JuJu Smith-Schuster said he is willing to play with Sam Darnold. Is this a real succession plan for the Steelers?
The Steelers have been good for a lot of years and a lot of that has to do with having a franchise quarterback who has had the longevity that he has had. The problem is that eventually he will become too old to be effective and he will retire. The sad truth is that could happen in the next couple of years.
A lot of teams think it’s alright to tank and draft a quarterback high in the draft. Many wanted the Dolphins to “Tank for Tua” and other fan bases are talking about “Tanking for Trevor.” The Steelers are a different organization that prides itself on being competitive every year. Proof of this is Mike Tomlin’s 8-8 finishes are the worse of his long career.
The Steelers will need to try to draft a quarterback and I hate to admit it but I think the Mason Rudolph experiment has been a failure. It’s time to acquire a quarterback to learn the system.
The Jets are a mess
The New York Jets have not been good in recent years. According to Pro Football Reference, the Jets are 21-46 the past five years. They hired Adam Gase who many were high on, but he has been terrible leading the Jets organization.
The Jets have been such a mess their former best player, Jamal Adams, asked to be traded and was later traded to the Seahawks for a bunch of picks. He is now happier and in a better situation.
Things have also not been good for Sam Darnold. He hasn’t had the right head coach, offensive line, or wide receivers to help him succeed. There is also the famous “Seeing Ghosts” quote from last year against the Patriots that exposed his frustration.