Steelers' Matt Canada reluctant to vary sputtering offense: 'We're gonna keep on with what we're doing'
The Steelers’ offense hoped to enhance in 2021 after a disappointing near the 2020 season. As an alternative, the workforce has stagnated as soon as once more and finds itself among the many bottom-10 offenses in soccer.
So, what’s Pittsburgh going to vary to repair that? Nothing, apparently.
“We’re gonna keep on with what we’re doing,” Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada stated Thursday, per the workforce’s official web site. “Clearly, that is not the reply and that is not the attractive reply however we imagine we’re heading in the right direction. We have gotta get some cohesion up entrance. We’re working to get that, and that is not an excuse. We have gotta produce proper now, so we’re not working away from it or hiding from it. However we now have to proceed to do what we’re doing. We have now to proceed to place our guys in place to make performs which, till we win, after we win, we’re not doing that nicely sufficient.”
“That falls on me however we’re not gonna attempt to re-invent the wheel. It is elementary soccer. Everyone’s doing the identical stuff. It is elementary soccer. We have now to be higher and I’ve to be higher.”
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The Steelers have averaged simply 308.3 yards (seventh-fewest within the NFL) and 16.7 factors (fifth-fewest within the league) by means of three video games. They’ve struggled mightily on the bottom, as they’ve a league-worst 56 speeding yards per sport. That is regardless of spending their first-round choose on Najee Harris.
So, what’s the issue? A part of it’s the continued regression of Ben Roethlisberger, who has posted a passer score of 79 thus far this yr, good for the second-lowest mark of his profession and worst since 2006. He is also coping with an damage.
“He isn’t wholesome. He has a left pec pressure… and he is in quite a lot of ache when he throws,” NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport instructed Pat McAfee.
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The opposite main problem is the offensive line. The Steelers have been effective within the pass-blocking division per Professional Soccer Focus, however their line grades out because the fifth-worst run-blocking unit within the NFL.
Nonetheless, Canada is not keen responsible that unit, which has 4 new starters together with two rookies, for the Steelers’ issues. It is a group-wide failure.
“I am an enormous believer in all the things’s up entrance, however I do not need to say after we’re not having success that that is why,” he stated. “If you take a look at us, we’re simply not clicking. I’ve stated it quite a lot of occasions and it is not gonna change, it is 11 males doing their job.
“We’re similar to right here and there and in all places. That is not working away from our lack of what we’re doing. We’re not getting it finished and I take that totally on me. We simply gotta discover a solution to all be on the identical web page and execute on the identical stage on the identical time. The road’s a part of it however the wideouts, the tight ends, the backs, the quarterback, the play-caller, all of us gotta be collectively.”
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Possibly the Steelers will come collectively offensively in opposition to the Packers. Nonetheless, if they do not, Canada’s strategy will certainly be questioned.