Steelers fans are already banging the table for QB Kenny Pickett
By Tommy Jaggi
The Pittsburgh Steelers have some serious issues on offense, and many fans are already prepared to make the switch to Kenny Pickett at quarterback.
Well, that didn’t take long. Not even two weeks into the 2022 season, Steelers fans at Acrisure Stadium could already be heard chanting for Kenny Pickett. These rumblings started in Week 1 against the Bengals and now there’s a mob of angry fans out to get starting quarterback, Mitch Trubisky. While I may not agree with their approach, it’s not hard to see why fans are already begging for Kenny Pickett to take over.
Against the Bengals in Week 1, it was clear that the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to squeak out the win in spite of Trubisky — certainly not because of him. In Week 2, Mike Tomlin’s defense could not overcome another abysmal offensive performance, despite their best efforts. Trubisky’s offense scored just 14 points on the afternoon. This unit is now averaging just 15.0 offensive points per game on the season through two weeks.
Obviously, there are two sides to every story, and I think that offensive coordinator, Matt Canada, is just as much to blame as Trubisky. Still, the Steelers starting quarterback has been less than ideal and it’s fair to question whether or not Tomlin will consider a change at the helm.
Steelers will be patient at the QB position
During his post-game press conference on Monday, Mike Tomlin made it a point to say that the team will be patient when it comes to the quarterback position. The Steelers head coach certainly seemed like he still has confidence that Mitch Trubisky can get the job done and he thinks he will continue to show improvement with time.
We know for sure that a change isn’t coming in Week 3. The Steelers have a divisional game against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football this week, and with just a few nights to prepare, there’s no way Tomlin would risk making a change right now.
However, what choice will the team have soon if Trubisky continues to underwhelm the way he has? Trubisky’s 5.1 yards per attempt so far on the year would have been good for dead last in the NFL over the past two seasons among qualifying quarterbacks. This is a stat that cannot continue if the Steelers are to find any success on offense this season.
With another rough game against the Browns this Thursday, Tomlin could be forced to pull the plug on this experiment much sooner than he originally anticipated. The hope was that Trubisky would be doing well enough as a bridge quarterback that the team wouldn’t need to turn to Kenny Pickett until late in the year (if at all). However, something tells me that isn’t going to be the case.
While I would like to see Pickett take the NFL stage early in his career, I do worry that the team could be setting him up to fail. Matt Canada’s offense doesn’t allow for any creativity on the part of the quarterback, and his route concepts are a mess so far.
At this rate, it won’t take long before every Steelers fan is united in banging the table for rookie QB Kenny Pickett. Mitch Trubisky really needs to start impressing quickly before Mike Tomlin finally pulls the cord on this failed experiment.