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Steelers, Mitchell Trubisky already hears Kenny Pickett chants — and for good reason

Kenny Pickett is officially Pittsburgh’s most popular person.

On Sunday afternoon, when the Steelers lost their home opener to the New England Patriots, there were at least two moments when CBS’s microphones chanted “KEN-NY! KEN-NY!” to the crowd at Acrysure Stadium.And Mitchell Trubisky expressed their desire to be pulled in favor of the rookie quarterback. And it wasn’t just fans — the longtime Steelers beat reporters Ed Bouchet tweeted He’s seen enough from Trubisky, too.

This is a problem that arises when every team struggles on offense and has a well-known or intriguing quarterback on the bench behind the starter. And to be fair, offensive coordinator Matt Canada gets a lot of criticism.

Fans weren’t substituting for anyone, though. he. Against New England, the Steelers started the game with a three-and-out, but then converted five consecutive third-down chances on two possessions, but still managed to score only three points. One drive ended when Trubisky was intercepted on a badly thrown first-down ball from the Patriots’ half of the field.

On their next drive, Pittsburgh moved the ball pretty well, reaching the New England 13 when a 5-yard loss sacked Trubisky to end their third-down streak. The Steelers settled for a field goal.

Trubisky is clearly not a long term QB solution. With Pittsburgh picking Pickett with his 20th overall pick in this year’s draft, he may not be a short-term solution. Pickett is a former University of Pittsburgh star who played in the same stadium as the Steelers during his college days and was very familiar with his new team.

“That’s the reality,” Trubisky said of the post-match chants. “You just block it.”

Despite being in his sixth season in the NFL and spending the last year as a backup for Buffalo, Trubisky hasn’t seemed to improve much since entering the league. He has his moments, but those are outweighed by his poor decision-making, inconsistent pitching, tendency to telegraph passes, and tendency to take bad sacks.

In two games this season, the Trubisky-Steelers offense scored only two touchdowns and went to the red zone only four times. Last week, Cincinnati’s defense forced five turnovers on him in a game he won over the Bengals. yet To reach 23 points required overtime, not to mention extra points which were fortunately blocked as regulation expired.

“We didn’t move the ball enough offensively,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said after Sunday’s loss. [plays]’, especially in moments of decline.

Trubisky’s longest completion against New England was 23 yards at the end of the first half. Tomlin credited the Patriots’ defense, notably veteran safety Devin McCourty. However, Trubisky averaged 5.1 yards per attempt on the day and just 168 yards on 21 completions.

If Mitchell Trubisky and the Steelers’ offense doesn’t improve and doesn’t improve fast, it could soon be Kenny Pickett’s era. (AP Photo/Phil Pavely)

Of course, Trubisky was not the only one. Former Patriot Gunner Olshewski muffed a third-quarter punt, and New England recovered with the Pittsburgh 10 before scoring three plays to give him a 17–6 lead. The Steelers’ defensive front played without TJ Watt, who was injured, but a sub-par new he was unable to capitalize on England’s offensive line, and Mack was unable to sack Jones, only for him to Three quarterbacks he allowed only hits.

The next few days in Pittsburgh will be filled with calls for Pickett to take over, but the Steelers will play a short week Thursday night against division rival Cleveland. Playing a rookie against a strong defense in preparation for the day is less than ideal.

But week 4? That’s another story. The Steelers will host the Jets on her October 2nd.

Tomlin never bowed to the whims of outside pressure, but Trubisky was destined to become a bridge quarterback as soon as Pittsburgh drafted the pickets. Trubisky’s own play makes it clear that it should be a short bridge.

The Steelers have talented skill players, from Nagy Harris to Dionte Johnson to Chase Claypool. Defense is solid even with watt recovery. All you need to be competitive in an incredibly strong AFC is a good quarterback.

They may have one on their bench. They won’t know until they do what the fans seem to want and move on from Trubisky.