Matt Canada, Steelers ‘quarterback’ coach for one season, was promoted to offensive coordinator. Canada has replaced Randy Fichtner, who did not have his contract renewed at the end of the 2020 season.
Under Canada, Ben Roethlisberger completed 399 of 608 passes for 3,803 yards with 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a 9480 rating. The Steelers finished seventh in the passing game AFC and 15th in the NFL.
The Steelers Offense implemented a jet sweep and pre-snap momentum early in the season, something Canada is known for for its college coaching career.
Canada joined the Steelers from the college ranks in 2020, where he had two decades of experience as a quarterback coach and offensive coordinator and was a finalist for the Broyles Award in 2016, an honor given to the top assistant coach in college football.
His track record in college included his offensive units that set school records at several stages of his career, including Indiana, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin and Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Maryland in 2018 when he was interim head coach.
Canada served as the offensive coordinator and coach of the quarterbacks at LSU in 2017, helping guide quarterback Danny Etling to a strong season where he threw 16 touchdowns and just two interceptions, while LSU for the fewest turnovers Ranked No. 1 in the country. .
Canada spent the 2016 season at the University of Pittsburgh as offensive coordinator, and the Panthers averaged a school-record 42 points for their game. Pitt led the nation in red-zone touchdown percentage (82%) and scored at least 28 points in all 12 regular season games, including a 43–42 victory over eventual national champion Clemson.
While he was at NC State (2013-15), he coached quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who threw 43 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions over a two-year period under his guidance. The Walkpack finished third in the ACC in ACC scoring in 2015 and scored the most points (41) in the regular season against the College Football Playoff Finals Clemson.
Canada led Wisconsin to the Big Ten Championship and the Rose Bowl berth in 2012. The Badgers finished 12th nationally in stopping offense and Monty Ball won the Dock Walker Award as the nation’s top running back.
Prior to joining the Wisconsin staff, Canada led offenses on both Northern Illinois (2003, 2011) and Indiana (2007–10). In 2011, the Huskies won the MAC Championship and topped the top 12 nationally in offense, total offense and running offense. Canada earned a school-record 412 points in Indiana in 2007, and each of the three different quarterbacks ranked in the top three in single-season passing touchdowns, passing yards and completion percentage.
In his first term as offensive coordinator for Northern Illinois in 2003, the Hawkeyes climbed to No. 12 in the AP poll. Canada’s contribution was to the development of the All-American who brought back Michael-Turner.