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Curt Popejoy

Adding complexity to offense will be job No. 1 for Steelers OC Matt Canada

Last season, Pittsburgh steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada struggled to get a handle on how to maximize the potential of this young offense. He treated the offense the way your 80-year-old grandma treats you like you’re a child when you are 20 years old and it just gets frustrating.

A top priority for Canada and the coaches this offseason has to be to create a more complex and NFL-quality offense. More mature if you will and one that maximizes the skills of this young group of skill-position players.

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When tight end Pat Freiermuth was on ben Roethlisberger’s podcast Footballin’, he said that the offense wasn’t even evolved enough to allow for checks against a blitz. “We didn’t have hots,” Freiermuth said. Forcing the receivers and tight ends to read the coverage and make their own pre-snap adjustments without Kenny Pickett knowing what anyone was planning to do slowed down the entire offense and created what was clearly a disjointed offense for most of the season.

Year Two for Pickett should be huge for him if Canada is willing to open up the offense and add those layers necessary to make the offense competitive.

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