Mike Tomlin seems to have closed the door on rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett. The Pittsburgh Steelers head coach mentioned his quarterback scenario on Sept. 11 and disclosed that he has no plans for the previous Pitt star to play in 2022.
In talking with FOX NFL Sunday’s Jay Glazer earlier than the Steelers’ Week 1 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, Tomlin mentioned Pittsburgh is Mitch Trubisky’s staff.
“In line with individuals inside [the Steelers organization], and people persons are Mike Tomlin, this has all the time been Mitch Trubisky’s staff,” Glazer mentioned on FOX NFL Sunday.
Regardless of Steelers Nation’s majority rule, Tomlin opted for essentially the most skilled quarterback.
“I do know numerous followers mentioned Kenny Pickett, as he began enjoying nicely within the preseason; possibly the rookie has an opportunity. That’s not been the plan there in Pittsburgh. I talked to Mike [Tomlin] once more this morning about it, and he mentioned, ‘That is Trubisky’s staff.’”
Pickett confirmed poise and confidence his first few video games out with the Black & Gold and put up 21 yards and three touchdowns on 29 completions. It was a small pattern measurement, usually versus second and third-string gamers and vanilla playbooks, however nonetheless, strong manufacturing in his first professional matchups.
Whereas the rookie was upset, he understands it’s a course of.
“Simply sort of being there, an additional coach, no matter we’d like, no matter Mitch wants to assist him out,” Pickett mentioned in a Sept. 7 press convention. “Give the blokes an ideal look on the (scout staff) and be a man for Mitch on the sideline, go off what I see, assist them any method I can.”
The previous No. 2 total choose did simply sufficient this offseason to be named the starter and maintain off Pickett for a minimum of yet another season. Except the Steelers intend to deal him after the season, Trubisky gained’t hit free company till 2024.
The one option to really take a look at Pickett is by placing him into the sport, and, barring harm to Trubisky, it’s not taking place anytime quickly.
Mitch Trubisky Harm Historical past
In line with SB Nation’s Buffalo Rumblings, Mitch Trubisky missed two video games in the midst of the 2018 season with a proper shoulder A/C joint sprain.
Trubisky sustained a labrum tear in his non-throwing shoulder the next season and missed one recreation. He had offseason surgical procedure to restore the tear.
And, lastly, Trubisky missed two video games within the 2020 season with the identical harm from 2018 and a hip pointer harm in Week 7.
Trubisky didn’t get a regular-season begin with the Buffalo Payments in 2021, so hopefully, that nagging shoulder had an opportunity to heal absolutely.
Pickett might be compelled to attend till 2023 or 2024 earlier than he sees his first regular-season begin. However given Trubisky’s historical past, don’t be stunned if Pickett has to step in sooner or later.
Ben Roethlisberger Period
All hope isn’t misplaced for followers who have been clamoring for the Pittsburgh Steelers to start out the season with Kenny Pickett. Almost twenty years in the past, a quarterback by the title of Ben Roethlisberger entered the 2004 season second on the depth chart.
In a Baltimore Ravens-dominated recreation on Sept. 19, 2004, quarterback Tommy Maddox sustained ligament harm in his proper elbow. Roethlisberger entered the sport and by no means regarded again.
The longer term Corridor of Famer went on to win 15 consecutive video games till getting knocked out of the AFC Convention Championship recreation by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Roethlisberger’s profession turned out fairly nicely. If Trubisky have been to overlook any time, maybe the story of the backup rookie quarterback could be retold with a special important character.
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