2023 Pittsburgh Steelers

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This year's Steelers roster is reminiscent of the "Crawfords" era that marked the first decade of Mike Tomlin's endless coaching regime as there are just 12 Whites on the 53. Additionally, KR/WR Gunner Olszewski was a healthy scratch yesterday for the first regular season game, a strong indication that he may not be much longer for the team.

The 2023 preseason games saw the Steelers go undefeated and the offense during the short time Kenny Pickett was in looked unstoppable as Pickett's QB rating was a perfect 158.3 However, the 49ers ran roughshod over the Steelers in every way possible in the opener. While one game is just that, one game, it's an indication that the many predictions by Steelers DWFs and the organization's corporate media cucks that the team was all but a cinch for the playoffs and might even sneak into the Super Bowl, now look rather foolish.

Despite the offensive faceplant in Week One, Pickett's job should be secure for a while and it would be surprising if he doesn't show significant improvement over his rookie year as the season goes along. He's the first White QB in Pittsburgh since before Terry Bradshaw who is actually liked and supported by the fans (see the 2022 write-up on the Steelers for a brief recap of the hate White QBs have had to deal with) and should have a fairly long leash in spite of the number of observers around the country who didn't like seeing him drafted in the first round last year and are rooting for him to fail.

More concerning is what kind of leash Cole Holcomb will have, who shouldn't have a leash at all given how effectively he played for Washington before being signed during the offseason, but the DWFs and local media hate White linebackers almost as much as they do White quarterbacks in spite of the all-world success of T. J. Watt. Holcomb's signing generated only lukewarm feedback at best, with many not even having heard of him. Meantime Tanner Muse and Nick Kwiatkoski were brought in and quickly discarded (as I predicted in the Steelers general thread), with the media instead lauding well-traveled mediocrities Kwon Alexander and Elandon Roberts. Holcomb put up a disappointing line of 5 tackles with just 2 of them solos in the blowout against SF, so don't be surprised if this proven tackling machine is demoted at some point during the season if he doesn't quickly start improving on that performance.

Watt had three more sacks in the season opener and is now already tied for the organization's all-time lead in career sacks. He's all but unstoppable, only some injuries have prevented him from piling up even more big plays.

TE Pat Freiermuth is a very good one and is Pickett's favorite target in the redzone. The Steelers have had a tradition of excellent White TEs going back to the days of Mark Bruener even as the rest of the team became overwhelming Black ever since the hiring of Bill Cowher following Chuck Noll's retirement after the 1991 season.

The other White starter is center Mason Cole.

White backups are sparse to put it mildly. Nate Herbig is a second string RG, while his brother Nick is a rookie DE/OLB who may eventually be moved inside. The Herbig brothers have some Poly ethnicity but pass the eye test enough, Nick more than Nate, that most fans won't notice.

Mitch Trubisky backs up Pickett, while Mason Rudolph signed for peanuts to be the third stringer. Rudolph went from being a possible first round pick after a stellar career at Oklahoma State to a third round pick by Pittsburgh, a phenomenon happening more and more often to standout White college QBs, to backing up Ben Roethlisberger in his final seasons to never getting a serious chance to compete for the starting job post-Big Ben.

Veteran Chris Boswell is the placekicker while Christian Kuntz is the long snapper. Percy Harvin is the awful black punter the team kept around again for some reason.

QB: Kenny Pickett, Mitch Trubisky, Mason Rudolph
C: Mason Cole
RG: Nate Herbig
TE: Pat Freiermuth
WR: Gunner Olszewski

DE/OLB: T. J. Watt, Nick Herbig
ILB: Cole Holcomb

PK: Chris Boswell
LS: Christian Kuntz

Practice squad: The notable name here is "fullback" Zander Horvath, OT Kellen Diesch, OG Joey Fisher

Number of White Starters: 5
Number of Whites on 53 Man Roster: 12
Grade: F
 
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Interesting. I thought the Steelers would be more of a middle of the road team in terms of overall White players. I did not factor an overwhelmingly sumo line nor a black punter (who could be confused with the former NFL receiver). Overall though, they’ve got 4 guys who keep my interest. Pickett, Freiermuth, Watt and Holcomb.
 
