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Steelers News & Links: Pressure on Pickett, Fallout from Canada Firing



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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada before a game against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 12, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

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🏈 NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger said Matt Canada inability to develop Kenny Pickett was what got him fired. 

“The quarterback is not improving. He has not been accurate with the ball when he has to be accurate. So Matt Canada is the fall guy. And sometimes when your quarterback is struggling and can’t get it right — like in Carolina, like in the New York Jets, like in Pittsburgh — coaches get fired when the quarterbacks don’t develop and they don’t play well.”

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🏈 Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Warren got the Angry Run scepter from the NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt. Warren won NFL FedEx Ground Player of the Week for his Week 11 performance against the Cleveland Browns. Warren rushed for 129 yards on nine carries (14.3 average) and had a 74-yard touchdown. 

🏈 The Steelers partnered with the Pirates and Penguins once again for a #BurghProud Thanksgiving Meal Distribution, with players, coaches and staff from all three teams joining forces to distribute turkeys and all the fixings to hundreds in conjunction with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Giant Eagle.

The three teams came together as one in an effort to fight food insecurity in the city. Among the Steelers players on hand were center Mason Cole, receivers Miles Boykin and Allen Robinson II, running back Godwin Igwebuike and defensive back Luq Barcoo.

🏈 John Turney of the Talk of Fame Network stated his case for why former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“What sets Ward apart and makes him different from, say, (Torry) Holt and (Reggie) Wayne — as well as many receivers already in the Hall — are his blocking skills. It’s not as if there was a subtle difference between him and the rest of the crowd. …The difference was stark,” Turney wrote.

“He was a tone-setter for a tough Steelers’ offense in the 2000s, an era when hitting and intimidation were still allowed. As such, he was someone opposing defenders had to watch carefully, keeping their heads on the proverbial swivel when Ward was on the field. If they didn’t, they were likely to be erased by a vicious Ware block to spring a ball carrier.” released its preview for the Steelers-Bengals game on Sunday. All 10 analyst picked the Steelers to win.

Thursday marks the 25th anniversary of the infamous Jerome Bettis coin toss disaster against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. It’s also the 10th anniversary of Mike Tomlin’s sideline snafu against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving.

Benjamin Solak of Pro Football Focus broke down why Matt Canada’s offense failed in Pittsburgh. A lot of it had to do with Canada calling repetitive simple passing concepts.



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Pittsburgh Sports Now: Pitt has confirmed that it will be playing Wisconsin in Ireland in 2027.

West Virginia Sports Now: WVU WR Davis Mallinger will enter the transfer portal.

Nittany Sports Now: Penn State moved up in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now: Riverview’s Lola Abraham won the 2023 Moe Rosensteel Award.