Two games into the 2022 season and the Pittsburgh Steelers offense remains in the works.
“I’m sure they’re glad they’re back on the road,” Todd Haley, a former Steelers offensive coordinator, said in one Interview with Ron Cook and Joe Starkey on 93.7 FM The Pittsburgh fan, knowing full well that Pittsburgh’s next game is in Cleveland, where quarterback Mitch Trubisky won’t have to hear the “KEN-NY” chants he heard in last Sunday’s home loss to the New England Patriots Has.
While Haley was a little hesitant to directly blame the Steelers for only two offensive touchdowns, his biggest “concerns” are the team’s receivers.
“There’s talent,” Haley began, referring to the team’s receptionist. “When I observe things, I don’t always see what I want to see in terms of how they do it – the precision…. And for me, if there’s one thing that stands out, it’s just not being on the same page with the quarterback and receivers, and that has to get better,” he added. “If a quarterback doesn’t have confidence that a guy will be where he’s supposed to be when he’s supposed to be there, then the quarterback will take the blame.”
It’s not an ideal situation for Trubisky, who is trying to keep first-round rookie Kenny Pickett from taking over as the team’s starter.
“I think (Trubisky) is promising but he needs some help. He’s not going to be a guy who goes out and carries the team,” Haley said.
And if Pro Football Focus’s grades are any indication, Trubisky doesn’t get much support from his threats. While Diontae Johnson has an excellent 79.9, Pat Freiermuth has a starting 60.4, Chase Claypool has a 59.1, and rookie George Pickens has a low 53.7.
Todd Haley: Problems with Audibling “Nothing You Want to Hear”
It also begs the question of how much flexibility Trubisky has when it comes to changing plays at the line of scrimmage.
“We’re still figuring out when is a good time for me to be heard and if I have the opportunity to be in every piece,” Trubisky said during a media session earlier this week.
“Hearing in the NFL is very, very critical,” Haley said, calling questions about audibles “not something you want to hear.”
The former Steelers coordinator (2012-17) — who recently ended his first season as head coach of the USFL’s Tampa Bay Bandits — would also like to see Trubisky use his athleticism to get more involved in the running game, at least until offensive coordinator Matt Canada finds a way to get the team’s receivers more involved on offense.
Haley: Steelers ‘have to play a certain way to win games’
Meanwhile, Haley believes Steelers fans can probably expect more from what they’ve seen in the first two weeks of the regular season. That said, a display of “terrible” offense, which Steelers beat writer Mark Kaboly predicted, we’d see at least early in the season.
“I feel like the Steelers have to play a certain way to win games,” and “they’re not the only team that has to play that way,” Haley said. That means they have to play close to the vest and play good defense and not flip the ball.
“It’s not what people want to hear, but I think the Steelers need to make fewer mistakes (than the other team’s offense), keep playing really good defense, stay in games, and then win at the end.”
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