The Pittsburgh Steelers bested the Buccaneers last week, but that doesn’t mean that Matt Canada deserves credit for the victory.
Don’t get it confused. Just because the Steelers had an impressive win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, doesn’t mean that Steelers OC Matt Canada is off the hook by any means.
Steelers fans aren’t the only ones who feel that way, and rightfully so. Some thought that kicker Chris Boswell — who’s arguably the best kicker in football — wasslowly but surely leaning toward that direction as well.
According to Colin Dunlap from 93.7 The Fan, Boswell stated in the video that “It ain’t because of you, I can guarantee you that much” — referring to the victory while heading into the tunnel. It’s unclear who this statement was directed toward, though at first, fans thought Canada was the recipient.
In the beginning of the third quarterback in last week’s game against the Buccaneers, punt returner Steven Sims returned a punt for 89 yards all the way down to the Bucs twelve yard line.
The Steelers had four downs to convert twelve yards into the end zone and they failed to do so. With all of this being said, some people will indefinitely argue that with having both Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren as your running backs, who’s at worse is averaging 2.5 yards per carry this year, why didn’t he choose to run the ball at least once and see how well it plays out?
Even though we saw some strive with the offense in the game, it’s safe to say that we didn’t see enough to say that we’re sold on his offensive scheme just yet due to the team only having two touchdowns in the game with winning both the time of possession battle and being in the Bucs red zone more than the Bucs was in theirs.
Along with that, starting last week, the Steelers have a quarterback in Kenny Pickett who plays with complete fearlessness and confidence, as he showed that he isn’t afraid to push the ball down the field and make plays on his own when wanted and needed by the team.
Steelers offense remains stagnant
Nothing has changed this season. Canada is officially out of excuses as we know the potential this offense has with all the talent that is there in every perception. You have wide receiver help in the lights of Dionte Johnson, Chase Claypool, and a standout rookie receiver in George Pickens. You cannot forget tight ends Pat Friermuth and Zach Gentry, along with running backs Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren, who all just like the fans believe in Pickett’s ability to take this team to new heights that it hasn’t been since 2018 with the “Killer B’s”
That is more than enough to average at least 21+ points on the board in most games this year as the schedule remains to get tougher with the Dolphins (3-3), Eagles (7-0) coming up and the New Orleans Saints (2-5) and the Cincinnati Bengals (3-3) at home right after their bye week.
The Steelers right now are ranked 30th in total points scored, 27 ranked in rushing yards, and 24th in the pass, and have the 29th overall ranked offense in football, according to ESPN.
When asked about the offense and what is needed to be done to improve? Canada stated this in a press conference this past Friday …
Canada will have a tough task in having to out-do Frank Smith, the offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins this week as the Steelers will travel to South beach (Hard Rock Stadium) to take on the Miami Dolphins (3-3) who are looking to bounce back after being on a three-game losing streak with Tua Tagovailoa returning into the lineup.
What can you expect this week vs. Miami Dolphins?
The Steelers offense has to get going early and find a way to get everyone involved one way or another. Pittsburgh will have no choice but to match the high-powered offense of the Miami Dolphins by going touchdown-for-touchdown and not leaving any points out there on the field.
With weakened spots in Miami’s secondary with Dolphins CB Xavien Howard being questionable and overall shakiness in coverage in the middle of the field, expect a big day from tight ends Pat Friermith and Zach Gentry, along with a big day from Chase Claypool who’s starting to get hot around the right time.