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The Steelers Should Absolutely Consider Firing OC Matt Canada After Week 2 Loss

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The Steelers Should Absolutely Consider Firing OC Matt Canada After Week 2 Loss

The Pittsburgh Steelers promoted Matt Canada to be the team’s offensive coordinator after the 2020 season and it was originally thought to be an exciting move. Many of those high hopes have faded throughout the last year or so as the offense has performed extremely poorly on a consistent basis. The offensive line play is one of the biggest reasons for the lack of success, along with some other factors, but the play calling and overall predictability of the Steelers’ offensive unit has been hard to watch. The organization is not known for firing coaches during the regular season, but it may be time to break that trend and move on from Canada.

Steelers Matt Canada

Steelers offensive coordinator, Matt Canada on the field at 2022 training camp in Latrobe, PA | Jordan Schofield / SteelerNation (Twitter: @JSKO_PHOTO)

 

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

Last year, Canada had to work with an aging Ben Roethlisberger who didn’t seem to have the arm strength that he did earlier in his career. It was believed that the conservative offensive play calling in 2021 was to try and play to the future Hall of Fame quarterback’s strengths at 39 years old. With that said, Canada now has a much more physically capable signal-caller in Mitch Trubisky and everything is more of the same.

The Steelers only have 510 yards of total offense and two offensive touchdowns in the first two weeks. We may give Canada the benefit of the doubt if this were his first season, but it’s not. It’d be shocking if his offensive schemes and approach worked even if it were Kenny Pickett starting at quarterback. The bottom line is that he was an average play caller in college and is not fit to be in charge of an NFL offense.

It has been shocking to see rookie wide receiver, George Pickens be targeted so little. It seems as if he isn’t even part of the game plan. On top of that, the only part of the run game that worked in Week 1 was Chase Claypool‘s end arounds. The third-year wide receiver had six carries for 36 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals. Claypool didn’t have a carry on Sunday against the New England Patriots. That one is truly a head scratcher.

Steelers Chase Claypool

Steelers wide receiver, Chase Claypool (#11) on the field at 2022 training camp in Latrobe, PA | Jordan Schofield / SteelerNation (Twitter: @JSKO_PHOTO)

 

There is likely to be a quarterback change at some point this season if Trubisky’s inconsistent play continues and that move could happen sooner than expected. There would be no better time to part ways with Canada in order to allow a new offensive coordinator to start things fresh with Pickett. It is extremely hard to win in today’s NFL without a dynamic offense. The franchise knows what they are getting with Canada. Defenses are never surprised and the offense is a very easy one to prepare for.

Pittsburgh has a great defense, but has no shot at keeping up with certain teams coming up on the schedule like the Buffalo BillsTampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles, among others. The offensive firepower that their opponents possess will overwhelm the defense and continuously putting up less than 24 points offensively is going to lead to more losses than wins.

The Canada experiment simply hasn’t worked. There aren’t many qualified candidates out there that would lead a worse offensive performance than we have seen the last two weeks. The Steelers need to get ahead of this and have him pack his bags. He isn’t the answer.

It is important to echo how the Steelers run things. Should Canada be fired? Absolutely. Will he be in-season? It’s unlikely, but the front office should absolutely be considering it on Sunday evening after another incredibly disappointing offensive performance.

 

Do you think it’s time for the Steelers to move on from Canada? Let us know in the comments below!

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76 Comments

76 Comments

  1. JDub

    September 18, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Canada should have been fired after last season. We didn’t need to draft Pickett this year and we shouldn’t have. Oline should have been our priority not 2 qbs 2 wrs, te, dl, lb. Canada will be fired at end of season. Tomlin will get another season. Pickett will likely have 3 different OC in 3 years. That does not help out a new QB.

  2. Sam Cognasse

    September 18, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    FIRE CANADA NOW! Tribisky needs to be replaced asap. He is not the answer.

  3. Barlo

    September 18, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Fire Canada tomorrow. Give Mitch one more game (Thursday). If he can’t make things work, then on to Kenny. Can’t afford to waste this defense.

  4. Gary Capitosti

    September 18, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Don’t know what they are waiting for. His offense sucks. Everyone blamed Big Ben , after 2 games who do you blame now?

  5. Peggy Kepich

    September 18, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Fire him tomorrow he can’t use Ben as an excuse any longer. We have so much talent being wasted!!!

