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OJ Simpson Sends Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin An Important Message Ahead Of Week 4

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OJ Simpson Sends Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin An Important Message Ahead Of Week 4

Just as expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback situation is already causing discussion and controversy. Through three games, the Mitch Trubisky experiment hasn’t gone all that well. After winning the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, the black and gold have since lost two straight.

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Mitch Trubisky (10) scores a touchdown, while George Pickens (14) celebrates. Credit: Karl Roser/Pittsburgh Steelers

Now sitting at 1-2 heading into the toughest stretch of the season, many Steeler fans have begun to panic. The offense has shown minimal signs of life, as they rank 31st in the NFL in total yards per game (272.7), only ahead of the Chicago Bears. While Trubisky did show some improvement in Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns, it still wasn’t enough. The offense still put up just 17 points, as the loss to an AFC North opponent at this juncture in the season was quite crushing.

Many fans have begun to call for rookie quarterback, Kenny Pickett as a result. Trubisky had to play a near-perfect start to the season to prevent the Pickett chants from happening, but he just hasn’t been any good. It remains clear that the Steelers will likely wait on the move to Pickett for at least a few more weeks, at minimum. It seems the team may even wait until after the Week 9 bye. NFL legend and an all-time great running back, OJ Simpson, has now joined the discussion, giving his input on the situation. Yes, The Juice has weighed in, as he had this to say in a video he tweeted out:

“I didn’t realize how devastating the loss of TJ Watt would have on this Pittsburgh football team. They are going to have to score points to win [moving forward],” Simpson said in his tweeted video. “I just don’t see that happening with Trubisky. He wasn’t that bad last night, but that shouldn’t be the criteria. I saw the body language of those wide receivers last night, and it just wasn’t that good.”

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Credit: @TheRealOJ32 on Twitter

We’re with you, Juice. He wasn’t only correct on the quarterback aspect of things, but the other two sentiments that he hit on as well. The defense showed signs of wear and tear, as they couldn’t get a stop throughout the game. While Alex Highsmith has held his own since Watt went down with an injury, the likes of Malik Reed and Jamir Jones have failed to provide much of a pass rush on the opposite side. As a result, the secondary has been expected to cover for long periods of time, something that this defense isn’t built on.

As far as the wide receivers aspect, the unit certainly began showing their frustration on the sidelines. Simpson directly highlighted Diontae Johnson, who was specifically seen moping around. Even rookie George Pickens showed some frustration, as the offense has failed to get the ball into the hands of its playmakers this season.


Do you agree with The Juice? When will the team move onto Pickett in 2022? What do the Steelers need from the OLB group (outside of Highsmith) until Watt is back? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below, as well as on our social media sites!


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  1. Mark

    September 26, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    While there seem to be those ready to move to Kenny Pickett, you decide that you want to roll with an article about OJ Simpson. Responsible for 2 deaths and you’re all chummy calling him “The Juice”. You are an embarrassment.

  2. Bee

    September 26, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    Look! It really doesn’t matter who gets the call as starting quarterback. Hell, as long as Matt Canada continue calling ‘weak-***’ plays we’re going to loose! That idiot is nothing more than a mirror copy of old dumb-*** Todd Haley. Both of those knuckleheads are too weak for the position of Offensive Coordinator.

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  4. notafan

    September 26, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    the mere fact that a steelers writer is quoting and featuring a double murderer is super bad karma for the steelers. truly shocking.

  5. Ted

    September 26, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    There are far too many issues with this team other than quarterback. I’m sorry not sorry but Tomlin has once again lost his team. A coaching revamp is needed starting with Tomlin. You can say oh never had a losing season. But the fact remains. What have they really done the last ten + years? What 2-3 playoff wins….sorry, I have no love for Tomlin. Time to move on.

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  7. DJ

    September 26, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    I’m sick of people coming for Tomlin as if they know someone in wind on standby to replace him. STFU. First, the receivers need to stop crying and do what they can with this weak coordinator’s play calling. Catch those critical, game changing ball that could win us the game and work your way open. Front line need to do squats or something to stop getting pushed in Trubiskys face. He did look a little deflated, but the old Steelers would pump him up and let hi. Know next series we got em. It was a hard game to watch… everyone was focusing on so much negativity, and why was Robinson inactive. That young man needs some snaps… Anyway let’s go Steelers….FOCUS dammit and do your damn job

  8. OldManOldSchool

    September 26, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Please apologize and delete this post. If there is a less respectable figure to quote, I can’t think of it. Why would you bring such trash into a Steelers forum?

  9. Shocked

    September 26, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    OJ Simpson? The double murderer? The convicted armed robber? What drugs are you on?

  10. Zav

    September 26, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Oj really writer??? Someone delete this and oj from earth!

  11. Michele

    September 26, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    You are so right, why would anyone listen to this murderer?

