The Pittsburgh Steelers decided to make Mitch Trubisky this team’s starter for a simple reason. Before the start of the regular season head coach Mike Tomlin explained the decision during a press conference.

“He’s a guy that came to us with franchise quarterback experience if you will,” said Tomlin at the time. “He’s comfortable in those shoes.”

A reasonable explanation, if you ask me. The Steelers have a talented defense and even in a loaded AFC North, you’ve got to give your roster a shot with a proven quarterback unless your rookie is a guy that’s clearly ready. Kenny Pickett, by the way, doesn’t fit that description even if he becomes the right decision sooner than expected.

But that explanation about Trubisky being a “franchise quarterback” only works if you treat him as such. So far, the Steelers are not doing that. We could point toward multiple pieces of evidence to prove that but the biggest one yet is what Mitch said after the team’s first loss of the season.

“We’re still figuring out when is a good time for me to audible and if, within each play, I have the option to do so,” said Mitch Trubisky per Gerry Dulac from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

Are the Steelers telling us – in other words – that the guy that ate into what could’ve been very valuable first-team reps in the offseason because he’s a veteran with “franchise” kind of experience isn’t ready to call audibles for your offense?

That’s the exact kind of thing that was supposed to be the reason why Tomlin’s coaching staff made him QB1 in the first place. What were the Steelers preparing Trubisky for, then?

Since then, offensive coordinator Matt Canada confirmed Trubisky can’t call audibles in every situation. As justification, he pointed out Trubisky just got to Pittsburgh and he’s playing with “a bunch of young players.”

But wait, didn’t we just see the Dallas Cowboys’ backup Cooper Rush call audibles, adjust pass protections, and more with a group of small-name wide receivers like Noah Brown and Dennis Houston?

Sure, Trubisky “just got here” but a guy with legit NFL experience should have that kind of freedom, especially if you’re trusting him over a first-round pick due to experience.

Frustrations on offense are quickly piling up for a Steelers coaching staff that’s running out of excuses.

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