While the 1-2 start to 2022 isn’t what fans want, it isn’t fair to pull the plug on current Steelers QB Mitchell Trubisky.
However, it’s not stopping the movement for a Pickett 2022 season in Pittsburgh.
But is Pickett ready to lead his team and is Trubisky showing he’s a failure?
Trubisky Shows Issues
Two issues were predominant with Trubisky during Thursday night’s loss to the Cleveland Browns.
First, the Steelers’ QB was having problems whenever the Browns sent linebacker pressure.
Najee Harris getting nasty in pass pro tonight, too. Just flipped Browns linebacker Jacob Phillips to help Mitch Trubisky evade a sack.
— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) September 23, 2022
While running back Najee Harris helped protect his QB in some situations, he wasn’t around on every linebacker blitz.
However, the other issue was his habit of always going to his first read.
Instead of following through with his progressions, he threw the ball to his first read.
They’re running those routes, but they aren’t calling deeper and mid stuff as primary reads very often. That’s what I mean when I say they aren’t all bunched in one spot. Trubisky is just following his first read every time.
— Neal Coolong (@NealCoolong) September 20, 2022
If Trubisky wants to stay as the starting QB, he can’t continue making this mistake.
It was the same mistake he fell victim to during his time with the Chicago Bears.
Is It Time For Pickett?
After three games into the NFL season, Trubisky is showing poor management.
While the Steelers ended halftime up by one, their QB couldn’t convert on third downs in the second half.
During the second half, the Steelers had three of their six possessions end in three-and-outs.
The Steelers’ last drive ended with a turnover, meaning two-thirds of their second-half possessions end with no progress.
With the Steelers’ offense stalling out, it might mean Trubisky is falling back into his old habits from Chicago.
However, this can be addressed by head coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
While there are still chances to fix things if Trubisky doesn’t improve it could be Picketts’ time.
However, there might be another reason behind the poor playing of Trubisky.
The Issue Behind Trubisky’s Poor Play
According to Andrew Fillipponi, there is frustration with Matt Canada inside the Steelers organization.
I’m hearing there’s growing frustration with Matt Canada inside the Steelers organization. Players. Front office. Something to monitor. They do have a former offensive coordinator as their QBs coach. Mike Sullivan. Tomlin hasn’t fired a coordinator in-season before.
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) September 20, 2022
With him calling the plays, it might not matter who the Steelers have as their quarterback.
However, there’s nothing suggesting that Tomlin will fire Canada this season.
While they might change their mind, the sentiment in Pittsburgh is one of how their OC is destroying their offense.
— Fire Matt Canada (@WilbertDyn0mite) September 23, 2022
If the Steelers follow their fans’ dislike of Canada, they might fire him.
It’s a possibility, as he never lasts long with a single team.
Since becoming a college offensive coordinator in 1997, he’s never been with a single team for more than three years.
This could signal that Canada is indeed the problem in Pittsburgh.
It’s really tough to evaluate Mitchell Trubisky when Matt Canada is calling plays. Really tough. #Steelers
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) September 23, 2022
But it’s up to the Steelers to fix this issue that was created with their offense.
If this isn’t addressed, it won’t matter if they start Kenny Pickett because he will fail with a bad coordinator behind him.
For now, the Steelers need to stick with Trubisky but change their offensive coordinator.