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The Pittsburgh Steelers Have a QB Problem

The Steelers have a quarterback problem. And it’s not going to get better anytime soon.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers Have a QB Problem


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The Pittsburgh Steelers found themselves with an embarrassing result after Sunday’s game against the 0-8 Detroit Lions. The Lions took the Steelers to overtime and probably should have won the game. However, after a grueling 10 minutes, the game ended in a tie.

The Lions were probably happy to escape Heinz Field with the result, but the Steelers were not. Granted, Ben Roethlisberger was out of the lineup because of a positive COVID-19 result, but still, backup Mason Rudolph should be able to handle an 0-8 team right?

Right? Yeah, not so much.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a quarterback problem, to say the least.

We all knew that this season might not be the easiest. A clearly aging Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t seem to have the same whip on the ball, pocket mobility, or accuracy anymore. If you ask any Yinzer, they would have said it’s time to take a quarterback in the 2021 draft. Instead, the Steelers opted for RB Najee Harris (yes, he’s a stud), but they may have set themselves back for a couple of years. After they made this choice, Roethlisberger was their only option.

Mason Rudolph is not the answer

The Steelers once thought that Mason Rudolph was probably going to be Big Ben’s successor one day. He was a solid quarterback at Oklahoma State where he had some pretty insane stats. At 6’5 and 235 pounds, Rudolph is basically Ben Roethlisberger reincarnate. In all of his NFL action, he has been far less than impressive. He has had his opportunity to prove himself with a plethora of Roethlisberger injuries over the years and has nothing to show for it. You know it’s bad when the only thing people outside of Pittsburgh know about you is that you almost got bashed in the head with your own helmet. The game on Sunday proved it’s time to start making other plans.

During Sunday’s game, Rudolph looked pretty sharp in the first quarter. He connected with his former OSU wide receiver James Washington for a nice looking TD pass to put the Steelers up early. He even dazzled with some fancy footwork that had some thinking Lamar Jackson ain’t the only QB in the AFC North who can run (not really). It looked like all of the experience from his previous games was finally paying off. An easy throw to Ray Ray McCloud for a touchdown could have swung the game in the Steelers’ favor but Rudolph bounced the ball to the end zone and was incomplete. This was when it all went downhill for Rudolph and the Steelers.

It’s not Dwayne Haskins, either

Ultimately, a few fumbles cost the Steelers a win. However, you have to think with Ben in the game, that he finds a way to win. Rudolph finished the game with 270 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception against a defense who is averaging over 3 touchdowns per opponent per game. Before you say well maybe they should try Dwayne Haskins if Ben’s out again, just look at this Tweet.

Steelers coaches were overheard commenting that Haskins was being lazy. Clearly Haskins is checked out.

So, what does 2022 bring?

Well, it clearly brings horror if you’re a Steelers fan. I agree with local personality Colin Dunlap when he says it’s time to cut ties with all three quarterbacks. Roethlisberger needs to retire and go out while he he has an 1/8th of a tank left. Rudolph needs to move north and play in the CFL (I’m sure he’ll love the weather in Edmonton). Haskins well, probably should find something else to do.

The Steelers just need to sign someone serviceable for one season. They still have a great defense, an All-Pro running back, and some decent receivers. Draft a QB early, let him learn the ropes next season, then let’s hand over the team the following season. The time is running out with this Steelers team as it is now, they just need someone under center. Hell at this point, let’s give Charlie Batch a call.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Jason moved to NYC for 9 years and gained a wife, a child, and career then decided to go back to the Steel City. A sports fan since birth, he follows the Pirates, Duquesne basketball, Pens, Steelers, and Pistons (Grant Hill would have been better than Jordan if he had stayed healthy...prove me wrong). He enjoys playing in various sports leagues and throwing his money away on fantasy sports. Besides that, a good book and video games for a day would be just fine with him.

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