The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to Canada for their next offensive coordinator.
Well, sort of.
Quarterbacks coach Matt Canada is reportedly going to be promoted to the role of offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh, taking over from Randy Fichtner who was fired last week.
Canada was interviewed by the Miami Dolphins for their vacant offensive coordinator position earlier in the week. Promoting him would allow the Steelers to keep the long-time NCAA offensive guru in the fold.
The Steelers started the 2020 season with a perfect 11-0 record with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger enjoying a renaissance campaign. The club hit a late snag, going 1-4 in their five final regular season games before a first-round playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns.
The move will play a large role in the future of Canadian receiver Chase Claypool as he looks to continue establishing himself as one of the best young receivers in the NFL.
The Abbotsford, B.C. native finished his first year in the league with 62 receptions for 873 yards and nine touchdowns, plus 10 rushes for 16 yards and two scores — 11 total touchdowns.
Claypool has become a household name across Canada after tying the single-season record for touchdowns by a Canadian in the NFL and scoring the longest NFL touchdown ever by a Canadian-born player. His rookie campaign ranked second among the best all-time NFL seasons by a Canadian receiver.
Mapletron was named the Steelers’ Rookie of the Year and his 62 receptions tied the team’s all-time rookie record. He became the first receiver in the Super Bowl era to score 10 touchdowns in his first 10 games.
The six-foot-four, 238-pound target has the potential to be one of the NFL’s best red zone threats. If Canada designs Pittsburgh’s offence with Claypool’s skill set in mind, he could improve on his production in his second NFL season in 2021.