Tim Benz: Steelers fans change their tune with Kenny Pickett on Mitch Trubisky

When it comes to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s play — and its analysis from the fanbase — I wish I had some truth serum.

And a time machine. Who has one of them?

Because I’d love to see how many Steelers fans and media types calling for Trubisky to be sold were also ardent supporters of the signing back in March.

For those who were in favor of signing Trubisky, have you only changed your mind on what Trubisky’s shelf life should be and what is his ceiling since the Steelers picked Kenny Pickett?

I tally up the goalposts on their shelf life, noting that the 24-year-old Heisman Trophy candidate has been added to the mix in the first round. But if you’re suddenly changing your opinion about how good Trubisky could be or the wisdom of signing it six months ago, that’s intellectually inconsistent.

Since I have neither the ability to time-hop nor a gallon-sized jug of sodium pentothal, I guess I have to rely on your honesty and personal introspection on the subject.

Don’t worry. I am not expecting much.

But it would be nice if Steelers fans were able to actually do some self-analysis as it pertains to their thoughts about Trubisky pre-Pickett and their view that Piquet is their backup now.


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Because, to underline a point advanced by Former Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger This week, if nothing else, doing so might just spread some heat on Trubisky as he finds his way through the early stages of navigating his new offense. At least maybe it will make you think twice about joining the chorus of “Kenny, Kenny” chants at the next Acrisure Stadium home game.

“I haven’t heard it, but I have a lot going on,” Tomlin said of Sunday’s chants for Pickett.

Trust us, Coach. What happened. Even Your Former Quarterback Was Talking about it on your podcast,

You can expect Tomlin and the Steelers’ coaching staff to be more patient with their decision-making than you can hear at Acrisure Stadium or on some sports talk shows at level 500.

“I’ve liked a lot from (Trubinsky), to be quite honest with you. I think he did a good job of doing things that came with the situation,” Tomlin said of Trubisky on Monday. Intangible things, leadership things, communication things, detailing and communicating offense, working hard to execute our agenda, things we want to work on.”

To be fair to the fans and media members calling for Trubisky’s benching, it certainly makes more sense now that Pickett would replace him as opposed to Mason Rudolph. What Don’t Mean – after just two weeks of regular-season action – is attempting to erase every argument, some of them in support of signing Trubisky in the first place.

trust me. I heard them all. Because when Trubisky was signed, I did not strongly support this decision, So i took it on the chin Far and wide from Steelers fans for failing to cosign on the move and daring to offer an opinion to the contrary.

“Why aren’t you on board? Can’t you see that Trubisky is going to be a perfect fit for Matt Canada’s offense? Trubisky was ruined by Matt Nagy and all those dumb coaches in Chicago! He played Josh in Buffalo.” Learned a lot as Allen’s backup, so he’ll be much better off in Pittsburgh!”

Okay. Where is all that love for Trubisky now?

I understand that having a picket on board would make it easier to call for Trubisky’s benching, if Rudolph was the next best option.

But those who do — after trumpeting Trubisky’s signing just six months (and two regular games) ago — must admit that they were just talking to themselves in a line of Balloni about how confident they were. Were that Trubisky was going to be a worthy successor to Ben Roethlisberger, simply because he was the best available option at the time.

Let’s be honest. Even the brightest Trubisky optimists in March probably weren’t expecting their game to be polished perfection after just two weeks. To say nothing of the fact that they came in two games against the defending AFC champion Bengals in Cincinnati and the Bill Belichick Patriots defense in Week 2.

Using Time Machine Theory again, if I were to come back from the future and pre-draft at some point in Pittsburgh and tell anyone on “Team Trubisky” the Steelers would split those first two games. , so I bet they must have signed up for it in blood.

Despite knowing how much the crime fought.

But now that Pickett has traded in Blue and Gold for Black and Gold, the standard of what the public expects for Trubisky has changed.

Even if the player himself hasn’t.

As for Roethlisberger’s point, it’s a bit unfair.

And to my point, it’s incredibly insidious.


In their weekly podcast from the Steelers practice feature, Tim Benz and Joe Rutter discuss the Steelers’ offensive struggles, the state of the defense without TJ Watts, and Thursday’s game in Cleveland.

Listen: Tim Benz and Joe Rutter talk to the Steelers

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or via Twitter, All tweets can be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise specified.

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