One thing is for certain, the Pittsburgh Steelers have quickly gone downhill. Who are three Steelers that deserve to lose their job after a disappointing Week 3 loss?
It’s three weeks into the 2021-22 NFL regular season and the Pittsburgh Steelers look awful. Guaranteed the team was without key players, edge rusher T.J. Watt and receiver Diontae Johnson to name a couple, but something needs to drastically change if Pittsburgh hopes to have any chance to turn its season around.
The offense couldn’t do much of anything in a 24-10 loss to AFC North foe Cincinnati Bengals and the pass-rush defense, plagued by injuries, performed less than stellar. There were three Steelers who had atrocious performances in Week 3 and don’t deserve to make it to Week 4.
The list includes veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday’s game.
3. Matt Canada
Maybe this one is a bit harsh, but offensive coordinator Matt Canada has been the leading force behind the team’s four touchdowns and 43 points over the course of three games. His first season with his new title isn’t off to the hot start that he hoped it would be. The lone bright spot in Pittsburgh’s offense has been rookie RB Najee Harris, but that’s no surprise.
The Steelers only thought that the days of former offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner were in the past, but there are parallels drawn between him and Canada. Matt’s playcalling is, um, questionable. His job has been made a lot more difficult with the offensive line and his QB, but he definitely hasn’t built any confidence in his coordinator capabilities.
A screen pass in the red zone, on 4th and 10, down 14 with three minutes left in the game doesn’t make much sense at all. If there’s one thing that Canada can be counted on for, though, it’s throwing screens on third and fourth downs.
This may be a bit of an overreaction, but it doesn’t feel like it after sitting through a grueling three hours watching Pittsburgh unravel on offense. There’s a lot that needs to happen that goes beyond Canada’s playcalling, but something needs to change on his end. And fast.