Plenty of the dialog concerning the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense this season has surrounded the topic of what it will appear like with out Ben Roethlisberger below middle. Even although the group retains the identical offensive coordinator from final season in Matt Canada, there appears to be a perception that there’ll nonetheless be some notable variations primarily based on the skillsets of these below middle.
The primary on the quarterback depth chart (as confirmed earlier at present), Mitch Trubisky, talked slightly bit about that with Pat Kirwan, Jim Miller, and Paul Alexander throughout a spot on SiriusXM Radio’s Movin’ the Chains program, relating to the path the offense is heading when it comes to set up.
“We got some creative things going with the offense, and it’ll continue to get more opened up once we start to get our bread and butter and all our plays down”, he informed his hosts, “but definitely some move the pockets, use my athleticism, get me out in open space, and let these playmakers get open. We’ve got a lot of talented guys. We’ve just got to spread the ball around and do what comes natural and what’s been working for us”.
Now, head coach Mike Tomlin has been beating the drum of quarterback mobility for a number of years now, lengthy earlier than the group was ever actually contemplating drafting a future franchise quarterback, so it’s no shock that that’s one thing they prioritized this offseason.
Trubisky was an athletic quarterback prospect popping out of school, and his capacity to maneuver round within the pocket, and even scramble now and again, will likely be one of many belongings that he brings to the desk. Rookie first-round draft choose Kenny Pickett is far the identical. While Mason Rudolph shouldn’t be fairly in that tier of athleticism, he actually can transfer round a bit higher than Roethlisberger may on the finish of his profession.
Quarterback mobility is a pal significantly to an offense with a suspect offensive line, and the Steelers’ offensive line is actually that till confirmed in any other case, even when they added two starters by way of free company in James Daniels and Mason Cole.
One factor we all know to anticipate is a continuation of the utilization of jet sweeps with the vast receivers, because the offense made no secret of working that in practices just lately. We also needs to anticipate the vast receivers to have extra flexibility of their roles, and there was speak of extra two-tight finish units, as effectively.
The Steelers will likely be in a stadium for the primary time for the reason that finish of final season subsequent week for his or her debut preseason recreation, at which level we should always get our first style, albeit merely a sampler, of what Canada plans to do. It will likely be fairly vanilla, in fact, however will probably be our first take a look at the post-Roethlisberger offense.