5 things Steelers must improve on to be a Super Bowl contender this year
2. Steelers must improve downfield passing
Pittsburgh doesn’t naturally have an explosive offense, it’s clear, but they must scheme up ways to have consistent downfield passing. Although the team doesn’t have a true No. 1 receiver, and Ben Roethlisberger’s arm strength is in decline, they have flashed the ability to produce big plays.
In the game against the Chicago Bears, both the tight ends and the receivers were able to make contested catches when Ben got it to them downfield— this must become a trend.
In addition to that, Matt Canada has to get creative in his offensive play calling. Every week on Sunday, a team across the NFL throws a running back, reverse receiver pass, or something of that sort. There has to be a skill player on Pittsburgh’s roster that can accurately push the ball downfield.
This will create excitement, keep the defenses on their heels, and not force Roethlisberger to muster up all of his remaining arm strength. A more consistent downfield attack will be necessary for a playoff run, so the Steelers must develop one.