4 reasons the Steelers are already winning the offseason

Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Washington Redskins. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Washington Redskins. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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Interim head football coach Matt Canada. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Matt Canada

While there were some other names that circulated the rumor mill for a while, it is hard to dislike the Matt Canada hiring at offensive coordinator. He is a fresh face with a history of success at the college level with his offenses. Even better, his influence was seen early in the season when the team was relying more on motion. The offense was successful then, but as that petered out, so did the early season successes.

Arguably the biggest issue with Canada is that his offense goes against some of the staples that Roethlisberger has grown accustomed to. There are some plays under center and a good deal of dropbacks as opposed to the shotgun plays Roethlisberger has seemingly favored recently. Assuming he is back, the team will have to put the scheme over the player here, as Canada should be here after Roethlisberger retires. This is the Steelers’ chance to break away from the stale and consistent offense they fielded this past season.

As well, Canada had success with developing Rudolph seemingly. While he only played significant snaps in one game, Rudolph easily had the best game of his career. So much so that the team has even come out and said they feel comfortable with Rudolph being their starter. While some of that was natural for Rudolph as he had another year to grow, it was still progression and not regression. Canada will still be working with this quarterback group, and that should inspire some hope for the team.