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Jeremy Fowler, ESPN Staff Writer 17d

Ben Roethlisberger disappointed with Antonio Brown's 'temper tantrum'

NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger called Antonio Brown's sideline flare-up "unfortunate" and wished the All-Pro wide receiver talked to him personally about the missed play from Sunday's game.

"That goes a lot further than throwing a temper tantrum," Roethlisberger said on his weekly radio spot with 93.7 the Fan.

In the second quarter of the Steelers' 26-9 victory over the Ravens, Brown broke free on a double move, but Roethlisberger worked the other side of the field, resulting in an incompletion intended for running back Le'Veon Bell.

From the sideline after the play, Brown flipped a Gatorade bucket and shrugged off offensive coordinator Todd Haley as the coach tried to calm him. Brown said after the game he's a passionate player and the chance to unwrap that particular play made him feel like a kid excited at Christmas.

Roethlisberger told 93.7 he was simply following his read on the play based on the Ravens' pre-snap coverage, noting that he's never going to find every open receiver.

Roethlisberger said Brown's attitude didn't set a good example for young players and undermines his "superhuman" talent.

"AB is the best receiver in the world, maybe one of the best to ever play the game," Roethlisberger told 93.7. "I'd like to think him and I together may be one of the best quarterback-wide receiver combos to ever play the game. I don't know he needs to react that way. He's superhuman on the football field, and when that happens, it almost brings him back to being a mere mortal, if you will. Because it gets in his head and it just messes with all of us a little bit. ... I'm not trying to call AB out. I just think this is causing a distraction that none of us really need."

Coach Mike Tomlin said at his weekly news conference that he didn't see the sequence but heard about it afterward and hopes Brown makes the proper adjustments.

"AB is a competitor -- we all know and understand that," Tomlin said. "But we've got to control it. He has to control it. If he does not, it can work against him, it can work against us. Those are the lessons you learn along the way. Sunday was a big game, obviously for a lot of reasons. Emotions are capable of getting away from you. It doesn't need to happen. It shouldn't happen. Hopefully it won't moving forward. Hopefully he's learned a lesson through that. Hopefully others have learned a lesson through that."

When asked how Brown finds a balance between passion and outbursts, Tomlin said this is "not Antonio's first rodeo."

"I'm not going to waste a lot of time talking to Antonio about not throwing water coolers and so forth," Tomlin said. "Be a professional."

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