Raiders Analyst On AB: Never Seen This Much Drama

Antonio Brown has been a headache for Jon Gruden and the Raiders, and he hasn't even played a single snap

Tiki and Tierney
August 13, 2019 - 7:39 pm

From the hot air balloon ride to frostbite to threatening to quit football over a helmet, Antonio Brown has had quite the offseason. 

(So much for blending in…)

Ultimately, how will the AB Experiment unfold in Oakland?

“I wish I knew,” former Raiders offensive lineman and current analyst Lincoln Kennedy said on Tiki & Tierney. “I really do. The thing is I’ve been around some divas in my time – and I’ve played with some – but nothing to the extent of this. And he hasn’t even played a down in a Raider uniform.”

Brown is, without question, one of the top wide receivers in football. But he wore out his welcome in Pittsburgh. At 31, this could be his last stop.

“I will say this: He can be electric once you get him on the field – and Jon Gruden and Derek Carr are going to love to have him on the field,” Kennedy said. “But we just got to get him on the field. I don’t even know how we get to that because I’ve never seen this much to start a career off in a different place. . . . (He) was kicked to the curb. The Raiders have been notorious for giving guys second chances; this is a second chance – and he’s got a chance to be good, and he’s got a quarterback. So I don’t know why we have all this extra stuff that’s going on around AB.”

Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger couldn’t make it work with Brown. What about Derek Carr? Is he equipped to deal with this nonsense?

“Not yet,” Kennedy said. “But he’s going to have to learn how to develop thick skin. He’s going to rely on Jon Gruden to help him deal with it. Gruden is going to do everything he can coaching-wise and philosophy-wise to get the ball to No. 84. We already know that. Derek is going to make a conscious effort to get the ball to his playmakers as often as possible. If it doesn’t always go right, who knows? But there’s really going to be no excuse from this point out why Derek Carr can’t be successful. They’ve surrounded him with some talent. They have the potential to put some points on the board. I don’t know how that translates to how many wins, but I think they can be an exciting offense.”

Click below to listen to Kennedy’s interview in its entirety.