Mike Tomlin has 'no reservations' about Matt Canada's play-calling
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To be blunt, the Steelers' offense has been a train wreck this season. The Steelers rank 22nd in scoring (20.1 points per game), 29th in rushing (87.6 yards per game) and they haven't scored a touchdown in the first half in their last five games, which hasn't occurred since *checks notes* 1940 ...
Matt Canada's first year as an offensive coordinator in the NFL has been a major disappointment. The creativity that he was praised for at the college level hasn't transferred to the pros. Mike Tomlin doesn't seem to be concerned, however.
"I have no reservations about the play-calling," Tomlin said on Tuesday when asked about Canada's play-calling abilities. "I will acknowledge there's a learning curve at every job that pertains to the National Football League."
Tomlin was also pressed about the atrocious stat of not scoring a touchdown in the first half in five straight games. Tomlin really didn't have much to say about it. I think he's quite stunned himself.
"We can score in the first half," Tomlin said. "That's our intentions every week. We've come up short."
It will be interesting to see if Tomlin brings Canada back for the 2022 season. Maybe he needs a mobile quarterback and a chance to run his offense completely. Let's be honest, Ben Roethlisberger controls a lot of things when it comes to the offensive scheme. It's his 18th season in the NFL and Canada's first as a play-caller in the NFL. So, that's to be expected.
However, as of right now, it appears that Canada is over his head as an offensive coordinator in the NFL. Canada is looking like just a college guy. The NFL is too big for him. The thing is though, Canada was a disaster at LSU in 2017 and was fired by Ed Orgeron after the season. He was a journeyman at the college level. Tomlin should have seen this coming.