Steelers fans created a petition calling for the firing of Matt Canada earlier this week. The petition has garnered over 3,500 signatures over the last two days. It comes on the heels of chants to ‘Fire Canada’ at Acrisure Stadium last week during the team’s Monday night win over the Cleveland Browns after Kenny Pickett failed to convert a third-and-one designed quarterback run.
The change is not coming, but make no mistake, the stats tell you all you need to know about where the offense is under Canada’s guidance.
The Steelers’ offense averages 9.5 points per game through two games and a league-low 12 first downs. They’re the only team in the league that has failed to register a first down in the first quarter. In shotgun, the Steelers pass the ball 82 percent of the time. Under center, they run the ball nearly 90 percent of the time. The team runs the least amount of play-action in the NFL and is near the bottom in motion.
I can’t say the tape is much more endearing to Canada. He holds much blame, but it’s not all on him. Canada falls short in his ability to help his struggling players and actively hurt them in many situations. For a group of personnel that can not execute, Canada is not the right play-caller for where this team stands.
While Canada is not all to blame for the offense’s struggles, the Steelers have to be accurate that he is not helping the situation at all and, at times, negatively affects the personnel on the field. Still, for the group to improve, they need more than just Canada to be better. Kenny Pickett, the offensive line, and even the skill position players can be far better than they have played on the season. Sunday night is a get-right game for them, and it has to click at some point.