U mad, bro?: Chase Claypool’s bravado, Rashard Mendenhall’s excuses have Steelers followers grumbling

A Steelers vast receiver is making daring predictions. An ex-Steelers operating again is making lame excuses.

Mike Tomlin is speaking about Antonio Brown. And an area college is contemplating a nickname change.

A lot for a midsummer swoon for “U mad, bro?” Issues are lots sizzling this week.

Let’s begin with some blowback in opposition to Steelers vast receiver Chase Claypool. This week on the “I Am Athlete” podcast, Claypool predicted that he’ll be a prime 5 (possibly even top-three) receiver within the NFL. He additionally mentioned that he would catch 10 touchdowns and have 1,300 receiving yards.

I am going to disagree with that final one. See, I feel that Claypool does have that type of expertise and skill. But he hasn’t come near placing it collectively sufficient in order that these sorts of accolades and stats could possibly be achieved. Sadly, he nonetheless seems to need that type of acknowledgment now.

In the meantime, Claypool himself appeared mad about folks criticizing him.

nah. That is not it, Chase.

For example, when you predicted 14 touchdowns earlier than the beginning of 2021, that was completely lifelike. I imply, you had 11 the yr earlier than.

But, you wound up with two in 2021. To not point out that almost all of your different stats have been flat, or down, as effectively.

Folks aren’t upset about your acknowledged targets for this yr. They’re reminding you of your failed prediction from final yr. And if you put these items out within the public like this, are you able to blame ’em?

“WBQUICK” emailed, disagreeing with my interpretation of the altering narrative surrounding the draft alternative of Kenny Pickett following minicamp. Particularly with how I framed it in a latest publish about some feedback ex-Steelers coach Invoice Cowher made in regards to the Steelers’ quarterback battle.

So who precisely ‘led us to imagine’ that Pickett’s maturity would permit him to start out instantly? Somebody from the Steelers group or simply the consensus of the sensible guys within the newsroom?

To start with, I did not write “begin instantly.” I wrote “the educational curve was n’t going to be so steep” (as Invoice Cowher made it out to be along with his quote in that column).

So far as these quotes from folks within the Steelers group relating to their maturity …

Kevin Colbert on draft day: “Kenny is only a mature, even-keeled man. Once we’re finding out the quarterbacks, we not solely watch them on the sphere, however we watch them off the sphere, after they come off, how they’re with their teammates, how do they work together with their coaches, how do they conduct media interviews … we really feel that the maturity that he displayed on and off the sphere will assist him in that endeavor.”

Mike Tomlin on draft day: “It was a superb factor for him to return again and return to highschool and acquire one other yr of faculty expertise. He’s 24 years previous. He’s a mature younger man. You do see maturity in his sport, and I feel all these issues are going to place him right into a place to compete.”

Is that what you have been searching for?


A wise man within the newsroom

David thinks I am making an attempt to place an excessive amount of of a constructive spin on how the Steelers will deal with Stephon Tuitt’s retirement.

God bless you Tim and your rose coloured glasses. Or want to maintain your Steelers entry.

Lack of a chief participant this yr is lower than final yr (as a result of) the Steelers (stunk) final yr. There’s much less distance to fall.

I like the suggestion we will transfer the road members round since they are not nice in a single place however can play a number of positions. Have you ever ever heard of ‘shifting the deck chairs round on the Titanic?’

Principally the staff has gotten worse yr after yr, the objective is (to) end above .500 and intends the Tremendous Bowl is achievable regardless of being the worst staff in a fairly mediocre division. Hopes are for a wild card. Lose that. However, hey, if the ball bounced a special approach … Tremendous Bowl.

Yup. That is me. Famend for my Steelers optimism and want to suck as much as the group. I am positive all of the readers and members of the Steelers group would whole-heartedly agree with that evaluation. Nary a important phrase in regards to the Steelers is typed by these fingers.

Additionally, I am unsure who I steered will transfer across the defensive position aside from Tyson Alualu, who has already efficiently performed defensive finish and nostril sort out with this staff. So, what’s your concern on that entrance? And now that Larry Ogunjobi is on board, no matter worries you’ve gotten ought to be even additional mitigated.

However relating to the place the franchise is by way of what has change into acceptable requirements of mediocrity, you are not saying something I have not written a number of instances.

I haven’t got rose-colored glasses, David. However possibly you need to placed on a pair of readers and perform a little analysis earlier than you snap off one other e-mail.

This particular person disagreed with my opinion on 105.9 The X that George Washington College and Robert Morris College have been exaggerating the extent of “offense” folks took to the nickname “Colonials.” Just lately, GW introduced that they have been altering the title. Robert Morris hasn’t dominated out that risk.

Which aspect is exaggerating?

The one which mentioned (quoting from the petition right here) the GW nickname was “extraordinarily offensive by not solely associates of the college, however the nation and world at giant.”

That aspect, possibly?

Sure. The “nation and the world at giant” is extremely involved in regards to the mascot of a school whose males’s basketball staff went 12-18 final yr.


Keith did not just like the headline for Wednesday’s “First Name” relating to what Mike Tomlin needed to say this week on the subject of Antonio Brown doubtlessly returning to the Steelers.

Why are you and the remainder of the media bent on taking what Tomlin truly mentioned and shortening it to this foolish headline? Oh yeah, clicks faucets and fan venom replies. Thought you have been higher. This sort of journalism is drained and annoying.

As a result of headlines are quick by design. That is what makes them, uh, “headtraces.” Not “headparagraphs

There are a number of full quotes from Tomlin within the story, together with the one I imagine you’re referencing when he mentioned he and Brown had 9 nice years collectively. So is a hyperlink to the entire podcast if folks need the total context.

This actually should not have to be defined. Thought you have been higher.

Lastly, let’s get to this particular person on Twitter, who appeared to take pleasure in Rashard Mendenhall’s latest assertion that he did not fumble within the Tremendous Bowl XLV loss to the Inexperienced Bay Packers. He was … technically … “separated from the ball.”

I steered that the NFL create a brand new “Separated From The Ball” stat (SFTBs), or just confer with them as “Mendenhalls.”

Sure. And when JuJu Smith-Schuster “Mendenhalled” in opposition to the New Orleans Saints in 2018, it primarily price them a playoff spot. similar factor when he “Mendenhalled” in opposition to the Ravens in additional time in 2019. Or when he “Mendenhalled” in Cincinnati after dancing on the emblem.

It truly is a really helpful stat when you consider it.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Overview workers author. You possibly can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or by way of twitter. All tweets could possibly be reposted. All emails are topic to publication until specified in any other case.

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