Tomlin says Trubisky leads Steelers’ QB race, but Pickett and Rudolph are “making it difficult”

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Mitchell Trubisky remains in the lead in the Steelers’ quarterback competition, but it’s a close three-way race a month before the season.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told CBS Sports that if the Steelers had to play a meaningful game this week, Trubisky would start. But Kenny Pickett and Mason Rudolph are performing well enough in training camp that the coaching staff is having a tough time saying definitively that Trubisky will get the job.

They’re making it difficult for us,” Tomlin said. “It’s tough to manage three capable guys, but they’re forcing us to do it because they’re making the necessary plays. They’re anticipating, the timing has been good, [and] the accuracy has been good. Mitch’s silver bullet, if you will, is his fluidity and mobility. He’s a really good athlete. Rudolph throws a really good deep ball. [Pickett] has been Steady Eddie. Kenny P, I don’t think you can get him in an environment where he gets flustered. . . . We saw that at Pitt and it’s it’s been the same. It doesn’t matter what drill or what environment you put him in. He’s Steady Eddy and really cool.”

Trubisky has been the favorite to win the starting job since he signed with the Steelers in March, and he’s been the No. 1 quarterback in camp. Something would have to change for Rudolph or Pickett to move ahead of Trubisky on the depth chart, but Tomlin isn’t ready to rule anything out yet.

28 responses to “Tomlin says Trubisky leads Steelers’ QB race, but Pickett and Rudolph are “making it difficult”

  1. As a Steeler fan, given what was available in this year’s draft and where the Steelers picked, I could not be happier with the process of replacing Ben.
    Other than Dwayne Haskins, there were no players available that had the talent to be at a Franchise QB/HOF calibre. Sad he was lost before he got this chance to emerge. No question that Tomlin is making the best of it.

  2. When a guy like Rudolph is making the race difficult you have a problem or Tomlin is just telling BS.

  3. I’m rooting for Mitch just to prove how incompetent the Bears coaching staff were.

  4. If Trubisky is the Steelers’ best QB, what does say about the Steelers offense and final season record in 2022? I would not be excited as a football fan.

  5. I would say that the competition for backup Jets punter is more interesting than anything 2022 Steelers would be. And more relevant

  6. As usual most are writing off the Steel City this season. 🤣😂🤣😂
    Steelers will be in the playoff hunt like always, much to the chagrin of the Steeler naysayers.

  7. Making the playoffs is not a big deal in the NFL, has not been since 1990. The Steelers made the playoffs last year, which was great I suppose, for them? Until they got smoked by a real team. But dare to dream I say

  8. We’ve got a couple of guys who are almost as good as Mitch Trubisky! Wait, that didn’t sound as good as I wanted it to sound.

  9. touchback6 says:
    August 10, 2022 at 9:26 am
    lol!!!

    This is great!

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    He can compete with Mac Jones to be 10th best qb in the afc. Well at least he has a way better skill position cast

  10. directdriver says:
    August 10, 2022 at 7:59 am

    I’m rooting for Mitch just to prove how incompetent the Bears coaching staff were.

    __________

    This has already long been proven, Pace and Nagy were fired a while ago…..lol

  11. justmyopinion says:
    August 10, 2022 at 9:28 am
    As usual most are writing off the Steel City this season. 🤣😂🤣😂
    Steelers will be in the playoff hunt like always, much to the chagrin of the Steeler naysayers.

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    I love the optimism. Your division is a really tough division. A lot of help from Colts last year to get the newly created afc 7 seed. Steelers could make it. But right now, the Ravens, Browns, and Cincinnati all have better QBs with the Browns getting Watson with a run game that is fire 🔥. The suspension will help. Cincinnati, well, they made it to the Super Bowl and lost by three points even with a QB that was used to play whack a mole. If a Ravens RB and WR steps up to give output that they haven’t gotten there consistently, I see the Steelers as the ones sitting. But yeah, an amazing division that is fun to watch right now. There are worst than Trubisky. He can play above average. We’ll see. I’m a “crazy” Eagles fan, so what do I really know except for how to throw snowballs at Santa Claus, and obviously pull for the wrong team in PA.

  12. Trubisky is going to surprise a lot of people. He has wheels. Offense being redesigned. New players on oline. Real good receivers and back. D will get good as always. I’d buckle up chinstrap if I were AFC N opponents.

  13. The front half of the Steelers schedule is brutal so Tomlin is wise to stick with a guy with more NFL starts and at the halfway point I could see the Rookie get his chance. Again it’s a Tomlin defense and they will never give up so they will keep them in a lot of games for awhile.

  14. Hope he plays well between pace never helping him with good offense players and Nagy being a complete fool he never really had a chance

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