Devlin Hodges will start for Steelers on Sunday

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Devlin Hodges finished last Sunday’s game as the Steelers quarterback and he’ll start next Sunday’s game as their quarterback.

That was the word from Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin at a Tuesday press conference. Hodges replaced Mason Rudolph during Pittsburgh’s 16-10 win over the Bengals and made a start earlier this season when Rudolph was out with a concussion.

Tomlin’s decision means that Rudolph won’t face the Browns for the second time in three weeks. The first meeting was notable for both the quarterback’s fight with Myles Garrett late in the fourth quarter and the four interceptions he threw on the way to a 21-7 loss.

Tomlin said that the decision to go with Hodges is a one-week decision and that he didn’t want to set expectations for the rookie’s performance beyond thinking that Hodges “won’t kill us” in a game that’s vital to Pittsburgh’s playoff hopes.

56 responses to “Devlin Hodges will start for Steelers on Sunday

  1. They struggled mightily against the very lowly Bengals so will be weird to watch the Browns pull them apart again for the 2nd time in 3 weeks.

  2. I know everyone is excited for his mobility but he was 1 of 5 out of the pocket Sunday… Duck is better in the pocket… he sees the field better then Mason and isnt scared to take a chance.. Mason started taking chances but the opposing team was always the recipient of those chances… lol

  3. Good Choice. Lesser of 2 “stinkers”

    Need to find a long term solution, I really thought Rudolph was it, but I am thinking not, at this point.

  4. TribeOfOne says:
    November 21, 2019 at 6:08 pm
    Garrett will still end up in the Hall of Fame and Mason Rudolph is playing his last game as a starter………

    I know, I know, I called it. I’m good like that. Browns will still get the W this week even though the Steelers upgraded at qb.

  5. What a ringing endorsement from Tomlin — “Get out there Duck and don’t kill us”!

    I think that this is the best bad option that the Steelers have. Hodges has a very limited skill set but he’s at least not a statue in the pocket and seems to pay with a swagger that Rudolph clearly lacks right now. The team did move the ball (albeit mostly rushing) with him at QB against the Bengals. But the defense will need to come up big for the Steelers to win this game.

  6. i would think they’d run rudolph out there one more time to kick the tires on him as a starter – if he doesn’t have it the first 2-3 series, he’s clearly not your qb of the future. *then* go to hodges.

  7. NinerOutsider says:
    November 26, 2019 at 12:27 pm
    They struggled mightily against the very lowly Bengals so will be weird to watch the Browns pull them apart again for the 2nd time in 3 weeks.

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    “Pull them apart” As bad as the Steelers offense was that night, it was a 1-TD game til the last 5 minutes. So yeah, while the Steelers didn’t do well, the Browns aren’t exactly good enough to be pulling anything apart, even a team who’s offense wasn’t moving the ball.

  8. bettis3636 says:
    November 26, 2019 at 12:28 pm
    I know everyone is excited for his mobility but he was 1 of 5 out of the pocket Sunday… Duck is better in the pocket… he sees the field better then Mason and isnt scared to take a chance.. Mason started taking chances but the opposing team was always the recipient of those chances… lol

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    Problem is you can’t really tell where the fault lies. Rudolph hasn’t looked good esp recently, but the WR corps is shallow, the o-line’s been shoddy, the running game’s struggled, and Fichtner’s play calling is just awful. An experienced QB can manage that somewhat — not sure about young backup QBs with limited NFL experience. Curious if Hodges would’ve eventually gotten benched after several games, too.

  9. Everyone. Again, we’re talking about the Cleveland Browns.
    They’ve won nothing in 20 years.
    Lost to the Steelers in their great 0-16 season finale.
    With the Steelers playing with 2nd and 3rd stringers.
    Same will happen this week.

  10. TribeOfOne says:
    November 21, 2019 at 6:08 pm
    Garrett will still end up in the Hall of Fame and Mason Rudolph is playing his last game as a starter………

    I know, I know, I called it. I’m good like that. Browns will still get the W this week even though the Steelers upgraded at qb.

    10 19

    Garrett’s is the new Burfict and will be out of the league in two years or less. He has no filter or discipline…..and he is a Brown and that about says it all.

    No need to destroy what little confidence Rudolph has by putting him against a team that wants to cheap shot him.

  11. And so, One shall pay for the sins of his Brother….

    Browns are coming for you, Duck.

    When you’re out, they’ll get Rudolph for the revenge they crave……..

  12. billinva says:
    November 26, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    When do they fire Tomlin.
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    Ben’s played 6 quarters this season, and the team is 6-3 in games started by a combination of a guy named Duck and Mason Rudolph.

    And 4 of their 5 losses are to teams that are a combined 38-6 (Pats, Seahawks, Niners, Ravens, with the 5th loss to the 5-6 Browns).

    …to answer your question, certainly not this season.

