What we learned from Steelers abysmal loss vs. Texans in Week 4

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The Steelers are already at a crossroads four weeks into the season

Through four weeks of the 2023 season, the Steelers are a 'five-hundred' team. That's neither good nor bad It just 'is', meaning we are treading water and gaining no ground. On the offensive side of the ball, we all know what needs to happen.

Deep down, I believe that Tomlin knows what needs to happen. Matt Canada can no longer be the offensive coordinator. That is easier said than done when someone is under contract. If you let someone go without cause, you are 'on the hook' for the remainder of the salary as per the contract.

I understand the reluctance to make a change four weeks through the season, but the time has come to either admit that Canada is just not 'it' or to accept our fate and plod through the rest of the season hoping that we win more games than we lose.

Since hope is not a plan, what's the plan on offense? For that matter, the same can be said on the defensive side of the ball. I think Teryl Austin gets a little more slack because Tomlin is more 'hands-on' on defense than he is on offense, but the reality is the defense is not in great shape either.


For me, the plan for the offense is simple. Relieve Canada of duty, see what Glenn Thomas can do as a play-caller, or bring in an experienced play-caller to act as a consultant, and see what happens. Doing something is better than doing nothing.

The plan for the defense is also simple. Find players who can stop the run because the players we currently have apparently can not stop the run. if you stop the run and make a team one-dimensional, you exponentially increase your chances of winning.

I really hope we are talking about a win next week because this losing stuff bothers me tremendously.

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