Mike Tomlin is one of the greatest coaches in the history of the NFL, but his inability to look at his quarterback situation with an open mind is killing the Pittsburgh Steelers this season.

The Steelers lost to the Cleveland Browns 29-17 on Thursday night after mustering only 308 yards of total offense.

Steelers starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky passed for 207 yards with 0 passing touchdowns (he did have a rushing touchdown).

Through three games so far this season, Trubisky has 569 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

It’s pretty hard to win in the NFL these days if your quarterback is putting up pedestrian numbers — which is exactly what Trubisky has done so far this season.

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Sep 22, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) throws a pass against the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

The offense looks like a complete disaster early this season. In the first two weeks, Pittsburgh’s defense picked up the slack.

But on Thursday night against Cleveland, the Steelers needed their offense to step up (that’s because the Browns’ offensive line dominated Pittsburgh’s defensive line).

With Trubisky looking mostly ineffective, it seems like the right time to give rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett a shot.

Pickett was arguably the best-looking quarterback during training camp.

Tomlin, however, doesn’t appear to be motivated to make a change.

“I’m not in that mindset,” said Tomlin after the game about making a quarterback switch. “I’m interested in reviewing his tape and looking at the totality of it and figuring how we collectively get better.

“So, the answer to that question is definitively no,” added Tomlin.

It’s pretty easy to see what’s happening here. Tomlin had it in his mind before the season started that he wasn’t going to play a rookie.

And it’s not like that’s a big secret — Tomlin told Fox Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer a year ago that he had no desire to start over with a rookie quarterback in 2022.

Pickett, though, is probably Pittsburgh’s best option (we won’t know for sure until he gets a shot as the starter).

The offense needs a spark. And the Steelers have that spark on their bench.

But Tomlin is too stubborn to see it.

And that stubbornness could lead to Tomlin’s first losing season as a head coach if he’s not careful.

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