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“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.
This move 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 been struggling as evident in their recent 13-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns. This dire situation led to a passionate outburst from running back Najee Harris.
Despite having a winning record of 6-4, the Steelers have a negative point differential (-29) and have been outgained in every game this season. Their offensive statistics rank poorly, with the team placing 28th in points per game (16.6), 28th in offensive yards per game (280.1), and 31st in passing yards per game (170).
Additionally, second-year quarterback Kenny Pickett is currently ranked 25th in the NFL in passing yards (1,722) and 28th in QBR (35.7).
Harris expressed his concern about the team’s performance, stating, “If we keep playing this type of football, how long is that s— going to last? Winning how we did, it’s not going to get us nowhere.”
Canada, 51, had been the Steelers’ offensive coordinator since 2021.
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