The Pittsburgh Steelers moved on from offensive coordinate her Randy Fichtner the team announced on Thursday. While a flurry of news around the NFL when it comes to interviews and hiring of head coaches and coordinators have been announced, nothing in regards to the Steelers open position had been reported.
According to both Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Steelers are expected to promote quarterbacks coach Matt Canada to their offensive coordinator position.
The #Steelers are expected to promote QB coach Matt Canada to offensive coordinator, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. A creative mind originally from the college game, Canada also interviewed with the #Dolphins but now stays in Pittsburgh.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 16, 2021
Canada came to the Steelers for the 2020 season after spending his entire coaching career in the college ranks. The first quarterbacks coach since Randy Fichtner, Canada was brought in to help the Steelers young quarterbacks as well as give some injection into the offense.
It was reported erlier this week Canada was a possible candidate for the open coordinator job of the Miami Dolphins.
The hiring of Canada last offseason was more of a buzz than normal when it comes to a position coach. Many believed it was merely a steppingstone to the coordinator position at some point down the road. Apparently, that point is the 2021 season.
Although the Steelers may plan on promoting Canada to the position, the process may not be concluded just yet. With an open coordinators position, the Steelers may have to do at least one outside interview before anything official can be made in order to be in compliance with additions to the Rooney Rule in 2020.
The NFL is immediately instituting changes to the Rooney Rule, requiring clubs interview at least 2 external minority candidates for head coach openings and 1 minority candidate for any coordinator job, I’m told. That's on top of two resolutions up for vote @JimTrotter_NFL noted.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 18, 2020
As is often the case in the NFL, nothing is a done deal until both parties sign on the dotted line and an official announcement comes from the Pittsburgh Steelers. But for now, it looks like the Steelers are content and having Canada run their offiense for 2021.
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