4 changes Mike Tomlin must make if he remains the Steelers head coach

If Mike Tomlin and the Steelers are going to continue together beyond 2023, some major changes need to take place to right the ship before it sinks for good.

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4. Overhaul the quarterback room

Pittsburgh selected Kenny Picket in the first round of the 2022 draft after seeing Ben Roethlisberger finally ride off into the sunset. He has not been the immediate answer many hoped him to be and the question marks have only increased since he took over.

After taking over for Mitch Trubisky, things were up and down for Pickett. He seemed to figure it out after the bye week in 2022 and delivered some big moments down the stretch that saw the Steelers in playoff contention after a 2-6 start.

The 2023 season started with high expectations of Pickett and the offense. A second-year leap seemed poised to happen after a good offseason, camp, and preseason.

Things quickly soured as the offense was the same, bad offense and Pickett seemed to regress as the season went on, missing throws and lacking good pocket awareness. After Matt Canada was fired, Pickett had his best game of the year, though he did not throw a touchdown.

Due to injury, the Steelers are not getting to see him without Canada to see if it helps him any. They need to think long and hard about signing a veteran and drafting a QB in the 2024 draft after cutting Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph moves on.

Someone like Kirk Cousins is likely out of the price range, should he even be available, but a guy like Jacoby Brissett or Gardner Minshew could come in and provide good competition for Pickett along with a young rookie. At worst, the veteran has to take over and they have to move on from Pickett but this could also drive Pickett to improve and make a jump in play in a way that Trubisky and Rudolph don't.

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This offseason will be a huge offseason for the team regardless of whether they move on from Mike Tomlin or not. If they keep him, these changes would go a long way in turning the team back into a competitive franchise sooner than later.