Steelers coach Mike Tomlin would not need to ‘micromanage’ QB competitors between Trubisky, Rudolph, Pickett

All through the offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had a transparent quarterback hierarchy as they get nearer to naming the retired Ben Roethlisberger’s successor.

That pecking order stays unchanged, head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed on Tuesday, because the Steelers launched into coaching camp.

Tomlin mentioned that Pittsburgh’s quarterback depth chart will likely be static from what we noticed in minicamps and OTAs, with free-agent signee Mitchell Trubisky incomes the lion’s share of first-team reps, adopted by holdover Mason Rudolph second and first-round choose Kenny Pickett touchdown third in line.

Because the twentieth general choose this spring, Pickett’s time will come ultimately. However the good cash seems to be on Trubisky to open the season because the starter the best way issues stand proper now. And Tomlin preached endurance and one thing of a laissez-faire method to determining the place in August.

“I am going to say this, as a result of that is the elephant within the room: We’re not going to micromanage or overmanage this quarterback competitors,” Tomlin mentioned Tuesday. “The depth chart won’t relaxation on each throw. … We’ll be slightly extra regular than that. I feel it is essential, from a management standpoint, to not overmanage it, to not be too impulsive. That is what I relayed to these guys, and our actions will proceed to show that mindset.”

Pickett, who turned 24 years outdated in June, arrives with expertise, beginning 52 faculty video games subsequent door at Pitt. Nevertheless it’s clear the Steelers do not plan to hurry his growth, though he is definitely prone to see ample reps within the preseason.

As for the rookie’s adjustment to NFL life and acclimating to a veteran locker room, Tomlin downplayed any concept that Pickett has something to fret about this summer time from an intangible standpoint.

“I’m not involved about that narrative,” Tomlin mentioned. “I feel that if you’re 22, 23, 24 years outdated and you have been taking part in quarterback all of your life, you perceive these casual obligations that include the place. I am extra involved with tangible issues: accuracy, taking good care of the soccer and issues of that nature.

“I haven’t got any stage of concern about these issues being in his wheelhouse. I watched him do it subsequent door, by way of main his guys and being what quarterbacks have to be. I do not assume that is going to be a major dialogue.”

Nonetheless, that is the primary time the Steelers will likely be having a QB battle in almost 20 years. The Steelers’ first-round choose in 2004, Roethlisberger retired following final season, when he began 16 of the group’s 17 regular-season video games together with the playoff loss to the Chiefs. Rudolph began the opposite sport, a 16-16 tie towards the Detroit Lions, and has probably the most expertise of the three working with offensive coordinator Matt Canada.

However the Steelers have been giving Trubisky the primary crack to start out this 12 months’s opener on the Cincinnati Bengals, final 12 months’s Tremendous Bowl runner-up.

Trubisky was the backup to Josh Allen with the Buffalo Payments a 12 months in the past, finishing 6-of-8 passes for 43 yards and an interception, including a dashing landing in his six reduction appearances. He began the ultimate six regular-season video games and the playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints for the Chicago Bears within the 2020 season earlier than they let him stroll in free company.

Tomlin admits some concern due to the group’s QB uncertainty but additionally mentioned he is motivated by the change and what lies forward.

“It is scary as a result of it is the unknown,” he mentioned. “We’re venturing to a territory we’ve not been right here in a very long time from a quarterback perspective, no less than for me personally. Nevertheless it’s thrilling additionally.”