Chase Claypool costs the Steelers precious seconds with late post-play celebration

NFL: DEC 09 Steelers at Vikings
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On multiple occasions in 2020, we praised veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald for having the presence of mind to rush the football back to the proper spot so that the Cardinals could get another play snapped quickly as precious seconds ticked away. Another receiver who wears the same number as Fitzgerald would benefit significantly from following the example he set during his career, in more ways than one.

Steelers receiver Chase Claypool, after making a key fourth-down catch as the Steelers tried to score a touchdown that, with a two-point conversion, would have forced overtime in Minnesota, celebrated the accomplishment. Meanwhile, tick . . . tick . . . tick. A teammate had to rip the ball away from Claypool, who seemed oblivious as to the reason for getting the ball from his clutches. It then tumbled away, with tight end Pat Freiermuth retrieving it and giving it to an official so that it could be set.

The play ended with 38 seconds left in regulations. The Steelers eventually spiked the ball with 24 seconds to play.

The delay cost the Steelers at least one more shot at the end zone. Maybe two.

It was Claypool’s second blunder of the night. After a pointless unnecessary roughness call in the first quarter, which happened when he stuck his finger in the face of Vikings cornerback Bashaud Breeland, Claypool landed on the bench for a while.

After the game, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was asked whether Claypool got the message. “We’ll see,” Tomlin said.

We did. He failed to understand a critical situation, and he cost his team in the clutch. The loss dramatically reduces Pittsburgh’s chances of getting to the playoffs.

The team shouldn’t be surprised. An article at from March suggested  referred to Claypool as having a “diva quotient.” That apparent attribute became the common denominator in a pair of key moments on Thursday night.

40 responses to “Chase Claypool costs the Steelers precious seconds with late post-play celebration

  1. Clownish organization without any coach control. Claypool is just the next clown up (AB, Bell, Ju Ju).

  2. I remember this weird narrative of Trip Tomlin being some kind of coaching savant because he was able to work with Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell. No-one seemed to wonder why this type of diva personality had survived so long in the NFL.
    The answer was a coach who was an enabler, who allowed centrepiece offensive weapons to do as please. Chase Claypool remains a talented airhead because he has that same coach.
    The disciplined hard nose guys of the Cowher era are long gone.

  3. Mental toughness is so important for winning. Some of these guys just can’t stay focused for 60 minutes. This kid had no idea what was going on. It’s sad.

  4. The problem was probably because he had music in his ears and lost his concentration. After all, he was just having fun.

  5. Sign him to a 10-year contract then trade him to the Texans.

    This is Tomlin’s fault. He enables these divas. AB, Martavis Bryant, Ju-Ju Schuster and now Claypool. That’s not by accident. It’s a pattern the same way as collapsing in November and December. After this latest incident I’d make him inactive for the rest of the season.

  6. “Look at me! Look at me! I didn’t get enough mommy /daddy love as a little baby so now I’m a big baby, begging you to look at me!”

  7. So the issue is Claypool delayed the process of the referee spotting the ball for the next play.Conversely,this helps illustrate why it is dumb for a defense to touch a player who has purposefully gone down in the middle of the field.The defense in this situation is facilitating the process of stopping the play and spotting the ball for the next play.

    Where precious seconds are in flux it doesn’t matter that the offensive player has “given himself up”. The defensive player in effect is signaling the referee that the play is now over and you can blow the whistle and spot the ball for the next play.The only thing the defense hasn’t done to speed things up is hand the ball to the referee.

  8. This kid is proving to be too much of a ‘it’s all about me’ player. They are right he literally cost his team 1 or maybe 2 more shots at a tie… If I’m the coach knowing this team isn’t doing well anyway he’s gonna ride the pine the rest of the way and I’m giving another young player a shot.

  9. This guy had a game for the ages. He was everywhere with his buffoonery from the beginning to the end.

  10. Claypool also proceeded to trash talk down 30+ vs CIN late in the second half following a third down conversion. Another Rhodes Scholar from Notre Dame.

  11. Claypool is a talented kid that’s for sure but he has a lot of growing up to do! That first down late in the game was a great play but to start celebrating showed a complete lack of awareness that may have cost them the game!

  12. The celebration on the 4th down play was clueless, but the whiff on the block for Najee Harris was worse.

    A guy with great talent who doesn’t help you win.

  13. Dude doesn’t get it and doesn’t want to get it. He should be benched for the rest of the year.

  14. Has any team drafted more WRs with a diva quotient in recent years? AB, JuJu, Claypool …

  15. If the Steelers are out of contention, Tomlin should bench Claypool for the remainder of the season. You can’t have players cost you games like that.

  16. Chase Claypool is extremely overrated. He basically has two plays, neither of which work well. He runs the fly but seldom fights for the ball. He does that stupid jet sweep but never seems to gain any yards. He had one good 4 TD game and everyone loved him. The Steelers need to acknowledge that they really have only one decent receiver in Diontae and even he isn’t a solid number 1 given the drops that have reemerged in the past two weeks

  17. Tomlin has never been willing or able to control this team. Now you see the results up on the score board. They’ve let their egomaniac QB set the moral tone and now they may have their first losing season to show for it.

  18. Claypool is a clown, but his antics are overshadowing the real problem last night. Their defence was unbelievably bad.
    A full sized truck could be driven through the running lanes that were open last night.

  19. I remember Khalil Mack and some other guy running up field to dance after a sack. Meanwhile, I believe Alex Smith was lining the offense in a hurry up. Jason Tuck lost his mind and called a timeout lol. Dancing fools aren’t new. Teams should do that more often.

  20. cylondetector says:
    December 10, 2021 at 12:49 am

    I remember this weird narrative of Trip Tomlin…

    Thanks for this. That nickname should be used more.

  21. What you failed to mention in the article is that Eric Kendricks slyly got the ball away from Claypool after the play and tossed it behind his back away from where the ball would be spotted, taking up some more time. And this is not a condemnation of Kendricks. He recognized the situation and was a bit cheeky about it. I found it kinda funny honestly.

  22. So technically, it should have been a rare defensive delay of game penalty. The clock should have stopped with about 32 seconds left and a 5-yard penalty. Seeing as how the Steelers clocked that play with 24 seconds and their last play was from the 12 yard line with 3 seconds left, one could argue that they could have had 11 seconds left at the 7…if everything else happened the same. 2 shots from the 7? Could have significantly impacted the game. Again, not calling Kendricks out, it was heads up but a big risk at the same time.

  23. If the play ended with 38 seconds left and they spiked it with 24 seconds left, he didn’t waste 14 seconds. Under perfect execution, it still takes at least 6-8 seconds to get the ball spotted, everyone lined up and spike it. So he probably wasted about 6-8 seconds tops. Not saying he was right, just do the math better next time.

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