Steelers’ Mike Tomlin fires back at Chase Claypool who wants music played during practice


Following Pittsburgh’s embarrassing 41-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin addressed wide receiver Chase Claypool’s concerns about practice.

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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, center, looks up at the videoboard as he stands with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and wide receiver Chase Claypool (11) during a timeout during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, center, looks up at the videoboard as he stands with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and wide receiver Chase Claypool (11) during a timeout during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Cincinnati.
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Claypool said the 5-5-1 Steelers should try to make practice more “fun” by playing music.

“We have music in the warm-ups and that, so it’s fun,” Claypool said. “People are dancing, having fun. So I think maybe music would make practice more fun and little more up-tempo.”

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) walks toward the sideline during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 28, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) walks toward the sideline during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 28, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
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During a news conference on Tuesday, Tomlin was asked about Claypool’s comments.

“Claypool plays wideout. I’ll let him do that,” Tomlin said. “I’ll formulate the practice approach and I think that division of labor is probably appropriate.”

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Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (90) battles Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Isaiah Prince (75) as he tries to rush the passer during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (90) battles Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Isaiah Prince (75) as he tries to rush the passer during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Cincinnati.
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Steelers defensive tackle Cam Heyward backed Tomlin as well.

“I hope he was kidding,” Heyward said of Claypool. “Because as soon as he said it, I was literally about to rip the speaker out. That is not what we need right now. It’s X’s and O’s and it’s execution.”

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