The Pittsburgh Steelers fell to the Cleveland Browns 29-17 in the team’s second loss of the year and third consecutive lackluster offensive performance. While Mike Tomlin’s team lost for multiple reasons, the conversation will revolve around a poor attack once more.
Last week, offensive coordinator Matt Canada and quarterback Mitch Trubisky exchanged public jabs and hooks when discussing the Steelers’ woes on offense. The pair seemed to agree the team needs more throws toward the middle of the field.
When Canada told that to the media, Trubisky was then asked about it.
“Call concepts to get receivers there,” said the Steelers quarterback.
On Thursday night, many of us expected such a conversation to translate to the playing field. Maybe it was on us to believe it would. Up until the final drive of the game, the Steelers had a grand total of zero completions over the middle of the field.
Mitch Trubisky and Matt Canada exchanged blows to each other claiming they wanted to attack the middle of the field.— Mauricio Rodríguez (@MauNFL) September 23, 2022
Before the final drive, they had 0 completions there beyond the line of scrimmage. #Steelers #HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/b4wQjvkM62
Whether it’s a lack of passing concepts to the middle of the field or Trubisky refusing to pull the trigger, it’s among the many problems the Steelers need to solve quickly. While Trubisky’s comments on having favorable matchups on the outside thanks to their talented wide receivers are understandable, a one-dimensional attack like that is doomed in today’s NFL.
Toward the end of the game, Trubisky completed two back-to-back throws to tight end Pat Freiermuth for a total of 41 yards. By then, the game was well out of reach.
Trubisky finished the day with 19 completions in 31 attempts (61%) and 209 yards.
As we ready ourselves for a long week, expect a heavy dosage of a quarterback controversy. But don’t ignore that all of that is only a question about entertainment and nothing more.
The Steelers’ current offense won’t be fixed by Kenny Pickett. If anything, it might ruin the guy.
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