The Pittsburgh Steelers need to do something about their quarterback situation.
And if they don’t intend to pursue a better option in free agency, via trade, or in the NFL Draft, the least they can do is build their offense around their signal-caller.
At least, that’s how new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith seems to think.
According to a report by ProFootballTalk, the former Atlanta Falcons head coach wants to build a close bond and relationship with Kenny Pickett:
“There’s a relationship that’s got to be built between me and Kenny. That’s so paramount between the play caller and the quarterback,” Smith told Missi Matthews of Steelers.com.
New Steelers coordinator Arthur Smith says he'll build a relationship with Kenny Pickett. https://t.co/zI4ThEHtR6
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 3, 2024
Pickett hasn’t been announced as the starting quarterback yet, but it seems like Smith assumes that’s going to be the case, or he’s at least going to build his playbook around him.
The Pittsburgh product was far from impressive in his second season.
He showed glimpses of great play in his lone full game without Matt Canada, but what we’ve seen in the limited sample size of his brief career doesn’t make people or fans think he’s got what it takes to become a franchise-caliber quarterback.
Then again, Smith did find plenty of success with Ryan Tannehill at quarterback, and that speaks volumes of his great work as well.
The talent gap between Pickett and Tannehill isn’t that wide, so there’s still some hope for the future.
Even so, the Steelers need to address all their possibilities at the quarterback position in the offseason.
As of now, they arguably boast the least talented quarterback room in the entire league, and there’s only so much a team can do with a shortage of skill at the most crucial position in the game.