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Mitch Trubisky backs up Pickett, while Mason Rudolph signed for peanuts to be the third stringer. Rudolph went from being a possible first round pick after a stellar career at Oklahoma State to a third round pick by Pittsburgh, a phenomenon happening more and more often to standout White college QBs, to backing up Ben Roethlisberger in his final seasons to never getting a serious chance to compete for the starting job post-Big Ben.
Unfortunately, Rudolph will always have that helmet hitting stigma hanging over his head. He's detested by Steelers fans. Rudolph showed a lot of promise in 2019. Even then though, Pittsburgh was clamoring for Duck Hodges. There was also that dirty hit by Earl Thomas which killed his momentum. An unlucky career so far all things considered.
 

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Cam Heyward is an excellent interior lineman who was still going strong into his mid-30s. They have nobody decent to replace him as they always fill those positions with Black retreads and mediocrities. The Steelers season which started with so much optimism is already quickly unraveling.

Cam Heyward (groin) will undergo surgery and could miss up to eight weeks.
It’s a major blow to a Steelers defense that was dominated by Brock Purdy and the 49ers in Week 1. Heyward, who has back to back seasons with at least 10 sacks, will likely be sidelined until November. “Losing Cam (Heyward) is significant,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. “Replacing Cam is not a one man job. It’s a multiple man job — and a coach’s job.” His absence is a big boost for the Browns offense in Week 2. Heyward has terrorized the Browns in recent seasons.
 

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Kenny Pickett looks to be out for a few games while the exact extent of his knee injury suffered yesterday is determined, which means Mitch Trubisky is next up to try and move the Steelers' lifeless offense. I don't envy him.

The o-line stinks once again. LT Dan Moore, who is terrible, was injured against the Texans, meaning 2023 first round pick Broderick Jones took his place. He promptly missed a block, leading to Pickett's injury on a ridiculous call on a fourth and one. Jones will now protect Trubisky's blind side. Good luck, Mitch!

Mason Rudolph is now on deck behind Trubisky. He's never had much of a chance to show what he can do, so if/when Trubisky is injured or benched, Rudolph may end up starting at some point in what's looking like a lost season after the Steelers were thoroughly dominated on both sides of the ball in Week 4 by the lowly Texans, who hadn't won a home game since 2021 before putting it to Pittsburgh, 30-6. But, but, but Mike Tomlin has never had a losing season.

TE Pat Freiermuth was also injured. He'll be replaced by Darnell Washington, like Jones a rookie out of Georgia. He's supposedly dripping with athleticism and upside so I'm sure he'll quickly be in the running for Offensive Rookie of the Year.
 

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Steelers should bring up Kellen Diesch, Joey Fisher and Ryan McCollum from the practice squad. They can't be any worse than the sumos occupying three starting jobs on the o-line. Diesch is athletic (sub 5 40) isn't that what teams want?

If Freiermuth is out for any period of time hopefully Horvath gets a call up. He's more athletic and talented than Heyward.

Pickett may not miss any time or just this week with the Steelers having a bye in week 6.
 

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Steelers should bring up Kellen Diesch, Joey Fisher and Ryan McCollum from the practice squad. They can't be any worse than the sumos occupying three starting jobs on the o-line. Diesch is athletic (sub 5 40) isn't that what teams want?

If Freiermuth is out for any period of time hopefully Horvath gets a call up. He's more athletic and talented than Heyward.

Pickett may not miss any time or just this week with the Steelers having a bye in week 6.
Finally a team make in season moves! We’ll take it. Diesch has everything you look for in a LT, besides long arms?
 

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Finally a team make in season moves! We’ll take it. Diesch has everything you look for in a LT, besides long arms?

