First Call: Todd Haley has a specific concern about Steelers offense; Pat Narduzzi is convinced Kenny Pickett will be ready

Thursday’s “First Call” has a other view of the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive woes from a former coordinator.

Pitt’s trainer thinks his former QB can get the activity completed once he is allowed to play.

Things aren’t nice for the Cleveland Browns.

And the New York Yankees did one thing very distinctive to Pirates pitching.

Them too

There’s a lot of blame to move round for the disasters of the Steelers offense.

Coordinator Matt Canada and head trainer Mike Tomlin are taking warmth for designing it. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky is getting skewered for the way he runs it. The offensive line is below assault for no longer blockading higher. And working again Najee Harris is below a microscope for lacking holes.

Ex-Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley thinks every other place staff merits some scrutiny. That’s the extensive receivers. He referred to one of the crucial synchronicity between the cross catchers and Trubisky as “sloppy” all over a Tuesday look on 93.7 The Fan.

“The biggest area of concern is the receivers,” Haley mentioned Wednesday. “There’s talent there. To me if there’s one thing that stands out, it’s just not being on the same page with the quarterback [Mitch Trubisky] and receivers. That has to get better.”

It’s a captivating quote as a result of many have absolved the receivers of blame since Diontae Johnson has made some snatch catches, Chase Claypool has been treasured in each the working sport and the passing sport, and George Pickens has solely won six objectives.

But Haley insists that the receivers may just be higher.

“It’s something that has to be cleaned up because if a quarterback doesn’t have confidence that a guy is going to be where he is supposed to be — when he’s supposed to be there — then the quarterback is going to take the blame” Haley mentioned.

The Steelers cross sport is lately twenty eighth within the NFL with simply 344 yards in two video games.

Calling for Kenny

Numerous Steelers enthusiasts need Kenny Pickett to be the beginning quarterback of the Steelers at the moment. His trainer at Pitt, Pat Narduzzi, was once at the “Jim Rome Show” Tuesday.

While Narduzzi wouldn’t pass as far as to marketing campaign for his former signal-caller to take over for Trubisky, he did endorse Pickett’s mentality and state of readiness for every time the Panther alum’s quantity is referred to as.

“I was fortunate enough to take the (Pitt) team to see the (Steelers) first preseason game,” Narduzzi mentioned. “And he looked like a million dollars. I don’t think there is any question he is ready. I think they are looking for some maturity right now and to see how things go. Mitch is a great quarterback, and he’ll be fine. And Kenny is going to be fine when he’s ready. He’s ready when they say, ‘Kenny, it is your turn.’ … When he’s ready, he’ll embrace that and do a nice job for them.”

Since Pickett didn’t play within the Panthers’ Peach Bowl sport towards the Michigan State Spartans, he hasn’t thrown a cross all over a sport of end result for the reason that Dec. 4 ACC Championship sport towards Wake Forest.

Down within the Dawg Pound

The Cleveland Browns protection held a players-only assembly following the workforce’s 31-30 loss to the New York Jets.

And upfront in their sport towards the Steelers Thursday night time.

During Sunday’s loss, working again Nick Chubb scored on a four-yard landing run. That gave Cleveland a 30-17 lead with 1:55 closing. Kicker Cade York neglected an additional level.

Then Jets extensive receiver Corey Davis stuck a 66-yard landing cross from Joe Flacco to chop the Browns’ result in six issues. New York recovered the onside kick. Flacco engineered a 9-play, 53-yard pressure finishing with a game-winning 15-yard landing cross to Garrett Wilson.

“Before the full defensive meeting, we had a players meeting and just talked about things, and I think the best part about it, in all honesty, is people are mad about stuff like that,” defensive again Greg Newsome mentioned on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland on Tuesday, by the use of’s Mary Kay Cabot. “There are some teams who are used to that. We’re not used to that and we see all the talent we have in the room, so things like that, it should hurt us and we should be mad about it.”

The Browns additionally controlled to almost blow a large lead the week earlier than towards the Carolina Panthers.

Maybe they’ll in finding issues more straightforward towards the Steelers’ lately putrid offense Thursday night time. Or, most likely that’s the type of protection the Steelers after all wish to see to overcome for a couple of touchdowns in a sport.

Dubious construction

The New York Yankees hit but every other house run with the bases loaded towards Pirates pitching on Wednesday night time. This time it was once Oswaldo Cabrera within the first inning of a 14-2 blowout of the Bucs within the Bronx.

That came about lower than 24 hours after Giancarlo Stanton ended Tuesday’s sport with a walk-off grand slam to win the sport for New York within the backside of the 9th.

When the Yankees routed the Pirates 16-0 at PNC Park on July 6, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge each hit grand slams. That method 4 grand slams in a single season towards the Pirates. The remaining time that came about to a Pirates pitching team of workers was once 2002 when Cincinnati Reds batters hit 4 grand slams in a single season.

The Reds hitters that did so have been Jason LaRue, Todd Walker, Jose Guillen and Kelly Stinnett.

The largest distinction is that the Reds wanted 18 video games to get the ones 4 grand slams, the Yankees solely wanted 4.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review team of workers author. You can touch Tim at or by the use of Twitter. All tweets may just be reposted. All emails are matter to newsletter until specified another way.

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