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Seahawks schedule just got tougher after Steelers fire Matt Canada

When you’re so bad that the Steelers do something they haven’t done since the 1940s...

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The Seattle Seahawks’ Week 17 home finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers could have significant playoff implications for both teams, and there’s been a coaching staff shake-up on the Steelers’ side that’s worth reporting.

Hugely unpopular offensive coordinator Matt Canada is now the former Steelers offensive coordinator. He was fired on Tuesday after Pittsburgh’s 13-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns, which dropped them to 6-4, but an offense that poor undermines their top-10 defense and obviously threatens the entire season. You want to know how unprecedented this is in modern Steelers history? Dig this fun fact.

Canada was hired as Pittsburgh’s OC in 2021, so he’s presided for a retiring Ben Roethlisberger, a sprinkling of Mitch Trubisky starts, and two seasons of Kenny Pickett. Not a great hand to be dealt but even poor offenses can occasionally strike gold. Pittsburgh was not just awful under Canada, they were uniquely awful.

While Canada is now unemployed, Pickett’s current starting job is in question. He currently has as many touchdown passes as Tommy DeVito and essentially no positive stats other than a couple of game-winning drives. Pickett is still the starter for now but it’s not inconceivable that the Seahawks are facing Mitch Trubisky come Week 17.

The headline is a little tongue-in-cheek but not totally baseless. Seattle’s defense has been reeling since losing Uchenna Nwosu and Pittsburgh is easily the worst offense left on the schedule. A change of OC (and maybe a change at QB?) could makes Pittsburgh a little more difficult to handle come Dec. 31.