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In the past, the receiver and quarterback have hashed out differences with communication, Roethlisberger said.

Clark said Brown has done "a very good spin job" of making people believe he's all about the Steelers and a hard worker who's only there to win football games.

The "distraction" started when Roethlisberger failed to throw to an open Brown in the second quarter of Pittsburgh's 26-9 win over the Baltimore Ravens. It wasn't the first time that the quarterback has criticized his receiver, and it came shortly after Roethlisberger appeared to distance himself from his entire team after its Week 3 protest during the national anthem.

"It was fun watching him work", Ben told us. "It's just unfortunate that it happened, and it's unfortunate that he acted and reacted that way".

"AB is a competitor - we all know and understand that", Tomlin said. We all want the ball.

Ben even took us onto the sidelines and shared what he said to Brown right after the play. Ask me what happened. "That's just who he was", Roethlisberger said. "I think it would have been another big play". An outright temper tantrum could be considered another.

The issue with Brown's behavior isn't that he's mad about not getting thrown to - the issue is that he's opening up the team to tons of criticism about the relationship between the quarterback and the wideout during a game in which they handily won against the Ravens.

Tomlin and Roethlisberger both expressed how such an outburst by Brown could be perceived among his teammates, especially the younger ones. "I'd like to think him and I together may be one of the best quarterback/wide receiver combos to ever play the game". It aids him, it aids us", Tomlin said "He has to control (his emotions). "I feel as voted as a captain that's kind of one the rules of being the captain".

When NFL teams staged mass protests during the anthem following critical comments by President Trump two weeks ago, the Steelers were among three teams that declined to take the field until after "The Star-Spangled Banner" was performed.

Tomlin said he didn't see Brown's tantrum because he was watching what was happening on the field.

Roethlisberger called the five-time Pro Bowler's actions "a distraction".

Brown is "superhuman on the football field", Roethlisberger said, but he noted that when the receiver loses his cool, "it nearly brings him back to being a mere mortal, if you will".