The Pittsburgh Steelers entered the 2022 NFL season with a quarterback controversy, which has solely been amplified by the crew’s play out of the gate.
Pittsburgh misplaced on the Cleveland Browns on Thursday evening, 29-17, falling to 1-2. Head coach Mike Tomlin and the Steelers have rolled with free-agent signee Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback over Mason Rudolph, who has made 10 NFL begins, and rookie Kenny Pickett, who they chose with the No. 20 decide within the 2022 NFL Draft.
Trubisky has totaled 569 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, one interception and a 77.7 quarterback ranking, finishing 60.2% of his passes this season. He has additionally rushed for 23 yards and one landing.
Former NFL vast receiver Amani Toomer contended on Friday’s version of “The Carton Show” that the Steelers ought to bench Trubisky in favor of Pickett, pronto.
“I’d make the move now [starting Pickett] because the team just seemed deflated,” Toomer stated of the Steelers offense after its Thursday evening loss to the Browns. “They didn’t seem like the Steelers that I would ordinarily see. I think you got to move on. The whole team looked like they just didn’t have the energy last night because they didn’t have anybody to believe in.”
Will Tomlin bench Trubisky for Pickett after Steelers fall 1-2?
Craig Carton, Greg Jennings and Amani Toomer talk about whether or not Mike Tomlin will bend to fan stress and begin Kenny Pickett over Mitchell Trubisky.
FOX Sports activities NFL analyst Greg Jennings concurred with Toomer, arguing that Pittsburgh is failing to make the most of a high-caliber receiving core.
“As a receiver, we feel like we are what makes the team go,” Jennings stated. “Let’s face it: this is a passing league. And you have arguably one of the best receiving cores in all of football, but nobody knows it because of your quarterback situation. But yet if you make the move – and I get it, [Pickett’s] young – but you’re going to make that move eventually, so why not now?
“Your protection is the focus of your crew. They’re the engine proper now. You’ll be able to permit him time to progress, get expertise, be uncovered whereas making this transfer with a younger receiving core now.”
Pittsburgh’s wide receiving corps includes Diontae Johnson, who totaled 107 receptions and 1,161 receiving yards last season, Chase Claypool and rookie George Pickens, who pulled off an unreal catch on Thursday night. They also have second-year tight end Pat Freiermuth and running back Najee Harris.
Pittsburgh is averaging 18.0 points (22nd in NFL) and 272.7 yards (28th) per game this season. Matt Canada is in his second season as the team’s offensive coordinator.
On the other side of the ball, the Steelers have defensive pillars in linebackers T.J. Watt and Devin Bush, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and defensive lineman Cameron Heyward. At the moment, they’re without Watt due to a torn pectoral, though.
Pittsburgh hosts the New York Jets on Oct. 2.
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