Dubious Defense Of Antonio Brown

November 6th, 2020

Handling Antonio Brown.

Joe has to hit the brakes on this one.

In a TV hit this morning,  Jenna Laine of ESPN was asked why exactly the Bucs are convinced furniture-tossing Antonio Brown won’t act up as he has with his past three teams over the past two seasons?

Laine noted she has spoken with several people inside the Bucs organization. Among the feedback she received was, “They believe that Bruce Arians has a strong enough personality to handle Brown.”

(Laine’s sources also told her of Arians’ experience with Brown as Steelers offensive coordinator. This doesn’t factor in how Brown has seemingly changed since getting knocked into next month on a dirty hit to the head by filthy Vontaze Burfict in the 2015 playoffs. Brown has acted cuckoo ever since. Arians was coaching in Arizona when that happened.)

Now that “personality” bit sure smells like a sales job someone was trying to get over on Laine.

Let’s back this up a bit, shall we? Brown’s last three coaches were, in succession, Mike Tomlin, Chucky and Bill Belicheat.

So let Joe get this straight: Three championship coaches didn’t have the personality to handle Brown? Do any of those come across as three pushovers? Seriously? All three guys have rings. All three guys are sticklers for detail. None are shrinking violets.

This example is actually one reason Joe wasn’t doing backflips when the Bucs signed Brown. If Tomlin, Chucky and Belicheat couldn’t handle him, why all of a sudden should we expect Arians to handle him?

Laine also gathered information for her report that included those same sources saying Brown pretty much knows this is his last chance. If he gets run off the Bucs, his NFL poker chips are likely used up.

Joe thinks that makes more sense than suggesting Arians’ personality can handle Brown (but Tomlin, Chucky and Belicheat could not).

You can see Laine’s full report in the ESPN video below.

35 Responses to “Dubious Defense Of Antonio Brown”

  1. Mort Says:

    If he goes wacko you cut him and move on. It’s as low risk as you can get in the NFL.

  2. Bobby M. Says:

    This is THE key difference….the Bucs have structured the contract where they hold ALL the leverage. That’s it.

    In the Patriots defense…..I dont think Brown was acting up, he just had too many accusations from past incidents making headlines. Keep in mind Robert Kraft was in the news as well for a massage he received.

    The Bucs have Brown in the best structure one can. He screws up, he’s out….and probably out of the league. They know that….he knows that. My guess is this is the structure for Brown moving forward. Per game bonuses….1 yr deals…..at 32 he’s not just a character concern but also a physical liability.

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    AB will only give opposing defenses problems….

    he’ll be A OK with the bucs….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  4. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Joe is honestly worrying about AB way too much. Dude is making almost nothing if he is bad or steps out of line we cut him for nothing.

    Also in his presser the dude sounded like a different person then the last time we saw him in public.

  5. Godlovesbucs Says:

    He signed a roughly 17 million dollar contract with raiders.(3 years)

    He signed a roughly 15 million dollar contract with the patriots (1 year)

    He signed a 1 million dollar contract with tampa.

    That is the biggest difference. He has been financially punished and encouraged to stay the line through money. That is the most important thing.

  6. Joe Says:

    Joe is honestly worrying about AB way too much. Dude is making almost nothing if he is bad or steps out of line we cut him for nothing.

    Joe’s concern has absolutely nothing to do with money or how much the Bucs can/could lose if this goes haywire.

  7. Mike Says:

    It was a fake news that Billichick could not handle him. It was the rape accusation and Krafts fired him while Bill and Tom wanted to keep him.

  8. bojim Says:

    BA will have Brady’s help. Fingers crossed.

  9. Soggy Says:

    The only one that can handle AB is AB…. GEEZ Wiz he is a grown man you can only help someone if they want it..,

  10. Billy-43 Says:

    I mean it’s just one reason in a long list.
    Gonna work great come Sunday

  11. Jerk04 Says:

    [Sorry. The only “credible” felony is one where a guilty verdict is rendered. Commenters claiming an NFL player committed a felony can and may be booted for good. Careful. This includes past and present Bucs players. — Joe]

  12. Cobraboy Says:

    Just win, Baby, and all is forgiven.

  13. Pewter Power Says:

    Patriots didn’t let brown go because he was a problem for the team, it was because of issues that already existed so it’s completely different situation than the ones for Steelers and Raiders. This whole AB thing is being exaggerated. If he causes an issue it’s no problem to get rid of that contract. It’s ridiculous the Bucs wouldn’t have to put up with much at all and dude wants to be in the nfl, what better place to play than your home state

  14. m0j0 Says:

    AB misses the game. He wants to be in Tampa with Brady and he wants to get his NFL career back on track. He will be a Boy Scout off the field and he will play and practice hard on the field. Bucs don’t need to worry about him. He will be on his P’s and Q’s.

