The Pittsburgh Steelers made a rather shocking decision by firing Matt Canada.
Not many 6-4 teams fire their offensive coordinator midway through the season, and it was the first time since 1941 that they made this kind of change.
Of course, the results and the numbers spoke for themselves, and it was obvious that something needed to change.
Still, as much as some fans urged the team to let him go, it didn’t go in line with their values and M.O.
However, Diana Russini via Steelers Depot revealed that the players weren’t exactly fond of Canada.
Dianna Russini reports Matt Canada was liked inside the Steelers facility, but players were very frustrated: “For weeks Steelers players have been expressing their frustrations behind the scenes and in front of network television cameras. The organization was steady and united…
— Steelers Depot 7⃣ (@Steelersdepot) November 23, 2023
He was liked by the front office and the players did care for him as a person, but they were quite frustrated with the offensive execution — or lack thereof — and the situation had become unsustainable.
The players reportedly didn’t even try to hide their frustration and made it loud and clear that they weren’t happy with the situation, so the front office eventually had no choice but to make a tough call and let him go with still almost half of the season ahead of them.
The Steelers’ defense has been special, and having an elite coach like Mike Tomlin will always give the team an opportunity to win, especially those ugly and scrappy games in which they weren’t even supposed to be competing in the first place.
But that’s not going to get the job done in the postseason, and this team desperately craves an offensive turnaround if they want to have a chance at the division.