Who is more to blame, Pickett or Canada?
Of course, it’s not that simple but we still don’t know.
The Steelers as a whole were putrid against the 49ers on Sunday, especially the offense.
Pickett wasn’t getting good protection from his offensive line, but he was making bad throws and completely missing wide open receivers or not even seeing them. That’s not on Canada.
In 36 games under Matt Canada the Steelers have never gotten over 400 yards in a game. They’re the only team to not do that.
They’ve score more than 20 points in regulation only a little over a handful of times during that span as well, that’s not all on Pickett.
Audacy NFL insider Brian Baldinger says you can make excuses, an aging Ben Roethlisberger, poor offensive line, a stop-gap quarterback in Mitch Trubisky, a rookie in Kenny Pickett.
The 2023 roster, on paper, was improved, but as Baldinger says, “You can’t leave Acrisure Stadium or watch that game on Sunday and go this is an improved roster, especially on offense, you can’t say that the way they got just dismantled in every way possible by the 49ers.”
It’s only one game, but there was not one single thing that can be looked at as a positive.
With that being said, Baldinger says if they continue the bad play against the Browns on Monday night, you have to put heat on Canada’s seat.
“Look, he’s under the microscope and if things don’t improve Monday night against Cleveland, you got to put him on the hotseat, you just do, it’s just the way it works, somebody’s got to be the fall guy when things aren’t working and things weren’t working Week One.”