Sport Steelers' Mike Tomlin says Mitch Trubisky leads QB competition, but 'it's tough to manage three capable guys'
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Trubisky is beginning training camp as the runaway favorite to win the Pittsburgh starting gig over first-round draft selection Kenny Pickett and career backup Mason Rudolph.A Pittsburgh Steelers side that lost future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger to retirement this past winter acquired none of those individuals and instead signed former Chicago Bears castoff and 2021 Buffalo Bills backup Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky is beginning training camp as the runaway favorite to win the Pittsburgh starting gig over first-round draft selection Kenny Pickett and career backup Mason Rudolph, and Rudolph may even be traded before Week 1 in September.
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However, if Pittsburgh's season were to start tomorrow, coach Mike Tomlin would roll with Mitch Trubisky as the team's starter.
Tomlin made the announcement in an interview with CBS Sports on Tuesday, though he noted that both Pickett and Rudolph were performing well to make it a three-man race.
They're making it difficult for us. 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.
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It was reported earlier this month that Mike Tomlin and company don't want to "rush" Kenny Pickett into action this fall against live first-team defenses, but it's expected that the rookie will see the field at some point if the Steelers aren't competing for a playoff berth.Tomlin likely won't need to do so, as it's widely assumed he already has Trubisky penciled in as his QB1 for Week 1 barring an injury or some woeful preseason performances from the 27-year-old. Trubisky may prove to be a solid bridge option at the position, but Pickett is hoped to become the long-term successor to retired future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger.
So, what about Trubisky's performance has made him Tomlin's preferred starter?
"Mitch's silver bullet, if you will, is his fluidity and mobility," Tomlin said. "He's a really good athlete."
Tomlin noted during the early stages of the 2022 offseason that. Thus, it's no surprise that he is valuing that in the Steelers' quarterback competition.
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Trubisky spent the first four years of his career as a starter for the Bears after being the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He compiled a record of 29-21 and posted respectable numbers, including a 64.1 completion percentage and 64 touchdowns compared to 38 interceptions during that time.
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A few things have become clear at the start of training camp , Mike Tomlin said that he and the Steelers' coaching staff would not micromanage the competition at quarterback. Pittsburgh's head coach said that knowing full well that that would be exactly what the media -- and therefore fans of the team -- would and will continue to do over the course of the summer. © Provided by CBS Sports It can't be stated enough that we're in the very early stages of training camp.
After the Bears moved on from Trubisky, he spent a year in Buffalo as the backup to Josh Allen before joining the Steelers. He explained Tuesday that "it means a lot" for him to be in the lead for a starting job once again.
Ever since I came here, I came here for the opportunity to start and lead a team. I definitely have been given that and I'm just trying to take advantage of that every day.
"I think playing for a coach like Coach Tomlin, it just gives you confidence," he added. "I've learned so much since I've gotten here."
He's taught me so much, and I think he really gives everybody on the team confidence the way he prepares the way he knows the game. It's been a lot of fun, and it means a lot to me and I'm just looking forward to it. We're building day by day and if we rolled it out, I'd go out there first, and I'm looking forward to that.
Of course, Trubisky knows that he has to protect his lead in the competition. Tomlin was quick to praise Rudolph and Pickett during his interview, noting that Rudolph "throws a really good deep ball" and that Pickett "has been Steady Eddie."
But Trubisky believes that the solid performance of his teammates will only help him improve.
"We're all pushing each other," Trubisky explained. "We're all trying to get better. But at the end of the day, it is business, it is a competition.
"But inside the quarterback room, we're helping each other out. I'm sharing my past experiences, how I would read things, footwork and just little nuances and stuff like that. So it's been awesome. It's been a lot of fun.
And then when you get on the field, it's just competing and pushing each other, but it's all in good fun."
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Speaking to the media following their win over the Seahawks, the Steelers head coach answered a few questions about specific players.Getting his first NFL action, Steelers fans were ecstatic to see Kenny Pickett enter the game in the second half. After throwing the game-winning touchdown, Coach Tomlin was asked what he made of Pickett and what he was able to do at the end of the game.