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“It’s Time” for Steelers Athletic Rookie QB Kenny Pickett to Start in 2022 Says Former Pitt Star

“It’s Time” for Steelers Athletic Rookie QB Kenny Pickett to Start in 2022 Says Former Pitt Star

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback situation has got everyone talking, with good reason. After falling to 1-2 with a 29-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football, the Steelers have only two passing touchdowns and 548 yards on the season.

LeSean “Shady” McCoy, a Harrisburg, PA native, former University of Pittsburgh star, two-time Super Bowl winner, and co-host of Speak on Fox Sports,  joined other pro football legends like OJ Simpson and Rod Woodson in the chorus of callouts for the Steelers to replace Mitch Trubisky with Kenny Pickett, the Steelers first-round draft pick from Shady’s alma mater.

Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin has indicated via Brooke Pryor of ESPN that there will be no changes at quarterback in the near future.

The results so far have got everyone wondering when Pickett will get the job, not if. The former Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back joined The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Friday and laid out his case for his fellow Pitt alum.

LeSean McCoy

McCoy calls for fellow Pitt alum Kenny Pickett to start on The Herd Friday morning. Source: YouTube.

“It’s time to put Kenny Pickett out there. I know I went to Pitt and I’m a little biased, but it’s time. If you’re playing conservative like a rookie, why not play the rookie with a better arm and is more athletic in my opinion.”

McCoy, like Woodson, in his endorsement of Pickett questioned how good Trubisky can be after not showing much with the Chicago Bears.

“I think it’s just the quarterback,” McCoy told Cowherd when he asked about the problems the Steelers have on offense specifically in relation to the quarterback not throwing the football deep down the field. “These are all just check downs. He’s nervous and scared to make a mistake. You can’t win games like that.”

Steelers and Trubisky

“Everybody was so excited when Trubisky got to Pittsburgh and I’m like, ‘Wait am I missing something? Is this the same guy that in Chicago was regular, so what’s the difference?’”

In Trubisky’s four-year tenure as a starter with the Bears, his highest yards per attempt was 7.4 in 2018, good for 19th in the league. Last year at Pitt, Pickett hit 8.7.

When Trubisky was brought in, there was lots of hype that because of how athletic he is, he’d be a much better fit to run Matt Canada’s offensive scheme. The conventional thinking was Steelers’ fading legend, Ben Roethlisberger didn’t mesh with the system because of his lack of mobility. With Trubisky so far, it’s been more of the same.

With the Steelers’ hopes of a successful season seemingly crushed, an offensive coordinator that has got Snoop Dogg, the fan base, and even players who want to see him lose his job, why not turn to the guy that McCoy said has a better arm and is more athletic? The Steelers need to find out what they have in their first-round pick.

The Steelers needle is pointing closer to the first overall pick from the 2022 NFL Draft than to the Super Bowl right now with the issues on the defensive side of the ball with TJ Watt still sidelined and the offense struggling the way it has.

The Steelers probably won’t fire Canada in-season without an easy replacement that isn’t already on the staff and a part of the last couple of years where the Steelers offense has been a bottom feeder in many key statistical categories.


What do you think, Steeler Nation? Is it time for the Steelers to listen to Shady and the other legends, and see what they have in the former Pitt standout? If you have young playmakers like Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, and George Pickens, and a young quarterback in Pickett, why not try to get some chemistry going between them? As always, leave your comments down below or on our social media feeds.


Hello Steeler Nation! I hail from the great city of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, hometown of The Tragically Hip. I grew up a Steelers fan because my uncle is and he used to live there. I saw the Steelers beat the Bengals at Heinz Field in 2017 in my only visit to Pittsburgh.



  1. Donald

    September 29, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    There a any Steeer fans that don’t believe that Kenny Pickett is a better quarterback than Mitch Turbitsky, I am one of those people. it’s the Pitt Panther fans that want him to play.

  2. Gonzo

    September 30, 2022 at 1:30 am

    Stop being stubborn Mike, your NOT blind!
    STEELERS NATION sure isn’t!

  3. Calvin Hayden

    September 30, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    As a Chicago Bear I knew Trubisky would bomb, really didn’t understand the signing in the first place. And Tomlin not even thinking about a change tells me it wasn’t his signing and the may be a gm’s call

  4. Gary Chulack

    September 30, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    It is time for Tomlin to with one of his favorite words COLLECTIVELY BE replaced as the head coach.
    He COLLECTIVELY has no clue.
    COLLECTIVELY one of his favorite words.

  5. Gene

    September 30, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Yes, I want to see what we really have in Pickett.
    No, I don’t think we would find out even if he started the rest of the year. No point in playing Pickett while Canada still runs the offense.

    Canada isn’t going anywhere this year. So we may as well let Mitch finish the year out. Steeler fans are gonna hate Pickett too if he goes out there and just checks it down 80% of the time anyway. Which he’d do. Because Canada. It’s not like he could audible….

  6. Bob Lynchesky

    October 1, 2022 at 3:54 am

    I asked myself outlook during the Bengals game,what is Tomlin doing,? He can’t expect the defense to score all the points .

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