Should the Pittsburgh Steelers start Kenny Pickett?

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

The Pittsburgh Steelers were the team to select the first quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft. Should they be looking to start Kenny Pickett soon?  At this point, the entire NFL knows what and who Mitchell Trubisky is.

He’s slowly fitting into that low-end starter, high tier backup role.  He’s the perfect player to serve as a bridge quarterback or spot starter, and would likely be an incredibly useful resource for a rookie quarterback who needs to develop.

On his career, Trubisky has thrown 66 touchdowns on 39 interceptions for a 86.5 rating.  He’s could be the new quarterback on the “Dalton Scale.”

If you have a quarterback who is better than Trubisky, he could be a franchise player, but if you have a quarterback that isn’t as good as him, you might be needing to look for a new one.  The Steelers are 1-1 on the season after a shocking opening day win against the Bengals.

They responded with a disappointing loss at home against the Patriots.  The offense is simply one of the worst in the NFL at the moment, and since Trubisky is, well, Trubisky, he isn’t likely to inject any more into the offense than he’s already done.

That alone could be a reason why the Pittsburgh Steelers start Kenny Pickett.  Pickett was a first round pick, and nearly all first round quarterback selections end up playing during their rookie season.  He’s also 24 years old, which makes this scenario more urgent.  Some rookie quarterbacks that have come into the league recently are three whole years younger.

Pickett has been playing quarterback for a while, and the Steelers need to see if he’s the guy.  They’re also 1-1, as is most of the AFC, so risking falling into a losing record with Trubisky might not be the smartest decision here.

They are still very much able to make the playoffs in 2022, as is every other team in the AFC.  However, with Trubisky commanding the offense, they aren’t likely to go anywhere.