Thursday, September 22, 2022

Quarterback Mitch Trubisky sends cryptic message to Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have changed a lot, but not really. The offense keeps fighting, only this time with a different quarterback. Much like 2021, fans and media are debating who should take the blame — the quarterback, the offensive coordinator, or both. Common denominator over two seasons is offensive coordinator Matt Canada.

Sure, it’s only Week 3 and the Steelers are 1-1, but things aren’t going in the right direction.

Aggressive. It’s a word quarterback Mitch Trubisky has used the most since his first press conference of the regular season. But that’s exactly what the offensive lacks the most.

In nine quarters of football, Pittsburgh’s 30th in the NFL in total yards per game (255) and his 36 points scored put him 29th in the league, according to NFL.com.

“We haven’t scored enough points here for the past few weeks,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in a Sept. 19 news conference. “But this is a collective. Not just the quarterback position. Not just the players. We are all responsible for making the scoreboard ring.”

So far, Trubisky is fighting Matt Canada’s offense in his freshman year. Up to a point, the quarterback is just a product of the system and scheme. At the moment, this system and its actors lack cohesion. You see that on the field and you hear it at the press conferences. It’s difficult to get an offense to fire on all cylinders when they can’t even get to the same side.

Trubisky revealed in a post-game press conference on Sept. 18 that the Steelers huddle wasn’t exactly about teamwork.

“When everyone says ‘name this game, name this game,’ it makes it difficult for everyone to do their job,” Trubisky said. “Everyone has suggestions. Everyone wants to have the ball in their hands. I think everyone just has to take care of their job.”

“We will just continue to grow and go in the right direction together. That’s my opinion on that. We have a lot of talent and we just have to figure out what works best for us going forward.”

Trubisky isn’t pointing the finger, so it’s unclear exactly who the message is intended for. But the argument in the group had only led to a disaster in the junior university.

Like him or not, Trubisky is the captain and leader of this revamped offensive. He should talk about his role and guide his men when there is conflict.

When teams win convincingly, they’re happy as clams and rarely have drama. But if they don’t play well, everything changes.

Fans booing Trubisky and calling for Kenny Pickett don’t realize that the problem starts with play-calling. It doesn’t matter who you put as quarterback back there when the scheme (and offensive line) is a hot mess. If significant adjustments are made, it won’t happen until November 6th, week 9, bye. Still, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin seems resilient.

“I don’t know if significant changes are needed,” Tomlin said when asked about the challenges of making changes in a short week.

It appears that new Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky is paralyzed by his inability to call games on the line of scrimmage.

Trubisky said in a Sept. 20 news conference that he “would like to get into another game at the line of scrimmage.”

Offensive coordinator Matt Canada said that will come with time.

“We’re moving towards that, too,” Canada said in a Sept. 20 press conference. “You have a guy who played 18 years [Ben Roethlisberger] and a guy who just got here [Mitch Trubisky] with many young players. We are slowly building on that. We are not where we want to be and we are building on that.”

Trubisky may be new to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he’s played seven seasons in the league, leading the Chicago Bears to the playoffs in one as a Pro Bowler and two others.

It’s time to give Trubisky more freedom. It can’t get any worse, can it?

Trubisky said in a Sept. 20 news conference that he “would like to get into another game at the line of scrimmage.”

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