Editor’s be aware: the video within the participant above is from Jan. 8, 2021.
It did not take lengthy for the Steelers large receiver to return hearth.
Chatting with reporters on a Zoom name within the days main as much as Sunday’s rematch between Cleveland and Pittsburgh within the AFC Wild Card spherical, Smith-Schuster tried to downplay the importance of the Steelers’ upcoming opponent. However in doing so, Smith-Schuster appeared to additionally diss Cleveland with a remark that many took as a jab on the Browns’ latest historical past.
“I feel they’re nonetheless the identical Browns groups I play yearly,” Smith-Schuster stated. “I feel they’re anonymous grey faces. They’ve a pair good gamers on their crew, however on the finish of the day, I don’t know. The Browns is the Browns.”
Whereas it is up for debate how whether or not Smith-Schuster’s feedback have been meant to be a diss, it was clear that Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield took them as such. Taking to Instagram hours forward of kickoff on Sunday, Mayfield posted a spotlight reel together with the caption “Browns is the Browns.”
Sunday’s matchup between the Browns and Steelers will mark Cleveland’s first postseason sport since 2003 — when the Browns misplaced to Pittsburgh within the Wild Card spherical. Ought to Cleveland win on Sunday, it might advance to face the defending Tremendous Bowl champion Kansas Metropolis Chiefs within the AFC divisional spherical.