Kenny Pickett made a comment on Monday night after beating the Indianapolis Colts that should feel refreshing to Pittsburgh Steelers fans.
The rookie quarterback was asked by a reporter if he had a special speech for his teammates during Pittsburgh’s go-ahead drive in the fourth quarter.
Pickett told the reporter there was no speech.
“I mean, listen, it’s reading the room, knowing what we need,” said Pickett. “I think everyone was dialed in, locked in on what we had to do. There is no rah-rah speech that’s going to go put the ball in the end zone.”
“You just kind of had that look about you, and everybody else responds that way and it was business,” added Pickett. “So it was an unbelievable drive, great drive to get in there, and then get the two-point conversion.”
When I heard that comment from Pickett, I immediately thought about two quarterbacks — Derek Carr and Russell Wilson.
Both of those guys come off as players who try too hard to look like leaders. It doesn’t come naturally to them. And they don’t read the room well.
It seems like we’re constantly seeing cringeworthy moments from those quarterbacks — especially Wilson. And teammates see through that stuff.
Russell Wilson gave us the most cringe-worthy mic'd up in NFL history on Monday night pic.twitter.com/EGihjIloMD— Kevin Boilard (@KevinBoilard) December 3, 2019
Pickett showed he’s a natural leader against the Colts by not trying to give a disingenuous speech. He knew his teammates were locked in, so he just went to work.
It’s still too early to say if Pickett is “the guy” for the Steelers. We need a bigger sample size to know for sure. But I like what I’ve seen so far. Pickett has the physical skills, he has some swagger, and he showed against Indy that he can be an elite leader when the game is on the line.
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