Ben Roethlisberger: Knowing there’s a QB competition will be good for Mason Rudolph

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s pending retirement raises the question, “Who’s next?”

In theory, Mason Rudolph could be the answer.

Pittsburgh drafted him in the third round of the 2018 draft and he’s started 10 games for the club — including eight in the 2019 season when Roethlisberger missed most of the year with an elbow injury.

But to this point, Rudolph hasn’t displayed many signs of becoming a true franchise quarterback. In his spot start against Detroit in Week 10 when Roethlisberger tested positive for COVID-19, Rudolph finished 30-of-50 passing for 242 yards with a touchdown and an interception. That works out to an average of just 4.8 yards per attempt.

Rudolph signed a one-year contract extension with the Steelers in April, so he’ll enter the offseason as Pittsburgh’s incumbent quarterback. Roethlisberger said on Wednesday that his departure will likely help Rudolph’s growth and development as a quarterback.

“He works really hard. He’s smart. He understands what’s going on,” Roethlisberger said, via Mark Kaboly of “I think that it’s just the repetitions — I mean, he got a lot of reps in whatever it was I didn’t play much, however many years ago that was. I know he and ’Duck’ [Devlin Hodges] kind of did some splitting time. But I think this offseason probably knowing that there’s going to be a competition for it, I think that’ll be good for him.

“It’s probably pretty hard to wrap your mind around, ‘What do I have to do to be the starter?’ when there’s an old, veteran guy ahead of you. So I think that could do wonders for him this offseason.”

Rudolph may get that opportunity. But the Steelers could also draft a young quarterback or bring in another established veteran. Either way, Pittsburgh will have a new QB1 after nearly two decades with Roethlisberger.

12 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: Knowing there’s a QB competition will be good for Mason Rudolph

  1. Ben Roethlisberger: Knowing there’s a QB competition will be good for Mason Rudolph


    Why? Because he would get a say on who he gets to back up? Rudolph is really really bad

  2. I think the Steelers have seen enough of Mason Rudolph to realize he’s not the answer. They need to go out and sign a free agent to keep the spot warm until they can find a long-term replacement. They could even draft a QB this year. There are a few out there that will be available to them that would probably be better than Rudolph….that’s not exactly setting the bar very high though.

  3. WFT fan here…here’s the playbook with Dwyane: Looks great in shorts during the summer, fans see how big of an arm he has, they ask themselves why can’t he live up to his first round hype – after all, he’s learned under SB winning QB Big Ben.

    Then WHAM you see how unprofessional and oblivious he is when it comes to his personal behavior. Then another WHAM and you quickly see that he can’t read a defense to save his life, not to mention hes far too slow to evade any type of pressure.

    He’s a joke. Trust me, there’s no QB competition unless they sign someone else.

  4. Here’s to Hope!
    Looking at the season Rudolph stepped in for an injured Ben, he had some moments.
    He had a terrible OC, so I wouldn’t hold that against him and the current OC is questionable, to say the least. The Detroit game was awful for everyone on offense because of the weather. That being said, Rudolph lacks great accuracy. While it would be nice if he was a long term option; I don’t think he is. He’ll compete, but the Steelers will look for a better option. The little experiment with Haskins could still work out, but that’s iffy.

  5. I look forward to Mason getting a season under his belt. I hate all these guys desparate to sign the next qb comes along. Like great QBs are a dime a dozen. Count the first rounders that flamed out in the last ten years.

  6. Rudolph is not as bad as he gets dragged for. He’s not good. But he’s shown enough to stay in the league for a few more years. I don’t know that he can ever make a step to the level of starter, but I don’t know that he can’t either. If he’s a stop-gap for a year, he either keeps them competitive or gives them a better draft pick in 2023 so they can take a shot at another franchise QB.

  7. Rudolph will be the guy for a season or 2. Comparing Bens 24 of 46 for 123yds or 2.7yards per attempt… 4.8 don’t sound half bad! He starts next season and the Steelers grab a 1st rd OL rather than reaching for a QB that isn’t likely to be much better.

  8. Rudolph is the cheap choice but he has 8-9, 9-8 records written all over him – he is Landry Jones 2.0. Depending on how the draft falls, I believe Pitt has a QB in particular, they like. If that guy falls to their choice, they may pull the trigger.

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