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Steelers Lackluster Week 2 Performance Signals It Is Time For Omar Khan To Help Mike Tomlin Get Out Of His Own Way

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Steelers Lackluster Week 2 Performance Signals It Is Time For Omar Khan To Help Mike Tomlin Get Out Of His Own Way

The 2022 Pittsburgh Steelers lost their home opener 17-14 against the New England Patriots after a frustrating performance by the black and gold. The team had a chance to deliver a significant blow to a bitter rival. It was like a heavyweight fight, where one of the combatants just circles endlessly hoping to land a knockout punch while falling hopelessly behind on the scorecards. The Steelers forgot to throw any punches on Sunday and in the end, it cost them dearly.

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The defense did not generate much pressure on Mac Jones, content to sit back in coverage and try to force mistakes that just did not come. The Steelers rarely blitzed, had no sacks and with the exception of one interception, played bend, but not break defense all game long. If not for a Gunner Olszewski muffed punt, the defense likely would have held the Patriots to 10 points. When you build a team around the highest paid defense in the NFL, bend but not break just isn’t good enough.

The Patriots won the time of possession battle, but did not dominate the statistics like the Cincinnati Bengals did in Week 1. The Steelers did not have the nasty edge against the Patriots that they clearly showed in Cincinnati, and it cost them a victory. The defense must get ready quickly as the Cleveland Browns are coming off a baffling loss to the New York Jets, 31-30, and despite starting a journeyman in Jacoby Brissett for the last two weeks, they have scored 56 points in two games and should be 2-0. The Steelers offense has generated 30 points in two games.

Steelers Trubisky

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The offense was near 100 percent heading into Sunday and the body language of the leader of the unit is disconcerting. Mitch Trubisky has been granted a second life in the NFL and he is not playing like it. Mike Tomlin made clear on day 1 of training camp that they were not going to make knee jerk decisions and let the process play out. Trubisky is not displaying any consistent creativity, which could be because of the Matt Canada play-calling, but unlike his predecessor, he either can’t or won’t disregard the sideline in favor of his teammates.


The Steelers Should Absolutely Consider Firing OC Matt Canada After Week 2 Loss


This was exactly the game that called for a significant amount of freelancing, and it was exactly the kind of game that the previous Pittsburgh quarterback would have found a way to win late by calling his own plays at the end of the game. Generally, I don’t think it is a good idea for players to disregard coaches’ instructions, but at this point, I would rather Trubisky throw caution to the wind, even if it resulted in a wider margin of victory for the Patriots.

Tomlin is an outstanding motivator, and the defense while not aggressive, was adequate. However, we are going on over a decade since Bruce Arians coached Ben Roethlisberger. No Pittsburgh offensive coordinator since had any influence on Roethlisberger and worse, the current one seems to be punishing Trubisky for it. The future Steelers Hall of Fame retired quarterback would do well to reach out to the current occupant of the position and let him know just how much he improvised in those endless, come from behind victories.

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The fans and media calling for Kenny Pickett to get his time on the field are going to reach a fever pitch unless Trubisky relaxes and lets it rip against the Browns. If Trubisky cedes the job at this point, it will not be because he isn’t talented enough to play the position. It will be because he wasn’t willing to overcome the coaching he is getting by trusting his own instincts. It would be extremely unfair to throw Pickett in and expect him as a rookie to disregard the offensive coordinator in the fourth quarter to win close games.

It is easy as a fan to blame Canada, Randy Fichtner and Todd Haley, but now that a new signal-caller is behind center and the same problems exist, Tomlin needs to answer some questions. Even the great Chuck Noll had to fire Tony Dungy and most of his defensive coaching staff when they slipped in the late 1980’s. Noll gave in, and the Steelers immediately returned to the playoffs and won a playoff game in 1989.

Steelers Omar Khan

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Omar Khan needs to have the hard conversation with his veteran head coach that it is time for someone else to help him pick an offensive coordinator before they thrust Pickett into a bad situation. It is time for Tomlin, like Noll, to admit he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know.

 

What do you think, Steeler Nation? Should the Steelers really expect young quarterbacks to understand when they are supposed to ignore coaching and the game plan? Please comment below or on my Twitter @thebubbasq.

I have been rooting for the Steelers actively since 1975. I love the Black and Gold and support them through thick and thin. I am a Navy Veteran, living in Jacksonville, FL and never miss a chance to go to the neutral site games here in Jacksonville. I am new to the Steeler Nation website, but I love discussing Steelers Past, Present and Future.

