Mason Rudolph “completely confident” in ability to run Steelers offense

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The Steelers are waiting to find out whether Ben Roethlisberger needs surgery on his right elbow and the answer to that question will determine how long they’ll be rolling with Mason Rudolph as their starting quarterback.

The 2018 third-round pick made his first regular season appearance when he started the third quarter in place of Roethlisberger and notched his first career interception when his second pass attempt caromed off Donte Moncrief‘s hands into those of Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald.

Rudolph would go 12-of-17 for 112 yards and two touchdowns from that point, which led tight end Vance McDonald to say Rudolph “did a really, really, really good job” in his first outing. Rudolph said he felt well prepared and the Steelers didn’t do much to alter their offense

“I am completely confident in myself, being a leader of a team and playing games. That’s what it all comes down to,” Rudolph said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The Steelers will be on the road against the 49ers as they try to avoid an 0-3 start next week and Rudolph said he’ll be “ready to roll” in the event he’s making his first start in those conditions.

43 responses to “Mason Rudolph “completely confident” in ability to run Steelers offense

  1. The Steelers are done for the year if Ben is out. The division will probably go to the Ravens, or the Browns if they can bounce back from week 1.

  2. I’m completely confident with Mason Rudolph playing QB and Mike Tomlin coaching the Steelers will be 5-11. Let’s here it for everyone’s confidence and feeling good about themselves!

  3. If you thought the Steelers got a bargain in the free agent signing of Donte Moncrief now you see why. He has more drops than catches through two games. Rudolph looked good!

  4. 0-16
    they can flip a coin with the dolphins for the #1 pick

    big ben quits too. might as well fire tomlin too

  5. All I can say is Moncrief is a total causality out there…

    For people saying Ben being out will be the end of the team; it is true that the team only wins with him, but in a similar fashion Ben replaced Maddox way back when and that turned out just fine so maybe Rudolph coming in can have a silver lining.

  6. Mason should be fine if the Steelers can run the ball effectively.
    If Connor is out for any time, the Steelers have little depth at RB.
    Plus the OL has no clue how to run block, thanks to Ben’s propensity to throw the ball 90% of the time, that’s why the Steelers cannot convert by running the ball on 3rd/4th and short.
    IMHO, the time is coming for a complete rebuild of the Steelers, starting with the GM and HC.

  7. Mason’s passer rating would have been something like 122.9 had Stone hands held onto the ball.
    Rudolph looks the part. I think he will be fine.

  8. Bold prediction…I think Rudolph takes over for good. Ben has not looked good and is getting old. Rudolph is smart, confident and highly skilled. I do not think there will be much fall off. Now the rest of the team just needs to play better.

  9. God the Seahawks pass defense is pathetic. Teams are going to shred that pass defense all year long for huge gains.

    If Mason Rudolph turns out to be the real deal the Steelers should just move on with young QB and build around him and his 3rd round contract, cut Big Ben and his bloated contract and thank him for his service. If Mason cannot play they draft his replacement inside the top 10 next year in a good QB draft and roll w/ Big Ben for one more year.

    Its about time all these old guard retire with a new young generation of QB’s coming in and taking over. Big Ben, Rivers, Eli MAnning, Brees etc is about time for those guys to hang em up. Brady apparently doesnt age though. A new young guard of passers has really took over these last 3 years with Mahomes, Watson, Kyler Murray, Mitch Trubisky, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, Mason Rudolph now getting his chance, Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and all of these guys were drafted just over the last few years that’s the amazing part. Far more Quarterbacks are becoming stars now a days than are becoming busts.

  10. He looked better than Ben yesterday, for what that’s worth. The total failure through 2 games to run the ball is a bigger issue. As is the defense that can’t cover and can’t tackle.

  11. bengal4573 says:
    September 16, 2019 at 8:39 am
    The Steelers are done for the year if Ben is out. The division will probably go to the Ravens, or the Browns if they can bounce back from week 1.

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    The whole division is either a paper tiger or paper with gasoline on it with a dumpster fire.

  12. Didn’t see the game but sounds like Rudolph did pretty well after the initial bad luck of an interception bouncing off his receiver’s hands. Wouldn’t write the Steelers off just yet its a long season

  13. I feel this is the beginning of the end for Ben or the end actually. Surgery will end it for him and its time to move on. Not all men want to remain boys like Brady.

    Rudolph showed poise and promise and a potential rallying point for the team for the season. The rebuild was coming so might as well get a head start.

  14. It really is time for them to move on from Roethlisberger. Dude has taken a lot of punishment in his career & appears to be shell of himself even with healthy. And he doesn’t seem to take good care of his body.

  15. Deja vu. Ligament damage to the elbow on his throwing arm is what ended Terry Bradshaw’s career.

    Also, deja vu: I was at the game in Baltimore where Tommy Maddox injured his elbow and the Roethlisberger era began. It’d be nice if Rudolph now peeled off fifteen straight wins as the starter.

    Don’t know why anybody is talking about us tanking to get a top pick. Rudolph looked sharp yesterday. We may not need a quarterback of the future. He may be on the roster.

    As much as I have loved Ben throughout his career, this is looking like a lost season. Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell really screwed us. Our talent at the skill position has fallen off a cliff. JuJu looks like the best #2 WR in the league, but a marginal #1. None of the other receivers can catch. James Conner probably gets overhyped because he’s a hometown boy and went through a lot off the field but, he’s probably just an average NFL runner (Jaylen Samuels may even be better). With that in mind, and Ben at the twilight of his career, perhaps it’s time to give Ben the surgery and see what Rudolph can do.

