JuJu Smith-Schuster has become a target of criticism over the past two weeks for disrespecting his opponents and failing to back it up, and the Pittsburgh Steelers star is finally going to stop.
Smith-Schuster told reporters on Wednesday that he will stop dancing on the opposing team’s logo at midfield “for the betterment of myself and my teammates.” He said he made the decision after realizing how many questions his teammates and coaches were being asked about it.
“For me, honestly, I was dancing when we were undefeated, I was dancing when we lost our three games. I’m not gonna change the person that I am,” Smith-Schuster said, via Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It’s getting to the point where my teammates are being asked this question, my coaches … I don’t want to be a distraction to anybody.”
The Steelers have lost three straight games after beginning the season 11-0. Smith-Schuster danced on Pittsburgh’s opponent’s midfield logo before each of the last two and shared the videos on his TikTok account. Buffalo Bills players said two weeks ago that they were motivated by the antics, and the same was true for Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Smith-Schuster caught just three passes for 15 yards in the Steelers’ 27-17 loss to the Bengals. He was also blown up with a big hit and fumbled (video here) in the first quarter.
Smith-Schuster said after the Buffalo game that he was not going to stop dancing, but Mike Tomlin indicated on Monday that he was not happy with the antics. That is likely what led to the change of heart.
JuJu Smith-Schuster once again made himself a target by dancing on an opponent’s logo, and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin plans to have a word with the star receiver about the antics.
On Monday night, as he has done numerous times this season, Smith-Schuster shared a video on TikTok that showed him dancing on his opponent’s midfield logo. This time the logo belonged to the Cincinnati Bengals, who then went out and pulled off a shocking 27-17 upset over Pittsburgh. Smith-Schuster was blown up with a big hit and fumbled in the first quarter (video here).
Tomlin was asked on Tuesday about Smith-Schuster’s dancing antics. He said he’s going to have a word with the 24-year-old about it.
“I am aware of it and I do plan to talk to JuJu,” Tomlin said, per Ed Bouchette of The Athletic.
Tomlin didn’t go into detail about what he might say to JuJu, but the coach doesn’t sound pleased. Who can blame him?
Buffalo Bills players said Smith-Schuster dancing on their logo motivated them before their win over the Steelers last week. They weren’t lying, either, and a video from Josh Allen’s pregame speech proved that.
Despite that, Smith-Schuster said he’s not going to stop the dancing. He seems to be taking the approach of “what happens on the field is all that matters,” but there’s no question defenders are playing with a little added juice because of his antics. JuJu is putting his pride ahead of the team, which is likely what Tomlin wants to express to him.
Vonn Bell absolutely destroyed JuJu Smith-Schuster with a huge hit on “Monday Night Football,” and there was some interesting background to the play.
Smith-Schuster dances on the logo midfield of opposing teams before games and posts the video on TikTok. The Buffalo Bills said last week that they were motivated by Smith-Schuster’s actions. They ended up beating JuJu’s team.
During the week leading up to the Cincinnati Bengals’ game with the Steelers, Bell acknowledged he found Smith-Schuster’s actions “kind of disrespectful.” But he said the Steelers winning games made it tougher to criticize them.
Fast forward to Monday, and Bell got his shot at Smith-Schuster on a third down pass. He hit Smith-Schuster so hard that he caused the receiver to drop the ball for an incomplete pass.
Cincinnati challenged the incompletion ruling and the call was reversed to a fumble, giving the Bengals the ball.
And yes, in case you were wondering, JuJu did dance on the Bengals’ logo before the game.
Maybe this will be his clue to end that practice. But if JuJu’s recent comments are any indication, the dancing isn’t going anywhere.
It’s safe to say no amount of criticism is going to stop JuJu Smith-Schuster from his pregame dances on other teams’ logos.
Smith-Schuster’s yearlong practice became a point of controversy last Monday when the Buffalo Bills used it as motivation before their 26-15 win over Pittsburgh. A week later, the Steelers receiver is brushing off the criticism and doing the same to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Smith-Schuster has done this all year. He’s not going to stop now just because one team made an issue of it. That was pretty clear judging by these quotes from earlier in the week.
The 24-year-old receiver has caught seven touchdown passes in 2020, and his Steelers are 11-2. No reason to stop with numbers like that.
JuJu Smith-Schuster may have motivated the Buffalo Bills with his pregame antics on Sunday night, but the Pittsburgh Steelers star does not plan on making any changes to his routine.
Smith-Schuster told reporters on Wednesday that he is “not going to stop being myself.” He said dancing on the opposing team’s logo before road games is something he has done all season and will continue to do.
“This is something I’ve been doing since the start of the season, midseason. I even did it on the Cowboys’ logo, so it’s not just their logo,” Smith-Schuster said, via Chris Adamski of the Tribune-Review. “I’ll probably just keep doing it. I’m just having fun … At the end of the day, as long as we go out there and play, that’s how it works.”
Smith-Schuster shared a video on his TikTok account prior to kickoff of Pittsburgh’s game in Buffalo that showed him dancing on the Bills’ logo. You can watch the clip here.
After Buffalo’s convincing 26-15 win over the Steelers, Bills safety Jordan Poyer said Smith-Schuster’s video lit a fire under him and his teammates. The Bills were definitely aware of it before they took the field, as Josh Allen mentioned it while firing up the team in a pregame speech.
