Steelers still “evolving” on Mitch Trubisky’s ability to audible

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Getting the offense going has been a frequent topic of conversation around the Steelers this week and taking more shots downfield has been the focus of many of those conversations.

It’s not the only thing missing from the offense that’s drawn notice. There’s also the fact that offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s scheme doesn’t allow quarterback Mitch Trubisky much of an opportunity to change plays at the line of scrimmage.

Trubisky said Tuesday that there are times when “I’d like to get into a different play at the line of scrimmage” and Canada said that the change from Ben Roethlisberger to Trubisky has dialed back the amount of freedom to change plays.

“We’re evolving to that, too,” Canada said, via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “[You have] a guy who played 18 years and a guy who just got here with a bunch of young players. We’re slowly building to that. We’re not where we want to be and we’re building to that.”

If the Steelers don’t pick things up on offense, calls for bigger changes will get louder and Kenny Pickett could be the quarterback wondering about his ability to audible ahead of the snap. Should the issues last all season, a new coordinator might also be in the cards in Pittsburgh so it’s incumbent on everyone to find a better groove in Week Three and beyond.

13 responses to “Steelers still “evolving” on Mitch Trubisky’s ability to audible

  1. I’ve always struggled to comprehend the intricacies of why one QB is allowed to audible while another is not. Rarely does the HC/OC provide any level of insight into all that.

  2. I am not making excuses for Mitch but the “he sucks” crowd needs to take a step back and see the big picture…..1) new QB in a new offense to him still learning. 2). The O line is less than stellar and it amazes me they did virtually nothing to address this problem from last year. Doesn’t matter who the QB is if they are running for their lives on every play or not blocking on running plays. And 3) Matt Canada’s offense and more importantly his play calling stinks. Actually watch a game and pay attention to what he calls. No creativity hand off up the middle or a quick out. Ben had same problems last year with this O and it was “Ben needs to retire”. Funny how there is a new QB and get the same results. Go ahead and put Pickett in there and you will see the same.

  3. It will be interesting to see if Canada throws Trublinsky under the bus to cover up his own poor play calling. Blame Canada! is already a song.

  4. Sounds like Mitch isn’t ready to run Canada’s prolific offense. LOL What did they do all offseason?

  5. It’s obvious that a vet like Trubisky sees the field pre snap and wants to get into a play that has a chance to succeed. If his OC is hesitant to allow his QB to call adjustments it’s time to replace the OC. A rookie QB will get eaten alive if he just calls plays that the D knows are coming at them.

  6. Canada needs to open up the playbook. It’s very clear that Trubisky is playing not to turn the ball over. That is a gameplan Cowher would have in 1998. Teams are feasting on it Plus, when on god’s green earth will super-athlete Pickens get involved? Throwing on Pickett won’t help this offense. The worst Steelers offense I’ve seen since Joe Walton was OC in the ’90’s.

  7. Stop with the bad offensive line excuses. Joe Burrow still made the SB with a terrible offensive line.

  8. cobrala2 says:
    September 21, 2022 at 7:07 am
    I’ve always struggled to comprehend the intricacies of why one QB is allowed to audible while another is not. Rarely does the HC/OC provide any level of insight into all that.

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    Wow.

    Let me help you….It’s about trust and the QB knowing which play called into the headset works against which D the QB believes will be called against how the offense lines up.

    No different than the WR knowing what the calls are in the huddle, needing to adjust if necessary.

    And then what happens when the D shows one thing and breaks into a different look as the play unfolds.

    It’s vital to get the audibles correct and essentially have the right feel. Back in 2009, only Manning and Brady had that full power. Soon after, I am sure Brees and Rodgers did, the other elite QBs, etc, and now it’s pretty common, which makes this a major red flag that Trubisky has been in the league for years now and can’t be trusted with it yet.

    Rushing Pickett in doesn’t help either, IMO. The OL is terrible, Pitt is on the front of a rebuild and a wasted bridge year and the fans just need to admit it and be ok with it.

    There’s wrong with a 3 year build into what is meant to be a sustainable shot at making the playoffs annually and thus, having a shot at a SB appearance as a result over a long period of time.

    The flash in the pan soup du jour teams can’t say they do it that way and that’s why theye’re soup du jour trendy media teams.

  9. cobrala2 says:
    September 21, 2022 at 7:07 am
    I’ve always struggled to comprehend the intricacies of why one QB is allowed to audible while another is not. Rarely does the HC/OC provide any level of insight into all that

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