Steelers Name Former Pitt Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada as New QB Coach

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By Adam McCoy

It has only been 2 weeks, but it already feels like an eternity since we’ve seen the Pittsburgh Steelers play. There were plenty of memorable moments that defined the season, but most of them can be wrapped up pretty simply, the defense was elite, and the offense left a lot to be desired. The lack of offense can be attested to a lot of things, losing a Hall of Fame quarterback definitely doesn’t help. Ben Roethlisberger‘s elbow injury forced multiple young quarterbacks to be thrust into the spotlight, and there were definite signs of growing pains for both Mason Rudolph and Devlin “Duck” Hodges. It became obvious they needed someone to help develop these young guys, because if anything was made apparent this year, it’s that we will not be lucky enough to have Ben forever. Enter Matt Canada.

Canada has been coaching at the college ranks for over 25 years now, starting as a graduate assistant in 1994 at Indiana, to filling in as the interim head coach at Maryland in 2018. He played a major role as offensive coordinator to lead Northern Illinois to the MAC Championship and Wisconsin to the Big Ten Championship game. Yet in 2019, Canada found himself without work, after being one of the highest paid coordinators in the NCAA in 2017, and nearly leading a seemingly doomed Maryland team to bowl eligibility. His units have set a multitude of team records across his coaching tenure including in Indiana, Wisconsin, Pitt, and Maryland. Canada spent 2019 enjoying some personal time with his family in North Topsail Beach, where conveniently enough his favorite restaurant is a Steelers themed bar.

Canada is most known for not only a pass heavy attack, but bringing a unique level of trickery that has found itself being integrated into the NFL by multiple teams. His scheme is most known for its fly sweeps, mixed in with reverses to left tackles and shovel passes to tight ends. His offensive style thrives on keeping defenses on their toes and off balance. We saw the Steelers attempt to do this by using the wildcat formation multiple times this year, but with little success.

Is Canada a good fit for this team as a quarterbacks coach? I wouldn’t expect the Steelers to instantly integrate his playbook into their offense, if so, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Steelers use trickery more often next year, especially with Diontae Johnson on the team, who has already shown what he can do with sweeps and the damage that can be done when he gets in open space.

Let us know in the comment section below about yinz thoughts on our new QB coach!


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