The Pittsburgh Steelers can’t seem to shake off their offensive woes.
Relieving Matt Canada from his duties as offensive coordinator seemed to be a step in the right direction, and the first game without him was certainly encouraging.
But now that Kenny Pickett is not on the field and Mitch Trubisky has struggled vastly, NFL analyst Brad Spielberger of PFF believes it’s not a matter of who’s playing quarterback.
The renowned analyst instead says it’s a matter of scheme and coaching, stating that we’ve seen plenty of backup quarterbacks thrive this season and that you can tell when a team is coaching players up and when they’re just getting thrown into the fire (via 93.7 The Fan on Twitter).
The Steelers scheme is an issue for @PFF_Brad and not making things easy for the team's quarterbacks.
— 93.7 The Fan (@937theFan) December 12, 2023
Perhaps the biggest issue with the Steelers at this moment is the fact that they cannot make conclusions right now.
Kenny Pickett has barely played in a different system and under a different play-caller, so how could they rule him out or be 100 percent sure that he’s the guy they need for the future?
That puts the team in a somewhat tough spot right now.
They could either try to run it back with Pickett for another season at the risk of wasting another campaign of their elite defense, or they could look to bring a replacement and put some pressure on him.
Whatever the case, Spielberger has a valid point, and the quarterback can only do so much if his team doesn’t put him in a position to succeed, and that’s been the case for way too long now.