Steelers coaching selections, including status of OC Matt Canada, on maintain: Sources

PITTSBURGH — It has been a little bit greater than every week because the Steelers have been eradicated from the playoffs, and but no information on the long run of the crew’s coaching employees, including offensive coordinator Matt Canada, has emerged from the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

It seems there’s a motive for the delay.

Decisions in regards to the employees have been put on maintain, based on two members of the group who weren’t licensed to talk publicly, as a result of head coach Mike Tomlin has been tending to a private matter. Player exit conferences, that are anticipated to start this week, can be carried out nearly for many who have left city because the finish of the season, one particular person stated.

Historically, Tomlin would have exit conferences with all gamers not lengthy after the season ended after which make any employees modifications not lengthy after that. Tomlin hinted throughout his ultimate information convention final week that he was going to take his time evaluating his crew after the Steelers completed with seven wins of their final 9 video games and narrowly missed the playoffs.

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The Steelers’ offense confirmed development, however will or not it’s sufficient to save lots of Matt Canada’s job?

Canada has been within the Steelers’ facility each final week and this week, based on one other crew worker. The analysis of the coaching employees may start sooner moderately than later.

It has been uncommon that Tomlin’s coaching employees has remained intact from yr to yr. The final time it did was following the 2016 season. Tomlin held onto his unique employees for the primary three years of his profession however has since had 27 assistant coaches both fired, retired or not having their contracts renewed.

With a small employees and the identical head coach for 16 seasons, that is a comparatively excessive turnover from yr to yr.

Canada may very well be the subsequent one to hitch that listing.

The much-maligned coordinator remains to be beneath contract for yet another season and the Steelers sometimes balk at firing coaches. Speaking final week, Tomlin credited Canada for making enhancements however fell quick of welcoming him again.

“I assumed he obtained higher identical to our crew obtained higher,” Tomlin stated. “I’m not going to invest about him or anybody as I stand right here at the moment. … I’m simply not there. We have some work to do, however largely I assumed he obtained higher within the ways in which we obtained higher, so it was encouraging.”

The analysis of Canada is a difficult one for Tomlin.

The offense struggled with rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett for the primary half of the season however appeared higher within the second half. There is at all times the concern of setting Pickett again by altering methods, or if Canada returns and the offense stays conservative prefer it did this previous yr.

In 13 of 17 video games, the Steelers gained greater than 300 yards, however they scored 30 factors solely as soon as and at the very least 20 factors simply eight instances. In 34 video games beneath Canada, the Steelers have scored 30 factors or extra solely twice.

It is unknown when Tomlin will begin the analysis of his coaching employees, however there may be time.

Five head-coaching jobs and 6 offensive coordinator positions on groups that don’t want new head coaches stay open throughout the league, which may restrict candidates to select from if Tomlin decides to switch Canada. According to stories, Kliff Kingsbury will not be serious about coaching this yr, and Jim Caldwell is searching for solely head-coaching alternatives.

Names like Frank Reich, Nathaniel Hackett, Joe Brady, Mark Whipple, Brian Johnson and Byron Leftwich (if he’s fired in Tampa Bay) have been floated on the market for the Steelers. In-house candidates to switch Canada if the group decides to make a transfer embrace working again coach Eddie Faulkner and quarterback coach Mike Sullivan.

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