The Steelers have recently made a major change in their coaching staff, with offensive coordinator Matt Canada being moved completely out of the stadium. This decision was made just two days before Thanksgiving, despite the team’s success on the field.
At first glance, it may seem surprising that a 6-4 team would make such a change. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that the offense has been struggling all season. They have been outgained every week and have yet to develop a clear identity or strategy.
On Sunday, the Jaylen Warren show was once again on full display as the offense scored just 10 points. The game was also marred by controversy, with receiver Diontae Johnson being carried away from a member of the coaching staff and running back Najee Harris making post-game comments indicating that he was at his breaking point.
So what’s next for the Steelers? It’s still unclear how the offense will operate moving forward, but someone else will be taking charge. Running backs coach Eddie Faulkner is reportedly set to become the new offensive coordinator, while quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan will be calling the plays. It remains to be seen if these changes will be enough to turn things around for the struggling offense.
The heart of the problem may lie with Kenny Pickett himself, who has yet to show any standout performances in his second season with the team. While he is serviceable and competent, there is nothing about his play that makes anyone say “Wow.” No big throws into tight spots. Limited mobility. It’s possible that the Steelers made a mistake by selecting him in the first round of this year’s draft and that they will be looking for another quarterback option in future seasons.