During this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers made the decision to part ways with their offensive coordinator, Matt Canada. Under Canada’s direction, the team’s offense struggled significantly, leading many of their games to transform into defensive battles.
Despite Canada’s dismissal, the offensive challenges have persisted, exacerbated by a revolving door of quarterbacks. Kenny Pickett, Mitch Trubisky, and Mason Rudolph have all taken turns on the field, with no clear resolution to the offensive struggles.
Kenny Pickett, a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, was expected to have a breakthrough season. However, injuries and difficulties have defined his performance this year. In the recent game against Seattle, Pickett did not play, prompting speculation about his status with the team.
Pickett clarified that he did not refuse to be the backup to Mason Rudolph, addressing reports that he felt were attacking his character. He explained, “There was no talk of me being a backup quarterback this week in terms of being a two. If I was healthy enough to play, if the trainers and coaches felt that I looked good enough to play, I was going to start and play.”
Due to an ongoing ankle injury sustained several weeks ago, Pickett was deemed unfit to play and did not dress for the last game.
Despite his injury, Pickett has announced that he will serve as the No. 2 quarterback to Rudolph in the Steelers’ season finale against the Ravens. The quarterback situation adds another layer to the ongoing controversies, with players like Pickett seeking long-term stability in their roles.