The Pittsburgh Steelers made franchise history again, but not in the way they probably would have wanted. The Steelers have fired offensive coordinator Matt Canada, marking their first in-season coaching change since 1941.
The Steelers are fresh off a 13-10 loss against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday. The Steelers mustered just 249 yards in the defeat. However, their offensive woes have been well documented since 2021, never surpassing 400 yards of offense during the Matt Canada era.
Pittsburgh Steelers Fans React to Matt Canada’s Firing
The highlight of the Matt Canada era is Chris Boswell letting him know it wasn’t him 😂 pic.twitter.com/PWstOx3JKk
— Jesse Moeller (@JMoeller05) November 21, 2023
Steelers fans waking up to Matt Canada being fired: pic.twitter.com/XsqYubvaNG
— Barstool Yinzers (@BarstoolBurgh) November 21, 2023
“i can’t waste another sunday watching this abysmal steelers offense”
steelers: we have fired matt canada pic.twitter.com/vJ4GvTbpt4
— ego (@notmalkinego) November 21, 2023
THE STEELERS FIRED MATT CANADA!!!!!!
— Teddy Brewski🍻 (@Buzz_FlightYear) November 21, 2023
Matt Canada being escorted out of Pittsburgh right now. pic.twitter.com/QRf6lm5tiv
— Billy Hartford (@BudDupreeFan) November 21, 2023
Matt Canada has been fired!!!! pic.twitter.com/jYyC5bvxNT
— Portersburgh (@PortersBurgh) November 21, 2023
Steelers fans hearing the news of the OC Matt Canada getting fired… pic.twitter.com/x8QDVY8PXU
— Van (@vanman_1000) November 21, 2023
Matt Canada: Pittsburgh Steelers Split with Offensive Coordinator
The Pittsburgh Steelers hired Matt Canada as the offensive coordinator in 2021, a year after averaging 26 points per game on offense (12th highest mark in the NFL). However, during his first season as a play-caller, they dipped outside the top 20 regarding yards and points. They struggled rushing the ball, averaging a lowly 3.9 yards per rush attempt. The struggles continued for the Steelers’ offense in 2022, with Canada’s unit scoring 18.1 points per game and throwing a league-low 12 touchdowns. Rookie first-round pick Kenny Pickett labored in Canada’s offensive system, tossing seven touchdowns against nine interceptions.
Pickett and Canada’s troubles compounded in 2023, leading to the offensive coordinator getting the mid-season boot. The Steelers head into Week 12 as the 28th team in points scored and yards gained. Pickett has thrown just six touchdowns in ten games while completing 61% of his passes. Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Steelers will promote QB coach Mike Sullivan and RB coach Eddie Faulkner as the co-offensive coordinators due to the Matt Canada firing.