Mike Tomlin cites “clerical error” for Mason Rudolph being ahead of Kenny Pickett on Monday depth chart

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On Monday, the Steelers issued a depth chart that showed Mitch Trubisky as the starting quarterback. That wasn’t much of a surprise. The next name at quarterback was.

The chart showed Mason Rudolph as No. 2, ahead of rookie Kenny Pickett.

After a full day of chatter and scrutiny and speculation and what not, the Steelers issued a new depth chart that flipped Rudolph and Pickett. Meeting with reporters on Tuesday, coach Mike Tomlin called it a “clerical error.”

That’s fine. Clerical errors happen. But why didn’t they fix it sooner? When someone points out that we have a typo or inaccurate information or whatever, we fix it as quickly as we can. Why did the Steelers wait?

Did they not catch wind of the reaction? Surely, they did. And it would have been a simple and easy fix.

Here’s a theory. Maybe they wanted to take one last run at finagling a deal for Rudolph. And if someone was thinking about pulling the trigger on a trade, maybe seeing him at No. 2 would have prompted that team to pick up the phone and get the deal done.

Now that the ship has likely sailed for anyone who would possibly be looking to add Rudolph before Week One, the Steelers were able to describe the whole thing a mistake and drop Rudolph back to No. 3.

13 responses to “Mike Tomlin cites “clerical error” for Mason Rudolph being ahead of Kenny Pickett on Monday depth chart

  1. Another theory is that the Steelers might use Rudoplph in a pinch off the bench, but given a week to prepare would prefer Pickett. Depth charts are stupid.

  2. Rudolph represents an upgrade at the QB position on the following teams: Jets, Giants, Pat’s, Cleveland, Detroit, Seattle, Saints, Falcons. And that’s an upgrade to the player starting for that team this weekend.
    Hard because Rudolph is not part of their system and on top of their play book so it is tricky to fit in. But. I think someone will grab him.

  3. “That’s fine. Clerical errors happen. But why didn’t they fix it sooner? When someone points out that we have a typo or inaccurate information or whatever, we fix it as quickly as we can. Why did the Steelers wait?”
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    Because NBC/PFT is a news and information organization, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional football team. Being accurate is important and essential to a news and information organization. The accuracy of a team’s depth chart makes absolutely no difference to anyone or anything because all that matters is the actives/inactives list issued immediately before kickoff.

  4. “That’s fine. Clerical errors happen. But why didn’t they fix it sooner? When someone points out that we have a typo or inaccurate information or whatever, we fix it as quickly as we can. Why did the Steelers wait?

    Did they not catch wind of the reaction? Surely, they did. And it would have been a simple and easy fix.”

    What?

    I’d guess it’s because Mike Tomlin the Steelers are not in the football news reporting business and the error made no difference to them.

  5. We should start Tribusky until he gets killed by our line, then Rudolph until he gets slaughtered then put Pickett in. The line is so suspect we can’t take the chance we turn Pickett into David Carr or Sam Darnold.

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