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Steelers Mike Tomlin Says There Will Not Be An Unexpected QB Change Prior To Week 4

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Steelers Mike Tomlin Says There Will Not Be An Unexpected QB Change Prior To Week 4

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a controversy at the quarterback position ever since Ben Roethlisberger retired after the 2021 season. The question comes up every week. Will Mike Tomlin decide to bench Mitch Trubisky and start Kenny Pickett after an underwhelming performance from Trubisky three weeks in a row? The Steelers head coach was very quick to say after Thursday’s disappointing 29-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns that there won’t be any changes.

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Steelers QB Mitch Trubisky warms up for a preseason matchup in 2022 | Jordan Schofield / SteelerNation (Twitter: @JSKO_PHOTO)


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Tomlin was asked about the team’s performance and if he would potentially be considering a change at the quarterback position after the team’s upcoming 10-day hiatus and he didn’t shy away from being up front.

“The answer to that question is definitely no,” Tomlin said.

The veteran leader of the organization has no interest in entertaining a switch.

“I’m not in that mindset right now,” Tomlin said. “I’m interested in reviewing this tape and looking at the totality of it and figuring out how we collectively can get better.”

Trubisky has not played extraordinarily well through three games. The first-year Steelers signal-caller has just 569 yards passing and the team as a whole has only averaged 14.7 points per game to begin the year. It may not be time for Pickett in Tomlin’s mind, but it sure is to many fans and media out there.

“I thought he made some plays, but we all collectively came up short and that’s how we measure performance. Winning is our business and we did not handle business. So we don’t break that apart and look for feel good.”

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Kenny Pickett (#8) participates during warm ups at Acrisure Stadium ahead of a preseason bout vs. the Detroit Lions on August 28, 2022. | Jordan Schofield / SteelerNation (Twitter: @JSKO_PHOTO)


The time will come for the rookie quarterback, but it still looks like Tomlin will remain loyal to the free agent signing, Trubisky. It might not even matter who is at quarterback given the overall state of the offense. The line played better on Thursday, but the group as a whole looks out of sync. It may be the play calling and leadership of Matt Canada or the unit could simply be flat out unprepared each week.

Overall, the Steelers offense is having the worst start to a season since 2000.

There is not a doubt that there needs to be improvement all over the field for Tomlin’s team. The quarterback position is under scrutiny, as it should be, but Tomlin sticking with the veteran Trubisky shouldn’t come as a surprise no matter how much Steelers fans want to see the rookie. There is no need to throw him into the fire if the offensive game plan would remain the same.


Do you think Tomlin should swallow his loyalty pride and bench Trubisky? Let us know in the comments below!




  1. Linda

    September 23, 2022 at 8:54 am

    Absolutely bench Trubisky he has no arms that we have seen where as Pickett was spot on during preseason, give Pickett the opportunity and put Trubisky where he needs to be..ON THE BENCH!!🙏🏻🙏🏻

  2. VegasDevil

    September 23, 2022 at 9:05 am

    3rd and 2 and you don’t run it? You throw a low percentage pass to Diontae Johnson. DJ should have caught it, but Najee Harris would have definitely got the 2 yards. Sad.

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  4. Jay

    September 23, 2022 at 9:43 am

    I don’t even care about the record, I just want to see them throw/move the ball. I’m okay going 1-16 with Pickett if he’s the future, but you won’t know until you play him to find out. Maybe he’s not the answer, but standing on the side with a clipboard does not help you decide. You already know Tribusky is not the future, so find out if Pickett is. Remember Troy Aikman going 1-15 his rookie year? That’s what forges you!

  5. Keith Miller

    September 23, 2022 at 10:44 am

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result. Mitch has proven that he isn’t starting quarterback material. The Bills knew it, the Steelers fans know it and about time that Tomlin see it too. If Tomlin doesn’t give Pickett the shot then I say FIRE TOMLIN!

  6. Rob

    September 23, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    We need to get a new offensive coordinator. Nothing will change until that changes. How do you wait until the forth quarter to look for your tightend in the middle of the field. The middle was open all game

  7. John

    September 24, 2022 at 12:52 am

    While I don’t think Trubisky is the right QB to be starting anymore, he’s just pay of the problem. The bigger issue truly is the O.C. designs poor play schemes, bad route combinations and doesn’t show an ability or desire to adjust. Pickett would still perform better but there isn’t a lot one can do under the horrible offensive scheme. The change needs to be the O.C., Matt Canada first and foremost.

  8. Larry

    September 24, 2022 at 2:11 am

    Bench Tomlin and Have the Gatorade Girl as Head Coach She Would be Better Than Tomlin.
    Tomlinn’s Never Had a Losing Season is Only Because of Roethlisberger

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  10. Ron

    September 24, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    Ok not going to give up on Trubisky then allow him to check down on Canada’s called play if he she’s a defense that will blowup the play.
    If Turbisky fails on his own then he goes & Pickett gets his chance.
    And if that fails Tomlin & Canada are done

  11. Brown

    September 24, 2022 at 8:14 pm


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  14. Chris

    September 25, 2022 at 11:47 am

    Hated to say it, but it time for Tomlin to go he is just to stubborn.

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