The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to have several issues on offense.
Firing Matt Canada seemed like a step in the right direction, although some still had plenty of doubts about Kenny Pickett.
But with Pickett also out with an injury, the Mitch Trubisky show has been hard to watch in the meantime.
That includes second-year wide receiver George Pickens, who didn’t learn from his early-season antics and continues to throw tantrums on the sidelines and the field.
When asked about that, head coach Mike Tomlin admitted it was a problem because his attitude wasn’t ‘solution-oriented’ (via ESPN’s Brooke Pryor on Twitter).
Mike Tomlin on George Pickens' attitude and outbursts on the sidelines: "It's a problem because it's not solution-oriented."
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 11, 2023
Pickens’ frustration is more than understandable.
He’s clearly the best offensive player on the team and has proven to be an even more reliable pass-catching option than veteran Diontae Johnson.
Nonetheless, even though the team should get him way more involved in the passing game, he hasn’t dealt with his situation like a professional.
Throwing tantrums, deleting social media posts, and whatnot is not the way to make a name for yourself in the league, especially in just your second year.
That’s something proven veterans like Tyreek Hill or A.J. Brown can do, not a second-year player.
Pickens is a special kind of talent, and the Steelers need him if they want to make the playoffs this season; that’s just a big fact.
But perhaps Tomlin will need to give him a dose of some good-old tough love to remind him who’s in charge; otherwise, Pickens’ behavior could set a dangerous precedent in the locker room.