  6. Judi Knott

    September 18, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Totally agree…not on Ben….not on Trubinsky….Canada is terrible. Playing not to lose is never a good formula….come on Tomline…hire a real OC. The talent is there…the coaching is not. Hard to watch. 🙁

  7. Ronald S MAHAFFEY

    September 18, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Put Flores OC

  8. Joe Bowers

    September 18, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Tomlin hired Canada the year after Canada gave Tomlin’s son a full ride to Maryland when he had no other Power 5 offers. He had neither the qualifications or experience to be an NFL OC. True story. Blame Tomlin.

  9. Matt

    September 18, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    It’s always been Canada. Not Ben, not Mitch. The o line could do much better, but the Steelers won a super bowl with a terrible o line. It’s play calling 101. Canada’s offensive play calling is terrible. Predicable and sun pat at best. Mitch said it the best, the offense needs to get more aggressive. Stop the trick plays and misdirection. It’s the NFL! Not college!

  10. Matt

    September 18, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Subpar. Siri got me…. I apologize.

  11. Rick Angle

    September 18, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Couldn’t agree more, but it’s such a tough spot between available OCs and the quarterback room, I just don’t see anything happening. Personally, I’d chuck it all Friday morning and have Ryan Fitzpatrick report Tuesday.

  12. Bill G Parker

    September 18, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Canada’s got to go!!! Throwing two yard passes on 3rd and 8 is never a good idea but seems to be a staple of his offensive mindset. Unless we start stretching defenses out with some long pass attempts defenses will continue to play downhill with 8 in the box and we won’t have a successful short passing game or running game.

  13. Big D

    September 18, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Terrible play design and All the above from a college OC Matt Canada is a high school coach st bedt

  14. David Atherton

    September 18, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Fire him now

  15. Richard Helbling

    September 18, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Matt Canada is a joke. The amount of jet sweeps are ridiculous! Wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t start pulling our tackles and handing off to them.

  16. Daniel R.

    September 18, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Needed somewhere to vent about this.. guess I found the place. Can’t stand watching the Steelers offense. Mitchell isn’t the best QB, but he’s capable of more than these 5 yard underneath passes. So frustrating to watch.

    In hindsight, Bens last year was wasted on this offensive scheme.. I believe he was also capable of more than this sorry OC had him doing. It actually makes me really sad.

    Todd Haley’s head rolled for some of Tomlins shortcomings as a head coach, but I personally wish we could get someone like Todd back. He knew how to maximize an abundance of talent, which we still have!! Let’s go Steelers, we are better than this.

  17. Jim

    September 18, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Last year was blamed on Ben, but offense moved once Ben called plays. Canada got to go, no reason or history that he is successful at any level. Offense has not look this bad since late 80’s. Tomlin wake up and save season.

  18. Anthony

    September 18, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    I thought last year was hard to watch, but holy hell these first two games have been gag worthy.

    Never played organized football in my life, yet I can predict what play this OC is going to run with high accuracy. VERY predictable.

    So many talented receivers. Why are they throwing 2 and 3 yard passes. So much talent going to waste.

  19. DB

    September 18, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Please please fire Canada . We don’t want it need short game football with a high school playbook .

  20. Anon

    September 18, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    Fire Tomlin now! Sick of him!

  21. Long Time Fan

    September 18, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Harris,Friermuth, Claypool, Johnson, Pickens…. We should be putting up 30+ points a game even with a middle of the road QB. Yes an improved Oline would help, but defenses just pin their ears back as they have nothing to fear with Canada’s schoolyard playbook. Hey Matt…ever hear of stretching the field? The jet sweep can be effective when run once a half, not 20% of all plays. Opposing Defenses smell it out a mile away. That’s all he knows. He is without question THEE WORST OC in football. I wondered why he was hired in the first place.

    Even my wife who is hardly a football savant has asked me when we’re watching other games, “Why don’t the Steelers try a play like that?” Even she sees the play calling as pathetic. We can’t be rid of him soon enough. PLEASE Mike, quit torturing the fans and fire him NOW.

  22. Ken

    September 18, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    I don’t think I have ever seen a bunch of more collectively talented offensive players misused so badly. He’s not even high school level in coaching

  23. Eugene Mannarino

    September 18, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    He needs to be fired ASAP

  24. Ed

    September 18, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Bad really Bad, give Mitch a chance,Canada’s play calling sucks. Wasting a good defense, when the real teams come they’re going to kill us,wear out the defense and light up the board. And wait till the Bengals come back ,revenge game,going to be a basketball score. Come on Coach make a call,1and 1 and no light in sight. Give Mitch a fighting chance

  25. Bart Miller

    September 18, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Canada has to go . Offense is / has become unwatchable . No imagination, we need an upgrade .

