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    Report: "Internal division" over whether Pickett or Rudolph should start

    Report: "Internal division" over whether Kenny Pickett or Mason Rudolph should start for Steelers

    Published February 17, 2024

    The Steelers don't have a clear-cut No. 1 quarterback. And they apparently don't have a clear-cut vision within the building about who the No. 1 quarterback should be.

    As explained by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, there appears to be some internal division that maybe Mason Rudolph should be the starter, given his performance at the end of the season.

    Of course, Kenny Pickett was drafted in the first round two years ago, with the idea that he?d be the heir to Ben Roethlisberger. After Pickett suffered a late-season ankle injury, however, Rudolph emerged and the Steelers low-key benched Pickett for the veteran who had become buried on the depth chart and largely forgotten.

    Rudolph is due to become a free agent next month. It?s not a given he'll return to Pittsburgh. Where else, however, would he get a chance to be the starter?

    Dulac also reports that the Steelers ?are not interested in bringing in a quarterback who wants to be a starter. Earlier this month, team president Art Rooney II didn't rule it out.

    Why wouldn't they explore available alternatives to Pickett and Rudolph? Neither has done anything spectacular, frankly. Neither can compare to Kirk Cousins (who will be a free agent), Justin Fields (who could be available via trade), Ryan Tannehill (who will be a free agent), and Russell Wilson (who likely will be released and might take a veteran-minimum deal, since Denver owes him $39 million for 2024).

    The Steelers are set in their ways, and they're proud of it. They get comfortable with certain players and coaches, and they don't like to change. That's fine, but there are moments where it makes no sense.

    As to the quarterback position, it makes no sense to flatly say no thanks when a potentially significant upgrade at the most important position on an NFL team is available.

    That's not to say the 2024 Steelers will fail. With coach Mike Tomlin in place, they'll likely be on the right side of .500 and they'll have a great chance to make the playoffs. Without a quarterback who can deliver in the clutch during postseason games, however, it will be lather, rinse, repeat for a Steelers team that hasn't won a playoff game since the 2016 season.

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    Finishing above .500 is the goal. Get used to it.
    Last edited by WindyCitySteel; 02-17-2024 at 09:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindyCitySteel View Post
    Finishing above .500 is the goal. Get used to it.
    Rudolph should start if he is singed.
    Tomlin hasn't won a playoff game in seven years and counting. The earliest will be eight years. Art Rooney II, get a new head coach.

    Our 2024 draft is grade A.

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    Competition is going to make every player better. If MR does sign elsewhere we better bring in someone via f/a or preferably through the draft that wants to be the 1 and not just a clip board holder. I'm not big on a vet qb as the back up just because our #1 isn't established as a #1 yet. Drafting a player like a Joe Milton for example on day 3 would be a good move. A young player that should push KP. We need camp to be extremely competitive to get the most out of these guys.
    We have to know what KP is or isn't for this team to move forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindyCitySteel View Post
    Finishing above .500 is the goal. Get used to it.
    Steelers labeled as "unserious franchise" by NFL analyst in light of QB rumors

    The Steelers seem to be garnering more negative opinions than good ones

    Feb 17, 2024

    https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.co...-kenny-pickett
    Steel Maniac's Time-Based Prediction: Lamar Jackson will be a bust and total flop in the NFL.

    What Actually Happened: Lamar Jackson became the youngest two-time NFL MVP winner ever.

    Gloat gloat gloat


    Boom........Knuckle up. Punk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Steelers labeled as "unserious franchise" by NFL analyst in light of QB rumors

    The Steelers seem to be garnering more negative opinions than good ones

    Feb 17, 2024

    https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.co...-kenny-pickett
    Damn gut punch to see this organization regress. Sure it's opinions but just wild this culture recently has a lot of people talking. Looking forward to some changes hopefully and this team rights the ship for 2024

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    This is exactly why Mason doesn't need to be on the team at all. And why I'd go with Tannehill.

    I'm tired of .500 like the rest of y'all, but I'm apparently ready to go find the franchise QB faster than some are.

    My Motto this offseason will continue to be: Throw KP into the deep end and let him sink or swim. If he sinks, draft a 1st round QB next year.

    Besides, if guys are going to half-ass play for Pickett trying to get Mason on the field, then Mason doesn't need to be there. As Madden used to say, "if you have two QBs, you really have NONE"
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelerOfDeVille View Post
    This is exactly why Mason doesn't need to be on the team at all. And why I'd go with Tannehill.

    I'm tired of .500 like the rest of y'all, but I'm apparently ready to go find the franchise QB faster than some are.

    My Motto this offseason will continue to be: Throw KP into the deep end and let him sink or swim. If he sinks, draft a 1st round QB next year.

    Besides, if guys are going to half-ass play for Pickett trying to get Mason on the field, then Mason doesn't need to be there. As Madden used to say, "if you have two QBs, you really have NONE"
    Depends on when he sinks. What if he sinks in September and Tannehill gets them to 9-8? Load up on young guys with potential and be prepared to tank the season if none of them work out. Kenny, Fields, Lance/draft pick.

    Swing for the fences, stop choking up on the bat just to make contact.

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    Hell of a job Tomlin/Rooney are doing lol. If this is actually happening within the organization then that is scary. Here's what I would do

    - Let MR leave - it's not like the team is a MR away from a SB appearance and the guy will be almost 30 with just a handful of decent games under his belt. His likely ceiling to me is decent/bridge starter with right team. I don't think MR actually wants to come back regardless though so this article is a little puzzling to me.

    - I'd get rid of DJ, I have long been a fan even though he clearly has a some mental issues on the field but with his recent comments and the way he has played at times with KP I'd say see ya if the team is serious about trying to develop KP. For someone that is paid what he is paid he should be able to actually read a defense at this point and help his inexperienced QB out instead of going on his twitter account after a game and proclaim he ran the right route (no, no you didn't).

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.Ferguson View Post
    Hell of a job Tomlin/Rooney are doing lol. If this is actually happening within the organization then that is scary. Here's what I would do

    - Let MR leave - it's not like the team is a MR away from a SB appearance and the guy will be almost 30 with just a handful of decent games under his belt. His likely ceiling to me is decent/bridge starter with right team. I don't think MR actually wants to come back regardless though so this article is a little puzzling to me.

    - I'd get rid of DJ, I have long been a fan even though he clearly has a some mental issues on the field but with his recent comments and the way he has played at times with KP I'd say see ya if the team is serious about trying to develop KP. For someone that is paid what he is paid he should be able to actually read a defense at this point and help his inexperienced QB out instead of going on his twitter account after a game and proclaim he ran the right route (no, no you didn't).
    I would obviously bring back KP since he is under contract. I would bring in Tannehill simply to help KP with the offense this year.

    Draft a QB like Penix if he is there in the 3rd round. Don’t care if he has some hiles in his game. Everyone does.. if you are serious about trying to upgrade the QB position you have to take risk on guys like Penix who are boom/bust picks.

    Other option would be to trade for Trey Lance. I think he is another boom/bust guy who could end up being something special.

    I would stay away from McCarthy. Not sure Nix is anything special either but I would take Nix over McCarthy if both were available and we were dead set on picking a QB.
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