Considering the circumstances, it's got to be hard for Pittsburgh Steelers fans to complain about where they currently stand. Despite getting humiliated in blowout losses twice in the first month of the season, Mike Tomlin's team somehow sits on a 3-2 record and they are currently in first place in the AFC North as they enter their Week 6 bye.
This is truly astonishing, as they were just moments away from losing against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5. If not for a few clutch plays like Miles Killebrew's blocked punt and the Joey Porter Jr. interception, this team would have fallen to 2-3 with Baltimore going up two games on Pittsburgh with a 4-1 record.
Despite the trainwreck performance for the offense all afternoon, Kenny Pickett finally eventually made his biggest play of the game when it mattered most -- completing a 41-yard touchdown pass to George Pickens with just 1:17 remaining in the game.
Matt Canada's reaction to this play quickly blew up on social media, as he was completely emotionless right after the game-winning touchdown for the Steelers. Going back and looking at the play, it certainly looked like Pickett called an audible to target Pickens in a Cover '0' look.
Steelers fans should be happy that this team is not only alive in the playoff race, but that they are 2-0 in the AFC North and are leading their division following Week 5. However, this win is bittersweet, as it could spell a longer stay for their underwhelming offensive coordinator.
Steelers could keep Matt Canada a while longer if the team keeps winning
When you break it down, the results have been anything but good for Pittsburgh's offense in 2023. If you take away points scored from the defense or special teams, the Steelers are left averaging a dismal 12.4 offensive points per game -- which puts them at the bottom of the barrel with the 1-4 New York Giants.
The results are just as poor when you look at metrics like EPA, total yards, and yard per play. Practically every sign points to the Steelers having one of the worst offenses in the league, and the eye test matches the cringeworthy numbers in 2023.
However, because the Steelers have been able to squeak away wins, Matt Canada might not be going anywhere (not yet, at least). Mike Tomlin has made it abundantly clear that he does not care about the manner in which Pittsburgh wins football games; rather, they simply find a way to win.
There's no question the defense and special teams bailed out Canada and the offense in Week 5 against the Ravens. Managing 289 total yards and just 4.4 yards per play typically won't get the job done. However, it's unlikely a change at OC will be coming during the bye week because the game resulted in a win.
After all, the big reason Mike Tomlin stuck with Matt Canada in the first place is that he didn't want Pickett to undergo another offensive coordinator change. We will gladly take the win. Just know that this probably means Canada is going to be around a bit longer.