  26. Kev Bacon

    September 18, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    It’s funny how everyone blamed Ben last year and then hyped Canada’s offense all off-season only for it to be exactly the same. There were articles from every Steelers writer in the off-season about how Canada would finally be able to use his entire offense, etc. Here’s to another full year of two yard dump off passes on third and eight.

  27. John Jackson

    September 19, 2022 at 12:21 am

    Matt Canada was terrible in college!! He was fired as OC at LSU and moved to a new college program about every year or two. Once again, the Steeler organization has found another bad OC. The Steeler offense was bad with Randy Fincher, it’s even worse with Matt Canada. I feel terrible for Matt Trubisky, Kenny Pickett and our amazing talented WRs and RB. This all could have been avoided IF management would have gone out and spend some $$$$ on a quality, creative OC, now they are stuck with Canada and his high school level offense because Steeler management doesn’t hold coaches accountable and FIRE them. What is worse is that the Steelers have so much talent on the offensive side of the ball and its going to waste. If I were Kenny Pickett I’d be looking to play elsewhere. Just another example of where the team is going under Tomlin and Rooney.

  28. Michael Roberts

    September 19, 2022 at 1:19 am

    I haven’t been impressed with Canada’s offense dating back to last season. Have him a break the first year, but it’s been downhill steadily. They have talented players, but whatever he’s trying to do a a coordinator, doesn’t work. He needs to be replaced asap.

  29. Mehran

    September 19, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Since 2011 when Tomlin fired Bruce ARANS offense is a joke. Under ARIANS we reached 3 Super Bowls in 6 years. Tomlin feared ARANS popularity for his job security.

  30. Mehran Meschi

    September 19, 2022 at 1:43 am

    Since 2011 when Tomlin fired Bruce ARANS offense is a joke. Under ARIANS we reached 3 Super Bowls in 6 years. Tomlin feared ARANS popularity for his job security.

  31. John Jackson

    September 19, 2022 at 2:16 am

    Hey everyone…if you are waiting on Tomlin or management to FIRE Matt Canada…you will be waiting until hell freezes over…it ain’t happening! That’s not in the Rooney play book. Even when the team looks awful, and the coaching is just as worse, they are “stuck on stupid”. Management will never admit they where cheap in hiring Canada, as well as Randy Fichtner. You can’t have a talented, creative offensive genus that would up-start Tomlin. It’s time for a compete overhaul in Pittsburgh, starting with Tomlin and the rest of the Rooney Tune characters. I love the Steelers, but we are the laughing stock of the NFL.

  32. Hubert

    September 19, 2022 at 3:14 am

    There is no future with Canada. He has to be replaced. As soon as possible.

  33. Patricia Taylor

    September 19, 2022 at 6:47 am

    I agree that the Steelers need a new coaching staff starting with Tomlin…

  34. Dave

    September 19, 2022 at 7:38 am

    Zero chance of that happening mid-season, but needs to get done. Anyone got any ideas who’s qualified, good at it, and happens to be looking for a job?

  35. Stan

    September 19, 2022 at 7:45 am

    I know little about what plays are called, but even I can predict with 90% probability what Canada will call. Think about what a defensive captain can predict…GET HIM OUTTA HERE!!..call Big Ben and let him be OC. We will thrive and then get 7 for #7.

  36. Paul Sell

    September 19, 2022 at 7:54 am

    Why stop at the OC , how about the entire staff. Why stop at the OC, the HC is aware of this and does nothing to fix the issues, so maybe he needs to go too.

  37. John Paylo

    September 19, 2022 at 8:01 am

    Should have been gone last year. Do over from last season. Are the steelers this dumb that they can’t see it .or too proud to admit that they made a mistake.

  38. Steelcity61

    September 19, 2022 at 8:05 am

    Canada,Tomlin times are up cannot take another bla bla from Tomlin makes no sense…I understand Tomlin won’t be fired but how much can we take with his nonsense briefing….

  39. Ben Barnes

    September 19, 2022 at 8:18 am

    O-line is supposedly improved from last year so when you look at the 5 skill guys – Najee, Friermeuth, Dionte, Claypool, Pickens – how the hell can at least ONE of them not have a big game every week. There’s no way you should be able to take all of them out. The offensive “System” is JV High School. I think Canada is setting up Trubisky to fail so his boy Pickett can take over. Then once Pickett comes in he’ll open the offense up – then he can blame Trubisky. It doesn’t sound like Canada and Trubisky see eye to eye.

