Matt Canada Returning as Steelers OC

Pittsburgh Steelers OC Matt Canada
Pittsburgh Steelers OC Matt Canada
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NFL Divisional - Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada will return to the team in 2023, according to a report from ESPN's Brooke Pryor

Canada began with the Steelers as a quarterbacks coach in 2020 before becoming offensive coordinator in 2021. Under Canada, Pittsburgh has finished with offensive DVOAs of -11.0% (25th) and -0.1% (18th). 

The Steelers worked through a transition year at the quarterbacks position, splitting starts between rookie Kenny Pickett and former Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Pickett finished with a 92 DYAR (23rd) and -7.7% DVOA (23rd) among quarterbacks. Trubisky did not qualify for our quarterback rankings but finished with a 172 DYAR and 3.1% DVOA.


4 comments, Last at 28 Jan 2023, 12:08pm

#1 by Pat // Jan 19, 2023 - 10:14am

It's worth noting that when they replaced their last OC, they followed this pattern:

  • Hire new QB coach for last year of OC's contract
  • Don't renew OC's contract
  • QB coach becomes new OC

Canada's under contract through '23, so if the Steelers shuffle coaching ranks and bring in a new QB coach saying stuff about like "want to make sure that Kenny Pickett develops to his full potential blah blah blah," it's entirely likely they're just following the same pattern.

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#2 by Mash Wilson // Jan 19, 2023 - 11:23am

I hope you're super pumped for another year chock full of rollouts, WR screens, and a fatigued punter, Steelers fans!

Pickett is probably better than the Steelers' (lack of) offensive talent makes him look, and he may have a long career as a backup/occasional bad-team starter in the NFL if he can stop getting concussed. He has all the tools except accuracy. He just does not have NFL level accuracy, and it's probably not reasonable to expect him to develop it now. (Then again, a lot of it may be due to his remarkably poor footwork, which could possibly be fixed with better coaching.) It would be nice to see him work in a decent system, designed by someone who comprehends that when you cut the field in half for your offense you also cut the field in half for the opposing defense. But that's not going to happen as long as Matt "F**k It I'm Rolling Out" Canada is around.

I will say this, having watched both play several games, I came away subjectively feeling like Pickett was a better quarterback than Trubisky last year. But every available statistic says otherwise--Trubisky was significantly better. Maybe too much listening to broadcasters falling over themselves heaping praise on Pickett got into my brain.

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#3 by Pat // Jan 19, 2023 - 11:37am


Pickett is probably better than the Steelers' (lack of) offensive talent makes him look,

Really? Cuz last year he was a -7.7% DVOA rookie last year, which is great. With the standard QB improvement from Y1 to Y2 that would put him firmly in the above-average category. Well above "backup/occasional bad-team starter."

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#4 by Theo // Jan 28, 2023 - 12:08pm


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