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Reports of Matt Canada being the next Steelers offensive coordinator might have been premature

The Pittsburgh Steelers still haven’t picked an offensive coordinator, despite rumors over the weekend.

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As Pittsburgh Steelers fans checked several social media platforms over the weekend, there was a significant amount of news surrounding their favorite football team. Coaches who weren’t coming back, reports of Ben Roethlisberger’s return and also reports of Matt Canada being promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator.

Immediately fans reacted to Canada’s promotion, but maybe the reports were false. Maybe someone jumped the gun on this news?

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that very well might have happened.

Here is what he had to say about the situation:

“A team source would only confirm to the Post-Gazette that Canada is “a candidate” for the position vacated when Fichtner was not rehired last week. Coaches and several offensive players have not been told if Canada, who turns 49 on Tuesday, will get the job, though the move would appear to be a logical one if the Steelers plan on Ben Roethlisberger returning for the 2021 season.

“Canada would keep the offensive terminology the same, which would be important for Roethlisberger, who, at 39, would not have to learn an entirely new system.”

The fact the Steelers didn’t interview any other candidates, at least they didn’t make those lists public, should have been a red flag the news might have been a bit early. The Steelers would have to follow the Rooney rule, which would require the interviewing of minority candidates.

That doesn’t mean Canada won’t become the team’s next play caller, but it just means these early reports might have put the cart before the horse.

In the meantime, make sure you stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes not just on this story, but all things Pittsburgh Steelers, as the 2021 offseason gets underway and the organization prepares for free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft.