Bradshaw: "No Way" Steelers Will Be As Good Without AB

The Steelers got rid of the soap opera this offseason, but they lost a lot of talent in the process

Tiki and Tierney
July 25, 2019 - 6:29 pm

The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t entered a season without Antonio Brown since 2009. They will also enter the season without Le’Veon Bell.

How will these losses impact the Steelers, who went 9-6-1 and missed the playoffs last season?

“From what I’m hearing, they’ll be a happier bunch. Less stressed,” Steelers Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw said on Tiki & Tierney. “From a common-sense approach to football, they’re not going to be as good. There’s no way they can be as good. They lose Le’Veon, and they do OK. But Brown? Oh boy. We’re in the age of throwing the football, and they may have (JuJu Smith-Schuster) still at wideout, but I don’t see how they can be as productive or as explosive. I just don’t see it. They’ve got, in my opinion, one of the top three quarterbacks – top five, easy – in the NFL in Ben. But Brown and Bell? Really?”

Bradshaw, who has been critical of Mike Tomlin in the past, believes he was at fault for much of the dysfunction in Pittsburgh. The Steelers on Thursday signed Tomlin to a one-year extension through 2021.

“I find a team with that much talent is lacking discipline, leadership – and that comes from the top,” Bradshaw said. “That’s why I pointed at him. Why shouldn’t I? That’s just the way it is. Now you’ve lost Brown, you’ve lost Le’Veon Bell, you lost your tight end (Jesse James). He left. Now you got a coach that’s got all this talent and hasn’t gotten back to the Super Bowl. I just don’t get it. I just don’t get it.”

Bradshaw believes the Steelers will regress this season. He also isn’t buying the Browns.

“No, not at all,” he said. “Not until I see it. You can take all the Hall of Famers you want and All-Pro guys and put them on there, but it’s not talent that necessarily always wins for you. It’s chemistry, it’s team atmosphere, it’s the team concept. And if you’ve got great players that play together as a team, then the answer to your question is absolutely they should be favored. But there’s a reason that Jarvis (Landry) is there. There’s a reason that the kid from New York (Odell Beckham Jr.) is there. They picked up a running back (Kareem Hunt). 

“I like their quarterback,” Bradshaw continued, referring to Baker Mayfield. “I think he’s got an alpha personality. I think he can handle anything these guys throw out. I do like their quarterback. But it is about team. It always will be. If you put talent together that plays as a team, then yes, they should be the favorite. But we don’t know yet. We got to let it play out.”

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