  13. Mayfield has found his accuracy again and having Hunt in the backfield has added another worry for defenses. These Browns are not the Browns of the first half of the year. If Freddy can eliminate the bone headed plays, the Browns should get the W.

  14. carloswlassiter says:
    November 26, 2019 at 1:32 pm
    Very surprised Mason Rudolph regressed like he did – thought he was the next guy.

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    Don’t forget there was point in a game last year where Ravens fans booed Jackson and were calling for Flacco. Not saying Rudolph will have a similar trajectory — not incredibly optimistic at this point, but who knows. Hard to say how much you can reasonably infer now given the circumstances.

    Also, with all these young QBs, maybe the Steelers would actually consider hiring a standalone QB coach. With all the time Fichtner probably spends drawing up incredibly predictable and conservative strategies, I’m sure he doesn’t have time spend on QB development.

  15. The Steelers’ bus has officially gone over the cliff. All that’s left is the giant fireball at the bottom.

  16. If Steelers beat the Browns with Duck at QB will that prove to tomlin and the skeptics that he is a good player despite the undrafted stigma

  17. Rudoph’s presence on the field would be like throwing gas on a brush fire. Wholly predictable no brainer decision for Tomlin.

  18. I don’t know if any other team has more 1st round picks on defense than the Steelers…Heyward, Watt, Dupree, Bush, Burns, Edmunds add to that Haden, Barron, and Fitzpatrick. The unit had been underachieving for so long, after the addition of Fitzpatrick and Bush the defense is finally playing okay. Also, other teams know they don’t have to score ton of points to beat this Steelers team. It is silly when you hear so called ‘analysts’ on ESPN say that Tomlin should be in conversation for coach of the year.

  19. I have realistic expectations for Hodges. He was undrafted, and, on top of that, he has very little practice time with the starting players. Even if he doesn’t do great, I’m not willing to write him off, as many will. Rudolph, to me, while still young, just doesn’t seem to have “it”. Whatever, “it” is. Just watching him play, so many things seem off. He puts a lot of time in, but it doesn’t seem to be translating to the field. Hodges on the other hand, seems to have a lot of confidence, and it does not appear that the moment is too big for him. I get that the Steelers can’t run the exact same offense as if BR was in the lineup, but they have to let him throw the ball downfield. I don’t know if that was by design with Rudolph, but it didn’t take too long for teams to figure out that he was Checkdown Charlie.

  20. mmmpierogi says:
    November 26, 2019 at 12:48 pm
    NinerOutsider says:
    November 26, 2019 at 12:27 pm
    They struggled mightily against the very lowly Bengals so will be weird to watch the Browns pull them apart again for the 2nd time in 3 weeks.

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    “Pull them apart” As bad as the Steelers offense was that night, it was a 1-TD game til the last 5 minutes. So yeah, while the Steelers didn’t do well, the Browns aren’t exactly good enough to be pulling anything apart, even a team who’s offense wasn’t moving the ball.

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    The referees marched the Steelers down to a free touchdown and the Browns should’ve won by +30.

  21. billinva says:
    November 26, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    When do they fire Tomlin.

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    Right before about ten NFL franchises line up to hire him. He’s done an amazing job this year.

  22. belicheathater says:
    November 26, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Everyone. Again, we’re talking about the Cleveland Browns.
    They’ve won nothing in 20 years.
    Lost to the Steelers in their great 0-16 season finale.
    With the Steelers playing with 2nd and 3rd stringers.
    Same will happen this week.

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    Since the 2011 season the Steelers’s have won 3 playoff games. Even with Big Ben, AB and Bell Tomlin has been a failure.

  23. Brownsweregoodinthe80s says:
    November 26, 2019 at 3:56 pm
    If Duck goes out, Mason trotting out there is gonna be sending a lamb to the lions

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    I think it will be a hard hitting affair, just like all Steelers/Browns games. I’m sure both teams feel like they have a score to settle, but I do think they will keep it within acceptable limits.

  24. studlysmartguy says:
    November 26, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    billinva says:
    November 26, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    When do they fire Tomlin.

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    Right before about ten NFL franchises line up to hire him. He’s done an amazing job this year.

    Can they please take Tomlin. He had had Big Ben his whole time as a coach. As Steeler fans say he has the most wins besides Belichick. However, he has only faced New England once in the playoffs and lost. What is his excuse for his other playoff loses?

  25. Man, people out here trashing the steelers when they are playing 2nd and 3rd qbs, and haven’t had their no.1 RB or WR more often than not. Get your licks in whenever you can i guess??

  26. ashleyschafferbmw says:
    November 26, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Man, people out here trashing the steelers when they are playing 2nd and 3rd qbs, and haven’t had their no.1 RB or WR more often than not. Get your licks in whenever you can i guess??

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    Please tell us about all of the Steeler’s Super Bowls wins when Ben, AB and Bell our so called stars were on the field since the 2009 season? NONE.

