In 2013, as a rookie, Le’Veon Bell rushed for 860 yards. That season was Antonio Brown’s fourth. He had his best year to date with 110 catches. These were two rare talents. It seemed inevitable the Pittsburgh Steelers would return to the Super Bowl.
But, not long after, I proclaimed on my radio show the Steelers had zero chance to win with Bell and Brown. The Toxic Twins were too selfish and had too much baggage. It permeated the locker room, sabotaged leadership and made it impossible to jell.
Despite those two rare talents, a nailed-on Hall-of-Fame quarterback, a coach with a ring and plenty of other assets, the best the Steelers did in the Bell/Brown era was a 19-point loss to New England in the 2016 season’s AFC championship game.
In the Toxic Twins’ five years together, the Steelers made the playoffs four times and had a 3-4 postseason record. Much better was possible, except it really wasn’t.