Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin spoke to reporters this week ahead of the start of training camp and he didn’t reveal who his starting quarterback in 2022 will be.
But his comments suggested that the battle has already been decided.
Tomlin told reporters that Pittsburgh plans to be “steady” when it comes to the quarterback depth chart.
“We aren’t going to micromanage or overmanage this quarterback competition,” said Tomlin on Tuesday. “The depth chart will not reset on every throw. I know you guys want to ask me every day and every throw, but we are going to be a little more steady than that. It’s important from a leadership perspective not to overmanage it or be too impulsive.”
“We are venturing into a territory that we haven’t been here for a long time in terms of the quarterback position,” added Tomlin. “Just from a competitor standpoint, you embrace challenges and you are excited about the anxiety associated with that uncertainty.”
If you’re hoping that rookie Kenny Pickett emerges from camp as the Steelers’ starting quarterback, then these comments from Tomlin aren’t good news for you.
Pittsburgh ended the spring with free agent addition Mitch Trubisky operating as the No. 1 quarterback, followed by Mason Rudolph as the No. 2 quarterback, and Pickett as the No. 3 quarterback.
Tomlin’s comments make it sound like it’s going to be tough for Pickett to pass Rudolph on the depth chart, which means it’ll be really tough to pass Trubisky. The Steelers are looking for consistency from the quarterback position. And right now, Trubisky is best suited to give them that consistency. He has the most starting experience of any quarterback on the roster. And he has a winning record as a starter in the NFL.
The only way Trubisky loses the job during training camp is if he gets hurt or his performance severely drops off. That doesn’t usually happen during training camp — everyone looks good before the season starts. Which just further signals that Trubisky will be the starter when the 2022 season gets underway.
Maybe Pickett makes some noise during the season if Trubisky struggles. That wouldn’t be a surprise at all. But for now, it certainly sounds like Trubisky is going to get the first shot at leading the Steelers’ offense in 2022.
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