Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is sending a strong message ahead of the 2022 season.
The biggest story of the offseason for the Steelers was whether or not Mitch Trubisky or Kenny Pickett would start at quarterback.
Trubisky was signed by the Steelers this offseason while Pickett was selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
It’s Trubisky who will get the start for Pittsburgh in week one.
Pickett was impressive at times during preseason action leading some to believe that he would be the better choice for the Steelers.
But if you think Trubisky will be looking over his shoulder at Pickett this season, you’re wrong.
According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, Tomlin is committed to sitting Pickett the entire season.
“This is Trubisky’s team,” said Glazer, who is close with Tomlin.
Jay Glazer reports on Fox NFL Sunday that Steelers HC Mike Tomlin's plan is "to sit Kenny Pickett all season long, and just let him sit and learn in his rookie season."— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) September 11, 2022
"This is [Mitch] Trubisky's team." 🏈 pic.twitter.com/aeXVfraUOg
Maybe Pickett is the better option. I don’t know. No one does right now. But regardless of whether or not he’s the better option, this is probably the right decision by Tomlin to squash any controversy before it happens. That’s a distraction the Steelers don’t need.
Pickett is the future, but Trubisky is the guy for this season. Next year, maybe it’s a different story.
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