CBS Fantasy Analyst Criticizes Pittsburgh Offense: ‘I Think Offense Will Be An Epic Disaster’ – Steelers Depot | Mega Mediakw

In a recent episode of CBS Sports Fantasy Football Today Podcast, host Adam Aizer and fantasy football analysts Jamey Eisenberg and Dan Schneier kicked off the show talking about the players they’re “concerned about being wrong about their individual rankings” and whether they’ll be in the next season will be too low or too high for a player. Common names floating around in fantasy football drafting circles include RB Javonte Williams, WR Deebo Samuel and even QB Aaron Rodgers as players who could do very well next season, reflecting their average draft position justified, or they might be underchallenged.

When Schneier brought WR Diontae Johnson of the Pittsburgh Steelers to the table as a player he’s afraid of going wrong, the issue had nothing to do with Johnson as a talent in the NFL. Rather, his reasoning was based on his thought process that the Steelers will commit one of the worst offenses in the league next season.

“I think this offense is going to be an epic disaster,” Schneier said of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 40:30 mark offense on the podcast, which was also featured on the company’s YouTube channel. “I saw Trubisky as a points start for Buffalo last year, which wasn’t good. I know Pickett is going to have a hard time adjusting to the NFL, at least in my opinion. And then you consider how tough that schedule is and how tough that split and cold weather is. Everything calls for the worst offenses in the NFL.”

Ouch.

Schneier didn’t stop there with his harsh criticism of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense. When asked by host Adam Aizer which team has the worst offense in the entire league, Schneier didn’t hesitate to offer his opinion and answered the question first.

“I’m going with the Steelers,” Schneier replied when asked by Aizer who he thinks is the worst offensive line in the NFL. “Part of my anti-Steelers offense is that the schedule is insanely tough and they’re playing in an incredibly tough division from a defensive perspective.”

It can be argued that the Steelers offense is the bottom ten unit in the league. Seeing her as the worst offense in the entire NFL is a brazenly hot attitude.

Honestly, when I heard this recording of Schneier in real time, I couldn’t believe what I had just heard. Sure, Pittsburgh struggled to pass the ball consistently and effectively last season, but they still finished 29th in the league while ranking 15th in the league in passing yards and 5,361 total yards in offense in 2021 collected, which equates to 23rd place in the NFL Pro Soccer Reference. Schneier pointed out that the offensive line went unaddressed as a major issue, which can be easily combated by the fact that Pittsburgh signed two starters in G James Daniels and C Mason Cole this offseason. Daniels should be a big upgrade on guard and Cole should at least stabilize the C position compared to Kendrick Green.

While Schneier may be right that Pickett and Trubisky don’t have the experience Roethlisberger had under center, both passers bring elements to the position Ben lacked last season. Both passers bring an aspect of mobility and extension to the game that Roethlisberger hasn’t had in years, and have better arm strength to stretch the field vertically and create explosive plays in the passing game that Ben compared to him in the last Season just couldn’t have been the best years in the league. Pittsburgh should also be able to host a passing game where the ball doesn’t come out in two seconds in 2022 for fear of punching Ben in the pocket, resulting in more field being unlocked for offense.

Contrary to Schneier’s comments, Trubisky didn’t start a game for Buffalo last season as he only had 33 offensive snaps this year. Sure, he threw an INT in that limited sample size, but he also completed 75% of his passing attempts in that very narrow sample size, making it difficult to gauge his passing ability either way when he was cold off the bench on a blowout loss came against the Colts. Realistically, next season Trubisky will play with the best weapons at his disposal compared to his time at Chicago, along with a comparable offensive line, as Pittsburgh added their former guard Daniels to the roster in the offseason. Trubisky is probably not the answer to QB, but he should be an adequate point starter.

As for Pickett struggling to adjust to the NFL game, I don’t think Schneier was there this offseason when Pickett was touted as the “most pro-ready” prospect in that draft class. He may be a rookie and will likely be behind Trubisky when the season starts, but as he has five years of experience starting in college on an offensive system and having Mark Whipple as his QB coach at Pitt, he had the same coach who Roethlisberger taught his rookie season. He has made comments that while he managed to learn the offense in his short stint with the Steelers, it was different when he got to off-season activity.

From the standpoint of the scheduling difficulties, I completely understand where Schneier is coming from as the opening stretch of the games is daunting for Pittsburgh. Nevertheless, while Sharp football analysis gave Pittsburgh the fourth-toughest schedule in the league for next season, most other outlets gave them the twelfth-toughest schedule in 2022. This comes after Pittsburgh had the toughest schedule last season in which they could battle at 9-8-1 and make the playoffs amid a decimated list of injuries on the defensive side of football.

The AFC North is certainly not a bad league, but with Deshaun Watson on the brink of suspension and the Ravens experiencing a change in their roster with FAs and several players fighting back from injuries, it’s hard to argue that Pittsburgh clearly have that worst team is in the division and has no chance to fight for the title crown or at least a wildcard spot.

I don’t expect Pittsburgh to have a top-ten offense in 2022, but I also highly doubt they’ll be the league’s worst offense, as Schneier suggests on the podcast. Obviously offense needs to get out there and execute with whoever lands under middle, but I’m optimistic that this unit should at least achieve what, if not what, last year’s unit achieved in 2021.

What do you think of Schneier’s comments on the Pittsburgh Steelers offense in 2022? Do you think they will be a unit closer to the league’s worst or closer to a top 12 unit? What problems do you see in his argument or are there some aspects that you support? Who do you think has the worst offense in the NFL? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below and thanks again for reading!

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