The OC’s response to the chants sounded similar to coach Mike Tomlin’s, in which he said the team appreciates the fans’ “passion.”
“The fans want us to win. They want us to play better, so there’s nothing wrong with their passion in those things,” Canada said, via ESPN’s Brooke Pryor. “And obviously, we’re not going to—Mike T. says it all the time—we’re not running away from it. We expect to be better. We’re going to be better. I firmly believe that. So, until we do that, obviously there’s going to be frustration. [There’s] more frustration with our guys because we’re not happy with what we’re putting on tape and putting on the field. So, we’ll continue to work and we’ll get it right and we’ll get it better. I firmly believe that.”
Matt Canada says he was “made aware” of the Fire Canada chant at Acrisure Stadium in the fourth quarter.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) September 21, 2023
“There’s nothing wrong with their passion.” pic.twitter.com/w1rJJIus0B
Despite concerns from fans, the team and coaching staff have all shared similar sentiments regarding Canada. For example, tight end Pat Freiermuth said the team needs to “continue to trust” Canada and the positions he puts the team in.