The Pittsburgh Steelers relieved offensive coordinator Matt Canada of his duties, head coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday.
Canada’s dismissal comes after a poor start to the 2023 season in which opponents outgained the Steelers’ offense in all 10 games. Pittsburgh’s offense also ranked 28th in scoring (16.6 PPG) and yards per play (4.7) while placing 31st in passing yards per game (170 yards per game).
His firing immediately follows the Steelers’ 13-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, which dropped the former’s record to 6-4. The defeat marked the fourth time this year that Pittsburgh was held to 10 points or less and the fifth time the team was limited to one offensive touchdown or less.
Quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan will take the reins as Pittsburgh’s new offensive play-caller, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Running backs coach Eddie Faulkner will also help with game planning, Garafolo adds.
Former 2022 first-round pick Kenny Pickett’s development also seemingly stagnated under Canada. He’s suffered a dip in completion percentage and passing yards per game in Year 2. The 25-year-old has completed just 60.5% of his passes this season for six touchdowns and four interceptions, garnering him a 79.2 passer rating.
Canada’s offense received frequent criticism as the unit struggled to sustain drives and score points. “Fire Canada” chants even erupted from displeased fans during a Week 2 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Canada was hired by the Steelers as a quarterbacks coach in 2020 before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2021.
Over his tenure, the Steelers were the only NFL team that failed to produce a 400-yard game and scored 30 points or more a league-low two times.
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