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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky is not lighting it up through the air this year, and that trend continued in a 29-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday Night Football.
Trubisky finished 20-of-32 for 207 yards without touchdowns through the air, though he added a rushing score. He did nothing to improve the narrative that he’s a detriment to the Steelers offense.
Through three games, Trubisky now has thrown for 569 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while completing 60.2 percent of his passes. He’s averaging 189.7 yards per game and Pittsburgh’s offense appears like among the worst in the league.
The 28-year-old was likely to be considered a placeholder at quarterback until first-round pick Kenny Pickett was deemed ready for a few NFL action. With Trubisky playing just how he is, it may be smart to accelerate Pickett’s development by creating a switch under center.
NFL Twitter lit up Trubisky for another lifeless performance, with some wondering if his days because the starter are numbered:
Logan Reever @loganreever
#Steelers receivers dealing with Mitch Trubisky need to think much like girls of my senior high school dating career
Like what on the planet are you currently doing with this particular guy
Chris Mack @THEChrisMack
What pisses me off most is that should you were focused on redshirting a rookie QB, you didn’t have to spend $5mil on Trubisky. Stopgap QB had been internal & no worse than he. And you also could’ve used that $5mil to increase your OL investment.
Trubisky was a wasted signing.
Johnny McGonigal @jmcgonigal9
watching Mitch Trubiskys first 3 games with the Steelers pic.twitter.com/ac2KrnEswg
Matt Verderame @MattVerderame
Trubisky avoiding middle of the field throws like it’s Chernobyl is often a tradition unlike any https://t.co/9cglYOUgnm
Alex Kozora @Alex_Kozora
Ah Trubisky had Diontae Johnson wiiiide open. Johnson unhappy with being missed there. #Steelers
The Steelers have a streak of 15 straight winning seasons under head coach Mike Tomlin. It’s still early, but Trubisky is merely not playing winning football. It likely wouldn’t hurt to inject some new energy on offense by handing the reins to Pickett.
Pittsburgh includes a few extra days to create a decision on its quarterback situation, and it’s really worth taking time and energy to evaluate it if the team really wants to be successful in the years ahead.
It’ll be interesting to see who’s under center once the Steelers go back to action on Oct. 2 contrary to the NY Jets.