It’s still very early in training camp, but it’s increasingly starting to feel like the Pittsburgh Steelers made a big mistake this offseason.
Early in the offseason, I felt like the Steelers needed to “go for it”. They have a great defense and a generational player in pass rusher TJ Watt that’s in his prime. They lost the AFC North by a half-game last season to the Cincinnati Bengals. Why not push in all the chips and get a quarterback like Russell Wilson (who was traded from the Seattle Seahawks to the Denver Broncos) and make a Super Bowl run?
Instead, the Steelers signed a retread quarterback in Mitch Trubisky and they drafted Kenny Pickett in the first round.
I like Pickett a lot. But he’s not ready to lead this team to a Super Bowl. As for Trubisky, I think we know what he is at this point. He’s basically another version of Ryan Tannehill. He’s talented but doesn’t quite have the “it factor” (just ask Tennessee Titans fans how they feel about Tannehill after their playoff loss to the Bengals last season).
Steelers’ quarterback battle reveals how a big mistake was possibly made
The Steelers currently have a quarterback battle brewing between Trubisky, Pickett, and Mason Rudolph.
That sentence alone tells us that Pittsburgh likely made a mistake by not upgrading at quarterback this offseason.
Trubisky was exiled from Chicago after not performing well, Pickett is a rookie, and Rudolph is a career backup who has made nine career starts and is entering his fifth season in the NFL.
Do any of those guys seem like a quarterback that’s going to hoist a Lombardi Trophy? Are Bengals fans or Ravens fans scared of any of those quarterbacks?
The fact that Rudolph is receiving first-team reps has to be depressing to Steelers fans. Rudolph doesn’t need to be anywhere near the starting job, yet he’s getting first-team reps?
Mason Rudolph took reps with the 1s team in the first team period, Mitch Trubisky with the 2s. This is expected as the Steelers keep rotating QBs with different skill players.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 3, 2022
I know Rudolph isn’t going to win the job — I think we all know that — but the fact he’s even getting first-team reps is mind-blowing.
The other top contenders in the AFC — the Bengals, Ravens, Chiefs, Raiders, Broncos, Chargers, Colts, and Patriots — all have established starting quarterbacks.
The Steelers, though, are trying to decide if three guys who started a combined one game in the NFL last season can lead this team to a division title.
I’m guessing the answer will be no. And it’s a shame because this Steelers team has a ton of talent on both sides of the ball. But it looks like it’ll be wasted because Pittsburgh’s front office didn’t do its job this offseason.
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