Claypool hits a sour note on locker room music | Dale lolley
âAll we need is music, sweet music. There will be music everywhere. – Martha and the Vandellas, Dance in the streets
Apparently there must be dancing and music at the Steelers’ practices. That will make things better, at least according to second-year wide receiver Chase Claypool, who is the overwhelming winner of the Deaf-Mute Player of the Year.
âWe have music during warm-ups and that, so it’s fun,â Claypool said on Monday, a day after taking two more penalties to bring his season total to nine, the NFL’s biggest receiver, with two drops. in a 41-10 loss to the Bengals.
âPeople dance, have fun. So I think maybe the music would make the practice more fun and a little faster.
Do you know what else makes the practice funnier and a little faster? Winner.
That’s why Mike Tomlin immediately shot Claypool’s wacky idea on Tuesday.
âClaypool is playing off. I’m going to let him do that, âTomlin said. âI will formulate the practical approach and I think the division of labor is appropriate. “
That same Monday, when asked a similar question, security Minkah Fitzpatrick said maybe the key to improving was to have more quick visits and get more snaps in training, a perfectly acceptable and considered response.
Which player would you like to pay money to in the future?
n That’s the problem the Steelers have now – and so on.
Their old guard – players like Ramon Foster, David DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey, Vince Williams and others – are now gone.
Of the current roster, only Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Heyward, Chris Boswell and BJ Finney were with the Steelers when longtime team president Dan Rooney passed away in April 2017.
Rooney was largely the author of what has come to be known as the “Steelers Way”.
That’s a problem, especially with Roethlisberger, now 39 and more than likely in his final season.
âYou can pass the tradition on as much as you want, but the further away you get from something, the harder it is to do,â Roethlisberger said. “I’m sure at some point I’ll be sitting at home, like I’m sure there are guys I’ve played with who are watching us or seeing things in the media and probably shaking their heads. and say, ‘That’s not the Steelers way.’ Or, ‘That’s not the way we used to do it.’ It’s just the way it is. The ’70s team probably looked at us (that way) probably 20 years ago. It just happens. Who knows?”
For the record, Roethlisberger is also not in favor of playing music during training, nor is Heyward.
n This is the problem when a player says something stupid and is picked up. Next thing you know, the whole crew is painted with that same brush.
Claypool learned a huge lesson about it this week.
n Abbott and Costello’s old skit “Who’s on first, what’s on second” and “I don’t know at third” takes on new meaning with the Pirates.
They are trying to rebuild this team. I understand. But someone with some sort of Major League resume has to fill the administrative position.
This week’s picks
Ravens (minus 4 Â½) at the Steelers: Usually, when you see a team losing 41-10 and they face a team 8-3 the following week, you automatically oppose them. But this Ravens team has lived on the wire all season. They are 6-1 in one-point games this season. The line puts this right in the middle of that. So while I can’t pick the Steelers to win given the way they played last week, 4 Â½ points is too much for the Steelers at Heinz Field. Take on the Steelers to cover a 24-20 loss
Chargers (plus 3) at Bengals: The Bengals have executed Joe Mixon 58 times for almost 300 yards in their last two games. The Chargers really have a hard time against the more demanding teams – if they can’t get a quick lead. There is doubt here in the Bengals given they struggled in their two games earlier this season after beating the Steelers and Ravens, edging the Jaguars by three and losing squarely to the Jets. But it’s the best team in AFC North. Take the Bengals, 31-27
Patriots (plus 3) at Bills: The Patriots have been a great story this season. But the reality is that most of their wins have been against bad teams or those in trouble – see the Titans last week. The Bills are just the most talented team in this case. And they are at home. Take the bills, 24-17
Giants (plus 4 Â½) at the Dolphins: The Dolphins are hot right now, led by their defense. And this week, they have a very stoned Giants squad that won’t offer much of a challenge. Take the dolphins, 27-13
Foals (less 8 Â½) among Texans: The Texans don’t win very often, but they’re generally competitive, a tribute to first-year head coach David Culley. It won’t be easy, but they’ll keep this one handy. Take the Texans to cover a 27-20 loss.
Last week: 2-3 ATS; 2-3 up; Total: 22-37-1 ATS; 35-26 Straight ahead.
Dale Lolley covers the Steelers for DKPittsburghSports.com and writes a Sunday column for the Observer-Reporter.