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REPORT: People Within Steelers Organization Growing Frustrated With OC Matt Canada In Year 2

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REPORT: People Within Steelers Organization Growing Frustrated With OC Matt Canada In Year 2

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator, Matt Canada is two games into his second season in his position, and the results aren’t very encouraging thus far. After a disappointing first season at the helm, he was given the benefit of the doubt for a multitude of reasons. Due to it being just one season, he was essentially guaranteed a second chance. Offensive coordinators, much less coaches in general, are rarely fired after just one season.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

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Additionally, veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn’t exactly fit Canada’s style of offense. It was the last season of Roethlisberger’s career, so he was unable to make up for his deficiencies in Canada’s offense. After an off-season in which the Steelers signed Mitch Trubisky to a two-year deal and then drafted Kenny Pickett, Canada got what he wanted. He had two mobile quarterbacks that better fit his system.

In fact, it was the first truly mobile quarterback(s) the team had since Kordell Stewart. Roethlisberger was notorious for evading tacklers in the backfield, but he wasn’t exactly a mobile quarterback that could take off and run consistently. Michael Vick and Dennis Dixon were examples, but those two were purely backups. You get the point, the Steelers have finally adjusted to the modern game of football, where mobile quarterbacks are becoming nearly essential.

While it’s still early, things haven’t gone as planned in Year 2 for Canada. Through two games, the Steelers sit in the bottom-half of the league in virtually every offensive category. According to Andrew Fillipponi of 93.7 The Fan, the concerns with Canada goes beyond just the fans. People within the organization seem to be growing frustrated with him:

Now, this could certainly be true, but it could also be entirely false. If it is indeed though, who can blame them? As mentioned earlier, he was always going to get a second chance, but for anyone who watched in 2021, the offense’s issues went far beyond not having a mobile quarterback. Of course, the suspect offensive line at times doesn’t exactly help, but that group has shown immense improvements in 2022 so far. Chukwuma Okorafor has been the biggest surprise, as he’s been phenomenal after signing a huge contract extension in the off-season.

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The Steelers haven’t exactly faced the best defenses in the league in the first two weeks either. The New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals aren’t elite by any metric, so it makes the offense’s struggles all the more concerning. It’s rare to fire a coach in the middle of the season, especially for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Perhaps Canada will become the exception though, and if things continue like this, the likelihood will continue to increase.

 

Do you think the Steelers will fire Canada before the end of the season? Who would you want the team to look at as the new OC in the off-season? Share your concerns and thoughts in the comment section below, as well as on our social media sites!

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. David Capuano

    September 21, 2022 at 11:52 am

    I have been a diehard Steelers fan since I started watching football around 1977. I raised my son as a Steelers fan and we have attended one game a season since he was 5 years old, the year BIGBEN started when Tommy Maddox went down. I remember Mike Tomilin fired the offensive coordinator,. Bruce Arians a week after Pittsburgh won the Super Bowl! Which I never understood because there offense was unstoppable! So what’s the hold up? The Steelers offense sucked last year too, fire him before it’s to late!

  2. James Thompson

    September 21, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Yes it’s time him to go.And find someone that’s like to attack the defense by passing the ball 70 percent of the time

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  4. Rj Randall

    September 21, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Fire Canada and see if Brett Favre is interested.

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  6. Lorenzo Sherrod

    September 21, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    He sucks.”!!! I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt, but I see the same BS that we ran when Ben was their. Everyone blamed Ben, but I notice when Big Ben called his own plays last year , we went right down the field. We have all those elite players, ClayPool, who I know is better this year, we ran jet sweeps , and 2 yard pass plays . And our new QB. He still kept checking down even when players were open. He’s not the answer earthier . He passed the ball to NH 3 times in a row on a check down. Didn’t even look up field. I could go on and on. But my wife is my witness, I said at the beginning of last year , the OC has No imagination. He sucks!!!!!!

  7. Tony

    September 21, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Steeler fan since 1970, but if I see one more 2 yd pass on 3rd and 8, I might have to switch to rooting for the Cowboys! (Just kidding nobody in their right mind could root for Cowboys) But for the love of God please send Canada to Canada immediately thank you.

  8. Mark New

    September 21, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    During the Patriots game I saw trubisky miss open players down field and check downs, but the offense does seem very predictable and shallow. Hopefully it will start gelling

  9. Ejames58

    September 22, 2022 at 7:43 am

    Was in the stands for the home opener which was not a full house. 1st time since I started going to our home openers since 2018.
    That aside the overwhelming consenses in the stands under the Jumbotron was Canada must go and Tomlin needs to get tough. The play calling was anemic and uninspired to the point of repitition. If not for our defense we would have lost by more and should have.
    Do the math offensive play calls for 1st downs vs total plays called. That % is miserably low and not entirely Mitches fault. You can’t expect Najee to run for 100+ yards if the box is crowded by our own personnel. He also can’t do Najee things if the WR’s and TE’s are not down the field. They are not using Jaylen Warren effectly either. That is also on the OC not the QB.

  10. Mark Smith

    September 22, 2022 at 8:20 am

    I don’t believe it is entirely Canada’s fault. However, in his hesitation to open up the playbook, he has shown a lack of confidence in his team, and an incompetent ability to recognize what defenses are doing to stop his offense. Scared play calling doesn’t win championships. Either he unleashes it, or it’s time for a different play caller or OC!

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