Art Rooney II: Steelers comfortable with Mason Rudolph as backup

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The Steelers’ offense struggled all season, whether in the two games started by Ben Roethlisberger, the eight games started by Mason Rudolph or the six games started by Devlin Hodges. But heading into the 2020 season, the Steelers feel good about where they are.

That’s the word from Steelers President Art Rooney II, who said on Wednesday that with Roethlisberger expected to be good to go, the Steelers expect Rudolph to return to his No. 2 spot on the depth chart.

“I think as we sit here today, we are all comfortable with Mason being our backup,” Rooney said. “Speaking of unusual seasons, he had an unusual season. He had to deal with some unusual circumstances, including injuries and everything else. I think it was an experience for him . . . the old story, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Hopefully it is that kind of situation for him. I think we are all pretty comfortable with Mason coming back as our backup and being a guy who can continue to develop.”

The Steelers went 5-3 in games Rudolph started, but he struggled at times and was benched for Devlin Hodges at one point, before Hodges was benched and Rudolph got the job back. It’s hard to see how the Steelers could be all that confident in Rudolph again, but there may not be a better backup quarterback out there.

33 responses to “Art Rooney II: Steelers comfortable with Mason Rudolph as backup

  1. I think this is just a case of “he’s whos on the roster” at this stage of the off-season a la Josh Rosen around this time last year.

    Besides whether it’s a vet or another young guy, I’m sure Mason will start the off-season program as the backup, doesn’t mean he will stay that way.

  2. With Big Ben coming off injury, the last thing the Steelers can be comfortable with is Mason as the backup. If Ben goes down their season is over. What I’m hearing is the Steelers are going to draft other needs, and give Ben 1 or 2 more shots at winning another Super Bowl.

  3. Anytime you go to your backup your chances of winning the SB are likely over anyway. Except for Hostetler I cannot recall a teams backup winning it all. Steelers should be more worried about Grandpa Ben and who will sooner rather than later replace him.

  4. I don’t know what Rooney sees in Rudolph. He has a average arm and average mobility. He has 8-8 seasons written all over him, if they intend to have him succeed Big Ben.

  5. Ha! Definitely back up at best. We watched him this year to see if he was going to be the guy to eventually replace Roethlisberger. I think Steeler fans would agree. If he is the guy to replace Big Ben, we’re in trouble.

  6. Rudolph played like a guy who hadn’t seen much game action for awhile and had a running game that scared no one. And that’s what he was. I don’t know what people expected. He wasn’t great but the entire offense isn’t that good and did little to help him. Is he a long term answer as a starter? Probably not. Is he likely to have a decent career as a backup if he wants it? Yeah, probably.

  7. Steelers need to invest in their line, get a durable running back, a decent TE and Rudolph would be fine. He was playing with half a deck and wow their wideouts were bad too.

  8. nords14 says:
    “Anytime you go to your backup your chances of winning the SB are likely over anyway. Except for Hostetler I cannot recall a teams backup winning it all.”

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    Err…. ever heard of a guy named Tom Brady? Or recently Nick Foles?

  9. nords14 says:
    January 16, 2020 at 6:48 am
    Anytime you go to your backup your chances of winning the SB are likely over anyway. Except for Hostetler I cannot recall a teams backup winning it all. Steelers should be more worried about Grandpa Ben and who will sooner rather than later replace him

    Doug Williams.

  10. Just like they are “comfortable” with Tomlin as the coach.
    This team is going no where fast.

    There HOF inductees are the best thing to happen to them in the last 12 years.

  11. Pretty sure Philly won a SB with a backup. Just saying.

    Regarding Ben… they should be moving to rebuild mode and get a decent QB this draft.

  12. More BS talk by an owner. The Steelers can’t possibly be dumb enough not to upgrade their backup via free agency or the draft. By this time next year, Mason Rudolph will be a working stiff in a 9-to-5 job, just like the rest of us.

  13. bikeman99 says:
    January 16, 2020 at 8:30 am
    Steelers need to invest in their line, get a durable running back, a decent TE and Rudolph would be fine. He was playing with half a deck and wow their wideouts were bad too.

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    Pretty much the same o-line as last season. The biggest change was losing the most competent coach on the staff.
    Everyone underestimated losing Coach Munch. He was definitely the glue that held that o-line and maybe the team together.

  14. Regarding Ben… they should be moving to rebuild mode and get a decent QB this draft.
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    Couldn’t disagree more. Ben has 1 or 2 years left, and with a top 5 defense again they need to go all in on trying to win another superbowl before Ben retires. They need to draft a WR or TE. They were one of the worst offenses this past year, so if they even improve to a middle of the pack offense they are a legitimate super bowl contender.

  15. Right, but who is the starter?

    For the Pats or the Steelers? Rudolph is not as bad or good as everyone thinks. If he doesn’t have the help he will struggle like most young QB,s.

  16. directdriver says:
    January 16, 2020 at 8:38 am
    nords14 says:
    “Anytime you go to your backup your chances of winning the SB are likely over anyway. Except for Hostetler I cannot recall a teams backup winning it all.”
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    Err…. ever heard of a guy named Tom Brady? Or recently Nick Foles?
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    Or Trent Dilfer, or Earl Morrall, or Roger Staubach, , or Jim Plunkett, or Doug Williams?

  17. I think Ben is awesome and should keep going for another ring. And I think Rudolph is a fine back up.

    Browns Fan

  18. nords14 says:
    January 16, 2020 at 6:48 am
    Anytime you go to your backup your chances of winning the SB are likely over anyway. Except for Hostetler I cannot recall a teams backup winning it all. Steelers should be more worried about Grandpa Ben and who will sooner rather than later replace him.

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    Nick Foles. Wasn’t that long ago.

  19. nords14 says:

    January 16, 2020 at 6:48 am

    Anytime you go to your backup your chances of winning the SB are likely over anyway. Except for Hostetler I cannot recall a teams backup winning it all. Steelers should be more worried about Grandpa Ben and who will sooner rather than later replace him.
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    Not to pile on… but Kurt Warner did pretty well in 99…

  20. Anytime you go to your backup your chances of winning the SB are likely over anyway. Except for Hostetler I cannot recall a teams backup winning it all. Steelers should be more worried about Grandpa Ben and who will sooner rather than later replace him.

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    Come on man! Nick Foles!

  21. The Steelers cannot be comfortable with their QB situation at all. Hodges revealed himself for what he is which is an UDFA QB who needs to improve his game a lot just to be a back-up QB2. Mason Rudolph on the other hand definitely isn’t a guy you want going into a season with as your starting QB1 either, Rudolph is an ideal career back-up. Big Ben is coming back but for how long? Big Ben turns 38 in a month and is coming off a serious injury to his throwing arm having had Tommy John Surgery & still has a long rehab process ahead of him, Big Ben doesn’t have more than a year or two left in the league before he’s forced to hang’em up. If i’m in the Steelers front office i’m looking to draft a QB this year to begin developing & preparing to start next year moving on from Big Ben. I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see the Steelers trade up to the very top of RD2 to draft a guy like Jacob Eason, Eason fits the Steelers offense perfectly and has what they look for in a QB.

  22. Steelers fans are not comfortable with Mason Rudolph as the back up. Dude is a mistake just like Landry Jones.

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