Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers promoted quarterbacks coach Matt Canada to offensive coordinator, the team announced Monday.
Canada, who was hired in 2020, spent last season as the Steelers' quarterbacks coach and primarily worked on developing Mason Rudolph and the team's younger quarterbacks. Canada interviewed for the job along with former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson and Los Angeles Chargers assistant coach Pep Hamilton.
The 49-year-old Canada replaces former Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner. The Steelers previously announced that they were not renewing Fichtner's contract after their season ended with a wild-card loss to the Browns earlier this month.
Canada was one of the favorites to land the Steelers' OC position, and his promotion could convince veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to return for the 2021 season. Roethlisberger, who has a year left on his contract, has been considering his options since the Steelers' postseason exit.
The Steelers also have quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins and Rudolph under contract next season.
Before serving as the Steelers' quarterbacks coach in the 2020-21 campaign, Canada spent his entire coaching career at the college level. He had stops as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, LSU and Maryland, among other schools.
Also Monday, the Steelers announced the hiring of tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts. He replaces James Daniel, who retired last week.