Are you ready for the Pittsburgh Steelers to bench starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky in favor of rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett? If you are, you might be waiting at least a few more weeks for your wish to come true.
During the recent edition of his weekly television show, host Bob Pompeani essentially asked Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin how much longer he will have patience with Trubisky if the offense continues to be as inept as it has been in the team’s first two regular season games against the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots, respectively. Tomlin’s answer, while short, isn’t too hard to decipher.
“We’re two weeks in. I’m not even in the vicinity of having discussions like that, man,” Tomlin told Pompeani. “I’m more concerned about our collective growth and development and what we put together in terms of what we want to do to achieve victory and he’s just a component of that.”
Obviously, Tomlin’s patience with Trubisky could be cut short if the Steelers’ offense lays a huge egg Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns and especially if the quarterback plays extremely poorly. Even so, it doesn’t sound like Tomlin has yet thought about benching Trubisky in favor of Pickett.
With the Steelers playing Thursday night, a longer week will follow that contest because the team’s Week 4 game isn’t until Sunday, October 2. In short, if Tomlin pulled the plug on Trubisky after Thursday night’s game, it would allow. Picket a little more preparation time. Even so, that seems highly unlikely to happen and even if Trubisky plays his worst game of the season against the Browns.
The Steelers’ offense scored just two touchdowns in the team’s first two games of the 2022 season. Additionally, and with a fitting finger point toward offensive coordinator Matt Canada, the last time the Steelers’ offense scored an offensive touchdown in a first quarter of a game was way back in Week 10 of the 2021 regular season against the Detroit Lions. . That touchdown was a short pass from quarterback Mason Rudolph to wide receiver James Washington, who is no longer on the team.
Personally, and barring an injury to Trubisky, I still feel that the earliest we could see Pickett take over as the team’s starting quarterback is after the bye week. I think Tomlin will stick with Trubisky as long as possible. Any win the Steelers get in the coming weeks might also delay what many believe will inevitably happen at some point this season.