27 Comments

27 Comments

  1. Eli

    September 19, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Nope, they need to replace Matt Canada ASAP. I’m just a 50 year old fan who’s been watching the Steelers for 40+ years his hire/coaching has led to nothing but chaos and confusion for our offense because he can’t take his own ego and past failures out of his current coaching decisions. He was probably a cheap hire considering his numerous past failures. As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for”

  2. Devon L Brown

    September 20, 2022 at 8:49 am

    So now the question is Who do you replace him in the 4th game of the season? He called plays with an aging veteran QB and now has a below average QB we only we good QB college. Was a flop at Bears and now we have him. Who is the right OC?

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  4. Barlow Virgil McGhee

    September 20, 2022 at 9:32 am

    We have waisted too many years with horrible play calling it has cost us dearly they have been so predictable with the talent we have on offense we should be top ten in the league it’s been time for a change

  5. Ron

    September 20, 2022 at 9:44 am

    Fire his ***

  6. Sandy Heyward

    September 20, 2022 at 10:13 am

    James Patterson’s grandmother had a saying “Hungry dogs run faster”.

    Tomlin is not hungry enough. He is too secure in his job. Turn up the heat on TOMLIN!

  7. Jason Rain

    September 20, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Its wont matter if you put a Rookie in or keep a Guy who is trying to find a second life in the NFL. If the man Coaches them isnt capable to run a Dominant Offense, then the crux of your problem becomes obvious. Steelers, by their core, arent any different then the teams that went to the Super Bowl. If you cant go back to the basics then you need to manage an office that isnt afraid to score. Matt Canada’s legacy will be that of a Coach that manages very forgettable offenses.

  8. Bayne

    September 20, 2022 at 11:08 am

    Push the ball,come on man, this is so hard to watch. The defense does its best and all you reward them with is 5 yard passes behind the line of scrimmage, seriously?

  9. Harold

    September 20, 2022 at 11:30 am

    Clean house !! Start with Kahn & DON’T stop until Turbo is gone. Get some offensive linemen who are hungry, not under performers.If Tomlin doesn’t take control,*
    ***. Fire him too @!. Write this season off.

  10. Bunny

    September 20, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Extremely well said. My thought have matched yours on this subject.

  11. Rick

    September 20, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    I to belive the Offensive Coordinators are the issue. Canada appears to be the worst of the last 3. Khan needs to make some hard decisions and get Tomlin on board or another season will be lost! I agree Tomlin is to comfortable and needs to get hungry again, his first few years were good and the last 5 have been mediocre! Not up to Steelers expectations to be a.500 team!

  12. George Fregone

    September 20, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    Matt Canada needs to go. This is his third year and the offense has been horrible, with Ben, without Ben.

  13. Tim King

    September 20, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    Blame Canada! Blame Canada! He calls plays like he’s rooting for the other team. Field full of weapons and can’t even produce 200 pass yds a game!? Canada has no business running a pro offense…..pop-warner, maybe.

  14. Super Trucker

    September 20, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    Fire Kahn??? His first year on the job and you say fire him? We just filled 50 million holes left by Lil Benji and his salary. Approved by WHO? The previous GM. We got a lot of bang for our buck in the draft and free agency.2 studs on the line will bring us back to “run the ball Steelers”. With top 3 receiver corp. Can Canada Dry and tighten up the line we’ll be back to talking sh** and winning hardware.

  15. L Person

    September 20, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Matt Canada. Not using the weapons. Poor play calling. End of story.

  16. Roberta J Campbell

    September 20, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Matt Canada does need to go. I also agree that Tomlin has become stale and he is not coaching for along time now. I agree he knew he hit the lottery when he got the Steelers job. He o ew they don’t go around firing head coaches. But if they could move on from a HOF coach in Noll because it was time for new blood the Steelers need to move in a new direction in coaching next season. As far as this season goes replace Matt with Flores he was a head coach and was turning Miami around he should be able to get this offense moving forward. Mitch is playing in fear of failing again. He needs to ay fearless. If he can’t turn that around then put Kenny in.

  17. Santiago Arce

    September 20, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    CAN CANADA THIS OFFENSE IS BUILT TO SCORE POINTS AND HASN’T HAPPENED IN HIS TIME THERE HOW LONG ARE THEY GOING TO PUT UP WITH THIS BS,TIME FOR PICKETT TO COME IN !!!!

