The Pittsburgh Steelers‘ offense is about to look a lot better.
And it’s not because of a personnel change.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin appears to be committed to Mitch Trubisky as the starting quarterback.
Tomlin also doesn’t seem to be on the verge of firing offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who has shouldered much of the blame for Pittsburgh’s poor offensive start to the season.
So why is the offense about to look a lot better?
It’s because the Steelers this past week may have unlocked a way to make the offense work more efficiently with Trubisky under center.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler pointed out this week that Pittsburgh’s offense was at its best last week against the Cleveland Browns near the end of the game when it went no-huddle.
Fowler noted that in the no-huddle approach, Trubisky has more influence on what plays are called at the line of scrimmage.
The Steelers’ offense is searching a bit after mustering 272.7 yards per game through three weeks, next to last in the NFL, and Mitch Trubisky appears frustrated, as do the receivers. But perhaps Pittsburgh found a spark late in last week’s Browns loss, via the no-huddle offense. After three consecutive three-and-outs, the Steelers turned to the no huddle for a 63-yard drive that ended in a field goal. The quarterback typically has more influence on the playcalling in that setting, and I’m told that was the case with Trubisky late in the game. It could be something Pittsburgh tries once again if it needs a boost.
If Tomlin isn’t going to make a quarterback change or if he’s not going to fire Canada, then this seems like the only solution to get the offense going.
It’s better than nothing I guess. But it’s not a good long-term answer. The Steelers are going to have some big decisions to make after the 2022 season — specifically at quarterback and offensive coordinator.
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