Matt Canada adds salt to his Thanksgiving meal.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Canada made it clear that they are well aware of the criticism they have received from media and fans. Wanting to fire the CO is something of a national pastime in Pittsburgh and Canada gets as much hate as any recent name.
In a response praising the work done by the offensive coaching staff, Canada found space to comment on its own job performance.
“We have really, really, really good offensive staff, staff,” he said via Steelers.com. “You can get me out of this. That would be what everyone wants to do.
While I doubt Canada is someone who spends their days scouring social media, when you live in Pittsburgh hearing these criticisms is inevitable. He was hated by the fan base throughout the year as the Steelers consistently committed one of the worst offenses this season. For weeks they were the 31st ranked offensive scorer and have only climbed slightly in recent weeks, thanks in part to their 30-point performance in Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
In terms of overall results, it’s hard to defend it. Pittsburgh’s offense has been as basic as it is unproductive, struggling in its first year without Ben Roethlisberger. Despite overall good health, the Steelers offense has scored more than 20 points only once this season. All this does not fall to the offensive coordinator, but the responsibility stops with the coach.
Snark aside, Canada had high praise for the rest of the coaching staff.
“We have two Super Bowls with Sully. Two with Fredo. We have a lot of good ideas, good games.
This refers to QB coach Mike Sullivan, who won a pair with the New York Giants, and TE coach Alfredo Roberts, who won a Super Bowl as a player with the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s. Canada went on to praise the talent of the Steelers, noting that the team has “very good players.”
But the NFL is a results-driven business and those certainly haven’t been there for Pittsburgh. Now the Steelers will have to decide to do what the fans want and fire Canada after the season. That seems like the most likely course of action, but Pittsburgh is a notoriously slow organization to make coaching changes while Mike Tomlin has defended Canada all year. If the team leaves him, they will have to decide whether to stay in-house for the third time in a row or exit the organization for the first time since hiring Todd Haley in 2012.