An offensive coordinator has been canned, just not the one Pittsburgh Steelers fans were hoping for.
On Tuesday morning, Indianapolis let go of Marcus Brady, who was in his second year in charge of the team’s attack.
The Colts have a 3-4-1 record this season and, with Brady drawing up the plays, had gone 12-12-1 over a campaign and change. Including the postseason, Pittsburgh is 11-14-1 over that same span, in which Matt Canada has coordinated the Steelers’ offense.
At the moment, the Colts are averaging 339.4 yards per game — which ranks 18th in the NFL — and 87.8 yards an outing on the ground (29th).
In comparison, Pittsburgh’s offense is 28th in the league with 298.8 yards per game and 25th in rushing (94.9). Fans and former Steelers players have expressed their frustration.
Much like the Steelers, the Colts benched a veteran signal-caller, the aging Matt Ryan, to try to spark their unit with a younger triggerman, Sam Ehlinger. In terms of passing, Indy grades 9th with 251.6 air yards per contest. That’s 15 spots better than Pittsburgh, which has recorded 203.9 passing yards per week.
Indy has posted 16.1 points per week, which is better than only Denver (15.1) and — ahem — Pittsburgh (15.0). Being in that neighborhood of scoring struggles won’t gain any coach much favor among fans.
The Broncos’ Nathaniel Hackett has been criticized throughout the season. Like Canada, both he and Brady entered the schedule with new quarterbacks.
Neither has gotten the sort of vote of confidence as Canada has from Mike Tomlin. Rumors swirled before this past weekend that Hackett could have been out of a job in Denver with a loss to Jacksonville.
He’s on thin ice and Brady is already looking for work.
With similar numbers to Brady’s over an identical stretch and a frustrating lack of success, when will Canada be relieved of his duties?