The Steelers have made plenty of changes in the offseason, leading to many uncertainties for the 2022 regular season. Perhaps the biggest change will be at the QB position. Pittsburgh is moving on from future Hall-of-Famer Ben Roethlisberger, who spent 18 seasons as QB for the Steelers. So, who will be Pittsburgh’s next starting QB?
The Steelers acquired free-agent QB Mitchell Trubisky in March, and signed him to a two-year deal worth $16 million. The more surprising acquisition was Pittsburgh drafting QB Kenny Pickett with their first-round pick of the 2022 NFL Draft.
When the Steelers picked up Trubisky, it seemed certain that Trubisky would be the starter and at worst serve as a bridge for Pittsburgh until there was a more talented QB Draft class. After drafting Pickett, much of the media isn’t certain as to who will be under center come week one when the Steelers play @ Cincinnati.
Trubisky may not be the most exciting QB to watch but his numbers aren’t horrible. He’s 29-21 as a starting QB, and during his time with the Bears he led them to the postseason twice (2018, 2020). In 2018, Chicago lost to the Philly by a score of 15-16 (remembered as the Cody Parkey doink game). In 2020, Chicago was beat by New Orleans by a score of 21-9. Trubisky has a career QB rating of 87. Considering the Chicago coaching staff was more defensive-minded during his time there, he performed above par for four years with the Bears.
The other option at the QB position for Pittsburgh is first-round pick Kenny Pickett. Pickett was a Heisman Trophy finalist in his senior year with Pitt, where he threw for 42 TDS and over 4300 yards. Pickett led Pitt to their first-ever ACC Conference Championship, when they defeated Wake Forest 45-21. Being drafted by the Steelers after spending 5 years at Pitt was a dream come true for Pickett. Pickett will have to prove himself in training camp if he wants a chance to start come week one. Trubisky is at a slight advantage due to his experience in the NFL.
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