The Pittsburgh Steelers were in desperate need of a big change.
The team’s offense had been quite underwhelming during Matt Canada’s tenure as offensive coordinator, and it became evident that the team had reached a breaking point.
There were plenty of questions regarding Kenny Pickett’s ability to lead the team going forward, and the only thing to know that was to watch him operate under a different play-caller.
With that in mind, NFL analyst Greg Cossell said in an appearance on the Ross Tucker podcast that Pickett looked much better in a limited sample size, mostly because this new OC and play-caller worked the middle of the field, which is something that hasn’t happened under Matt Canada (via Ross Tucker Podcast on Twitter).
— Ross Tucker Podcast (@RossTuckerPod) December 7, 2023
Pickett left some to be desired at times, but he thrived in situational football and in late-game situations, showing glimpses of great play.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin did put some more pressure on him later in the season and encouraged him to take a leap forward, but it never seemed like he was at risk of losing his job at any point in the season.
More than that, with Pickett now missing time with an ankle injury, it’ll be even harder to judge his improvement and whether he can be more efficient in a different system.
The jury is still out on him, but all signs point toward him being the starter for at least another season before the team jumps to make any decision regarding him being the future of the organization at the QB position or not.