The Steelers are sort of a wreck—"total panic mode," as one player says. In response, a reported players-only meeting that produced a new rule: no one with less than four years of NFL experience is allowed to play table tennis and billiards at the team's training facility. This will solve everything.
Via City of Champions, the veterans held a meeting yesterday in an attempt to right this listing ship. The thinking apparently goes that an 0-2 team shouldn't be wasting valuable hours doing fun things. Or at least, not the new guys.
Jory Rand of KDKA was at the training facility and tried to track down details on the new rule, but was largely unsuccessful.
1 change to come out of Steelers veterans meeting yesterday is younger players arent allowed to play pool or ping-pong during business hours— Jory Rand (@JoryRand) September 19, 2013
Signs were posted all around the locker room announcing the change. I tried to get veterans to talk about it but few were willing.— Jory Rand (@JoryRand) September 19, 2013
I asked Ryan Clark if the signs were new. "Did you see them there yesterday?" He would only add it was their meeting not a public meeting.— Jory Rand (@JoryRand) September 19, 2013
Ike Taylor coyly talked of punishments for breaking rules, but wouldn't say what rules were broken, nor what the punishments would be.— Jory Rand (@JoryRand) September 19, 2013
Were not allowed to take a picture of the sign but Ill get the specific wording (assuming theyre still up) in the locker room after practice— Jory Rand (@JoryRand) September 19, 2013
I believe at the very bottom of the sign, there was something like "Signed by the Steelers veterans." I'll have to double check it.— Jory Rand (@JoryRand) September 19, 2013
The signs didn't last long. Either the rules weren't approved by management, or someone doesn't want attention drawn to them.
Signs have been removed from the Steelers locker room. Was done while the team was out on the practice field.— Jory Rand (@JoryRand) September 19, 2013
Yesterday the Post-Gazette reported that receiver Antonio Brown angrily confronted offensive coordinator Todd Haley on the sidelines during Monday night's loss. I don't know what he's so upset about. He's in his fourth year—he gets to play pool.