To answer the headline, yes! Deshaun Watson must be pumped!
I probably only watched like 45% of last night's Thursday Night Football game. I had no action, and at the time, it was looking like a blowout, so I caught up with the two latest episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia instead.
By the time I finished Sunny, the Steelers had made it a game and were only down one score. After getting the ball back with 2:16 left in the 4th, the Steelers drove from their own 4 the Vikings 43-yard line and faced a 4th & 1 with 42 seconds on the clock and no timeouts. Let's take a look at what happened next!
I'm all for celebrating and having fun while playing football. I love end zone celebrations, but there's a thing in life called "time and place," and this was clearly neither.
Warren Sharp is technically correct in saying, "AT LEAST 5 seconds." By my calculations, this selfish, idiotic display of TikTok generation football cost the Steelers closer to 10 seconds as the clock went from 38 seconds on the reception to 24 by the time the ball was spiked.
Sure, I don't fuck with the Steelers and think Mike Tomlin is one of the most overrated coaches of all time, but no bias--- this is one of the most inexcusable things I've ever seen on a football field. A Patriot would never do this in a million years, but if he did, I'd rip into him too. It's a releasable offense IMO. Do you want to win this game and keep your playoff chances alive or flex for the camera? Do you play to win and make millions of dollars or for TikTok followers? How has this situation not been drilled into every player's head???
Then in the postgame, the dude takes zero accountability, basically saying it's his teammate who knocked the ball out's fault after doing "my little first down point."
There's literally no defending that play. You could almost give him the benefit of the doubt if he said something like, "I thought we had a time out," or simply apologized, but nah, he does nothing of the sort. Even as I type that, I disagree with it; there's no excuse for such a selfish decision during crunch time when every second counts.
This is who the Steelers are. Whether it's Antonio Brown on Facebook Live while Tomlin addresses the team after a rare playoff win or celebrating for a first down you didn't get.
All they've done as an organization is underachieve. The Steelers haven't been to a Super Bowl since the 2010 season and have only made one Conference Championship since their loss in Super Bowl XLV, which has them tied with Jaguars. Congratulations!
Steelers legend Ryan Clark went off on Claypool this morning on Get Up. Everything he said was perfect.
Even though I can't stand the Pittsburgh Steelers, I respect them as one of the best organizations in the league. I love Terry Bradshaw, Mean Joe Greene and Mel Blount. The NFL is better when they're competitive. If this is Big Ben's final season, I want it to end in a devastating playoff defeat, not with an 8-8-1 record. I almost bet on them (thank God I didn't). They were down 29-0 at one point, this decision alone is not why they lost the game, but it sure as shit doesn't help. At least Claypool's dumb ass decision inspired some funny tweets.
I wish Larry Fitz was a part of this year's Arizona Cardinals. He could teach Chase a thing or two about having the right attitude and doing everything you can to WIN.