Steelers insane quarterback carousel between the Bradshaw and Roethlisberger eras

Super Bowl XIII - Pittsburgh Steelers vs Dallas Cowboys - January 21, 1979
Super Bowl XIII - Pittsburgh Steelers vs Dallas Cowboys - January 21, 1979 / Ross Lewis/GettyImages
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Mike Tomczak was able to help the team transition as a bridge quarterback

Mike Tomczak was a career backup quarterback around the NFL who was seen as a potential bridge option when he joined the Steelers. He was already getting older after his signing as he was over 30 years old at the time. Neil O'Donnell would remain in Pittsburgh for another three seasons after Tomczak signed with the club.

Eventually, O'Donnell signed with the New York Jets after the 1995 season and Pittsburgh turned towards Tomczak to be their starter for the 1996 campaign. The team had success with him at quarterback as they were able to reach the playoffs that season. The issue was that Tomczak was more of a liability than someone who helped the team win.

Pittsburgh won the division that year and even got past the first round of the playoffs. That was the furthest the club ever got with Tomczak as their lead quarterback. He would return to the backup role just a year later where he would stay for the remainder of his career. The rest of his playing days were only significant if he had to hop into the game and start here or there due to injuries.

Kordell Stewart would be the starting signal caller for Pittsburgh during Tomczak's remaining days in the NFL. He was nothing more than a bridge guy between O'Donnell and Stewart during a successful year in 1995. Other than that flash in the pan, which did not provide much singular success, he did not do a ton during his starting time in the Steel City.