Kordell Stewart says the Steelers lack leadership, and he’s glad to see Kenny Pickett filling the vacuum.
In an interview Thursday with the “PM Team,” the ex-Steelers quarterback bemoaned the lack of urgency he sees from his former team.
“At this point in time, this level of entitlement has to cease in order to see this team do the things we’ve been accustomed to seeing,” said Stewart. “Right now, it doesn’t look like there is a true leader on the field that’s leading by example of challenging the status quo.”
The status quo, by the way, is horrible. The Steelers are on pace to average their fewest points per game in 52 years, and are last in the league in scoring, putting up an average of just 15 points per contest.
A lot of the blame lies with offensive coordinator Matt Canada, whose presence has seemingly devolved the Steelers offense into a high school operation. In 26 games with Canada, the Steelers have only put up 30 points once. Their offense hasn’t cracked 20 points yet this season.
Yet, with Mike Tomlin still not making changes to his coaching staff, the onus falls on the players to turn this disaster around. Earlier this week, Kenny Pickett, who’s thrown eight interceptions in five games (four starts), called out his teammates for not studying enough.
“Guys need to know what they’re doing,” he told reporters. “We need to study more. I don’t think we study enough as a group.”
Those are strong words coming from a rookie QB. Though Pickett is struggling himself, Stewart said he likes that the young pass-thrower is stepping up.
It’s Pickett’s franchise now. He should start acting like it.
“He’s the leader. He’s the starting quarterback, he’s the future of this franchise, and he has to put his mark on what it is that he wants to be a part of it,” said Stewart. “He’s not wrong, because he’s telling the truth.”