During the first week or so of training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense dominated the new-look offense in all phases, from run defense and situational football to general 11-on-11 team work at Chuck Noll Terrain, especially in the popular seven-hit drill to open each practice.
In recent days though, the Steelers offense has found its footing and is starting to counter the defense’s body shots with some of their own. Although the defense won seven shots Thursday 4-3, the offense showed some life as quarterback Mitch Trubisky found George Pickens for a touchdown, Mason Rudolph found Jace Sternberger wide open on a failed mission and Kenny Pickett threw his best ball. from side to Cody White in the back corner of the end zone for the score.
Prior to Thursday’s performance, all three quarterbacks had struggled on seven shots, but Trubisky received the most attention for his struggles as he was able to score just one touchdown on 19 reps during the first week of camp in exercise, raising questions. Recently though, the veteran quarterback has started.
It continued Saturday at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the south side where the Steelers moved to practice due to inclement weather. On the south side, the weather remained an issue as in the seven-shot format practice was hit by a hailstorm, according to Trubisky, which shocked the offense to the advantage, which leads to positive games.
“You just have to think about the situation you’re in and give the ball to your playmakers,” Trubisky told reporters after practice on Saturday, according to video via the Post-Gazette Steve Rothstein on Twitter. “I was happy with seven shots today. We hadn’t done well there for a little while but I guess when we got into the hailstorm the attack had the advantage. You wouldn’t expect that.
After a strong seven-shot performance on Saturday, Trubisky followed that up later in practice with another strong performance within the team’s two-minute frame, connecting with wide receiver Gunner Olszewski to finish the drive with a score. . His strike against Olszewski came three days after throwing 5 of 7 at Chuck Noll Field in the team’s first two-minute training camp session, connecting with George Pickens for the score to close the session.
Gaining more comfort and confidence in the scheme, Trubisky begins to show flashes of those intangibles he brings to the table. It continued on Saturday.
“Two-minute exercise, the goal is to always end with a score. I found Gunner; he’s had a great run,” Trubisky told reporters after practice, according to video via the Post-Gazette Steve Rothstein on Twitter. “It was great protection up front. I love our packages that we put together, and there’s just a heightened sense of urgency as we move from situation to situation, it’s just up to us to execute and try to win the game. ‘exercise. We have great competition against our defense every day.
While it’s still relatively early in camp and the results of each session aren’t worth reading in full, it’s at least a positive sign that the Steelers offense is settling in under the leadership of Trubisky and begins to find himself against a strong defense on the other side of football in general.