Mason Rudolph: It’s not Ben Roethlisberger’s job to teach me anything

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The Steelers drafted quarterback Mason Rudolph in the third round on Friday night, making him the potential heir to Ben Roethlisberger. But Rudolph isn’t expecting Roethlisberger to groom him for the role.

Rudolph said he understands that Roethlisberger’s job is to prepare himself to play this season, not to prepare Rudolph to play in the future.

“It’s not Ben’s job to teach me anything,” Rudolph said, “it’s my job to learn.”

Roethlisberger has indicated he could retire soon, which means there will be increased attention on Rudolph as a potential franchise quarterback in the future. But the reality is Roethlisberger is the established starter who’s still playing at a high level, while Rudolph is just a third-round pick whose most likely role this season will be inactive third-stringer behind both Roethlisberger and Landry Jones. Rudolph understands his place.

27 responses to “Mason Rudolph: It’s not Ben Roethlisberger’s job to teach me anything

  1. Wow. The nerve of this kid to just overlook backup QB No.2 Landry Jones.
    Your “place” Mr. Rudolph will be on the P-squad (practice squad) lol

  2. Roethlisberger and Flacco are the only two active QBs that stood between brady and the super bowl. Patriots fans welcome mason rudolph

  3. Steelers need to unload Litte Ben pronto, suffer through four or five 2-14 seasons with their new Red Nosed Deer in the Headlights, and hope for the best. Otherwise, it’s another season of humiliating clown stompings from Jacksonville.

  4. I can’t imagine he is excited to go to a team that got destroyed by Tim Tebow and Blake Bortles in the playoffs, hopefully Trip Tomlin won’t stick his foot out when this kid runs out on the field

  5. .
    Isn’t the real story here the fact that the Steelers made a draft day trade? Can Armageddon be far behind.
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  6. Do you understand that Ben had been making retirement talk because he had a big problem with Todd Haley? Haley had a leash on Ben and some of the play calling was outrageous. After Haley was not resigned, Ben said he wants to play 2 more years.

  7. I’m not a Steelers fan but they might have got the steal of the draft. Don’t be surprised if this guy has a very good career.

  8. Rudolph seems to have a good attitude and maturity level, in addition to his great ability. I think he’ll do very well.

  9. It’s really sad that some players are drafted onto teams with strong coaches and others are drafted onto teams with coaches like Mike Tomlin. Sadly we will never know what this kid’s career could have really been

  10. He knows that Ben doesn’t have the mental capacity to prepare anyone. Dude is not intelligent. Haley made him study a playbook. Ben didn’t like that.

  11. It’s really sad that some players are drafted onto teams with strong coaches and others are drafted onto teams with coaches like Mike Tomlin. Sadly we will never know what this kid’s career could have really been

    You left out it’s sad that some guys get drafted by a team known for cheating…..like tha Pats.

    I like his attitude !

  12. Steelers need to unload Litte Ben pronto, suffer through four or five 2-14 seasons with their new Red Nosed Deer in the Headlights, and hope for the best. Otherwise, it’s another season of humiliating clown stompings from Jacksonville.

    I guess it must tough being a Ravens fan for you to have to jump on the Jags wagon to insult the Steelers. How did those two beat downs feel last year? Two more coming at ya Frances.

  13. ^
    True fact Ben has never beaten Brady in playoffs

    So Ben has never blocked Brady from a super bowl cheers

    Ps. ^flacco has beaten Brady twice in playoffs

  14. I wouldn’t want someone with playoffs loses to the likes of Tebow and Bortles on their resume teaching me either. I like this kid already.

  15. I wouldn’t want someone with playoffs loses to the likes of Tebow and Bortles on their resume teaching me either. I like this kid already.

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    Nick Foles much?

  16. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    April 28, 2018 at 11:30 am
    I wouldn’t want someone with playoffs loses to the likes of Tebow and Bortles on their resume teaching me either. I like this kid already.

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    Cause Tom Brady losing to Mr. Butt Fumble in 2010 playoffs kinda wipes the GOAT title then hey 🙂

  17. It’s hilarious that he doesn’t want to hear Little Ben teaching him how to get Tebowed, Flaccoed, Manninged, Brady’d, and Bortled out of the playoffs. He also doesn’t want any advice on how to run his personal life. Who would? I bet he’ll be more interested in learning how to have fun in the Pitts(burg) while he languishes on the practice squad for 4 years.

  18. Love the hate of Ben which no one likes to play. This is another brash young kid who thinks he is more than he is, Attitude will have on the street wondering what happen.

  19. When they picked Josh Dobbs last year, Haley was the OC, Mike Munchak was looking at other coaching opportunities and Ben was contemplating retirement. With Haley in Cleveland this year, Munchak turned down an interview at Arizona and Ben wants to play 3 more years. Why did they let Haley go? It was addition by subtraction. I’d kinda like to see Landry Jones finish last in the QB competition.

    I think that surprise pick OT Chukwuma Okorafor from yesterday is Munchak’s new toy, just like Rudolph is new OC Fitchner’s, 2nd pick WR James Washington is for the new wide reviewers coach, and 1st rounder Edmunds is for the new secondary coach Bradley. So, I’m betting a DT for the new defensive line coach from Alabama gets picked today. A running back, too.

    Go Steelers!

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