Matt Canada’s job hangs in the balance as the Steelers season draws to a close. A clip from their win over the Colts won’t help his cause.
Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Matt Canada has not looked up to the task this season. While Mike Tomlin was able to give him the benefit of the doubt with an aging Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, Canada has still failed to create much consistent ball movement with Mitch Trubisky or Kenny Pickett.
Monday night proved to be different, however, as Pickett and Co. were able to gain some momentum offensively and leave Indianapolis with a win. One would assume that a victory would help Canada’s cause, but that was not the case.
Did the Colts know Matt Canada, Steelers plays?
What you have in the clip above in simple — the Colts promptly guessed that the Steelers would run the same play two times in a row. With a veteran play-caller or quarterback, perhaps that play would be altered. But Pittsburgh has a rookie quarterback who did not recognize this.
It was on Canada to be less predictable, especially early in the second half when the Colts had time to make adjustments. The Steelers barely moved the ball in the third quarter, even allowing Indianapolis to take a brief lead.
The play of Pickett and the Steelers backfield down the stretch allowed them to come from behind and secure their fourth win of the season. Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland in particular came up huge.
Canada, meanwhile, continues to look bad despite what, for the most part, was a well-executed game. As important as it is to keep young quarterbacks with some level of cohesiveness on the offensive staff, Canada is actively hurting Pickett’s development.
He’s on his way out, and moments like last night prove why.