Current Pittsburgh Steelers compared to Thanksgiving dinner dishes

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Steelers green bean casserole: Kenny Pickett

Rounding out our Thanksgiving plate is the weirdly beloved green bean casserole. This dish is a simple one: cream of mushroom soup, green beans, and a topping of cheese and/or little onion straws. Despite being one of the more boring and, frankly, least desirable dishes on the Thanksgiving spread, green bean casserole has its group of adamant fans.

Every year you get a scoop and you really want to like it, but it always falls short. The taste is muted and the consistency is weird, but a year from now, you are grabbing another serving just to be disappointed again. Despite this lackluster performance on the holiday, the fans are always quick to defend green bean casserole.

Unfortunately, this encompasses Kenny Pickett to perfection. Every week his play is below the bar, and he struggles to help this team simply move the ball. Say anything against him though and his fans are quick to defend him. “It’s Matt Canada/the offensive line/ the receivers/a different scapegoat that is causing Pickett to struggle” despite consistently below-the-bar showings.

I really want to like Pickett, but every time he takes the field and rolls into pressure or misses an open pass I find myself disappointed. Like green bean casserole, I always get my hopes up that it might be good, but feel disappointed when the actual dish is made just as I am disappointed when I have to watch Pickett play.