You know who else understands that? Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, the man CBS cameras caught Brown gesturing at emphatically on the sideline during the Chiefs loss, which became another flash point this week.
Randy Fichtner defends A.B.
During his weekly session with the media Thursday, Fichtner pooh-poohed the exchange as anything of consequence. When I spoke to him afterward to the side, he just chuckled, insisting whatever Brown said to him had little to do with him needing more passes thrown his way. Many assumed that’s what Brown was doing, though he leads the league in targets with 33, was targeted 17 times in the game and finished the contest with nine catches for 67 yards.
“I’m kind of dumbfounded, a little bit, about this,” Fichtner said. “What made this a big deal, I don’t know. It’s a nice story. It may be because we didn’t win the game.
“It’s funny because, just in recollect, I know most of that communication is probably generated toward what we were going to do when we got the ball back. There wasn’t going to be a whole lot of time.”
Then Fichtner, a genial 54-year-old who you could easily see as a doting grandfather with a knack for dad jokes, turned serious.
“If I would have thought there was disrespect on my part, his part, any of the other players toward him or him toward any player or coach, I promise you there would be an issue,” Fichtner said. “But it’s not an issue.”