Did Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson really just say that?
I mean, he said these words:
“We just gotta play better,” Johnson said at his locker following the Steelers’ 35-13 blowout loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia. “Y’all obviously know what’s wrong. [We’re] just out there playing, trying to win.”
But did he say that?
And by that I mean what every Steelers fan (and former player) has been saying for weeks:
Fire Matt Canada.
Johnson’s words here could point in that direction. By saying the media “obviously” knows what’s wrong with the Steelers’ offense, one is led to think he means Canada.
That topic has dominated headlines and discussions throughout the team’s sluggish start, popping up every time the Steelers put out a less-than-stellar offensive showing.
Which is to say: every game this year.
Heck, even Canada knows it:
Matt Canada was just asked if it’s hard for him to see and hear the criticism.
“The way you guys all are so fond of me, I don’t read anything. That’d be very unhealthy.”
— Josh Rowntree (@JRown32) October 27, 2022
But was that what Johnson specifically referred to after the Eagles loss?
It’s hard to say.
No follow-up questions probed further, and the Steelers’ problems run deep.
In that blowout loss to the Eagles specifically, Johnson paced all Steelers receivers with five catches.
Those five catches only went for 35 yards, however, and running back Najee Harris actually led the team overall with six receptions.
It hasn’t been awesome for this Steelers offense through eight games, to say the least.
While it’s easy to assume Johnson meant Canada’s playcalling and overall lackluster offense, it’s possible he simply meant the fact that, you know, they’re not putting points on the board.
They’re not making splash plays. They’re not posting 100-yard games.
Nothing is clicking on offense for the Steelers.