Steelers fire OC after offensive struggles

Steelers fire OC after offensive struggles
Steelers fire OC Matt Canada after offensive struggles

ESPNNov 21, 2023, 08:50 AM ET3 Minute Read

Foxworth: Steelers fired Canada to save locker room

Domonique Foxworth and Jeff Saturday react to the Steelers’ decision to fire offensive coordinator .

The Pittsburgh Steelers have fired offensive coordinator Matt Canada, coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday.

“Matt Canada has been relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator. I appreciate Matt’s hard work and dedication and I wish him the best moving forward in his career,” Tomlin said in a statement.

Canada’s firing marks the first time the Steelers have made a head coach or coordinator change midseason since 1941, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. That season the Steelers had three head coaches — Bert Bell (who went 0-2, and was the half owner of the team), Aldo Donelli (who went 0-5) and Walt Kiesling (who went 1-2-1) .

The Steelers’ offense has struggled. The latest example came Sunday in a 13-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns, which led to a rant from running back Najee Harris.

Pittsburgh is 6-4 but has a negative point differential (-29) and has been outgained in every game this season. The Steelers rank 28th in points per game (16.6), 28th in offensive yards per game (280.1), and 31st in passing yards per game (170) this season.

Second-year quarterback Kenny Pickett is ranked 25th in the NFL in passing yards (1,722) and 28th in QBR (35.7).

On Sunday, Harris was asked whether the team’s winning record was encouraging despite the offensive struggles.

“You could do two things,” he said. “You could look at the record and say, ‘OK, we’re still good right now.’ Or we could look at the record and be like, ‘If we keep playing this type of football, how long is that s— going to last?’ I look at it like, ‘How long that s— going to last?’ “Y’all could look at it like it’s a good record, but I mean it’s the NFL. Winning how we did, it’s not going to get us nowhere.”

Canada, 51, has been the Steelers’ offensive coordinator since 2021.

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