No one man is going to save the 2023 Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers 2023 regular season through four games has been quite perplexing. They are 2-2, but if you ask most fans they’d tell you it feels more like 1-3 or 0-4.
Nothing has gone right, and nothing has been smooth. The process, and thereby the result, has been a giant struggle for the team from Week 1 up until present day, preparing for the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5.
Is the team reeling? Some would suggest they are.
Are the fans reeling? No doubt about it.
The fan base is fuming with rage as they watch the team mindlessly struggle every step along the way. People want change, and they want it now. But what change do they want? What do they desire? The change most are pointing to is a change in offensive coordinator. Getting rid of Matt Canada is the easiest way most fans feel change can come.
They are probably right, but we should understand a very simple truth. No one man is going to simply save the 2023 Steelers.
Get rid of Matt Canada doesn’t make the offensive line improve in pass protection. Getting rid of Canada doesn’t help Kenny Pickett become more accurate on his throws. Getting rid of Matt Canada won’t make the defense tackle better.
You get the picture, and the same could be said about any changes as it impacts the Steelers.
- Getting rid of Mike Tomlin.
- Firing Teryl Austin.
- Benching Kenny Pickett.
It doesn’t matter which way you look, if you are looking for a savior for the black-and-gold in 2023, it won’t come from just a singular change at any level. The only thing which can save the Steelers, as cliché as it might sound, is themselves.
While a change in philosophy at offensive coordinator and a different approach defensively could instill a better overall product on the field, it means nothing without proper execution. Execution is what will save the Steelers in 2023, not just one man being removed, or added, at a specific role within the organization.
The Steelers are in a bad spot, there is nothing anyone can say which can tell anyone otherwise, but at the same time they aren’t dead yet. There is still a lot of football left to be played, and there is always the chance the team can rebound and be more of the team fans thought they were going to watch in 2023. Not the product we’ve seen the past four weeks.
Now, don’t get me wrong, change could be what the Steelers need at this juncture, but for fans to believe the team is one change, or one roster move, away from rising in dominance in the division or conference, well, they are fooling themselves.
How do you start this process? Easy. Find a way to beat the Baltimore Ravens at home this Sunday before the Week 6 bye. Go into the week off, a much needed week off, with a 3-2 record and 1st place in the AFC North. Winning heals all wounds.
Will it be easy? Nothing is ever easy with this team, but a bad start doesn’t always equate to a lost season.
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