  12. Kathy S.

    September 26, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    There are so many good retired players out there that are good people that may have some good advice for our team. Why would you give this guy any publicity? Nobody cares what a murderer,or best case scenario, a woman beater has to say… And calling him “the juice” like you want to be his best friend is disgusting… Do better

  13. Rene F Rogeret

    September 26, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    New coach. New quarterback and New offensive cool

  14. Diesel

    September 26, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    Tomlin and his coaching staff needs to go ..! long overdue he’s overrated and garbage….!!!!! wake up Steelers fans !!!!! How many playoffs wins in the last 10 years !!!!! Point proven any other coach would have been fired !!!!! Do us a favor Tomlin Step down because we know they won’t fire you because of the Rooney Rule !!!! So Step down …!!!!!!

  15. Giovanni

    September 26, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    Featuring ‘The Juice’ in such an endearing way is to make sure that your website is completely irrelevant versus the numerous other conscientious Steeler reporting websites. How incredibly stupid.

  16. Randy A Horton

    September 27, 2022 at 12:47 am

    Who cares what a double murderer thinks on this??!!!!

  17. Mark Furman

    September 27, 2022 at 12:50 am

    Hey OJ, you did it!

  18. Richard

    September 27, 2022 at 2:53 am

    Coach Tomlin been fan since 70s only pittsburg coaching staff in 60 years that has shown loyalty to their coaches without fail do yourself a favor like you did with Roethlisberger Trabisky is not worthy at starting QB what do you have to loose with Pickett just like #7 take a chance I highly doubt he will let you down coach he will do you PROUD….as backup #10 where he belongs

  19. Wanzie Calomino

    September 27, 2022 at 6:15 am

    Get real Tomlinson! Bring back Rudolf Mason. He should have been and has the right to have been placed as the starting Quarterback for the Steelers. He certainly did a fine job ever time Rothesburger got injured! It was a slap in his face not to be picked.

  20. Kato

    September 27, 2022 at 7:26 am

    What moron thought this ‘article’ would be a good idea? You should be ashamed of yourself for elevating a double murderer to talk about the Steelers.

  21. Steelfan

    September 27, 2022 at 8:21 am

    Get rid of the post! Who cares what OJ has to say.. hope he burns in you know what!

  22. Corey

    September 27, 2022 at 9:21 am

    I know for a FACT Canada NEEDS to get out the booth! Then Tomlin needs to see the same things we see on TV (defense needs to play tight,jamming at the line). Why are they five yards or better off the line? This never happened with Dick Leb. Bush needs to help more in the middle with run AND pass defense. Thats what he was brought here for. Defense should do more communication pre snap.The Offensive line needs a hat on a hat, off the ball. More play action and deep post could open up “Splash Plays!” Why Canada isn’t getting the ball in the playmaker’s hands🤦🏾‍♂️? Defense can’t JUST rely on Fitzpatrick and Heyward. Step up EDMONDS#34,WITHERSPOON#25,JACK. YOU ALL are part of a legacy that dont just get pushed and bullied around. Finally, #10 is a BACKUP!!! HE has proven that with two other Teams. WE NEED OUR #1 PICK🤦🏾‍♂️.

  23. Jack Filia

    September 27, 2022 at 10:52 am

    Everyone has the right to free speech,it’s in our constitution. Let’s get right to the point in question. Steelers don’t need to change anything, the wide receivers need to be getting more involved and Watt needs to come back.PERIOD!!! DID YOU EVEN PAY ATTENTION TO HOW OUR DEFENSE PERFORMED?? Heyward and Highsmith cant stop the run by themselves??

  24. Tom Sofio

    September 27, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    OJ Simpson murdered two people. He should not be quoted in any sports stories.

  25. Matt Shirley

    September 27, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    Trubiski could be better, but not even Tom Brady in his prime could do much with the offensive game plan and play-calling, unless Brady audibled every play. Oh wait, the QB isn’t allowed to audible certain plays, brilliant/s/
    Matt Canada needs to be fired ASAP. Not doing it at the start of a long week was a missed opportunity. If I were the owner or GM, I’d can him mid-coaches meeting. Here’s your buy-out; now get the -$;!+’:$$-+-$ out of my building, and you can take your crappy, HS level offensive playbooks with you. Please DO share them with our division rivals. That’s not what we’re doing next game.

  26. Rob Shaub

    September 27, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    This writer should be fired! To even give this jerk the time of day. Who cares what he thinks! The only thing he knows is how to get away with murder! There shouldn’t be an article written that even includes the Steelers in this jerk! I won’t even say his name but he ought to crawl back in whatever holy came from and take the writer with him!!!

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  28. James Gladden

    September 29, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    I think the Juice is dead on me personally think if you are going to lose in the fashion that we are we should lose with Pickens we need a spark from somewhere and Mitch isn’t giving it to us I just hope coach Tomlin doesn’t wait until the last minute to switch and then we’re out the playoffs. Canada need to be held accountable.

  29. Drew

    September 30, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    If someone slahed your sister’s head off, would you make his opinions on the Steelers the centerpiece of one of your articles? Why would you do it when he did it to someone else’s sister?

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