Did the Steelers throw Mason Rudolph under the bus by signing Trubisky?

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Why is the Steelers signing Trubisky so great?

Based on that comparison alone, Trubisky’s stats are virtually identical to Rudolphs. Garoppolo, in his best season, went 329-476, 69.1 %, 3978 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. In contrast, Rudolph went 282-453 for a 62.3%, 2824 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. Garoppolo only performed marginally better than Rudolph. Trubisky is virtually identical in the averages.

Also, Trubisky hasn’t played since 2020; nothing shows he has improved since his time in Chicago, except his statements saying he has learned a lot and is not the same player he was with the Bears. That’s would be fine, except nothing guarantees his improvement until he backs that up on the field.

Yet Ryan Clark, former Steelers safety, was highly critical of Colbert’s initial endorsement of Rudolph in February and said, “Mason Rudolph is the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers…they are no longer the Pittsburgh Steelers I love”. Following those comments, Clark endorsed any quarterback alternative, including Garroppolo.  Then as soon as Trubisky was signed, Clark said

"” When you look at a guy like Mitchell Trubisky with that type of pedigree… that gets you drafted before Deshaun Watson, before Patrick Mahomes, you understand that the skill level is there.” “Do I think he solves all the Pittsburgh Steelers problems offensively? I absolutely don’t. But I do think he’s an upgrade not only over Mason Rudolph but Ben Roethlisberger as well at the point in his career he was before he retired”."

He has nothing to back that up, perhaps except blind faith. However, Ramon Foster’s comments put a whole new spin on the situation.