Pittsburgh’s offense isn’t producing enough runs. But that’s not enough to produce a quarterback change. Still.
After Thursday night’s 29-17 loss to the Browns, coach Mike Tomlin was unequivocal in his continued support for current starter Mitch Trubisky. Asked about the possibility of moving from Trubisky to first-round rookie Kenny Pickett, Tomlin said: “The answer to this question is definitely no..”
This is the best chance to give Pickett more time to prepare for work until the end of week nine. By then, it may be too late. After the Week 4 home game against the Jets, the Steelers face a line of superior mini-murderer enemies: the Bills, the Bucs, the Dolphins, the Eagles.
The Steelers, currently 1-2, could end up 2-6 in eight weeks. That could make it very difficult to win enough of the final nine games to capture the division or slip into one of the AFC’s three wildcard slots.
It would also increase the pressure on Tomlin to avoid his first-ever losing season. He would need to go 7-2 down the stretch.
In the meantime, he will have to deal with internal and external pressure to play Trubisky. The fans want the Pitt product. In the building, Trubisky had lost support even before the week three loss.
And while Trubisky did a better job of getting the ball downfield in the passing game, the results weren’t there. Trubisky completed 20 of 32 passes for 207 yards. Not bad, but not good enough to claim victory.
Pickett is clearly the future. Many believe that the future is now. The team manager thinks otherwise, and that’s really all that matters.