MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — If you’ve watched the Pittsburgh Steelers offense struggled through the first seven games of the 2022 season, you’ve probably noticed the team’s seeming unwillingness to push the ball down the field.
You can take some solace that those wearing helmets and shoulder pads are thinking the same thing.
After the Steelers’ 16-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night, as the Steelers moved to a total of just three offensive touchdowns over their last three games, wide receiver Chase Claypool said the lack of deep shots is impacting the rest of the offense.
“I just think we need more more go balls,” Claypool said. “Like, damn. It’s not enough go balls. We have playmakers. I haven’t had a go ball all year. George needs more. ‘Tae needs more. I’m not saying that’s on the play-calling. I’m just saying we need to try to find a way to scheme it up. But if the defense is dropping their corners, we’re not going to get go balls.”
Claypool’s production has been hit with the double whammy of the Steelers not throwing the ball deep and also largely ignoring the middle of the field, where he’s mostly aligned as the team’s slot receiver.
He did catch five passes for 41 yards against the Dolphins, continuing his recent streak of improved play with Kenny Pickett at the helm of the offense.