Steelers need to get Pickett on the right track
Despite the hope of a big second season, the Steelers haven’t gotten a lot of good play out of Kenny Pickett. Fans are quick to defend him, citing whatever they can to hold onto the glimmer of hope that he has shown as a player, but the fact of the matter is, he hasn’t been a great player in his second season.
Where he has excelled is in the fourth quarter. For some reason, being in a close game in the final quarter makes Pickett come alive. He has multiple game-winning drives to his name, and his passing stats late in the game are leaps and bounds better than the rest of the game. Pickett is clutch, even if the remainder of the game he plays poorly.
I can’t even fathom why this is, but the Steelers need to find a way to harness this and have him play like this for more than 15 minutes. If he does, and does this consistently, my faith in Pickett will come back. He looks like a different player during that span, and that needs to be shown for the rest of the game.
The Steelers have a long stretch off, and they need to maximize this time as a team. While getting healthy is key, getting better also has to be the goal. These five changes would go a long way in continuing to improve as a team and remain competitive.