Former Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is not making too many friends back at his old stomping grounds after he told Melissa Stark of Sunday Night Football that he learned more about offense in the past few months in Kansas City than he did during his entire five-year tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers to begin his career.
That is one damning confession.
“JuJu told me this week, it is awesome to have an offensive-minded coach in Andy Reid,” Stark said on her talk with Smith-Schuster. “He’s learned more these last few months in Kansas City than he did in all five years in Pittsburgh. He said Reid makes you see the whole field and manages the why picture to understand how to read defenses.”
Smith-Schuster worked under Randy Fichtner and Matt Canada during his time with the Steelers. Take a gander over at Steelers fans and their recent complaints and you’ll know why he has learned way more now.
The former second-round pick was one time expected to be the next big name Steelers wideout. However, five years later and with multiple injuries, Smith-Schuster signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Smith-Schuster had three different offensive coordinators through his five years with the Steelers. None of those coaches come close to the offensive coaching royalty that is Reid.
Since arriving in Kansas City, Smith-Schuster has caught 19 passes for 224 yards, which is more than he had in five games for the Steelers last season.
JuJu now has the opportunity to carve out a new path in his career.
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