Steelers HC Mike Tomlin just took a public stand against Chase Claypool and his immature antics

In the closing moments of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings Week 15 game, second-year wide receiver Chase Claypool made a move that immediately propelled him to the forefront of the media eye. With time running out and the Steelers attempting to level the game with a last second touchdown, Claypool foolishly took the time to celebrate after pulling a first down. The ball was then thrown from the line of scrimmage and about 25 seconds elapsed.

In the end, it’s unclear whether Claypool actually stopped the Steelers from scoring on this record anyway. However, the outlook made her look inexcusably bad.

Chase Claypool has come under heavy criticism

As the Steelers try to grab a playoff berth in Ben Roethlisberger’s final season in Pittsburgh, the pressure is at an all time high. This, in turn, means fans’ emotions are just as high which has created a brutal situation for Claypool.

In the media, on television and on Twitter, Claypool has been the subject of heavy criticism for several days. A good chunk of Steelers fans blame him for the crucial Week 15 loss, while rival NFL fans poke fun at Pittsburgh about the whole situation.

Former Steelers defensive back and former Super Bowl champion Ryan Clark made no bones about it when discussing the incident on ESPN Get up. He criticized Claypool for being immature and unprofessional.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has finally given his opinion on the matter

Everyone was eagerly awaiting a response from Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. An old school frontman who usually can’t stand nonsense, fans expected Tomlin to blame Claypool for the incident.

“He’s a youngster who is growing and developing in many ways,” said Tomlin. “It can’t happen fast enough for him, and it can’t happen fast enough for us. We will continue to foster this growth and development as long as he is a willing participant. He’s been … so we’re just going to keep moving.

“And while there is some short-term negativity associated with the pain and discomfort they go through in terms of growing and learning which is often negative, we know the benefit – individually and collectively – to stay on the job and gain that expertise and experience. And it’s reasonable to expect some of these hiccups [will] disappear and some more quickly than others.

Not the harshest of Tomlin’s statements. However, the overriding point is clear. Claypool’s mistake was unacceptable and Tomlin needs him to learn and grow from the incident.

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Claypool is only in his second year. Errors like this happen. However, lack of focus and focus is becoming a recurring theme in Pittsburgh. The Steelers sadly stifled an 11-0 start last season, and WR Juju Smith-Schuster has been constantly embroiled in off-field drama due to the performance of Tik Tok dances on the opposing team’s logo.

With Big Ben leaving at the end of the year, Tomlin must find a way to regain a sense of control and command in the Steelers’ locker room. The last thing he wants to do is insert a rookie QB into a team that is still working on common maturity issues.

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