Smith-Schuster is right that dancing and trash talk don’t decide the outcome of a game, but you have to wonder if all of his teammates agree with him giving the opposition free motivation.
JuJu Smith-Schuster posted what may have seemed like a lighthearted video on social media prior to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night, but it clearly motivated the home team. We know that because some Bills players admitted it after their win, and Josh Allen also addressed it before the game kicked off.
A video shared by the Bills showed Allen giving some of his teammates a pep talk before they took the field in Buffalo. The quarterback could be heard saying, “Let them do all the f—ing talking and the dancing, we do the work.”
Smith-Schuster posted a video on his TikTok account before the game that showed him dancing on the Bills’ midfield logo. You can see it here.
Bills safety Jordan Poyer said after Buffalo’s convincing 26-15 win that the video lit a fire under his team. Allen mentioning it during his pregame pep talk is further proof of that.
Photo: Erik Drost/Flickr via CC-BY 2.0
If the Pittsburgh Steelers want to point to anything that may have hurt their chances on Sunday night, JuJu Smith-Schuster’s TikTok account may be a place to start.
Prior to Sunday’s big game between the Bills and Steelers in Buffalo, Smith-Schuster posted a video on his TikTok account that showed him dancing on the Bills’ logo midfield.
The video might have been fun for JuJu to make and it may have earned him some social media points, but it hurt his team’s chances.
Bills safety Jordan Poyer said after the game that seeing Steelers players dance on their logo pregame fired them up.
That’s an allusion to Smith-Schuster. The Steelers receiver had six catches for 55 yards and a touchdown, but his team lost 26-15 and has now dropped two in a row.
Buffalo meanwhile is now 10-3 and has a two-game lead in the AFC East over Miami. We fully expect Mike Tomlin to refer to Smith-Schuster’s video as a “foolish decision.”
Photo: Tennessee Titans via CC-BY 3.0
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens are scheduled to play on Tuesday night after their game was postponed twice due to positive COVID-19 tests. Many are surprised the game is even being played, and two players have come up with an interesting alternative to taking the field.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the NFL will not allow the Ravens to practice on Monday, which means they will now go nine days without practicing before facing the Steelers. There are also some questions about travel, as snow is in the forecast for the Pittsburgh area on Tuesday morning. Given everything that is going on, Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey suggested on Monday that Baltimore and Pittsburgh have a “virtual” game instead.
JuJu Smith-Schuster is all for the idea.
The Ravens have had more than 20 players and at least seven starters test positive for COVID-19 since last week. If there are no more positive tests on Monday, Tuesday’s game will likely proceed as scheduled.
Players have already expressed frustration over the way the NFL has handled the situation, but the goal is clearly to play the game as part of Week 12. The Steelers already had a game postponed earlier this season, so the NFL would likely have to add a Week 18 if another Pittsburgh game is moved.
Madden might not sound so bad to some of the players who are wondering what comes next.
The NFL has decided to postpone Thursday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, and players are unhappy with the way the situation has been handled.
After the NFL announced on Wednesday that the Steelers-Ravens game has been moved to Sunday, several Pittsburgh players took to Twitter to rip the league. Star wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster also took aim at the Ravens for not being able to “get their Covid situation together.”
“First the NFL takes away our bye week because another team can’t get their Covid situation together, now they take away our Thanksgiving primetime game for the same reason,” Smith-Schuster wrote.
As Smith-Schuster alluded to, this is the second Steelers game this season that has been postponed due to positive coronavirus cases with their opponent. The first was against the Tennessee Titans. Baltimore has had at least 10 positive COVID-19 cases this week among players and staff.
Other Steelers players are just as frustrated as Smith-Schuster:
Eric Ebron was another player who blasted the NFL, calling the scheduling change “BULLS—T” (edited for profanity by LBS). Ebron also sent this tweet:
For what it’s worth, at least one player on the Baltimore side seemed angry with the NFL before the game was postponed. You can see that tweet here.
The NFL has done a seemingly good job to this point of handling the COVID-19 situation. There’s no way to please everybody, but ultimately there have been no reports of huge outbreaks or players/staffers becoming seriously ill. Scheduling inconveniences seem like a small price for players to pay.
JuJu Smith-Schuster came awfully close to pulling a Terrell Owens during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, and Owens appreciated the effort.
After he scored a 31-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, Smith-Schuster started to make his way toward the midfield star logo at AT&T Stadium. The receiver had hinted on social media before that game that he was going to celebrate on the star if he scored, which is a move Owens made famous 20 years ago. However, Smith-Schuster’s attempt was intercepted by both Cowboys players and his own teammates.
Smith-Schuster still struck the same pose as Owens, only he did so closer to the bench area. That earned him a shoutout from the Hall of Famer.
Smith-Schuster confirmed after the game that he wanted to do the T.O. star celebration, but he wasn’t surprised that Cowboys defensive tackle Randy Gregory slapped the ball out of his hand and James Conner talked him out of it.
“James Conner came over and pulled me over and was like, ‘It’s a close game.’ You just never know what can happen, and I didn’t want to start anything,” Smith-Schuster told reporters. “But if it was a far, far blowout game, I would definitely love to do that one day.”
Celebrating on the Cowboys’ logo is viewed as a sign of disrespect, but Owens isn’t the only player who has gotten away with it. Had JuJu pulled it off, things probably would have gotten ugly.