Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada made headlines earlier this week, when CBS broadcasters Spero Dedes and Adam Archuleta revealed that Canada made mention that their offense was "not built" to comeback from deficits late in the third quarter of their game against the Houston Texans.
Earlier today, Canada had the chance to respond to these controversial comments, calling them ‘an unbelievable misinterpretation of a conversation.' According to Canada, the discussion was concerning their strategy against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1.
“The conversation was why we ran more runs and play action against the Raiders than the opening game (against 49ers). Why was that, as you look at a stat sheet, why did it look that way?”
With the game plan not working as expected, the game escaped them quickly, and the Steelers would eventually get overwhelmed physically on both sides of the ball in their lopsided loss. Canada would assert that he never asserted that the team was incapable of winning games when faced with a deficit.
“At no point was that conversation meant in that regard. I certainly believe he knew that, it was taken wrong if not. Of all the things we want to talk about, at no point do I doubt our players. Doubt where we are. Doubt we could come back, no doubts.”
The Steelers come into their Sunday matchup against the Baltimore Ravens ranked 29th in total yards, 29th in total rushing yards, and 29th in points per game. With the Ravens currently atop the AFC North, Canada and his offense will need to put this issue aside and come up with a winning formula if they look to steer this ship in the right direction.