The Steelers didn't do any of the things I said they should FYI. Just didn't want to confuse you LOL.
 

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Cole Holcomb's knee injury was a gruesome one, caused by "friendly fire." What a shame as he was really coming on strong after a bit of a slow start to his first season with the Steelers. Hope he can come back from this next season. Don't watch this if you don't like to see such injuries:

 

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https://nfltraderumors.co/steelers-fired-oc-matt-canada/

Matt Canada shitcanned. Pickett needs to elevate his game now.
You're right about that as Canada shouldered the lion's share of the abuse from DWFs and talk show hosts over the past two seasons. There were even "Fire Canada" chants at Penguins home games. Pickett going to Pitt gave him a longer leash with the DWFs than previous Steelers QBs as the DWFs here are notorious for particularly disliking White QBs, so Pickett really does need to step up now. And he hasn't looked good this season, with many inaccurate passes and not sensing pressure well at all in addition to the play calling and poor o-line play. So here's hoping the firing of Canada helps him starting this week.
 

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Amazing how Canada was able to parlay his mediocre College coaching journey into the Offensive Coordinator for the Steelers.. Telling you guys, we’re in the wrong profession lol.
 

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Amazing how Canada was able to parlay his mediocre College coaching journey into the Offensive Coordinator for the Steelers.. Telling you guys, we’re in the wrong profession lol.
I agree completely. I think it’s worse for GMs. These guys don’t need special degrees, start out as scouts, and then end up trading 2 firsts, a second, and DJ Moore to move up 8 spots, draft 5-9 Bryce Young, and somehow keep their job.
 

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The Steelers just lost back to back home games to 2-10 teams after beginning the season 7-4 (Arizona and New England). But even at 7-4 they clearly weren't a good team, certainly not one that had a snowball's chance in hell of prevailing in this year's AFC playoffs.

Fading down the stretch is something the team does almost every season now, and when they do make it to the playoffs they're an easy one and done for opponents. They haven't been a serious playoff threat for a number of years, yet it's amusing the way Mike Tomlin is still venerated by the national media while locally even the mostly subservient to the Rooneys media hacks are strongly anti-Tomlin.

This article details the annual flops of the Steelers under Mike "But He's Never Had a Losing Season" Tomlin. The rant by Richie Eisen is pathetic but typical: https://triblive.com/sports/tim-ben...tory-but-in-pittsburgh-weve-seen-this-before/

The consensus of the national media is that Tomlin would be hired by another team "within minutes" if he's fired. That just shows the gulf between following teams at a distance from a national perspective vs. a local one where teams are under the microscope. Please, let another team have Tomlin! But it'll be a huge upset if Tomlin is fired, because "the Steelers don't fire their head coach" going back to the 1960s, and because Tomlin is the Golden Boy of the Rooney Rule despite his ineptitude and staleness.
 

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Compare that to Doug Pederson who was fired only 2 years after winning the super bowl! No doubt the eagles jew owner got additional satisfaction bc Pederson is an outspoken Christian who praised Christ after winning the sb.
 

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Blake Martinez named a starter at one of the ILB spots against Indy. Hopefully he'll quickly be his old tackling machine self.

I was doing a search and we surprisingly never started a thread on Martinez. Definitely a big oversight as he was the best White tackling machine in the league for several years.
 

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With Kenny Pickett likely to miss another game, Mason Rudolph will start this weekend at home against the Bengals. I don't know if any quarterback can do well with the current Steelers roster but hopefully Rudolph will somehow succeed, Mitch Trubisky just isn't a good fit as he likes to throw the ball downfield and any interceptions are greatly magnified by the media and DWFs. The team needs a major offensive overhaul, not just the line but also the two bonehead starting WRs, who both notably have quit on plays in recent weeks, and at RB where Najee Harris is reportedly unhappy and wants out. But with Mike Tomlin's guaranteed job for life, very little is likely to happen in the offseason to change things.
 
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