PITTSBURGH — The fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers have made it very clear that at least a large percentage of them would like Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada to be relieved of his duties.
There have been chants for him to be fired in both of the Steelers’ last two home games. There was a sign held up at a national wrestling event last week. On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ home opener was overtaken by chants of “Fire Canada.”
Asked about it after the first instance of that being chanted at a home game, head coach Mike Tomlin deflected, saying he appreciated the passion of the fans.
“I share their passion,” Tomlin said. “We all do. Man, we love our fans, man. They inspire us. They challenge us. It’s an awesome relationship. Man, we don’t run from challenges, we run to challenges. This is the sport-entertainment business. It is our job to win and thus entertain them. And so we don’t begrudge them for that. We want them to be fat and sassy and spoiled. It is our job.”
Wednesday, when asked about those chants spreading and continuing, Canada did not take the opportunity.
Asked if he has a message for the fans who have been seeking his ouster, Canda replied simply, “I do not.”
"I do not." pic.twitter.com/lYU212gQzH
— Alan Saunders (@ASaunders_PGH) October 11, 2023
If Canada is going to respond, he’ll do it with his offense, which did show marked improvement after the bye in 2022. The Steelers won six of their seven games down the stretch run of last season, which likely contributed to Canada keeping his post in 2023.