It hasn’t taken long for the shine to wear off Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky, a free agent addition made by the team earlier this year.

Trubisky, who struggled during his time with the Chicago Bears before spending a year as the backup to Josh Allen in Buffalo, doesn’t look like a great starting option for the Steelers so far.

Through two games, Trubisky has 362 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

Not exactly gaudy numbers.

And based on his history, this is probably as good as it’s going to get for Trubisky. He’ll have a game or two here and there where he throws for over 300 yards. But those are outliers. What we’ve seen so far is the real Trubisky.

As a result, ESPN thinks it’s already time for the Steelers to make the change and roll with rookie Kenny Pickett as Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback.

From ESPN:

The teams swapped short touchdowns late, but Pittsburgh ended this game with 243 yards of total offense one week after rolling up 267 on the Bengals. Trubisky has completed 59% of his passes for 362 yards in two games and honestly doesn’t look like the supposed upgrade over 2021 Ben Roethlisbergerthat we’d been led to believe he might be after his year of career rehab in Buffalo. He looks like the old Chicago Trubisky. And that, whatever Mike Tomlin might tell you, is not a good Trubisky.

What do the Steelers have to lose? Are they going to drop from 255 yards per game to 245? And if they do, so what? Pickett surely didn’t look in the preseason as if the game was too big or too fast for him. His college résumé is extensive, and he enters the league with as much experience as any rookie in recent memory. If he offers anything resembling upside over what Trubisky has shown, why not? Everyone in the division lost on Sunday, so there’s still an opportunity for Pittsburgh to make something of this season. And if nothing else, sheesh, at least maybe they wouldn’t be so hard to watch!

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Sep 18, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) warms up before the game against the New England Patriots at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN is right — what does Pittsburgh have to lose?

The Steelers beat the Bengals in week one because of their defense. The game shouldn’t have even been close, but the offense couldn’t put Cincinnati away and Pittsburgh nearly lost the game (they would’ve lost had the Bengals converted the PAT at the end of regulation).

Against the Patriots, the Steelers defense once again did its job. But the offense was non-existent.

Pittsburgh has a championship-level defense — even with TJ Watt sidelined — why not roll with Pickett to see if it gives the offense a spark?

In 2004, the Steelers turned to rookie Ben Roethlisberger as their starter after the team started 1-1 and Tommy Maddox proved to be ineffective. Big Ben stepped in as the starter and proceeded to go 13-0 (Maddox started the final game of the regular season).

Maybe history would repeat itself.

It might be a stretch to suggest that Pickett could go 13-0, but he could still help the Steelers get the offense on track. And who knows what could happen from there.

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