PITTSBURGH – The Steelers signed Mitch Trubisky back in mid-March and he was immediately viewed as the starter moving forward in 2022.

But at the same time, everyone that had been paying close attention knew the Steelers’ quarterback search was far from over.

So, when the Steelers took Kenny Pickett with the 20th overall pick in the draft it wasn’t much of a surprise. Honestly, the most surprising element of the pick was the player in Pickett itself, not the overall selection of a quarterback.

Yet, a controversy arose this week regarding the Steelers’ approach toward the quarterback position.

“He’s been bamboozled,” longtime Pittsburgh radio host Mark Madden recently said about Trubisky and how the selection of Pickett affects him. “He was coming here thinking he was going to re-start his career. Now he is going to be backup to a rookie…. But he should still feel hoodwinked.”

Madden even went as far to say that Tomlin doesn’t know how to replace a quarterback because he’s never had to do it before.

“Mike Tomlin inherited Ben Roethlisberger. He’s never had to replace a quarterback before. The way that he has gone about it confirms that — that he’s never done it. And, I think, [he] doesn’t know how to do it,” said Madden.

Well, as it turns out, that’s not how things went down with the Steelers, Tomlin, Trubisky, or Pickett.

At all.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Steelers informed Trubisky before the draft that that Pickett was a possibility at No. 20 if he was there.

“I was told that he [Trubisky] even knew that Kenny Pickett was a strong possibility going into this,” Fowler said on the network’s Get Up. “If he [Pickett] was there at No. 20 they might take him. He [Trubisky] was prepared for this.”

Fowler even backed up Tomlin’s statement in a previous interview with Rich Eisen about how he expects the upcoming quarterback competition to be a “fierce” one.

“They plan to play no favorites,” Fowler explained. “Mike Tomlin’s words are sincere, because if there is anywhere in the NFL that is truly merit-based about competition, it’s the Steelers.”

Fowler’s report is no surprise. Of course the Steelers told Trubisky there was a chance they’d take Pickett at 20. There’s a big reason why Tomlin and Kevin Colbert have been around as long as they have: they know exactly what they’re doing.

And by being honest and transparent, they helped themselves tremendously when it comes to figuring out life post-Big Ben. Especially when considering how down free agency and the draft was when it came to quarterbacks.

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