Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster’s response to whether this year’s Browns team was any different from previous years garnered a lot of attention last week.
Smith-Schuster said he thought “they’re still the same Browns teams that I play every year” and that they have good players, but “the Browns are the Browns” at the end of the day. Those comments weren’t greeted by the smiles of Browns players like Baker Mayfield and Myles Garrett until Sunday night.
They each used them as fodder for motivational videos ahead of a 48-37 Browns win that ended the Steelers’ season and made a compelling argument that they aren’t the same Browns. The Browns players ran off the field shouting “the Browns are the Browns” and refer to Smith-Schuster in the post-game commentary, but the team said after the game he had no regret to provide them with material.
“You know, I don’t regret what I said. I said the Browns are the Browns, ”Smith-Schuster said in his post-game press conference. “They went out and they played a hell of a game. You know there have been games where we feel like we are losing them and today was not our night and I hope the same Browns show up next week against the same opponent and come out and do the same they did tonight and will have a hell of a time. Game. ”
This isn’t the first time Smith-Schuster’s actions have been cited as motivating by opponents. His dance to the midfield logos earned him the wrath of the Bills and Bengals ahead of the regular season losses to those clubs. Sunday’s loss puts the sea on the right track for free agency and the Steelers will have to decide whether the positives outweigh the negatives it brings to the table.