Mitchell Trubisky Landing Spot No. 2: Pittsburgh Steelers
With Big Ben retiring at the end of this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves without a clear direction at quarterback.
Sure, their roster has a couple of guys in Dwayne Haskins and Mason Rudolph with Rudolph being the favorite to start.
However, between those two quarterbacks, there hasn’t been much success.
Dwayne Haskins Career Stats
3-10-0 record; 267/444 (60% completion); 2,804 yards; 12 TDs; 14 INTs; 74.4 quarterbacking rating
Mason Rudolph Career Stats
5-4-1 record; 236/384 (61.5% completion); 2,366 yards; 16 TDs; 11 INTs; 80.9 quarterback rating
So, as shown in these comparisons, the two quarterbacks aren’t wildly different. Sure, Mason Rudolph has been less careless with the football, but they’re close to identical in my eyes.
Now, let’s see Trubisky’s career numbers compared to these two.
Mitchell Trubisky Career Stats
29-21-0; 1,016/1,585 (64.1% completion); 10,652 yards; 64 TDs; 37 INTs; 87.0 quarterback rating
So, as shown, the only stat where Trubisky rides the same wave as Rudolph and Haskins is completion percentage. The biggest knock on Trubisky is his ability to read a defense, and with a defensive mind like Mike Tomlin, Trubisky could learn a lot and grow in that area of his game.
And with the weapons already in place, Trubisky could absolutely step in and take the Steelers to possibly even the playoffs. With the AFC being as competitive as it is, however, Trubisky would need to take a big step to get them even into a Wildcard position, however.
With weapons like Najee Harris, Pat Freiermuth, Diontae Johnson, and Chase Claypool, the Steelers have more to work with than the Bears did. Maybe that difference carries him over the edge of just being an average quarterback to being a good quarterback.
So, with two teams down and two to go, who’s next?