What would happen if Antonio Brown were lost for the season? You tell me.
Because we really don’t have any data on this. Brown is a true iron man; he’s lost just one game to injury over the past four seasons – a playoff game in 2015 after a wicked concussion – and routinely plays well over 90% of Steelers snaps. There’s so little history to go by in piecing together a post-Brown Steelers offense.
We can look into that missed playoff game from 2015 for clues, but that only takes us so far – the personnel has shifted mightily since then. We can consider Week 7 of last year, when Brown dinged his quad mid-game and played “only” about 80% of snaps, but that tells us little. How do we prepare a contingency plan for something as bizarre as not seeing Brown on the field for a set of Steelers games?
Well, we can use common sense and fantasy detective stuff and try to project fairly what the Steelers offense would become in his stead. Here’s a rundown of their Brown-less prospects, as I see things: