Pittsburgh’s offense isn’t scoring enough points. But this is not enough to make a quarterly difference. Christmas.
After Thursday night’s 29-17 loss to the Browns, coach Mike Tomlin made his continued support for the current starter unequivocal. Mitch Trubisky. When asked about the possibility of turning from Trubisky to a starter in the first round Kenny PickettTomlin, “The answer to that question is absolutely no.He said.
A full nine weeks is the best opportunity to give Pickett more time to prepare for the job. By then, it might be too late. After a Week 4 game at home against the Jets, the Steelers face a mini-murderer’s row of top foes: the Bills, the Bucs, the Dolphins, the Eagles.
The Steelers, currently 1-2, could be 2-6 through eight weeks. That makes it very difficult to win enough of the final nine games to clinch the division or move into one of the three wild-card spots in the AFC.
It also increases the pressure on Tomlin to avoid his first losing season. He should be down 7-2.
In the interim, Trubisky must handle the internal and external pressure to play. The fans want Pitt’s production. Inside the building, Trubisky was losing support even before the Week 3 loss.
And while Trubisky did a better job of running the ball downfield, the results weren’t there. Trubisky completed 20 of 32 passes for 207 yards. Not bad, but not enough to win.
Picket is the future. Many think that the future is now. The person leading the team thinks otherwise, and that’s all that matters.