  27. Duck is much better than Mason. But then again most of the commenters who post here are also a better option at QB than Mason at this point. I expect the Steelers to beat the Browns, the final score being 20-17.
    Steelers are a better organization, with a better coach and a history of winning.
    Will be good for Browns fans to get a big taste of reality and theie tears are always delicious🤣🤣🤣😉 .

  28. Brownsweregoodinthe80s says:
    November 26, 2019 at 3:56 pm
    If Duck goes out, Mason trotting out there is gonna be sending a lamb to the lions

    I see a ton of Browns fans defending Garrett – Haven’t heard much support from his teammates – where is that?

  29. Maybe the Rams can trade for Hodges this offseason.
    Then his nickname could be “Anaheim Mighty Duck”.

  30. Please tell us about all of the Steeler’s Super Bowls wins when Ben, AB and Bell our so called stars were on the field since the 2009 season? NONE.

    Unless you are aPats fan you need to grab a Snickers and shut up….your Steeler hate is obvious.

  31. farfig says:
    November 26, 2019 at 12:56 pm
    And so, One shall pay for the sins of his Brother….

    Browns are coming for you, Duck.

    When you’re out, they’ll get Rudolph for the revenge they crave……..
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    Revenge for what exactly? For participating in a run-of-the-mill football fight? Or for getting in the way when Garrett was trying to spike Rudolph’s helmet in a celebration of showing how tough he (Garrett) is.

  32. Don’t forget Hodges won the Walter Payton award(Heisman award for Division II)and broke Steve McNair’s all time Div II College passing record. He has talent, lets see what he can do with that talent.

  33. Duck Hodges —- The Greatest QB in NFL history!!!!
    Every game Duck starts the Pittsburgh PigIrons win!!!

    Duck wins 100% of the games he starts
    Brady has only won 78% of the time
    Brees has only won 59% of the time

    (Of course, due to space constraints, we won’t mention that Brady was the QB on two college bowl wins and went to the Super Bowl 9 times!!!!)

  34. Vasteelerfan says:
    November 26, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Please tell us about all of the Steeler’s Super Bowls wins when Ben, AB and Bell our so called stars were on the field since the 2009 season? NONE.

    Unless you are aPats fan you need to grab a Snickers and shut up….your Steeler hate is obvious.

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    Only 1 problem. I live in Pittsburgh and when I cross the Smithfield street bridge I can see Heinz field. It is a shame that Tomlin and Rooney have not accomplished a thing since the 2009 season. But then again until Tomlin is gone I will root for the 13 teams the Steeler’s play every year. I have not been disappointed since February 2010.

  35. Steeler Qb’s don’t need to do much, to wit:

    Steelers defense in the second half over the last 5 games:
    – 23 Points Allowed
    – 2 TDs Allowed
    – 4 INTs
    – 5 Fumble Recoveries

  36. Rudolph hasn’t been the same since the Ravens knocked him out. Then he gets banged on his head again. He should sit. I think he’s overthinking the job. Can’t pull the trigger when he should. Duck has a swagger about him and he can move in the pocket. Now that Snell is back running the Steelers could make something happen on offense.

  37. killerkowal says:
    November 26, 2019 at 5:22 pm
    studlysmartguy says:
    November 26, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    billinva says:
    November 26, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    When do they fire Tomlin.

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    Right before about ten NFL franchises line up to hire him. He’s done an amazing job this year.

    Can they please take Tomlin. He had had Big Ben his whole time as a coach. As Steeler fans say he has the most wins besides Belichick. However, he has only faced New England once in the playoffs and lost. What is his excuse for his other playoff loses?
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    His team has a 6-3 record in games not played by Ben this year. Smaller sample size, but with the unimpressive Browns and Bills soon, you could be looking at a Steelers team with 0 wins by Ben in the playoffs.

  38. Seems a bit counter productive to me to bench Mason Rudolph seeing how the Steelers were looking to him as their QB of the future taking over for Big Ben in the near future, it would make more sense to let Rudolph work through his struggles and develop his game, that’s how young QBs improve and grow in this league. The Steelers bailing on Mason so quickly likely means he won’t be the future in Pittsburgh.

  39. I don’t care about the Browns. I can’t wait until the Steelers play Baltimore. It will be very enjoyable to watch the Steelers get their heads caved in.

  40. I don’t care about the Browns. I can’t wait until the Steelers play Baltimore. It will be very enjoyable to watch the Steelers get their heads caved in.

    You must have missed the first game as the Ravens needed a cheap shot on the QB and a bad roughing the passer call on the last drive to get to OT. The Steelers aren’t afraid of the ravens

  41. The Steelers claim Rudolph is a legitimate first-round QB talent and the possible successor to Ben’s throne. What better way to find out than by throwing him into the fire Sunday. Instead they do this. SMH.

    All these commenters claiming Duck is better than Rudolph need to lay off the weed. I say that as someone who likes Duck.

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