A Letter From the Editor: You’ve made your stance on Matt Canada clear
As I sit here on this Sunday morning, the bye week for the Pittsburgh Steelers, I am amazed. And I can say I’m not amazed easily these days. Nonetheless, when I was on Twitter/X the other day and saw the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals in DC, I looked for one of my favorite videos to surface on social media.
The storming of the stairs.
Let me quickly explain.
If the Penguins beat the Capitals in Washington, something I’ve seen plenty of as a Maryland resident, Pittsburgh fans leave the arena and head directly across the street from the metro stop and storm the steps of some museum. What museum is it? No clue. No one cares either, they just want to make sure they are loud and proud as Caps fans file out of the arena and head for the metro.
Typical chants of “Let’s go Pens!” ring throughout the area, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Caps fans hate it, but when the Penguins go into your house and win, in this case 4-0, you just have to keep walking.
As I looked for the video, what I found wasn’t a “Let’s go Pens!” chant. It was something else.
“Fire Matt Canada!”
To be honest, I was pretty turned off. Not that I am happy with Matt Canada as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator, but I feel as if we’ve beaten this dead horse enough. Fans are signing petitions. Fans are booing at every chance. Chanting “Fire Canada” at Acrisure Stadium. Social media will see #FireCanada trending every time the Steelers take the field.
I understand fans are frustrated, and I understand the disdain for the play caller. However, I also can see that barring something catastrophic, Canada isn’t going anywhere. If the Steelers were going to make a change at offensive coordinator, it would have happened already earlier in the bye week.
This shouldn’t shock anyone.
Let me also make something crystal clear. I’m not telling anyone what to do or say. As human beings we all have the ability to speak and think for ourselves. I’m just saying there comes a time when I feel as if the horse, which was already dead, has been beaten into oblivion.
Steelers fans are now in a lose-lose situation. The Steelers offense improves after the bye, the team wins games, and Canada could be retained. Or the Steelers offense continues sputtering, and the team loses in the second half. Yes, it will result in Canada’s contract not being extended, but results in a poor season.
At this point, it seems as if the outcome of this season will be based around the individual and their feelings on the situation. With that said, I think we all know everyone’s feelings on Matt Canada…I’m choosing to turn the page.