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Art Rooney II praises Steelers late season performance; fears an OC change

You might want to think again if you’re expecting much change for the Steelers in 2023 offensively. Steelers owner Art Rooney II sat down with Missi Matthews to discuss the Steelers 2023 season.

Rooney had this to say regarding the Steelers performance during the second half of the season, where the team mainly faced no playoff teams.

Even though we fell short of making the playoffs this year, I felt the second half of the season was encouraging, obviously, we still have a lot of areas we need to improve on, but I like the way the team kept fighting down the stretch and kept ourselves alive.

Rooney admits there is room to improve, but he seemed fine with how the team finished the season despite missing the playoffs. Rooney was also asked why the team stuck with Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada.

They seem to work well together, they built a good working relationship. To sort of start over with a new offensive coordinator, you could wind up in the same situation again, where the first half of the season, you’re breaking in a new coordinator. We just felt like there’s enough there to build on that we wanted to continue to keep that group together.

It’s a puzzling response considering the team would have to start over next season if they find Matt Canada’s results not favorable. They would let Canada walk and have a need to find his replacement which they’d likely hire within.

There is not much proof out there to support changing offensive coordinators would hurt a quarterback’s growth. To say otherwise speaks in absolutes and it’s just not an argument with much substance.

It appears the Steelers are banking on their run-first, short-yardage passing offensive style for 2023 and adding to it in the upcoming free agency and NFL draft.

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