What the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to accomplish this season was truly impressive. It speaks volumes to the job that Mike Tomlin does as head coach that the Steelers ended the season 9-8 after a 2-6 start heading into their bye week.
Pittsburgh not only had to overcome the loss of T.J. Watt to injury but they were working rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett into the lineup as a starter. Pickett improved a ton in the second half of the season and that turnaround was a big reason that the Steelers ended the season winning seven out of their last nine games.
Throughout the season there was a lot of talk about the lack of offensive production. Some of that can be attributed to a rookie finding his way, but offensive coordinator Matt Canada did no favors for himself with the game plans he installed and play calls that he was making.
While Tomlin stood by Canada throughout the season and would not make a change, many people assumed that a change would come during the offseason. But, those assumptions look like they are inaccurate as well.
In a shocking turn of events, it looks as if Canada will be retained as the team’s offensive coordinator for the 2023 season. According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers have confirmed that Canada will be coming back for another season.
The one positive that can be attributed to the offensive coaches is the performance of the offensive line, which far exceeded expectations. Having the same five players start in all 17 games certainly helped as they built continuity and chemistry.
But, overall, they finished 26th in points scored and 23rd in yardage gained, which leaves a lot to be desired on that side of the ball. Pittsburgh showed improvements in the second half of the season offensively, especially in the running game.
The passing game, however, left a lot to be desired. There is a lot of talent with wide receivers Diontae Johnson and George Pickens and tight end Pat Freiermuth, in addition to running backs Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren.
The biggest thing working in favor of Canada staying is likely the presence of Pickett. Making him learn another offense in Year 2 could certainly be detrimental to his development. While Pickett has some areas to clean up, Canada has to do a better job as well otherwise the Steelers should be in the market for a new coordinator next year.