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Steelers OC Matt Canada Quoted Saying, “We Like Some Of Those 2-Yard Gains”

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Steelers OC Matt Canada Quoted Saying, “We Like Some Of Those 2-Yard Gains”

The Pittsburgh Steelers promoted Matt Canada to be the team’s offensive coordinator after the 2020 season. He was expected to bring in a dynamic offensive scheme with plenty of motion and aggressive play-calling. Fans of the organization have been very underwhelmed by the performance of the offense since Canada took the lead. The frustration continued after the 23-20 win against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 of the 2022 regular season. The offense was only responsible for 16 points and had just 267 yards of total offense. The biggest concern was the rushing attack as the team’s running backs only carried the ball 13 times for 29 yards.


Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator, Matt Canada | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Canada spoke to local reporters on Thursday afternoon before practice and when asked about the run game, actually came out and said that he likes some of the two-yard gains they got last Sunday against the Bengals:

“Obviously, we like some of those two-yard gains, three and four-yard gains,” Canada said when asked about improving the run game.

He also said that in order to get better at running the football, he needs to call designed run plays more often.

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He was complimentary of the offense and his system, stating that the group executed the game plan against Cincinnati, constantly giving the offense a chance when it was third down, but the biggest issue was that they only converted 27% of the time:

“Whatever you want to say, we got it to third and manageable which we wanted to do and we didn’t have enough of a high percentage there.”

He brought up the Steelers run game once more, admitting that it needs to happen more often:

“Obviously, we need to run it more, run it better, make two yards, four yards and four yards, six yards, but bottom line is we need to have more opportunities.”

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He took some blame for the poor performance on offense, but said everyone involved needs to be more effective:

“We got to continue to get better, I have to get better, but I think we will continue to have those chances and if we hit those [third down conversions], it’s a different feel, different day. We have to execute those plays so I’m not hiding from that, but we have to just be better.”

Canada has rarely utilized the middle of the field since he became the offensive coordinator and when he was asked on Thursday about staying near the sidelines in the passing game, he ignored the question and talked about third down success rate:

“I appreciate your question, but ultimately that’s where we’re at and where we need to be better” (in regards to third down success).

Canada is definitely on the hot seat and it will continue to get warmer if the offense does not perform well. They won’t be a bunch to score 30 points a game, but with the strong defense to back them up, short third down conversions and not being satisfied with “two-yard runs” aren’t hard things to ask for. It is rather concerning if Canada is up in the press box, giving high fives because of a short run on first down.


What are your thoughts on Canada’s interesting comments on Thursday about the Steelers offense? Let us know in the comments below!


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  1. Patricio Perezsilerio

    September 15, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    Canada is definitely attempting to not beat up on his offense. It’s time for a realistic check. If he is saying one thing to the press and something different to the offense as a whole, I’m sure his players are gonna lose some respect for the lack of honesty.
    As a Steeler Nation unit I can see past his soft talk. A good video session of Chuck Noll team speeches would do him good. Gotta have Steel skin and the backbone strength of Pittsburgh Steel in order to uphold the Standard. The three diamonds don’t get stamped on just anything! Standard is the Standard. Offense running game didn’t make the standard up the middle.

  2. Rick Glassie

    September 15, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    I think that Matt Canada has a horrible offensive scheme and that he is too conservative, he has no chance of being anywhere in the NFL the way he runs the offense, he does not use the middle of the field and he barely makes first downs. He needs to be fired and the Steelers need to get an offensive coordinator that takes shots down the field.

  3. Chris

    September 16, 2022 at 2:24 am

    Lets be honest last year Ben was the scapegoat for the offense saying he couldn’t push the ball down the field. Now this year we have a few QBs who can throw it down the field and are calling bubble screen quick slant and halfback dive over and over with great WRs and skill players if we are not going to use their talents then why are we going to pay any of them big contracts tto catch a 2 yard pass? Canada scheme is terrible and we all know it just look at what Flores has done with rhe Defense imagine if we had a offensive coach as good as he is for the defense? Seat gets warmer each week this year.

  4. Unknown

    September 16, 2022 at 2:55 am

    Canada is a horrid offensive coordinator and Tomlin is to blame for years and years of mediocrity. He and his staff always look to throw someone else under the bus for the years of wasted talent. It’s time for everyone to wake up and realize the Steelers are only going to rebuild if they clean out all the cancerous coaching and bring in REAL leaders and coaches. Fire Tonlin, Fire Canada, and promote DC to interim coach while there’s a HC search. We have had enough of “the standard is the standard”. 6 years of superbowl talent WASTED by Tomlin. Enough is enough!

  5. Adam T

    September 16, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    Canada is horrible. Ben took much of the blame last year because of his lack of mobility and his fear of getting hit, but it was really Canada’s play-calling that was bad. The offense looked exactly the same in Week 1 as all of last year, and they have a mobile, inaccurate passer as QB1. Where are the bootlegs? Where are the dives, traps, offensive linemen pulling on sweeps? This guy has zero creativity when it comes to play design, and he’s an even worse in-game play caller. He needs to go.

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  11. David Capuano

    September 19, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    It’s very frustrating watching the Steelers offense. Our O line can’t make a hole for more than a couple yards and EVERY SINGLE 3rd down it’s a 2uard pass. Even the commentator’s complained about throwing a pass at the line of scrimmage when it’s 3rd and 8! If you don’t trust your quarterback then put in a different one!

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