The Pittsburgh Steelers have three quarterbacks competing during training camp for the starting job, but it’s pretty clear to everyone who will emerge as the starter in week one.

Mitch Trubisky, who was signed by Pittsburgh during the offseason, is all but guaranteed to be the Steelers’ starting quarterback in 2022 (at least to start the season).

Trubisky, a former first-round draft pick, has the most experience on the roster. He also has a winning record as a quarterback. Since minicamps earlier this spring, it’s been evident that Pittsburgh is leaning his direction.

The Steelers coaching staff, however, is trying to change that narrative. They want fans/media to believe that backup quarterback Mason Rudolph actually has a shot to be Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback in week one (Pittsburgh is wisely being patient with rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett).

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“He’s (Rudolph) taken advantage of the opportunities,” said Tomlin on Thursday (via “He’s been detailed. He’s doing a good job of communicating with others. He’s been competitive. Not anything out of the usual in terms of his approach to business.”

That’s modest praise from Tomlin. Nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year.

Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Matt Canada, though, took it a bit further with his comments this week.

Canada strongly suggested that Rudolph could win the job.

“Mason’s getting the second reps right now, almost equal to, maybe slightly less than Mitch,” said Canada to 97.3 The Fan. “He’s being given a very fair shot. To this point in camp, it might have been exactly equal. Mason has made a lot of plays at times, he’s played very well at times for us. He’s got a great shot at it. He’s being treated that way. His history with our plays, with our system, is a positive for him,”

This certainly feels like Canada is trying to keep the illusion of a quarterback battle going. This might be to throw other teams off (though I think almost every NFL team is focusing on themselves right now). Or it could be to ensure that competition between the quarterbacks continues through camp.

Either way, no one actually believes that Rudolph, a 27-year-old quarterback with 10 starts in four seasons, is going to win the job after the Steelers signed a free agent quarterback and used a first-round draft pick on a quarterback. It’s ludicrous to even suggest that Rudolph will be the guy in 2022.

Canada, Tomlin, and others can keep the farce going as long as they want. But I’m pretty confident fans and reporters see right through it.

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