Despite missing the franchise quarterback, the Bengals may actually be favored come Sunday, a big reason being that Pittsburgh’s offense has been nothing short of abysmal this season.
The struggles have brought us players publicly complaining, doubts about Kenny Pickett and now, offensive coordinator Matt Canada has been fired.
History today in Pittsburgh: When the Steelers fired offensive coordinator Matt Canada today, it marked the first time they have made an in-season coaching change since 1941, per @PaulHembo.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 21, 2023
The last time the Steelers fired a head coach/coordinator midseason was 1941, when the… pic.twitter.com/hsi1T1AvdS
The highlight of the Matt Canada era is Chris Boswell letting him know it wasn’t him pic.twitter.com/PWstOx3JKk— Jesse Moeller (@JMoeller05) November 21, 2023
Despite their offensive struggles, Pittsburgh enters Sunday’s matchup with a 6-4 record, largely thanks to their defense. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin spoke with the media Tuesday and said running backs coach Eddie Faulkner will take over the offensive coordinator role, but quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan will take the “bulk” of the play calling duties.
This could be a problem for the Bengals, however. When players are frustrated with a coach, and he gets fired, players seem to perform better in the next game.
With that said, Pittsburgh is opting to have two coaches fill the role, so there could be some miscommunication and adjustments needed in their first outing.
Pittsburgh likely won’t roll out a drastically different offense on Sunday, so the tape Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo has been studying should still be applicable as he prepares the team for the matchup.
The Steelers travel to Paycor Stadium on Sunday for a 1 pm kickoff.