Pittsburgh followers and media are desperate to bench QB Mitch Trubisky and begin first-round draft decide Kenny Pickett. Former Steelers star QB Ben Roethlisberger, nevertheless, mentioned blame for the workforce’s struggles on offense should not fall on Trubisky.
“I hate it for Mitch as a result of I don’t assume it’s truthful,” Roethlisberger mentioned Monday on his podcast. “I wouldn’t blame Mitch for the efficiency. I don’t assume he that he deserved the followers getting on him.”
The retired QB, nevertheless, did not assign blame for the struggles.
In Week 2 towards the Patriots, the Steelers’ offense was anemic, averaging 4.2 yards per play. Trubisky didn’t take dangers downfield. Fourteen of 21 completions got here inside six yards of the road of scrimmage.
It’s not clear if Trubisky is unwilling to throw deeper or if he is mandated to throw brief. Some blame offensive coordinator Matt Canada for the workforce’s failings.
“They need to fireplace Matt Canada,” mentioned Pittsburgh media character Mark Madden on his Monday podcast. “This offense has the stench of dying.”
The offense hasn’t performed nicely because the Steelers employed Canada as offensive coordinator in 2021. Final season, it finished 23rd in complete offense. Pittsburgh (1-1) has solely two offensive TDs this season.
Many anticipated that with the retirement of the largely motionless Roethlisberger, the Steelers’ offense would enhance. The Steelers have good weapons, akin to large receivers Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool, and rookie wideout George Pickens has proven promise.
Claypool has hinted the difficulty might be playcalling. “We are able to solely do what they inform us to do and execute it,” he told The Athletic’s Mark Kaboly.