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Matt Canada addresses Bengals LB Germain Pratt’s criticism of Steelers offense: ‘There’s a back story to that’

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It’s been a tough season for Matt Canada. The Steelers’ second-year offensive coordinator became the focus of heavy criticism as Pittsburgh’s offense struggled to score this season. Although Team Canada scored a career-high 30 points against Cincinnati last Sunday, they only managed 10 points in the second half (the last score came in the last minute of the game) while gaining just 139 yards in 37 minutes. 30 loss.

After the game, Bengals midfielder Germain Pratt. told CBS Sports that the Steelers “like to do the same things over and over” when asked how the Cincinnati defense was able to recover from a slow start. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin responded to Pratt’s comment on Tuesday, and Canada followed suit on Thursday.

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“I think it would be good for you guys to talk about it,” Canada said. via Chris Adamski of the Tribune-Review. “We have a good introspection.

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“Coach Tomlin talked about it. My answer would not be a continuation of the narrative you are after. This has a backstory. I’ll leave her here.”

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Canada added that he had known Pratt since high school. Their paths crossed in North Carolina, where Canada was offensive coordinator during Pratt’s first two years in Raleigh.

“Because you guys do all your investigations, sometimes stories can be more than that,” Canada said. “This is what it is. We didn’t win the game. We weren’t good enough in the second half.”

When asked about Pratt’s comments, Tomlin admitted that there were “some recurring concepts” during Pittsburgh’s 37–30 loss. However, Tomlin added that Bengals also had recurring concepts. He said it’s typical at this point in the NFL season when teams have certain trends.

“I don’t know if we were surprised by what they did offensively,” Tomlin said. “So, it comes down to execution. And that’s what I would like to focus on.

“We have to play better. We must make good games. And this is our goal. And that’s where we’re focusing, as we’re leaning on the opportunity this week, not what you’re talking about. “

Tomlin agreed with the reporter, who asked if more efficient execution leading to bigger draws could lead to a larger draw menu. If there are more important games going down the field, it will also help open up opportunities for the current game and other offensive areas.

It could also help Dionte Johnson, a Steelers Pro Bowl player who has yet to find the end zone in 10 games. Tomlin said bigger plays from other Pittsburgh playmakers, including rookie George Pickens and tight end Pat Freiermuth, could help create more opportunities for Johnson.

“Let’s be honest, okay. Dionte is a well-known commodity in the group, so people will have an agenda to minimize his impact on the game, especially at critical moments,” Tomlin said. “Cessation of possession, football in the red zone. When you have a guy who was a pro bowler and he’s actually kind of the only one. You have a young group [so] it is part of it.”

The continued rise of Kenny Pickett is certainly a big factor in whether the Steelers offense will continue to show signs of growth over the last seven games of the season. While Pratt and company may find it predictable, the Pittsburgh offense nonetheless found a way to score 30 points against one of the NFL’s best defensive units. The Steelers would have scored more if not for several missed opportunities in the second half, as well as successive penalties that ended the Steelers’ golden opportunity in Bengals territory and were only four points behind at the start of the fourth quarter.

His track record may not show it, but Pickett has shown significant growth in his short time as the Steelers’ starting quarterback. In addition to taking care of football (he went two games without a choice after eight shots in his first five games), Pickett played using his mobility. In Sunday’s loss to the Bengals, Pickett recorded his highest passer rating of the year in a game in which he played all four quarters. His performance received praise after last Sunday’s game from colleague Joe Barrow and veteran Bengals quarterback Eli Apple.

“He can prolong plays” This was reported to Apple by CBS Sports. when asked about Pickett. “Did some big shots under some pressure. I thought he was fearless.”

“I think he did a great job today,” Burrow added. “He can develop the momentum he showed today. There are a few young guys around him that he can create some chemistry with. I think he did a great job today. I told him after the game to keep developing it. one.”

While the offense requires variety, Canada can’t control the self-inflicted wounds that plagued Pittsburgh’s offense at a critical moment in the second half. Down 27-23 early in the fourth quarter, the Steelers got the ball at the Bengals’ 47-yard line. Instead of capitalizing on a good position on the field, delay and illegal low penalties ended the game before it even started.

“All the penalties were on our conscience,” running back Naji Harris said after Sunday’s game. “I can’t blame anyone else for this. I can’t blame anyone but the people who were on the field and I was a part of it. We just got better.”


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