In a surprising move, the Pittsburgh Steelers have sidelined offensive coordinator Matt Canada, just weeks after he was moved from the booth to the sideline. With the team winning and being competitive, many are questioning why such a drastic change was made.
However, it’s clear that the offense has been struggling this season. The Steelers have been outgained every week and have lacked a clear strategy for attacking defenses. On Sunday, it was evident that the offense had no identity or rhythm, with receiver Diontae Johnson being carried away by a member of the coaching staff and running back Najee Harris making post-game comments indicating he was at his breaking point.
The new offensive brain trust will consist of running backs coach Eddie Faulkner calling plays and quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan taking charge of changing the tire on a moving car. While there is no doubt that Caldwell was an established coach who had taken teams to great heights in his career, Kenny Pickett is not Joe Flacco in his prime. He may be serviceable and competent but lacks big throws into tight spots and has limited mobility.
It’s possible that the Steelers got it wrong by making Kenny Pickett a first-round pick in 2022. The team may also be tempted to pivot to Mitch Trubisky or consider other options such as Justin Fields or Kyler Murray for 2024 in hopes of revitalizing their offense. Only time will tell if these changes lead to success for the Steelers on the field.