can be,” Bryant said.
The Steelers defense is turning into one of the best in the league, the offense is playing well, and the special teams is just fine. There’s already been too many off the field issues with this team through seven weeks, and Mike Tomlin had better nip this latest one in the bud.
Bryant does have a right to speak his mind – he’s just looking awful in the process of doing it while the team continues to play better and look like one of if not the top team in the AFC.