  15. Brad Says:

    Joe, sounds like you need to visit Big Storm and have a few. You’re way too worried about this. Also, at what point did Belicheat have a tough time with AB? Do some research, it was Kraft who gave him the boot not Belicheat. Only enough room for one accusation up there. Chucky as you surely can remember handled personalities real well. It was his best asset!!! 😂. Each situation is its own. Do you think if he goes off the deep end that Evans and Godwin are going to forget how to catch?

  16. adam from ny Says:

    the fact that he’s living in the jeter compound is a sign of a very short stay and a team saying positive things, but realizing it can go south at any moment…

    no one has said get settled in AB…

    it’s more like:

    “brady see if you can keep him under control and make sure tony robbins holds him down when the lobotomist works on his brain”

    #ABgotAyeLabotomy #TeenageLobotomy


  17. adam from ny Says:

    also haircuts say a lot about a person…

    is he still rocking the mohawk type fade under the TB12 hat???…

    if there is still a mohawk basically sitting right on top of his brain, we are in big f’in trouble…


  18. Jerk04 Says:


    Never said he committed a felony. I said seemed credible accusations. Boot me if you like but never said he did it. If it’s cause I pointed out the hypocrisy you’re taking that stance so be it but best of me recollection I said credible accusations

  19. August 1976 Buc Says:

    The bottom line is very simple. AB will either do very well or he will not. It is based on AB. All the other talk means absolutely nothing. And we will see. Many people have turned their lives around after destroying their reputation, but usually it is not a well publicised person. Again we will see. But in the mean time AB is going to be a huge problem for defenses starting with the Aints. GO BUCS!!!!

  20. Sesteprenelicus Says:

    I’m hoping that maybe it was something physically wrong with his brain, or some sort of wrong drugs/diet, and that problem has been treated. Time will easily tell.

  21. adam from ny Says:

    also brady is gonna want to show the world that him backing his boy, and going out on a limb for his was a good thing…

    expect AB to have around 5 catches for 75 yards and a td sunday night…

    brady will look for him and find him

  22. Chesapeake Bucco Says:

    Adam: That ain’t how Brady works. TB12 is about winning, not getting AB catches or making “his boy” look good. If AB gets open, he will get looks. If someone else is more open, they will get the ball. To think otherwise is silly and against historical perspective.

  23. adam from ny Says:

    also he should probably stop sporting these fur coats made of like 100 dead animals…

    that crap is so over…

    he’s gonna find a whole other mess with peta and animal activists when he least expects it…

    that is no longer really tolerated in 2020…

    i’m sure he’s heard it before, but it’s another thing he should think about if he’s genuinely changing his lifestyle and mindset

  24. adam from ny Says:


    yeah correct on that assessment…

    that’s totally how brady works…

    but here he has a vested interest in AB…

    they sit on the same sh!tter (in a sense)…

    and something is going on with him and evans…

    he’s gonna wanna shove AB down someone’s throat imho…

    it ain’t gonna be the tanner hudson and micken’s show no mo

  25. adam from ny Says:

    if the line can protect brady sunday night, giving him a little time and a clean pocket…

    he should be able to “throw AB open” all night…

    if AB still has the same legs

  26. adam from ny Says:

    tom after 20 years does know how to throw a receiver open…

    this isn’t jameis…


  27. Mike Johnson Says:

    rape accusations or not. let me play. We got a guy in charge of the usa who been accused of worst and nothin has happened to him right? And just-us for all baby.

  28. Jerry Says:

    Seriously, it’s no big deal. The second he acts up, he’s gone.

    I don’t understand why Joe thinks this is such a big problem. We got two monster games coming up against the Saints and Chiefs. If he lasts through those while our WR corps gets healthy before the bye. He’s served his main purpose.

  29. Buc-y-do. Says:

    Id be more worried about defending TB12.

  30. Joe Says:

    Never said he committed a felony. I said seemed credible accusations. Boot me if you like but never said he did it. If it’s cause I pointed out the hypocrisy you’re taking that stance so be it but best of me recollection I said credible accusations

    This is not why Joe is worried about AB. Has nothing to do with cash or he said/she said.

  31. ClodHopper Says:

    I’ve been calling Arians the millennial whisperer the whole time. The only other coach he’s had that could also be a millennial whisperer is Tomlin and he got a good few years out of him.

  32. Clean House Says:

    Joe you can’t really invlude Bilicheckin that analysis, AB had no issues in NE, his public issues were too much of a distraction so they just dropped him

  33. sgrd0q Says:

    He was a model citizen in New England. They had to let him go due to the accusations off the field that resurfaced after he got signed.

  34. Joe Says:

    He was a model citizen in New England.

    Until he sent some texts to a shit.

    Next thing you know he’s cleaning out his locker.

  35. Webb Says:

    Maybe I’m not remembering correctly, but Brown left NE because of his legal nonsense, not because belichick couldn’t handle him.