"He's just gotta make better decisions off the field, be on time, do some of those little things."
It's long been said that NFL wide receivers are the biggest divas in the sport, but at least one NFL head coach feels that Steelers' All-Pro wide out Antonio Brown is a little "too diva."
Appearing on The Adam Schefter Podcast (h/t ESPN.com), Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said he has heard "so many stories" about AB, and thinks he needs to make better decisions off the field.
"There's too much miscommunication, too much...diva," Arians said. "I've heard so many stories—I like Antonio; he plays as hard as anybody on Sunday, and he practices hard. He's just gotta make better decisions off the field, be on time, do some of those little things."
Arians was the Steelers' offensive coordinator for the first two seasons of Brown's career in 2010 and 2011, but that was well before Brown earned his monster payday.
“He was the hardest working,” Arians tells Schefter. “He and Emmanuel Sanders, boy they went after it because Mike Tomlin used to tell them, ‘Two dogs, one bone.’ And at that time, we had Mike Wallace, Hines Ward — I mean, we had a pretty good run for one of them to get on the field. By the end of the season, they were both winning for us to go to the Super Bowl.”
Steelers owner Art Rooney recently told reporters that it's "hard to envision" the five-time All-Pro receiver being a member of the team come next season. Brown reportedly wants to play for the San Francisco 49ers "really bad," though he is still under contract with the Steelers through 2021.