Steelers could replace Matt Canada with Frank Reich
If Jim Caldwell is not an option for the Steelers, then Frank Reich should be an option. Reich suddenly became an available option when the Colts discharged him as a head coach.
How could you argue with hiring Reich? He was a dynamic backup quarterback to Jim Kelley and, at one point, had engineered the largest comeback in NFL history over the Oilers in the payoffs when they won 41-38 in overtime.
He later became a coach serving under Tony Dungy and Ken Whisenhunt, both with connections to the Steelers as either a player or coach. He later reunited with Whisenhunt in San Diego and then became their offensive coordinator when Whisenhunt moved on to Tennessee. In 2016 he served as Eagles’ offensive coordinator helping them win Superbowl LII. In 2018 he returned to Indianapolis as their head coach until he was unceremonially discharged earlier this season and replaced by Jeff Saturday.
The Steelers would be hard-pressed to find a better option to replace Matt Canada. He has coached under other coaches tied to the Steelers and has a track record of success. It would be hard to imagine the Steelers not placing him on their shortlist. They would be hard-pressed to find a candidate with a better resume than Reich, and it’s partially surprising the Steelers didn’t fire Canada when he became available.
It’s hard to say what direction the Steelers will go at the season’s end, but they have credible options to replace Canada. Will the person who gets the job be on this list or be one of the other names that may be tossed around, like Brian Johnson, Duce Staley, Joe Brady, pep Hamilton, or an off-the-cuff choice like Ben Roethlisberger? It will be interesting to see who wins the position and how it affects the Steelers in the 2023 season.