Chase Claypool is not a happy receiver.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-5 to begin the season, and rumors of Chase Claypool being on the block have been swirling. Now the Steelers star receiver is calling out the coaching staff for their play-calling. According to Brooke Pryor, Claypool shared his opinion on what he’d like to see more from the offense. The Steelers haven’t been taking big shots down the field this season. Chase Claypool wants to see more of those types of plays called. With that in mind, the star receiver kind of calls out Mike Tomlin and Matt Canada in his statement.
He tries to temper down his comments by claiming “I’m not saying that’s on the play-calling, I’m just saying we need to try to find a way to scheme it up.” Chase Claypool offered his input about the play-calling and then tried to immediately backpedal out of it.
Claypool: "I just think we need more go balls. Like, damn, not enough go balls. We got playmakers. I haven't had a go ball all year. George needs more, (Diontae) needs more. I'm not saying that's on the playcalling, I'm just saying we need to try to find a way to scheme it up."
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 24, 2022
Either way, the Steelers might as well open up the playbook because at 2-5 they have nothing to lose. Although it feels like their #1 goal this season is to protect the quarterback, and throwing the ball downfield without much of an offensive line could spell trouble. With Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson, and George Pickens running routes, it’s a decent enough receiving core to be able to go for the big play when/if needed.
With the season slipping away it might be time to listen to Claypool. The Steelers’ offensive coordinator has been a bit on the conservative side this year and it’s showing.
But like I said it has everything to do with playing a rookie at QB.
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