The Pittsburgh Steelers recent draft class has been lauded as one of their best, at least on paper, giving Steelers Nation plenty of reason to be optimistic about the 2023 season.
However, a dark cloud of doubt looms over the team in the form of concerns about their offensive coach, Matt Canada.
Throughout the 2022 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers faced significant challenges, primarily due to predictable offensive play-calling. Canada’s offense struggled to put points on the board, placing an overwhelming burden on the team’s defense.
To make matters worse, Pittsburgh ranked at the bottom of the league for passing touchdowns, landing in 32nd place. While their running game fared better, coming in at 11th place for scoring, the offense’s overall performance left much to be desired.
What does Matt Canada need to do to improve in 2023?
As an older Steelers fan, I can appreciate the team returning to their tough, hard-nosed roots with a focus on pounding the ball on the ground. However, in today’s NFL, an effective passing game must complement a good rushing attack.
It’s clear that if the Steelers are going to make it back to the playoffs with their fresh and exciting 2023 roster, Matt Canada needs to make significant improvements to their passing game.
Quarterback Kenny Pickett is fortunate to have many weapons at his disposal, especially with the addition of tight end Darnell Washington in the Steelers’ draft. Washington’s presence will undoubtedly boost both the passing and rushing game.
Matt Canada needs to get creative with his play-calling with a roster that appears in good shape. To improve their performance, the Steelers should stretch the field more on 2nd down, and with two reliable tight ends, the middle of the field should see more action.
Running the ball when appropriate is essential, particularly if the team can secure an early lead. Additionally, a much-improved playbook that utilizes wide receiver George Pickens talents down the field must be incorporated.
The Steelers are an offensive playbook tweak away from success.
One would assume that Matt Canada is well aware of what he needs to do to put the team in a position to win games and reclaim the top spot in the AFC North.
The ball is in Canada’s court to make the necessary adjustments and prove his doubters wrong. Otherwise, he could find himself on the outside looking in come 2024.
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