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Matt Canada replaced Randy Fichtner as the Steelers offensive coordinator this offseason, and it's expected that Canada's offense will feature a lot of his staples like pre-snap motions, jet sweeps, play-action and misdirection.
Canada's offense is centered around creativity, which was something that was lacking in Fichtner's offense. And Canada has said all offseason that there won't be many changes to the offense, but the verbiage is different, which is something that Ben Roethlisberger is adjusting to as he heads into his 18th season with the Steelers.
Roethlisberger said last week that he and the other quarterbacks are constantly looking at their wristbands early on during training camp. Roethlisberger said, "New isn’t always bad, it’s just new."
“It’s the easiest offense in America, in my opinion,” Canada said. “I’ve always said that. Huge compliment to Ben, he’s done this a long time and we have made some changes in how we call things in the system.”
No matter the schematics or changes in offensive philosophy, Canada says at the end of the day, “We’re going to be the Pittsburgh Steelers.”
“Football is football,” he said. “There’s not that many plays out there. There are some differences in how we’re calling it and Ben’s worked very hard to be comfortable with it. We’re trying to find ways to get guys in certain spots, but it’s going to look very similar to how it’s always looked.”
This is Canada's first year as an offensive coordinator in the NFL and second overall coaching in the league. He's been an offensive coordinator at numerous Power Five schools and has been successful everywhere he's been, minus LSU where he and head coach Ed Orgeron didn't see eye-to-eye on offensive schematics.