The Pittsburgh Steelers have recently made a significant change to their coaching staff by removing offensive coordinator Matt Canada from the booth and completely removing him from the stadium. This move comes just two days before Thanksgiving, despite the team’s success this season with a 6-4 record.
The offense has been struggling, as they have been outgained every week. They lack an identity, rhythm, and flow, and have yet to develop a broader strategy to deceive defenses into thinking one thing is coming before doing something unexpected. On Sunday, it was clear that the Jaylen Warren show was not going well as the game ended in a 10-point loss. There were also reports of tension between receiver Diontae Johnson and members of the coaching staff, with head coach Mike Tomlin having to intervene in the situation. Running back Najee Harris also made post-game comments indicating that he was at his wit’s end.
So what happens next? The Steelers are still waiting for more details on how the offense will operate moving forward. It appears that someone else will be calling the shots, including running backs coach Eddie Faulkner and quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan. However, it remains to be seen whether this new offensive brain trust will pivot to Mitch Trubisky or if they will even be allowed to do so in the short term. In addition, there are rumors that they may be looking for a replacement quarterback for Kenny Pickett in 2024, such as Justin Fields or Kyler Murray.
While it’s possible that the Steelers got it wrong by selecting Kenny Pickett in the first round of the 2022 draft, it’s important to remember that Pickett is only in his second season and still has room for growth. The heart of the problem could simply be that Pickett is not yet reaching his full potential as a quarterback. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how the new offensive brain trust handles this situation and whether they can turn things around before it’s too late for Pickett and the Steelers’ playoff chances.