Pittsburgh Steelers Depth Chart
- AFC North
- Acrisure Stadium
- Head Coach
- Mike Tomlin
- Offensive Coordinator
- Matt Canada
- Defensive Coordinator
- Teryl Austin
- Special Teams Coach
- Danny Smith
- Defensive Scheme
The Pittsburgh Steelers have no plans to replace offensive coordinator Matt Canada and he is expected to return to head coach Mike Tomlin's coaching staff in 2023, according to sources. Canada will return for his third season as the offensive coordinator despite public outcry to fire him and several rumors about his coaching status. The offense continued to show signs of improvement late in the season, leaving little doubt that he'd return. Rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett also showed nice development as well despite the offense having 28 touchdowns, the third-fewest in the league. In the two seasons with Canada as the OC, the Steelers have averaged 19.1 points per game, which is 7.5 points fewer than they did in 2020. The Steelers were the only team in the league in 2022 to have only three plays longer than 40 yards.
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth (knee) suffered a left knee sprain in the Week 18 win over the Cleveland Browns, but he won't require surgery. Freiermuth was quickly ruled out, but he should be fine for next season after the Steelers were eliminated from postseason contention when the Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets. There's a chance that the 24-year-old won't be ready for offseason workouts in the spring, but as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks, he should be good to go for training camp in the summer. In his second NFL season, Freiermuth had 63 receptions on 98 targets for 732 yards and two touchdowns. He bested his rookie marks in catches and receiving yards, but his TD production was a disappointment after he found the end zone seven times in his rookie season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers defense played well in a 28-14 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 18. Pittsburgh held the Browns to 307 yards of total offense while notching seven sacks and forcing two turnovers. The Steelers were led by Cameron Heyward, who had two sacks, and Damontae Kazee and Levi Wallace, who each had an interception. Pittsburgh's defense is annually a solid unit in fantasy and should be once again in 2023.
Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell made both of his field goals and added two extra points in a 28-14 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 18. Boswell hit from 49 and 34 yards out to help lead his team to victory. The veteran kicker wraps up his 2022 campaign with 20 field goals on 28 attempts in 12 games after he missed five contests with injuries. Boswell signed a four-year contract extension last offseason and is still owed significant money, so he will be back as Pittsburgh's kicker in 2023 despite accuracy and injury struggles this past season.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens caught three of his six targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in a 28-14 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 18. Pickens hauled in his team's first touchdown of the game in the second quarter when he got wide open on a busted coverage down the middle of the field. Pickens also could have had a bigger game as he appeared to make an impressive catch down the left sideline but was ruled out of bounds. The Steelers called a timeout to review the replay but ultimately decided against challenging the call on the field. Pickens finishes his rookie season with 52 catches for 801 yards and four touchdowns while appearing in all of his team's 17 games. Pickens will be a popular choice as a breakout wide receiver in fantasy in 2023 drafts.