  18. Jason Thomas

    September 20, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Look at every throw he made Sunday. 2 middle throws the whole game. One interception and one td. ALL the rest were check downs to Harris or out in the flat or to the sideline. There is zero attack of the middle of the field for the 2nd yr in a row, except this time we don’t have a qb that will hit Johnson on slants and crosses. Mitch needs to go. It’s time to see Kenny. Mitch is not an answer and I’m not sure why we’re wasting a season to find thay out. 9-8 or 7-10 isn’t how I want to waste a year. It’s time for Kenny. Fire Canada. He’s the worst OC I can remember.

  19. BlackNyellow

    September 21, 2022 at 1:38 am

    FIRE MATT CANADA…START KENNY PICKETT 🖤💛

  20. Mike Wagner

    September 21, 2022 at 1:53 am

    @ most of the replies…

    Tomlin and this not hungry theme…

    Stop it. He had Cowher’s team early on and won.
    As the years went by he had less of Cowher’s guys and more of his.
    The last 5 years nobody minus Roethlisberger was a Cowher guy.

    In other words it’s been 101 percent his baby for a long time now and the poor results speak for themselves.

    Play Pickett before Canada is dismissed.
    One of the reasons Pickett was drafted was Canada.

    Moreover Pickett isn’t sone 21 year old baby out of college that needs protected from the NFL rigors.
    Pickett is old for a rookie. He’s not going to wilt or have his psyche ruined.

    Just play him immediately and you’ll know quickly if Canada is a problem or not.

    P.s.
    Rudolph will throw that sumbitch down the field be I don’t think he ever plays a meaningful down for the Steelers again

  21. Eric Lamar Crowley

    September 21, 2022 at 5:47 am

    TOMLIN,CANADA NEED TO BE FIRED!!! THEIR IS TOO MUCH TALENT ON OFFENSE. THEY JUST NEED TO GET THE RIGHT COACHES ON DEFENSE AND OFFENSE CAUSE THE O LINE AREN’T GOOD AND OUR SECONDARY ON DEFENSE ALWAYS GIVE UP EASY PASS PLAYS. WE NEED HELP THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE DAMN TEAM. FROM COACHES AND MAYBE THE GM TO THE PLAYERS AND MAYBE SELL THE DAMN TEAM IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO PUT OUT GOOD PRODUCT AND STOP DISAPPOINTING THE FANS EVERY DAMN YEAR. ROONEYS!!!!!!! SEAM NOBODY THERE KNOWS WHAT THE HELL THEY’RE DOING. IT’S PATHETIC!!!! ART IS ROLLING IN HIS GRAVE IF HE SAW HOW HIS TEAM IS RAN. EVERYBODY WOULD’VE BEEN FIRED. RIDICULOUS!!! YOU GUYS MAKE ME SICK TO WATCH YOU GUYS PLAY LIKE HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS. A COLLEGE TEAM COULD BEAT YOU GUYS. ALABAMA, GEORGIA, OHIO STATE THEY WOULD GIVE YOU A RUN FOR YOUR MONEY.YOU GUYS HAVE 2!! IMPACT PLAYERS MAYBE 3. WATT,HAYWARD AND FITZPATRICK THAT’S ONLY DEFENSE. OFFENSE 1 MAYBE 2. JOHNSON .FRIEMUTH

  22. Tom

    September 21, 2022 at 7:45 am

    Don’t put Pickett into a bad situation and get him hurt. Wait until the offensive coaching and line get straightened out. Look to the long term not instant gratification.

  23. William Coe

    September 21, 2022 at 8:07 am

    Fire oc let Kenny p have a chance he can’t do any worse than Mt he’ll let Mr play as bad as that sounds

  24. GMatic7

    September 21, 2022 at 9:18 am

    Fire Canada. Bring Ben back to Steelers Nation as OC and give Pickett his chance…see what happens then. I dare say it couldn’t be much worse than what we have suffered through already in just 2 games!!!

  25. Aaron E. HAILES

    September 21, 2022 at 10:02 am

    I have been Steelers fan, since USAF Veteran 1970. Steelers need to go back to 2 backs in backfield, to block,run, and catch football from quarterback. Offense and defense compliment each other. 5 to 10 yard passes will not beat any NFL teams. Still time to make adjustments before middle of season.

  26. Rick Angle

    September 21, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    The organization has a suitable interim in Brian Flores and Mike Tomlin should be fired. As much as I appreciate his success the simple fact is he’s not man enough to make the tough decisions that need to be made. He’s biding his time. He believes his own ********. He’s as inspired as Trubisky. End it. Start over.

  27. Christian Urban

    September 24, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Hire mike munchuck

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