Antonio Brown unsure whether alleged altercation with Todd Haley increased his production

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers WR Antonio Brown's comments on whether the alleged argument he had with offensive coordinator Todd Haley is getting him the ball more. BTSC's Dale Grdnic asked him, as well as whether he knew he took a sack in Week 6.

PITTSBURGH -- Antonio Brown is among the NFL leaders in several receiving categories, but the Pittsburgh Steelers wideout has been especially spectacular in the past three games.

Not coincidentally, that followed Brown's sideline outburst with Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

"There never really was an issue with me and Todd or with me speaking out on anything," Brown said Wednesday. "I think Todd's going to use every guy in this locker room to the best of their ability to exploit defenses and help win games for our team. So, I just think he's giving me more opportunities and putting me in a good position to be successful.''

OK, but did it help that you said something to Haley?

"I guess," Brown said. "Maybe. I don't know. ... I've done all right, but I think I left a couple plays out there and could have been a little better on a couple more routes. So, I just have to continue to find ways to get better. But I'll keep working at it."

Clearly, there's been a difference. Brown has 30 catches for 370 yards in the past three games. He now is tied for second in the NFL with 41 catches and seventh overall with 498 yards receiving, but Brown is tied for first with 15 third-down catches. So, opposing defenses probably will be more aware now.

"Somewhat, but that's why Coach Haley has done a good job mixing up the formations, giving me the slot, and when he moved me in there a little bit it's tougher for guys to get a beat on me," Brown said. "So, it's just some of the things we have to do to try to help guys get open."

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger liked Brown's development.

"He's doing a great job, and he's doing a lot of good things for us," Roethlisberger said. "We're moving him around. Short passes (and) long passes. They're doubling him, and they're doing a lot of different things. So, it's a credit to him and the work that he's put in to get open. And to the other guys. If he's not creating some issues and getting attention, the other guys are doing a good job to help him out.

"(But) we want to create matchup issues. If he's in the same spot every single play, you're going to know that he's on the back side. So, we put him in the slot a little bit last week, and he caught two passes from the slot. So, we'll continue to utilize him, but not put too much on his plate to slow him down, because his best attributes are his speed and quickness."

So, there's a good chance the Baltimore Ravens will be more attentive to Brown this week. The Steelers (1-4) face AFC North rival Baltimore (3-3) at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday at Heinz Field.

"They put a DB in front of me with a guy over the top," Brown said. "A man-press with a guy over the top. It's not a Cover 2 since the guy stays with me, but usually they have a man to press me and a guy over the top. And the guy stays with me all the way. (And) they try to use their hands and do their best to distract me and get me off my game and create problems for our offense.

"(But) the Ravens still rely on their D-linemen. And those guys are doing a great job of getting to the passer and creating some difficulty for the quarterback to get the ball off, but that's where they're at. (And) they do a lot of man coverage, especially on third down when they're really getting after the quarterback. So, we can expect man depending on down and distance."

Brown also tied a record that Emmanuel Sanders set last year as the only players to be sacked other than a Steelers quarterback.

"That counted as a sack, huh?" Brown said. "Yeah, I got caught up in a Big Ben moment. I didn't realize those guys would be so close while I was looking downfield. (So), I guess I'm on that list now."

One thing you won't see Brown doing is the Sanders flip into the end zone after scoring a touchdown. Coach Mike Tomlin's edict this week was that no Steelers player will do that again. Roethlisberger agreed.

"I just don't want anybody to get hurt," Roethlisberger said. "A big deal was made about E. doing it, but he was not trying to make the other team look bad. He was just genuinely excited. I just told him that if you do it, just land on your feet. Just don't get hurt. That's my biggest thing.

"If I did it, it would be one of those somersaults like a little kid, getting down there and rolling right over. Coach made a rule about it, and obviously as a rule we need to respect and abide by it. But guys just need to be smart, regardless of whether Coach makes a rule about it or not."

So, would you stick the landing if you did it, Ben?

"No, I would start on the ground, so that wouldn't be an issue for me,'' Roethlisberger said before kneeling down to sort of demonstrate it. Sanders said he didn't know what all the hubbub was about.

"I'm not landing on my back," Sanders said. "It's just like you're doing a roll on the ground. It's something that I grew up doing. I've done that for a long time, and I'm used to doing it. That wasn't my first time doing that. So, I feel good, and it's crazy this situation was blown up at the end of the day."

What will you do the next time, Emmanuel?

"Who knows? Not a flip," he said. But have you ever stuck the landing?

"I have stuck it, but I didn't want to stick it that time," Sanders said. "Sticking it is way more dangerous than rolling like I did. So, I just rolled it."

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