Steelers New Offense Creating Buzz Before OTAs

The Pittsburgh Steelers offense has players excited heading into the first week of OTAs.
Nov 5, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith on the field against the
Nov 5, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith on the field against the / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers underwent major changes to their offensive coaching staff following the 2023 season, which marked the end of maligned coordinator Matt Canada's tenure in the Steel City.

Hiring Arthur Smith to succeed Canada as offensive coordinator gave the Steelers and their fans a shot in the arm earlier in the offseason and the introduction of the new scheme reportedly has the players fired up to put it together on the field at Organized Team Activities, which begin this week.

"What I hear coming out of the Steelers is that players absolutely love Arthur Smith's offense. One told me that it is unreal," The Athletic's Mark Kaboly posted on Twitter. "Going to be interesting to put eyes on it."

What Smith-led offenses have put on film indicates the Steelers' roster will fit well into the scheme. They've built up the offensive line to support their two star running backs, Jaylen Warren and Najee Harris, and flipped their quarterbacks room from Kenny Pickett, Mason Rudolph and Mitch Trubisky into Russell Wilson and Justin Fields to upgrade their play at the game's most important position.

The Steelers have made a lot of the right moves on paper, and that's generated a positive feeling before the start of official, full-team practices. But the time to actually execute with their new pieces is coming soon.

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Stephen Thompson


Stephen Thompson graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications and political science from Pitt in April 2022 after spending four years as a sports writer and editor at The Pitt News, the University of Pittsburgh's independent, student-run newspaper. He primarily worked the Pitt men's basketball beat, and filled in on coverage of football, volleyball, softball, gymnastics and lacrosse, in addition to other sports as needed. His work at The Pitt News has won awards from the Pennsylvania News Media Association and Associated College Press. During the spring and summer of 2021, Stephen interned for Pittsburgh Sports Now, covering baseball in western Pennsylvania. Hailing from Washington D.C., family ties have cultivated a love of Boston's professional teams and Pitt athletics, and a fascination with sports in general.