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Report: There’s A “Strong Push” Within Steelers Organization To Start Rookie Kenny Pickett At Quarterback In 2022

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Report: There’s A “Strong Push” Within Steelers Organization To Start Rookie Kenny Pickett At Quarterback In 2022

All signs continue to show the Pittsburgh Steelers could be moving on from starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky sooner rather than later. The offense has continued its struggles from the 2021 season, and Trubisky hasn’t exactly been stellar.

Steelers' Mitch Trubisky

Steelers’ Mitch Trubisky (#10) scrambles out of the pocket against the Cleveland Browns. | Credit: Abigail Dean/Pittsburgh Steelers

This situation was inevitable after the team selected Kenny Pickett 20th overall in the 2022 NFL Draft. Trubisky would have had to put up MVP-type numbers in order to avoid an eventual benching this season. The team’s record of 1-2 doesn’t help his matter either, but head coach Mike Tomlin does seem to continue to side with Trubisky.

He may be the only one though, as Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio stated that many within the organization are pushing for Pickett to start. On PFT alongside co-host and former NFL quarterback Chris Simms, Florio reported:

“Trubisky is on thin ice with everyone in the organization except the head coach [Mike Tomlin]. There’s a strong push in that building to turn the page to Kenny Pickett,” Florio said. “The frustration was that Trubisky wasn’t pulling the trigger. These guys are open, and he’s not throwing the ball.”

Now, Florio made it clear that he had heard these things before the Thursday night loss to the Cleveland Browns. Trubisky showed some signs of improvement in that loss, particularly in the first half. Tomlin highlighted those things in his weekly press conference on Tuesday, citing that the offense, Trubisky included, has continued to make improvements.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin at Tuesday's press conference ahead of the Week 4 matchup against the Jets

Credit: Pittsburgh Steelers YouTube page

Trubisky did at least attempt to go down field more often in Week 3, including the throw to rookie George Pickens, who made one of the crazier catches you will ever see. It’s clear that everyone is getting restless with Trubisky and this low-scoring offense. As Florio mentioned, there is no “backup offensive coordinator,” but there is a backup quarterback to turn to.

Quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan would make the most sense as offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s replacement. That is, if Canada were to be fired in the middle of the season, which would be very rare for the Steelers to do. Essentially, it’s harder to replace an offensive coordinator in the middle of a season than a quarterback. Canada has started to take some blame for the rough start to the season, as he’s been heavily criticized around Pittsburgh for his play-calling.

If the offense’s struggles continue for a few more weeks, it’s quite inevitable that the quarterback job will be Pickett’s sooner rather than later. Even if Tomlin continues to show support for Trubisky, the noise will become too loud outside of the locker room. That goes beyond just the fans, as it sounds like those within the organization are already becoming unsettled in the first season of the post-Ben Roethlisberger era.

Former Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger returns to practice and chats with head coach Mike Tomlin

Former Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger catches up with head coach Mike Tomlin at practice. Credit: Matt Freed/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


When do you think the team should turn to Pickett? Are you at all surprised (or relieved) by this report from Florio? Share your continued thoughts and opinions on the quarterback situation in the comment section below, as well as on our social media sites!




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  2. VegasDevil

    September 30, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    I don’t believe that is true. I think Tomlin will stick with Mitch until injury or the end of the season.

  3. Always a Pitchburgh Steeler friend for life

    September 30, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    I am from Newport News mike Tomlin hometown I really think that The offense coordinator need to be fired and the starting quarterback Mike what’s going on I know you see it man please get rid of that garbage always Always a Pitchburgh Steeler friend for life

  4. Matthew M Miller

    September 30, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Fire offense coordinator use third string go qb he did good last yr filling I’m for big ben

  5. Roberta J Campbell

    September 30, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    I think they need to turn to Kenny. I had no problem with Mitch starting the season but watching him play each week it looks like Mitch is playing in fear of failure again instead of playing fearless and at this point I don’t know if he will ever shake that. I don’t know if it is because the Steelers drafted Kenny and his confidence went out the window. I also believe Canada’s play calling isn’t helping anyone either.

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  7. Shawn Brown

    October 1, 2022 at 8:19 am

    Yes on 3rd down they always go deep instead of getting the 1st down i can not understand this to save my life. Some changes definitely need to be made.NOW

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  9. lovelove

    October 1, 2022 at 10:10 am

    Why is the 3rd best QB on the team being put out on the Field? it is the dumbest.

  10. David De Francisco

    October 1, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    I agree with lovelove. If Tomlin doesn’t want to go to Kenny yet, I could see why he doesn’t with this joke of an OC,then put in Mason. No way he’s not better than Mitch.

  11. Waqaar El

    October 1, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    Hi fellow steelers fans, we are focusing on the wrong areas of the field of play. Im a former OL of a D1 University and yes I started. What i see on the field is number 22 not having good vision and NOT running through areas where there’s SPACE to run. He repeatedly misses his assignments in the running game. The OL is actually doing a great job opening up spaces in line, i can literally drive a car through some of them holes(no exaggeration). That Thursday night game vs NE the very first play he went outside, when clearly the 0,1 gap was open. Theres countless examples i can give. I was not a fan of his when he attended Bama, why, because he runs the same why now, the difference is he was running over the college players, that does not work in the NFL. He runs where there is no blocking because the play is not designed to be blocked where hes running. So it looks like the line is blocking poorly, however truthfully its 22. Number 30 is a much better running at this moment for the steelers. No running game, no passing game… Two fingers

  12. Steeler whisperer

    October 1, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Back when Kordell Stewart was a rookie the Steelers created packages to get him in to the game to create a spark and more for the defense to prepare. When they won a super bowl in 1974 they used 3 different quarterbacks. Why can’t they do some of this with Pickett. It would provide him with some on the field development and let the coaching staff evaluate him in game. Is it concern over the psyche of the starters or has football really gotten so sophisticated you can’t pull your starter because of preparation. Seems like a lot of overthinking going on.

  13. Gus Green

    October 2, 2022 at 12:22 am

    Get the “Wicked Pickett” in there ASAP! Wont win with current QB.

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