The Athletic recently spoke to 50 NFL coaches/executives about quarterbacks and how they rank in tiers.
And let’s just say the folks The Athletic talked to aren’t very big fans of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
Trubisky, who is expected to begin the 2022 season as Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback, is ranked No. 33 among NFL starting quarterbacks. He’s listed as a tier 4 quarterback.
One of the reasons Trubisky is ranked so low is because of his struggles when it comes to reading and diagnosing defenses.
“We played him a couple times in Chicago and he struggled, threw into a lot of coverages,” said an anonymous defensive coach. “They ran some of that Kansas City gimmicky stuff, but when it came down to it, he didn’t see pressures very well. He did not diagnose defenses very well at all.”
An offensive coach suggested the only reason Trubisky got a starting job is because he’s a “nice guy”.
From The Athletic:
“That just goes to show, if you are not a jerk you can get resurrected by relaxing for a year and letting the rest of the (crummy) quarterbacks be (crummy) so that you can look good, and then they’ll circle back to you,” an offensive coach said.
I’m sure Steelers fans won’t like reading those comments, but they’re probably accurate.
There’s a reason why Trubisky is getting paid backup money to be a starter for the Steelers. And there’s a reason why Pittsburgh used their 2022 first-round draft pick on a quarterback (Kenny Pickett) after signing Trubisky.
The former North Carolina standout just isn’t a franchise quarterback. NFL teams, including the Steelers, know that. Pittsburgh simply wants him to be a bridge quarterback between Ben Roethlisberger and Pickett. If Trubisky shocks everyone and turns out to be a Pro-Bowl caliber quarterback for the Steelers, then that’s great. But that’s not what anyone in Pittsburgh’s front office is expecting.
And judging by the comments from anonymous coaches, no one else in the NFL is expecting Trubisky to be a star, either.
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