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Diontae Johnson Fires Back at Ryan Clark's Criticism

Larry Rupp
Diontae Johnson fired back at Ryan Clark's criticism of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Diontae Johnson fired back at Ryan Clark's criticism of the Pittsburgh Steelers. / AP Photos/Matt Durisko

It was a rough Sunday for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as their 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills was the team's worst defeat under the guidance of head coach Mike Tomlin. Former Steeler Ryan Clark didn't hold back on his criticism of the effort of Tomlin and the players, which incited a response from Diontae Johnson.

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It's important to provide some context here first. Just as the score was going final in Buffalo, Clark tweeted that that he didn't see the Steelers fight and then accused Pittsburgh of giving up during his appearance on ESPN's Get Up. In both instances, Clark put the entirety of the blame on Tomlin.

When Johnson was asked about the criticism, it became obvious that he saw it and was bothered by it. He developed a seriousness in his tone when answering and made sure to stick up for his team at the same time. Johnson sarcastically said that if Clark "wants to come play, he can come help us win."

The standout wide receiver ended his response by saying he is just going to continue playing football and worrying about himself and his teammates. It's a mindset that Tomlin has always instilled among his players about shutting down outside noise and focusing on the upcoming opponent.

Accusing a team of quitting is a heavy accusation. There's no denying that the Steelers looked outmatched on Sunday. However, quarterback Kenny Pickett was trying to make plays until the final whistle blew and his teammates stuck up for him on a few controversial hits. That's not quitting.

The Steelers' next chance to get in the win column comes in a Week 6 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Pittsburgh is currently an 8-point underdog at home on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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