As I used to be scrolling by my morning feed on Steelers Depot’s Twitter account, a tweet that Dave Bryan put out on Saturday caught out to me:
QBs for the Steelers who’ve been at SVC in Latrobe since 2004:
(solely these which have been to Latrobe with the crew)
Who am I lacking? #Steelers #NFL pic.twitter.com/eWcnyBP5ll
— Steelers Depot 7⃣ (@Steelersdepot) July 23, 2022
Wanting on the checklist above bought me considering, “Is Mitch Trubisky the second-best QB the Pittsburgh Steelers have taken into coaching camp since Roethlisberger was drafted in 2004?
When trying on the checklist of QBs which have accompanied Ben to Latrobe, PA since he entered the league, the query has a official case. A number of of the names on the backside of the checklist by no means occurred to me that they have been on the Steelers’ roster at any level of time of their careers. Some names like John Parker Wilson, Tajh Boyd, and Brian St. Pierre I knew have been on the crew (primarily due to Madden) however have been of little consequence throughout their respective tenures in Pittsburgh.
Whereas Devlin Hodges, Dennis Dixon, Josh Dobbs, Landry Jones, and Bruce Gradkowski have served as backup-level choices and some have been beginning choices within the league, it’s secure to say that their profession accomplishments and general expertise don’t equate to what Trubisky has finished to date in his profession within the league.
That leaves us with Mason Rudolph, Byron Leftwich, Charlie Batch, and Tommy Maddox because the contenders for the #2 spot behind Ben Roethlisberger. Rudolph will immediately be competing in opposition to Trubisky this summer time to win the beginning job for the 2022 season, so an argument might be made there given the very fact he has a profitable file in his restricted motion because the Pittsburgh Steelers beginning QB. Nonetheless, regardless of having Rudolph on the roster as a possible heir-apparent to Ben, Pittsburgh elected to signal Trubisky on the primary day of free company and draft Kenny Pickett within the first spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft, suggesting that the crew might not consider Rudolph to be the long-term reply primarily based on his efficiency to-date.
Leftwich is in an identical boat to Trubisky as a former high ten choose (seventh general in 2003) to the Jacksonville Jaguars however did not develop because the franchise QB he was drafted to be. He posted back-to-back eight-win seasons in 2004 and 2005, however struggled with accidents and effectivity as a passer, getting benched in his fourth season and was relegated to a backup/spot starter position ever since. Whereas Trubisky flamed out in Chicago as properly. He produced two playoff look in 4 season and was named to the Professional Bowl in his second 12 months, displaying cases of starting-caliber QB play earlier than signing with Buffalo in 2021.
Mitchell Trubisky’s profession resume:
– 2018 Professional Bowl
– Solely QB w/ 50+ GS & 0 profession INT-TD in NFL historical past
– Most PASS TD (6) in 1 GP in #Bears historical past [since merger] pic.twitter.com/4k7SVwjToc
— Better of Professional Sports activities (@pro_sports_best) July 19, 2022
Charlie Batch is well-known by yinzers as a long-time backup for the Steelers through the 2000s, however he additionally was an everyday beginning QB for the Detroit Lions from 1998 to 2001 after being chosen within the second spherical of the 1998 NFL Draft. Whereas Batch has 55 begins to his title in his NFL profession, his file as a starter was 25-30 throughout his time with the Lions and Steelers, topping out at 13 TD passes in a single season in 2000 together with 15 INTs in the identical 12 months. Whereas a succesful sport supervisor throughout his time In Pittsburgh (6-3 file), Batch’s upside was capped primarily based on his talents as a passer in addition to his general mobility that are two facets that Trubisky has over him.
Tommy Maddox has an identical story to Leftwich and Trubisky, being a former first spherical collection of the Denver Broncos in 1992 (twenty fifth general). Nevertheless, his time in Denver ended earlier than it ever started as he would solely begin 4 video games as a rookie, going 0-4 in these contests and by no means proceeded to begin one other sport for the crew. Maddox would go on to spend time with the Rams, Giants, Falcons, New Jersey Crimson Canines, and Los Angeles Xtreme earlier than attending to Pittsburgh in 2001. He completed his beginning profession in Pittsburgh with a 15-16-1 file, tossing 42 TDs to 40 INTs. For his profession Maddox threw extra INTs than TDs within the NFL (48 to 54).
With 62 days till Steelers common season soccer begins in opposition to the Bengals, this is the 62 yard TD move from Tommy Maddox (@tommymad8) to Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) in opposition to the Falcons in 2002 on the outdated Heinz Subject. #HereWeGo #Steelers #NFL pic.twitter.com/HLw6jVWVvy
— Steelers Depot 7⃣ (@Steelersdepot) July 11, 2022
The argument might be made right here that Kenny Pickett deserves that second spot, however seeing as he’s solely a rookie, we must always wait to see what Pickett does in camp and within the preseason first earlier than throwing him into the dialog. Trubisky, in the meantime, has the argument to be thought-about the second-best QB behind Ben coming into coaching camp since ben’s NFL profession started. Once more, it isn’t a formidable checklist, but when Trubisky will be thought-about the highest stated checklist and supply higher than backup/spot starter play as a mean NFL beginning QB, Pittsburgh might be in good condition to be aggressive in video games this season relying on how the remainder of the roster shakes out.
What are your ideas on the checklist above? Do you suppose Trubisky is the second-best title on that checklist behind Roethlisberger? Please depart your ideas within the feedback part beneath and thanks once more for studying!