  40. Karen Massey

    September 19, 2022 at 8:55 am

    Some of the play calls were absolutely ridiculous. I’m sure there’s someone better out there

  41. RONALD L CIRILLO

    September 19, 2022 at 9:06 am

    It was obvious last year that Canada’s Offense scheme was extremely weak. However I must add the I had read that Mitch never proved to have a good “down the field arm” and appears he does not. It probably is also true that this scheme is easy for a Defensive Coordinator to scheme against. Let’s start over at OC. I have never felt Tomlin was up to the task as well. He enjoyed what was built but he has made odd choices or Not great choices were made available. Yes he is a wonderful person and players coach. Just not a Great HC.

  42. Dietrich

    September 19, 2022 at 9:10 am

    totally agree!

  43. Shad

    September 19, 2022 at 9:13 am

    Absolutely Canada needs to go the offense need to stop all the dip and ducks and try some throws down field every defense out their know exactly what to expect for the offense they need to get rid of him now, in his play calling no QB will thrive

  44. Ed Johnson

    September 19, 2022 at 9:26 am

    He should have been fired at the end of last season.

  45. Penny

    September 19, 2022 at 9:28 am

    Canada should have been fired last year!

  46. Joseph Anthony DeRubeis

    September 19, 2022 at 10:22 am

    Terrible Offense. If they don’t make changes now, the season will he lost by mid October. The stadium will be empty, no prime time TV exposure etc. If they can some how correct this failure they’re be able to (hopefully) save their season. If not injuries will mount on the defense & their games will be like scrimmages.

  47. Greg Holtz

    September 19, 2022 at 10:22 am

    Kellen Moore can win with Rush and a couple 2RB 2TE 2 WR. Steelers have top tier WRs RB and TE we can’t put more than 30 pts up. Truly pathetic. It will be a waste of talent if we do not change this quickly. As others have said predictable. Canada changes and buys a new play book off ebay and implements it or we promote a new OC. With as much money on the line how do you keep the status quo?

  48. Patricia Ann Dougherty

    September 19, 2022 at 11:48 am

    Goodbye to you!

  49. Dave m

    September 19, 2022 at 11:53 am

    Fire him now! The only difference between this year’s version and last year’s was that at the end of the game, Ben would ignore the playbook and sling it down the field. This year looks like the first 58 minutes of the games last year. Only constant is Canada. Sample size is large enough.

  50. Elvis p Babin

    September 19, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    When the gm and franchise qb is leaving all of coaching staff should of been replaced and work around the new qb Kenny p. Canada and Tomlin is garbage

  51. Eugene Franklin

    September 19, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    SEND HIM PACKING!

  52. Vince Russo

    September 19, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    Yes Canada should have been fired a long time ago and also should put in Pickett we have no offense whats so ever and we have a great running back and wide receivers??????

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  54. Doug

    September 19, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    Immediately fire h. Should have been gone last season. If your goal is to get back to the line of scrimmages then he’s your man. If your goal is to score fire him now.

  55. Jay

    September 19, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    Anyone who says Flores should be OC is an idiot! That man almost destroyed Tua! You see what Tua is doing with a good coach?

  56. Beachnut440

    September 19, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Wonder if they could talk Ben into coming in as OC for the rest of the season? He might have some ideas and should know about a lot of the offensive players.

  57. Matt

    September 19, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    Get rid of Canada asap let’s not have the first losing year with a good defense and Mitch needs to try and throw the defense not stare at one target and try to force it to them if he can’t give Pickett a chance and see what he can do

  58. Bill

    September 19, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    They said the same things about the last 4 offensive coordinators, stop giving Tomlin a pass, he is the problem, period. Has has no offensive , , other then some philosphical phrase

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  60. David Michael Carroll

    September 19, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    I thought Canada was fired last year. Send him packing before the season is a total loss. Most of the fans know what play is coming next on the field. Been much too predictable for years. I don’t belive Trubisky is the answer either.

  61. Ken

    September 19, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    Canada should have been fired first thing this morning. By far the worst playing calling in the league. It was extremely hard to watch yesterday. There is too much talent on that offense to not be successful.

  62. Jeffery Wood

    September 19, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Still scratching my head and trying to figure out what is so stellar about a Matt Canada offense…hmmm
    Even Stevie Wonder can see it!

  63. GMH

    September 19, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Only 2 offensive TD’s in 2 games against mediocre opponents while being massively outgained and out-possessed. No matter how good the D is they cannot succeed being left out on the field all the time. There seems to be quality offensive talent, try getting a quality offensive coach would seem to be the first order of business.

  64. GMH

    September 19, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Canada makes Arians look brilliant.

