The Pittsburgh Steelers lost 16-10 to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night, and while no one on the team was happy with the result, wide receiver Chase Claypool explained what he thinks is the team’s biggest problem. the team: a lack of deep balls.
Claypool has specifically complained about the lack of deep passing, but he knows it’s linked to the larger issue of attacking passivity. Almost every pass is a shorter pass, which means every drive has to take a long time to reach the end zone. A long drive with tons of plays gives the defense more of a chance to take advantage of mistakes, so the Steelers have to be perfect. Claypool doesn’t see this as a long-term formula for winning.
The offense was definitely an issue on Sunday night. Pickett completed 32 of 44 passes for 257 yards, but his yards per attempt were just 5.84. He threw a touchdown, but also threw three interceptions.
The offense was not the only problem. The defense dropped four (!!!) interceptions, any of which could have turned the game in favor of the Steelers.
The Steelers are in a lot of trouble right now, so even though the staff have started drawing those deep plays and Pickett might run them, it probably wouldn’t be the silver bullet to a winning season. Claypool, however, might not have to stick around and see what happens. His name has been mentioned several times as a possible trade target for needy WR teams, so his days in Pittsburgh could be numbered. Considering he just gave a quote criticizing the coaching staff, he might be the first to take the train out of town.
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