Pittsburgh Steelers fans need to practice some patience when it comes to quarterback, Kenny Pickett. Here’s why we need to sit back and trust the process.
After Sunday night’s loss to the Miami Dolphins, Twitter and other social media platforms were in a frenzy over the team’s performance as well as the play of first-round draft pick, QB Kenny Pickett. Through Week 7 and three recorded starts, Kenny Pickett has thrown only two touchdowns and seven interceptions. Not the start Steelers fans were hoping for, but here we are.
I do have some light to shed on the not-so-bright start for our new QB1.
Kenny Pickett is in good company
Let me start by sharing some first-year numbers of other NFL quarterbacks that didn’t get off to such a great start but found a way to turn it around and become quite accomplished.
Let’s start with a quarterback that wore the same uniform. Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Terry Bradshaw.
Terry’s first year as a starter he played in 13 games and started 8 with a 3-5 win-loss record. That’s not even the worse stat. The rookie Bradshaw threw for six touchdowns and 24 interceptions. A few other names you might recognize. Troy Aikman went 0-11, with nine touchdowns and 18 interceptions. John Elway went 4-6, with seven touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. Let’s not forget about Peyton Manning who went 3-13, 26 TDs, and 28 interceptions.
Steelers fans must trust the process
My point is simply this. These great Hall of Fame quarterbacks didn’t start with a bang in their first starts. I’m not saying Kenny is going to be a Hall of Famer, yet. What I am saying is, Steeler fans have been on the winning end of football for quite some time. However, this is the time to have patience. This team is filled with talent from confident young wide receivers, to a strong veteran lead defense.
Kenny Pickett has shown poise in the pocket, the ability to scramble, and patience enough to go through his progressions. His four years at The University of Pittsburgh have put him in a much better position than most rookie quarterbacks.
The old saying is good things come to those who wait. Steeler Nation, if you believe in this coaching staff and our new quarterback, just wait. Good things will happen.