Steelers who deserves a lump of coal for their 2023 performance

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens (14)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens (14) / Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
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What can the Steelers do with George Pickens

This one is getting ugly quickly.

There is no denying that George Pickens has the talent capable of making him an elite threat for any offense. He can win vertically and has shown a lot of improvements in his route running and plays after the catch this season. That said, it is becoming inherently clear that he is still extremely immature as a player and is seemingly regressing in that department this season.

The receiver position is a hard room to gauge. Almost every top name seemingly has some attitude issues at times, and being humble doesn’t appear to be anyone’s top concern. Being able to manage big attitudes is key to any coaching staff. The issue with Pickens is that while he has flashed some insane talent, he is now letting his attitude take the front stage despite having not proven enough as a pro yet.

From pouting on the field, questionable off-the-field quotes, and now even taking some plays off, Pickens is getting attention for all of the wrong reasons. I don’t fault a player for wanting to be more involved, especially when an offense is struggling, but to take plays off on the field and throw tantrums can’t continue.

Pittsburgh is at a weird crossroads with Pickens right now. You would hate to lose out on a supreme talent, but he isn’t doing himself any favors in the eyes of the media nor his own teammates. His poor attitude makes him the most deserving of some coal this season.

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The Steelers had had a rough stretch of things this season, and I’m not sure how much better it gets. Unfortunately, there are some players to blame. In particular, these six Steelers should be getting some coal for their play and antics this holiday season.