Pittsburgh Steelers broad receiver Diontae Johnson mentioned the quiet half out loud — his staff might be in a rebuilding yr.
In changing Mitch Trubisky with Kenny Pickett, Mike Tomlin admitted (maybe privately), that the long-term targets of the group had been extra necessary than the short-term success of his staff. There’s nothing incorrect with that — it’s honorable, in truth, and speaks to his job safety.
Pickett gave the Steelers a spark, which is precisely what Tomlin was going for. The Pitt product scored twice on the bottom, but additionally threw three interceptions, in an eventual loss to the Jets. Given the robust schedule forward, it might be a tough season within the Metal Metropolis.
“Clearly, it’s a rebuilding yr,” Diontae Johnson mentioned, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We will’t use that as an excuse. It doesn’t matter who’s at quarterback or any place. It’s our job to get it performed and win video games. That’s what we’ve to do — win.”
Steelers in a rebuilding yr, per Diontae Johnson
Trubisky was the last word recreation supervisor in a system constructed precisely for that. But, when the Steelers protection started to disintegrate by way of accidents to the likes of T.J. Watt, Matt Canada needed to open up the offense.
Pickett is much extra suited to that, and at 1-3, Tomlin sees the failings in his methods. The ceiling for the Steelers with Trubisky was by no means all that top. It’s a troublesome state of affairs for him, and his Pittsburgh teammates acknowledged that.
“It’s robust on him,” Johnson mentioned. “He has a number of stuff he has to consider, sure stuff he’s in all probability fascinated about, I’m certain all people else is considering, as nicely.”
Changing quarterbacks midseason is hard on everybody. Subsequent up, the Payments.
A rebuilding yr is precisely what Pittsburgh must see what they’ve in Pickett, for higher or worse. It was time.
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