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The Pittsburgh Steelers are actually 1-2 on the growing season following Thursday night’s 29-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns, but head coach Mike Tomlin isn’t prepared to give up Mitchell Trubisky at this time.
When asked following the game whether he’d consider creating a change at quarterback prior to the team’s Week 4 matchup contrary to the NY Jets, Tomlin responded, “Definitively, no.”
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“The solution compared to that question is definitively no.”
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For the 3rd straight week, Trubisky was underwhelming. He completed 20 of 32 passes for 211 yards in Pittsburgh’s loss along with rushing for seven yards and something score.
The 28-year-old averaged just 6.5 yards per attempt contrary to the Browns. That’s up from the 5.1 yards per attempt he averaged through the initial fourteen days of the growing season, but it’s still not ideal.
Wide receiver Diontae Johnson led the team with eight catches for 84 yards on 11 targets. Tight end Pat Friermuth posted two catches for 41 yards, and rookie wide receiver George Pickens caught three passes for 39 yards.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported before Thursday’s game that the Steelers hadn’t had any discussions about replacing Trubisky with rookie Kenny Pickett at quarterback. He added that the Black and Gold entered the growing season hoping that Trubisky will be their starter for the whole year.
Tomlin also said earlier in the week he would remain patient with Trubisky:
“I’ll exercise appropriate patience and continue steadily to teach and have the guys to keep to learn in order to continue steadily to push this train down the track and obtain better. I believe that when anyone is sitting here on Monday in Week 2 of the thing feeling happy, they’re probably wrong or misinformed.”
Tomlin’s patience is only going to last such a long time, and when Trubisky doesn’t show improvement, it’ll be hard for the Steelers never to turn to Pickett, the team’s 2022 first-round pick, who had a good preseason come early july.
In three games, Pickett completed 29 of 36 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 7.3 passing yards per attempt, that is much better than what Trubisky shows early this year.
Pickett is without a doubt the near future at quarterback for the Steelers. Whether he gets control in 2022 or 2023 is going to be dependant on how well, or not well, Trubisky plays on the next weeks.