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Steelers Hire Matt Canada as QB Coach

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have hired Matt Canada as quarterbacks coach, the team announced on Wednesday.


Canada was the offensive coordinator at Pitt in 2016, working next door to the Steelers’ practice facility. He lead the Panthers to the program’s most prolific point total in team history in 2016 and dramatic wins over Penn State and Clemson. After the season, he was a candidate for the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach.



He left Pitt to take the same job at LSU in 2017 under Ed Ogeron, but was fired after one season after the two disagreed on offensive strategy. Canada spent 2018 as the interim head coach at Maryland, unexpectedly leading the Terrapins to a 5-7 finish after the summer death of lineman Jordan McNair and subsequent firing of head coach D.J. Durkin. But Canada was not offered the full-time job after the 2018 season and stayed at home in 2019.

The Steelers have not had a separate quarterbacks coach since Randy Fichtner was elevated from that position before the 2018 season to replace Todd Haley as offensive coordinator. Coaching assistant Blaine Stewart worked with the quarterbacks in 2019.

Canada formed a relationship with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin when he recruited Tomlin’s son, Dino Tomlin, to play wide receiver at Maryland.

A 47-year-old New Palestine, Indiana native, Canada has was offensive coordinator at NC State, Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Indiana and Butler before joining Pitt. He is an Indiana alum, where he was a student manager for the football team.

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Report: Rescheduled Steelers-Titans Game to be Nationally Televised on CBS

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The rescheduled game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans is expected to be nationally televised on CBS, according to a report by the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand.

As for when the game will be played, Marchand is reporting it will be played on Monday at 5 p.m., or Tuesday at 6 or 7 p.m.

The Steelers and Titans were originally supposed to square off Sunday at 1 p.m., but that game has been postponed after three Titans players and five staff members tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. The total has no risen to ten since the outbreak was first reported.

The NFL announced in a statement Wednesday that the game would be postponed to Monday or Tuesday to “allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing.”

Another option that has been discussed would reschedule the game for Week 7, which is Tennessee’s bye week, and push the Steelers-Ravens matchup scheduled for that Sunday to Week 8. The Steelers and Ravens currently share a bye Week 8.

Marchand added that the league prefers to play the game Monday to keep competitive balance, while CBS wants to play the game at 7 p.m. as to not disrupt their news programming.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/30/20

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The Steelers were back to work on the practice field Wednesday despite learning their upcoming game against Tennessee is being moved to either Monday or Tuesday.

In this clip, the defense, most notably the secondary works on coverage, runs to stay conditioned and shows the chemistry of the entire unit.

Footage courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers

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Where Would a Monday or Tuesday Night Steelers Game Be Broadcast?

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If the NFL follows historical precedent, the the Steelers game against the Titans, moved to Monday or Tuesday night by the league on Wednesday, will still be broadcast locally on CBS affiliate KDKA-TV, but no final decision has been for the game at this time, Steelers Now has learned.

In the past, when Sunday games have been postponed to a weeknight for other issues, the games have been broadcast locally as they would normally be on a Sunday afternoon, and not nationally in competition with other broadcasts.

ESPN has exclusive national broadcast rights for Monday night games and they will be airing the Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers game, starting at 8:15 p.m. Monday night.


There is no exclusive national broadcast window for Tuesday nights, of course, but there would have to be some type of arrangement made with CBS to remove the game from that network and have it be broadcast nationally.

KDKA-TV and other CBS affiliates in the Pittsburgh and Nashville markets would also have to deal with the prospect of pre-empting primetime network broadcasts. CBS is scheduled to air long-running series Big Brother on Monday night and NCIS on Tuesday night.

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