Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth might have peeled back the curtain on Matt Canada's offense more than the coaching staff would have liked during a recent episode of Ben Roethlisberger's "Footbahlin" podcast.
Joining the Steelers great, Freiermuth compared the offenses Pittsburgh ran with Big Ben in 2021 and the 2022 version with Mitchell Trubisky and rookie Kenny Pickett, noting this season's attack didn't include hot routes called at the line of scrimmage.
"It's so different because we didn't have hots," Freiermuth said. "With you, how many times did we have a concept, and you looked (at Diontae Johnson) and gave a signal, and it'd be a 12-yard completion. We didn't have that this year."
The comment confirms the vanilla-style offense Canada ran in 2022, which led to constant calls for the OC's job from the fan base. Not giving young quarterbacks freedom at the line of scrimmage isn't something new -- many teams don't early in a player's career -- but it underscores limitations built into an already bland offense.