Pittsburgh Steelers WR Chase Claypool didn’t waste time after his team’s loss to predict the Cleveland Browns future against their next opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs.
He seemed to skip over his team’s Sunday night performance and jumped right into putting down the Browns.
— Brad Stainbrook (BrownsWave) (@BrownsByBrad) January 11, 2021
Chase Claypool says the Browns won't last long in the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/7toymcANzJ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 11, 2021
This could be headlined as either ironic or the behavior of a sore loser.
“Browns Are Going To Get Clapped Next Week”
Didn’t these people learn anything from JuJu Smith-Schuster‘s “The Browns Is The Browns,” commentary last week?
Wouldn’t it be better to wish the Browns good luck because they were the better team in the Sunday night game between the Browns and Steelers?
Or even better, why not just take the lumps of the loss, grow from it, and start working and thinking about next season?
What Exactly Is Getting Clapped Anyway?
Then, there is the sticky question of what getting clapped means.
Does it mean getting beat handily from the first snap of the game until the waning seconds of the game?
Maybe it means being dominated at the line of scrimmage and looking unprepared for what the opposing team is bringing to the table.
In either case, Chase Claypool and the Pittsburgh Steelers know a thing or two about getting clapped since it happened to them on Sunday night, by the Cleveland Browns.
Could Claypool Be Right?
The Browns have a tall task taking on the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs and the 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes on his home turf.
Claypool may end up being correct that the Browns lose; someone has to.
If that happens, it seems unlikely in the Stefanski era that it will be due to a lack of preparation.
The word “grit” aptly describes the Cleveland Browns this year; they have persevered despite daunting circumstances.
So they will give it everything they have and then some.
If they end up on the losing side, they will be gracious in defeat and turn the focus to preparing for a 2021 season that should be equally promising.
Differences between Steelers and Browns
Yes, this is a heated rivalry, especially on the Browns end, since they have seen the losing side of it so many times.
And there is definitely water under the bridge with these two teams.
The Browns may be privately thanking JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool for giving them bulletin board material in the past few weeks.
It looks a lot like sour grapes when players disparage the opponent before and after getting soundly beaten.
In addition to the many differences between these two teams, the most pertinent one right now is that one is still in the playoff hunt and one is not.
The Cleveland Browns take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, January 17 at 3:05 pm.
Currently, the Chiefs are 10 point favorites in this divisional playoff game.