  16. Here’s a hot take, Ben realized how trash the team is going to be, and rather than accept that maybe hes not 100% responsible for brown and bell’s careers, he decided to sit and not have his name associated with this garbage.
    If he gets surgery I’ll know im wrong, but that’s about the only way you can convince ne

  17. The whole division is either a paper tiger or paper with gasoline on it with a dumpster fire.

    And the Jests fins and Bills have always been such a tough group…..get real.

  18. Nothing builds more confidence than handing off for a 2 yd gain, throwing an incomplete check down at the receiver’s knees, and then tossing a pick. Yep, clownstompings at home are great confidence builders, Busto.

  19. Ben should retire. Yeah, he can still play but not at the level he used to, and the team needs to find their next guy. There’s a lot to be said for retiring with a little gas left in the tank.

  20. jobotjones says:
    September 16, 2019 at 9:10 am
    All I can say is Moncrief is a total causality out there…

    For people saying Ben being out will be the end of the team; it is true that the team only wins with him, but in a similar fashion Ben replaced Maddox way back when and that turned out just fine so maybe Rudolph coming in can have a silver lining.

    When Ben took the reigns in 2004, the Steelers had a top 5 defense to take off the pressure on the offense. Right now their defense is probably in the bottom 7.

  21. Rudolph looked very good for just coming off the bench, with no NFL regular season game experience. Tomlin has to go, if for no other reason than he is supposed to be a defensive coach, and the defenses have gone downhill year after year since he’s been in charge. Don’t get me wrong, there are other reasons that he needs to go, I just picked one. LOL You don’t need the greatest player at every position in the NFL, but you do have to EXECUTE, that has been the problem, the guys are not prepared, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Half of the time they have no idea where they are supposed to be, and that is on the coaching staff. Plus, there are a few guys that need to go. That, again, is on the coaching staff and Colbert. I get the great record, but that is meaningless to me. You have to finish the deal some of the time.

    I hope they leave Rudolph in, let him get some experience and timing down with JuJu and the rest of the guys because that defense is not going to get us anywhere, especially with the coaching staff that we have now. I said it before, and I’ll say it again, Tomlin could take the greatest defense that the Steelers ever had, and run it into the ground. Sorry, I love the Steelers, but they are going nowhere fast with Tomlin, and the coaching staff we have now.

  22. The Steelers had the chance to Dump Ben and pay The younger superstars Brown and Bell and build around a first round QB. They made the wrong choice sticking with the same old QB and lame duck coaching staff. Their loyalty and constant need to live in the past will be the death of the franchise.

  23. I’ve said it before…Rudolph is THE guy. Big arm, super smart, can move in the pocket and throw on the run. This will be a HUGE boon for the Steelers.

  24. I thought Rudolph was as good a prospect as any of the first round guys a year ago. I think Pittsburgh will remain a playoff contender even if Ben is out the year. Look forward to playing you guys next week! -Niners fan

  25. Seahawk fan here, I really like the play of Rudolph and Steeler fan should feel good about it. Did you not watch the game, With Big Ben playing and not being mobile the Hawks where shutting down the offense. Rudolph gave them fits. I really believe if BR played the whole game Seattle would have won by a bigger margin. I predict Steelers over the Niners

  26. Mason Rudolph is the Future of the Steelers. They moved up to steal him from the Bungles in the third round for a reason. Did anyone else notice how much smoother the offense looked without Ben checking out of plays that the O.C. called?

    Not every great QB HAS to be drafted in the first round.

  27. Ben’s injury (if he is out any lengthy period) is a blessing in disguise. His body language is not good and he has emotionally checked out. A young, new blood, motivated, coachable, Mason Rudolph, for better or worse – is exactly what this team needs as it begins the inevitable, rebuilding process.

  28. Vasteelerfan says:
    September 16, 2019 at 9:48 am
    I feel this is the beginning of the end for Ben or the end actually. Surgery will end it for him and its time to move on. Not all men want to remain boys like Brady.

    Rudolph showed poise and promise and a potential rallying point for the team for the season. The rebuild was coming so might as well get a head start.

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    Couldn’t happen to a cheatier franchise….We know the Rooneys were in on Framegate I and II.

  29. bigcid10 says:
    September 16, 2019 at 10:30 am
    Mason Rudolph is going to fire up the steelers
    They will win big next week with him as QB
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    I believe Rudolph will develop into an excellent QB, with the right coaching. However, unless the D does a 180, the Steelers are going to have to rely on putting up tons of points in order to win. I can’t imagine what a high octane O, like the Chiefs, would do to the Steelers D. I hope I’m wrong, but I see nothing to be optimistic about regarding the defense.

  30. Life comes at you fast Steeler fan…I remember when you were yucking it up about AB and how he or Bell were not as good as their replacements…0-2 and yall quiet….

  31. This could be the end of the line for both Roethlisberger and Brees. That would be a shame. Now that the Steelers season is down the tubes, their fans can concentrate on trolling the Pats fulltime.

  32. when i was the GM of an NFL football team, oh wait, I never was.

    The Steelers will be fine. They rarely start the season guns blazing. Its a long season and other teams will have injuries too.

    Good job Mr Rudolph, welcome to the NFL.

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