  65. John Jackson

    September 19, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Who is with me in agreeing that Tomlin’s press interviews are too cute, and he tries to sound like he is the smartness person in the room. He deflects questions by going into non-sense dissertations about nothing. Journalist at ESPN, and Colin Cowher LOVE him, maybe that is his calling…ESPN or Fox commentator, but you first have to know the game and Tomlin is CLUELESS! Here’s a thought, have Steeler management reach out to Sean Peyton…he’s a game analyst for Fox and has expressed interest in returning to coaching again…hold on, we are talking about Steeler management, which is a loose term for incompetence’s. Let’s face facts, Tomlin is coach for LIFE or unless there is a change in ownership. Could of told you all years ago, I saw this coming, when Rooney and his cast of cartoon characters gave the keys to the car to Tomlin in 2007. We are in it for the LONG haul with these clowns. So much wasted talent and opportunities….Please any billionaire that is listening, I am begging you for the love of god to purchase our beloved Steelers and save us from these clowns!

  66. Geno

    September 20, 2022 at 9:38 am

    What qualifications did Canada have to be considered for the OC job for the Pittsburgh Steelers that was the best candidate out there or Tomlinson buddy, same with Randy Fictner also Tomlins buddy every time the rooneys allow this to happen we are getting ripped off, let’s find a good young OC to work with kenny Pickett and build for the future and maybe while we’re at it a HC that doesn’t need to fill his staff with his buddy’s that don’t produce results.

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  68. Mike Lawrence

    September 20, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    Matt Canada was an also ran in college and is even worse in the NFL. Get rid of him and let one of the other coaches be OC.

  69. Jamie

    September 20, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    The writing is on the wall for Canada. I just hope he is fired in the short term but that seems unlikely. The offense was terrible last year as was the play calling. Ben is gone and can no longer be the scapegoat. Sullivan could take over as OC as could Flores. We need a dynamic offense not one comprised of short passes without splash plays. I would really hate to see Pickett start behind this O-line, though. That might be short sighted and ruin our future. Trubisky needs to play better but I don’t think he is the real problem.

  70. Nick

    September 20, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    Mike Sullivan, quarterbacks coach, has a solid resume and coached multiple pro bowlers on offense. Give him the keys to the offense and let’s see what he can do. You can’t throw 5 yard passes and expect the receivers to pick up 8 yards with no space. Even the commentators during the patriots game said they have never seen cornerbacks playing and entire game without having to back pedal once!

  71. VegasDevil

    September 21, 2022 at 7:59 am

    I think the offense would be better, but not great with KP. Mitch just doesn’t have the spark. Sleepy Mitch.

  72. Derrick Lawter

    September 22, 2022 at 7:37 am

    We need someone creative to run this Offense. Tomlin is a great coach for defense but we need someone just as good to call plays and run our offense. After the last 5 years I find myself rooting for the Bills more than the Steelers and I’ve been a fan since the Cordell Stewart Era.

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  74. Matt

    September 25, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Mitch and Ben are not the problem. Ben did great when he called the plays last year. Kenny will suffer right now. Matt Canada is the problem. If management will not see this and fire him, then they are the problem as well. Tomlin has been kissed since the rumor started Bill Cowher would return and it would said that he would only be a Steelers head coach.

  75. shawn michaels

    September 27, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    Simply looking at factual info here. NC State fired Canada after the 2015 season due to his inability to score, even though he signed a three year contract extension. Pitt Head Coach Pat Narduzzi comments about Canada during the 2016 season. He was only there for one year btw.” I don’t even think he was worth a million, I mean he wasn’t even that good.” Then he went to LSU for more money and the got fired at the end of the year. Quote from LUS head coach Ed Orgeron ” Here’s the deal,” Orgeron said of his December 2016 hiring and January 2018 firing of Matt Canada as offensive coordinator. “It’s tough when you make a mistake. But it’s even tougher not to admit you made a mistake. Just wasn’t a good fit. I had to do what I thought was best for the LSU program. So that’s why I did it.” Then after a 5-7 record as the OC for Maryland he was once again relieved of his duties by the New Maryland Head Coach Mike Locksley.
    So now the Steelers hire him as the quarterbacks coach in 202 and he actually did a decent job. They should have kept him in that position, but No, after only one year in professional football they promote him to Offensive Coordinator. So this is best the Steelers can do. I certainly hope something changes and very soon or this season even with so much talent will get flushed down the toilet.

  76. Paul

    September 28, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    Canada is the root of the problem but how often do the steelers change coaching during the regular season. Likely to not happen.

    Mitch only exasperates the issue with slow and misreads in execution.

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