5 dream offensive coordinator options for the Steelers

Offensive Coordinator Randy Fichtner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Offensive Coordinator Randy Fichtner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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Matt Canada

Matt Canada wasn’t brought in to be the quarterback’s coach for long last season. He was brought in to help develop the young depth behind Roethlisberger as well as add some new wrinkles to the offense. That was apparent when the offense started using a lot of motion at the line of scrimmage, as that was a constant in his college offenses.

Given the success that the unit had and the fact that after the offense struggled, it was concepts similar to his that brought this group back against the Colts. It seems likely that Canada is either the Steelers offensive coordinator next year or he is accepting a job elsewhere. The Steelers would be wise to promote him though, as his offense seems like one that could aid in a young quarterback’s development.

His smart schemes and quarterback friendly system would be a big boost for this offense, especially after Roethlisberger retires. Looking long term, he could even be a head coaching candidate down the road. The offensive-minded, quarterback friendly coordinators have found a home as NFL head coaches. With Mike Tomlin’s tenure as a head coach likely ending close to when Roethlisberger’s career does. Don’t be surprised if Canada is considered to replace him. That said, the first step is promoting him to offensive coordinator, something the team would be wise to do this offseason.

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Unless the Steelers are truly set to roll with Fichtner on a new contract, the team should be looking for a new offensive coordinator this offseason. Luckily, there is a good pool of options, both in-house and on different teams, that could make a lot of sense for the Steelers to bring in. Keep these five names on a list of likely Fichtner replacements assuming the team makes the right decision to move on from him.