Being a professional athlete you are taught to shutout the outside noise and stay focus on the task at hand. But when that noise is coming from inside your own locker room, you can say goodbye to any form of chemistry or unity within the team structure.
Division # 1. It started with the offensive line dragging the teams star running back and talking openly about his contract. This is the same offensive line that received expensive gifts from said running back over the years as a token of his respect for them.
Division # 2 Offensive Captain Big Ben throwing teammates under the bus and not always accepting responsibilities for his actions. Most critiques are done in private or during film study, but not on a weekly radio show that would garner mass media attention. Antonio Brown of whom is one of the most hardest working and gifted players in the league, received Big Bens scorn which did not sit well with him. As a veteran receiver, he didn’t need to be called out in public just like Big Ben would not of liked AB to call him out for his bad passes. But AB Diva attitude was a little much to bear even though he had earned his way to that status coming from a sixth round draft position.
Division # 3 We know as fans of the team we are permitted to voice our displeasures about anything and all things Steelers related. However, the talk shows, the comment sections under Steeler sites and even some of the writers on those sites were just as bad if not worse as the national sports pundits. The aura around the team was cloudy and when you have so much internal dissension, you can count on expectations not being realized.