Against all odds and in spite of some skepticism, the 2023 Pittsburgh Steelers are sitting on a 4-2 record and have the second-best record in the AFC North.
However, Mike Tomlin’s team has rarely been favored by oddsmakers this season.
The only way to explain that is by taking a look at the team’s offense, as it’s been far from prolific over the past couple of years.
With that in mind, former NFL star Alex Smith put Steelers Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada on blast.
Talking on ESPN, the former quarterback called the Steelers’ offense ‘the anti Miami Dolphins,’ stating that it’s ‘as vanilla as it gets’ and just so stagnant and predictable (via the Steelers Depot).
Alex Smith Sunday AM on Matt Canada offense: "I mean, I think the better question is what's not wrong with this offense? I mean, it's that bad. It is about as vanilla as it gets. They're the anti Miami Dolphins. Right? It's like they almost think that shifts and motions and… pic.twitter.com/83t7EtlXio
— Steelers Depot 7⃣ (@Steelersdepot) October 23, 2023
Smith blasted Canada for his lack of creativity, adding that ‘what you see is what you get’ and mocking him for not even trying to make shifts or have guys in motion around the line of scrimmage before the snap.
Truth be told, the offense has been a recurring issue for this team, dating back to the Ben Roethlisberger era.
The fans have grown frustrated by Canada’s lack of creativity, and it’s more than evident that the play-calling, scheme, and design have hurt the team more often than not.
Kenny Pickett has done what he can with the hand he’s been given despite having a subpar offensive line and no running game at all.
But with the Steelers sitting two games above .500, it’s highly unlikely that they’re going to make any changes any time soon, both to their coaching staff or their game plans.