After being moved from the booth to the sideline just a few weeks ago, Matt Canada has been completely removed from the stadium. It’s surprising that a 6-4 team would make such a change two days before Thanksgiving, but it seems to be working. They’re winning, they’re relevant, and they’re competitive. However, there is one problem: their offense stinks. They’ve been outgained every week and have had no identity, rhythm, or flow for most of the year.
On Sunday, it was basically Jaylen Warren’s show as he scored all ten points for the team. The game was also a shitshow, with Diontae Johnson being carried away by a member of the coaching staff and head coach Mike Tomlin getting involved in a kerfuffle with Najee Harris making post-game comments indicating that he was at his wit’s end.
So what’s next? We are still waiting for more details on how the offense will operate moving forward. Eddie Faulkner will be running the show, Mike Sullivan will call the plays, and someone else will have to fix the tire on a moving car. It may not be impossible; after all, in December 2012, the Ravens fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and won the Super Bowl with Jim Caldwell taking over. But Caldwell was an established coach who had previously taken the Colts to the Super Bowl just three years earlier. Additionally, Kenny Pickett in his second season is not Joe Flacco in his prime. Pickett does nothing that makes anyone say “Wow,” such as big throws into tight spots or limited mobility.
It is possible that Pickett isn’t quite what they expected him to be when they made him a first-round pick in 2022. In the short term, we will see whether this new offensive brain trust decides to pivot to Mitch Trubisky (or even if they would be allowed) and whether it leads them towards Justin Fields or Kyler Murray or Kirk Cousins for 2024 in the long term