The Pittsburgh Steelers are an organization with high expectations every single year.
So if a player ever distracts from the goal of winning, that becomes a problem for fans.
Chase Claypool had an embarrassing moment Thursday night as the Steelers were trying to pull off a comeback against the Minnesota Vikings.
He caught a first down late in the game and needed to get the ball to the line of scrimmage so they could spike it to stop the clock.
Instead, he celebrated and showed no sense of urgency.
That had fans on Twitter fuming and also led to former Steelers defender Ryan Clark going off on Claypool on ESPN.
.@Realrclark25 went OFF on Chase Claypool 😳
"Chase Claypool is as mentally and emotionally underdeveloped as he is physically overdeveloped. … He only cares about himself! And that self-centeredness is part of what's bringing the Steelers team and organization down." pic.twitter.com/1ElNGKx5EU
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) December 10, 2021
Clark claims Claypool has a “remedial” level of understanding of the game of football.
That is harsh criticism from a former member of the franchise.
Clark Is Fed Up With Claypool
As Clark points out, Claypool has all the physical abilities to succeed.
He just lacks the mental aspect of the game, which is arguably more important.
Clark also said that Claypool only cares about himself.
Is that true?
That may be a bit of an overreaction, but the sentiment is fair.
The first thing Claypool should have done after making the catch was sprint to find an official to set the ball.
But he made sure to get in his own celebration to let everyone know he got the first down.
Chase Claypool cost the Steelers AT LEAST 5 seconds posing & pointing
that would have given the Steelers 1 more play… 1 more shot to tie it up
so dumb, so clueless pic.twitter.com/cy7wSkv4XE
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) December 10, 2021
This celebration is actually a bit hilarious to anyone who isn’t a Steelers fan.
This stuff happens on other teams, but isn’t supposed to happen in Pittsburgh.
That is why Clark is so shocked.
Fans likely feel the same and are left wondering if the team will move on from Claypool this offseason.
That may have to happen if the entire team is fed up with him by then.