Steelers vs. Packers: Winners and losers from sloppy Week 4 loss
By Andrew Falce
Steelers losers: The coaches
There isn’t much that can be said about this coaching staff right now. Despite the team struggling heavily in the past few weeks, Pittsburgh came out with mostly the same looks. While the offense was off to a hot start on the first drive, they quickly reverted back to their old ways and focused on plays that are predictable.
At this point, the team isn’t just checking down; the check-downs are the legitimate play calls. Even in long-distance situations, the Steelers seem content to just throw the ball short despite defenses expecting it. This works when defenders are covering the deep ball. It doesn’t work when defenses keep their players close because they know the short pass is coming.
Add in the defense falling short of their earlier dominance and you have a team on a three-game losing skid that seems content to call the same plays despite them not working before. Mike Tomlin, Matt Canada, and Kieth Butler are all deserving of some blame for this start.
Each has the potential to be better. Until they stop calling limited and predictable plays, this team won’t have a chance at being great.